When Nicole Cur Williams met her new Bluffton neighbors, she made an impression … but it wasn’t magical.
She had just finished reading “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” after buying the final book in the series at a midnight release party the night before when the doorbell rang. Her hair — dyed magenta to resemble Nymphadora Tonks, a colorful character in the books — was a mess. She was wearing pajama pants on a summer afternoon. And she was beside herself.
“They had just killed one of my favorite characters, so I was a sobbing mess,” she said. “I hadn’t slept all night. The makeup from the party the night before was all over my face. I actually went back over later in the afternoon properly dressed and asked if I could have a do-over.”
It’s this emotional connection that’s kept the 27-year-old and millions the world over enamored with the “Harry Potter” world for more than a decade. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the first book about the boy wizard by J.K. Rowling, hit the States in 1998. The movie of the same name followed in 2001. Seven-plus books, seven movies and a theme park later, another chapter closes Friday with the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
“I’m trying not to think about it,” Cur Williams said.