Wrote this at This Recording.
Everyone said their childhood was over after they finished reading Harry Potter. Now that I think about it, I might have reached adulthood much earlier than that. (Or else, I am not an adult at all. I shudder at that thought.)
No, my dismay at the end of the series did not come from growing up. It came from understanding that the reasons I love what I love have come from a variety of sources that I can no longer return to for the first time. And that it is never really certain that you will love anything again after something you love has left you.