Friday, July 15, 2011—it’s a day that millions of J.K. Rowling-loving fans have been dreading for a long time, yet there’s no getting around it. That’s right, this weekend, the eighth and final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, will premiere in theaters nationwide, bringing the seemingly never-ending fantasy series to an action-packed, and most likely teary, conclusion. And since author Rowling hasn’t announced any plans for a new, eighth novel, this last big screen hoorah is also the last time Potter heads will be able to immerse themselves in a never-before-seen, nor read, tale.
For people who don’t know Quidditch from Yiddish, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will just be another big-budgeted summer blockbuster; for everyone else, though, it’s sure to be a bittersweet hit that allows them say goodbye to beloved stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson after a decade’s worth of cinematic wonderment, however begrudgingly.
Some Potter junkies have been prepping for this somber day for years, and, once the final credits roll, they’ll go on with their lives. But then there are the fanatical ones, the Pot-heads who’ll refuse to leave the theater even after the ushers start picking up candy bar wrappers and the venue’s owner attempts to push them out with brute force.
The sorrow doesn’t have to last, however; your fam at Complex is here to make the transition into a Potter-less world much easier. Stop wishing you could reverse time to see 2001’s opening act Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone for the first time again and take notes as we run down the 10 Best Ways To Cope With Harry Potter Withdrawal.