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Suffering from post-Potter Depression?

We run down five possible cures.

By Corwin Neuse Jul 18, 2011 11:09AM
As with all good things (childhood, college, European vacations, birthday parties, the existence of dinosaurs, etc.) the Harry Potter series has come to an end. It’s over. Done with. For all intents and purposes, dead. Existing now only in our memories and on our DVD shelves.

No longer having the promise of yet another installment to look forward to, millions of Harry Potter fans are now facing a rather sinister existential quandary. Who or what can we turn to fill that gaping hole in our chests? Not to worry. Here, we run through five of the possibilities, and their associated pluses and minuses:


ADVANTAGES: “The Dark Knight Rises” should be awesome. The familiar appearance of the Warner Brothers logo will send a pleasing wave of nostalgia tickling down the Harry Potter fan's spine. Will be long and filled with satisfying explosions. Someone dark might get their comeuppance, while a trusty sidekick could get a chance to shine. Maybe.

DISADVANTAGES: As discussed earlier in this space, it’s purportedly the last in its series, so will only delay the onset of the inevitable, crushing separation anxiety and depression for another year. 

On the other hand, we might be only 3-5 years away from an equally predestined “reboot.”

VERDICT: For better or worse, Batman will go on forever.

This is a book cover. Not a movie poster.The Hunger Games

ADVANTAGES: A trilogy (or quadrology) based on a trio of popular, critically acclaimed Young Adult novels, about precocious kids overcoming adversity, set in a fascinating world of mystery and danger? Sign me up!

DISADVANTAGES: There are only the three source novels. This, too, will have a limited shelf life. Also, while it does contain elements of the supernatural, there is no magic. And while you might want to live in the world of Harry Potter, you most assuredly would not want to live in the post-apocalyptic dystopia depicted herein.

VERDICT: Could be the one. With a prequel trilogy rumored to be in the works, the series might last until 2022, when—with the Statute of Secrecy finally broken—magic will be discovered to be real, thereby allowing those who desire the opportunity to live in Harry’s world once again.

Twilight Behold, a sign of the apocalypse!
Just kidding.

Not satisfied? Okay, fine.

ADVANTAGES: The guy who played Cedric Diggory is in them. So, if you squint just right, and wear ear-plugs... it might be possible to confuse this for a Harry Potter film.

Also, there's only one book left in the series. 

DISADVANTAGES: However, the producers have borrowed a page from their Harry Potter brethren, and have split the final book into two movies. 

Furthermore, the films portray a physically, emotionally abusive relationship in an overwhelmingly positive light. Also, the story involves a hulking teenage werewolf romantically bonding with a baby. Gross.

VERDICT: On the other hand, Jacob Black. Alohamora!

Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter Don't watch this.

DISADVANTAGES: It’s just been brought to my attention that this has nothing to do with the upcoming “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Too bad.

ADVANTAGES: Is available now on DVD?

VERDICT: Probably too violent, blasphemous, and Canadian for a family audience to appreciate.

Still, worth watching at least once!

Game of Thrones
Wait, never mind. This is a TV show.

On the other hand...

ADVANTAGES: The novel series on which it is based is ongoing, and may continue indefinitely. So there's that.

DISADVANTAGES: HBO subscription fees. Violence. Nudity. Complete irrelevance to Harry Potter. Complete inappropriateness considering the audience. Possibly too nerdy.

VERDICT: I'm contractually obligated not to say anything here.

Well, what do you think, Hitlisters? How will you overcome your post-Potter depression? What series are you looking forward to? Do you share my disdain for Twilight? Am I an idiot? Discuss below!
Aug 3, 2011 8:39AM
Could you please support your claim & give some examples from the Twilight books as to where there's a physically abusive relationship?
Jul 19, 2011 6:06PM
They need to remake Eragon. The movie sucked. The Inheritance Cycle is great and it has 4 books too.
Jul 19, 2011 6:03PM
I was looking forward to The Dark Tower series. but I just read that it will not happen.  Perhaps that is for the best.  There are few books that translate well to movies.  Harry Potter being a wonderful exception.
Jul 19, 2011 3:56PM
However you may feel about the Twilight series, if you consider it literary trash or not, to say that the relationship in the book is physically abusive is just flat out ignorant. An argument could be made for emotional abuse, but physical? Come on.
Jul 19, 2011 11:00AM
I have enjoyed the Harry Potter series very much. Will I miss the continuing saga? Sure. Will I suffer depression from it? NO. While I didn't care for the epilogue of the story, it was ended well. Just like when we have a yearning to watch the Wizard of Oz, or Gone With the Wind, Harry will always be around on film, in books.
Jul 19, 2011 1:02AM

