How To Date A Harry Potter Fan (A Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Primer)

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The Harry Potter movie franchise might be ending this week, but I can assure you that the story will endure in the hearts of its fans. Chances are, you'll date at least one them, and upon learning of your obliviousness to the story, she'll propagate all things Rowling while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is still in theaters. It will be like Titanic all over again. She'll watch it at least five times with her fellow fanatics, and eventually, you'll run out of reasons to not join them on one these excursions. Until then, you've got several weeks to prepare by reading the books, marathoning the movies, and memorizing the entire timeline of Hogwarts, A History. 8 Harry Potter Tools We Want For Our Relationships

As hard as it is to believe right now, all of that reading and watching will feel worth it when you watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on the big screen. This film picks up right where its predecessor left off: following their escape from Malfoy Manor, Harry and his friends raid Gringotts Bank in hope of finding the fourth Horcrux inside the Lestranges' vault. At Hogwarts, the remaining members of Dumbledore's Army convene behind Headmaster Snape's back, while Voldemort orchestrates a takedown of the school's defenses. Want a Partner for Life? Fall in Love With a Nerd

After my disappointment in the Prisoner of Azkaban and Half-Blood Prince adaptations, I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of every memorable scene from the Deathly Hallows book. The Battle at Hogwarts is a tour de force in special effects. The trio of actors are in top form. Alan Rickman's performance as Severus Snape will break your heart. Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is so poignant, suspenseful, and stunning that you will emerge from the theater feeling shell-shocked by the film's unrelenting intensity. You and your date will travel home in silence, only to commence shaking and crying once the awesomeness of those two hours sets in. 4 Legit Reasons To Give The Geeky Guy A Freakin' Shot

But as much as I loved the film, I have to admit that it's only suitable as a date movie when both of you can appreciate the series. You don't have to like it, you just need to remember why the Golden Trio skipped their seventh year at Hogwarts to hunt down Horcruxes in the backwoods of Scotland. You need to know why your date can't hear the phrase "look at me" without bursting into tears, and you need to understand why she turns red in the face when people say that Twilight will supplant Harry Potter in popularity. Confused? Try a little Potter (or should we say, Potter fan) Appreciation 101.

The first thing you should note about dating a Harry Potter fan is that her obsession with the series is completely justifiable. In addition to being the greatest magical boarding school epic of all time, Harry Potter holds a great deal of sentimental value for those who grew up with him. When the first Harry Potter book came out, I was 11, just like the titular character. Up until my senior year of high school, Harry and I were roughly the same age. I might not have grown up as an orphan or dueled with a tyrannical wizard, but Harry suffered with me through classes, detention, and botched teenage relationships. To know Harry Potter is to know the child inside, and the more you can appreciate a fangirl's enthusiasm, the more she'll appreciate your own eccentricities.

By indulging a Harry Potter fan, however, you risk becoming one yourself. Not that this is a bad thing when it comes to relationships. Once you're all caught up on the stories and the spells, you'll realize that Harry Potter isn't about magic at all, but about something much more integral to a meaningful life: sacrificial love. While adults frequently snub the books for their ostensibly childish motifs, anyone who has ever read them will know that the enchantments are merely vehicles for a larger story about the triumph of good over evil.

Despite its mature themes, Harry Potter will always attract mild ridicule from people who don't understand how the series can lure adults into a world created for children. Mock it all you want, but this fandom is a breeding ground for whimsical romances. There's no return from a love affair with Harry Potter. Instead of attending wine tastings, the two of you will spend hours concocting the perfect Butterbeer recipe. You will Sort each other's friends into their respective Houses. You will guess each other's Boggarts and speculate endlessly on your Patronuses. You will grow to appreciate the resemblance between wizard photos and animated GIFs. You will also have at least one argument over whether her mother is a Slytherpuff or pure Slytherin. But mostly, you will wish that J.K. Rowling would write another book.