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10 Ways to Cope with Post-Potter Depression

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July 18th, 2011

You knew this day would come. You felt it inch closer after every book release, after every new movie. And now with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final installment, open in theaters, you can barely contain your excitement…or the lingering fear that everything has ended and you have nothing left to look forward to.

Post-Potter depression is quite real, affecting countless people worldwide. The pain is especially cutting for those who have followed the boy wizard’s story from the beginning, over 13 years ago. But we must realize that, as with everything, life moves on. The book ends and the credits roll.

However, complete withdrawal isn’t necessary, or healthy, at this point. Below are 10 things you can do to help ease the pain of post-Potter life.

1. Pick up another book
Sometimes the best way to get over an addiction is to find another one to replace it. There are a number of book series that share the magic and adventure of J.K. Rowling’s universe. You can go a little old school with The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Or you can choose among today’s top young adult books such as the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan or The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. With both series being adapted into films, their popularity should escalate even further. New obsession? I think so.

2. Visit Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway
We’re all excited to see the Boy Who Lived take on non wand-brandishing roles. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is Radcliffe’s second turn on Broadway, and most agree that he succeeds precisely because he really tries. In his first musical, Radcliffe shows off his singing and dancing skills as corporate up-and-comer J. Pierrepont Finch in a charming, impressive performance. Watch him shine in his performance of "Brotherhood of Men" from the musical below.

3. Check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
This one is obvious. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure is the mecca of Harry Potter fandom.  Fans can enjoy Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks, be chosen by a wand at Ollivander’s or take a thrilling ride through Hogwarts on “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.” With the theme park’s meticulous detail and authenticity, you can relieve your longing to live in the wizarding world, if only for a few hours.

4. Follow Rupert Grint’s film career
Our favorite red-headed sidekick has kept busy after wrapping Deathly Hallows, therefore leaving us a lot to look forward to. Grint’s upcoming films include Comrade, a WWII saga, and Eddie the Eagle, a comedy about an English ski jumper’s journey to the Olympics. Neither film has a set release date, so if you can't wait, you can always watch one of his previous movies to hold you over. Check out the trailer for Wild Target below, a 2010 comedy starring Grint, Emily Blunt and fellow Harry Potter star Bill Nighy.

5. Attend the Quidditch World Cup
Quidditch has come a long way since the sport’s adaption in 2005. Over 300 universities and high schools, thousands of players, and even other countries have caught quaffles and dodged bludgers, making this once-fictional sport an entertaining reality. Potter-pining fans (and anyone else really) should not miss out on the Quidditch World Cup, held this year in New York on November 12 and 13. 100 teams from around the world will compete for the cup while fans also enjoy live music, food and medieval entertainment.

6. Watch out for Emma Watson
She has graduated from her big, bushy ‘do to a polished pixie cut, and now our Hermione is moving on from magical know-it-all to more mature roles. Watson is set to play a wild child in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (imdb link), releasing in 2012. Her character introduces a friend to a party-hard lifestyle of “sex, drugs and complicated relationships.” Later this year, My Week with Marilyn releases, where Watson plays a wardrobe assistant alongside Oscar nominee Michelle Williams.

7. Explore London and Oxford on a guided Harry Potter tour
If you’re really serious, you can make a pilgrimage to England and take a guided tour through London and Oxford, where you’ll see many film sites in the Harry Potter movies. In the eight to ten-hour tour, visitors can see platform 9 ¾, the Knight Bus route, and several spots at Oxford University where many scenes were filmed. British Tours hosts these private outings (2 to 11 passengers) and provides highly educated and personable guides for each tour.

8. Sign up for PotterCon 2012
This is a great way for fans to enjoy everything Potter without even having to leave home. PotterCon 2012, an entirely online experience using Livestream-based programming, will include academic discussions, Hogwarts-style courses led in-character, live rock shows and screenings of fanmade productions. You can register for the convention now, though it doesn’t take place until September 7-9, 2012.

9. Take a studio tour at Leavesden
For 10 years, the cast of Harry Potter called Leavesden studios their second home. It’s where every movie was filmed, where each memory was made, and now it’s where fans from all over the world will visit to get another Potter fix. “The Making of Harry Potter” is a three-hour walking tour of the Warner Bros. studio in London where visitors get unique access to behind-the-scenes elements of the movie. Some main attractions include authentic film sets such as the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s office. Tickets for the studio tour aren’t available yet, but Potter enthusiasts should keep a close watch until “The Making of Harry Potter” opens next spring.

10. Get more at Pottermore
Last month, J.K. Rowling announced the launch of Pottermore, an interactive website themed around the reading of the Harry Potter books.  Though we only know a few details, some fans can gain early access and see it all on July 31. The rest of us must wait until the official launch on October 1. Rowling has written thousands of words of backstory and insight for this project, which makes Pottermore the go-to source for sating our new content cravings.

Though we must sadly say goodbye to new chapters and midnight releases, there is still a plethora of Potter-related opportunities awaiting you. Choose one or all, and remember - it doesn't all have to end right now.

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