Haha, I cracked up about the Twilight bit. Though I'm afraid you used the spell "Alohomora" incorrectly. That opens locks. I think you were thinking of "Accio". *realizes the nerdiness of the aforementioned comment and moves on*


Anyways, I've tried the Hunger Games, and the first one was really good; though they went sort of downhill from there. And Dark Knight is awesome, but it probably won't be anything without Heath Ledger. Twilight does not deserve to be considered, hot shirtless guys or not.


The truth is, my fellow Harry Potter fans (and I am talking moreso to the book-readers rather than the movie-watchers), is that the end of a glorious era is over. And we will we depressed. We may find ourselves feeling lost and aimless, but it will pass. Eventually. Will we ever truly fill the void? It's doubtful. For a lot of us, HP was our childhoods. But we should cherish the enjoyment we got out of it and move on with our lives, even if we do continue to keep a copy of each book next to our beds like a Bible.


As for those who say JK Rowling should continue, I politely disagree. Delaying the end won't keep it from happening. She finished it (brilliantly, I might add), and the movie is finished (epic, by the way), and we had a great run. It's time to tip our hats to a great era and say goodbye while we have a semblance of dignity.


I apologize for the long-winded sermon. I'm over-emotional right now, haha. HP fans, it was nice to know that a book series could bring us all together. Like magic.

Jul 18, 2011 11:51PM
Hunger Games is a great trilogy.  There is a book I picked up while on vacation a few weeks ago called, Journey to Felnoria.  It was an amazing book by some local author.  Anyone looking for a book like Chronicles of Narnia should try it out. 
Jul 18, 2011 10:57PM
The last Movie was GREAT ( better than the book) and yes if feels a bit empty now. For those of you who enjoys a good page-turning adventure to read this summer try  THE TIDES OF AVARICE by John Dahlgren.
Jul 18, 2011 10:38PM
If no Harry Potter leaves a "gaping hole in your chest" you need to get a life.
Jul 18, 2011 10:30PM
You didn't even name one of the best substitutes for Harry Potter! How sad.
The Mortal Instruments and Infernal devices series...s by Cassandra Clare. Magic? Check. Vampires? Check. Werewolves? Check. Other assorted magical creatures? Check. Dark Lordish person? Check (...multiple checks, actually...). All magic is unknown to general population? Check. I could go on, but yeah...

So far there are five books out, four in the first series and one in the prequel series. There will be two more in the regular series, two more in the prequel series, and there will potentially be a third series as well. And the first book of the main series is being made into a movie, so there's potential for that as well.

Yeah, I know the cure for my post Harry Potter blues.

Jul 18, 2011 10:14PM
Game of Thrones books are amazing and that's what I'm clinging to in order to put off the depression. Batman will help too. Looking forward to Hunger Games as well but I'll never read Twilight, that wasn't even a FUNNY joke!
Jul 18, 2011 9:15PM
Try the Septimus Heap series. Just whimscial enough to be very entertaining. For the Dies hard Harry Potter fans it does fill some of the void and gives you another set of characters to fall in love with.
Jul 18, 2011 8:26PM
I think rowling should write some prequals now...Hey, it worked for star wars!
Jul 18, 2011 7:57PM
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King will, if done right, be the next great series.
Jul 18, 2011 2:51PM
I do look forward to Breaking Dawn. Love the Twilight series too.
Jul 18, 2011 2:50PM

I am sad that Harry Potter is all over, but having all the movies, and all except the last book on audiobook, can always watch listen.  to it. Oh, and read the books too. But I am hoping JK Rowlings does do another book I think it should be Harry Potter the next Generation, Like Star Trek.

But it was time for it to end. Harry Potter will live forever just like Star Wars, Star Trek. 

Jul 18, 2011 12:30PM
Every teen I know is obsessed with "The Hunger Games" so I think that series may be the Anointed One. As for me, I'm still holding out hope for the final three films in the Star Wars series. True, the three "prequels" stank up the joint but all the more reason for Lucas to go back and redeem the franchise. 
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