It’s easy to become nostalgic about the years before the Harry Potter series was adapted to film, before the theme parks were created, or before the associated merchandise generated more excitement than pages of text. In my memory the books were always enough. Each novel provided access to a magical world within our own where paintings could speak, staircases shifted, and true tests of friendship often involved annual life-or-death battles with a sinister foe. The stories commanded our imaginations and encouraged us to see the potential for magic in the everyday. I sat down with two friends I’ve known since childhood to discuss the significance of the series in our lives at the time, the lasting legacy of the novels into adulthood, and (of course) Dumbledore’s death.