Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof LOVES Harry Potter. So much so that the fact he DIDN'T love Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1 taught him an important lesson—that he should forgive those of us who were less than happy with how Lost ended.
Lindelof reviewed the new film for The Daily Beast, and what he thought about it seems less important than how it changed what he thought about US.
He wrote last night about how our ambivalence over Lost's ending had him thinking that those of us who were criticizing it couldn't possibly be fans:
If I'm asking you to invest your time and attention in a story I'm telling, it's your right to tell me that you hate that story.
You just don't get to call yourself a "fan."
At least that is what I had always believed.
Then I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.
Disliking that movie—and go read his review if you want to know why—opened his eyes to how wrong he'd been:
I still love Harry Potter. Deeply and profoundly. I will read these books to my son when he's old enough not to be terrified of the dementors. And I will absolutely be crammed into my Gryffindor shirt, the very first in line to see Deathly Hallows, Part 2, which is guaranteed to make me cry at the end just as the book did.
My point is that I'm still a fan. A huge fan. Huge.
And so I sincerely and genuinely apologize to all those whom I have stripped of their Lost fandom just for complaining about the stuff you didn't like. It doesn't make you any less a fan. In fact ...
It just makes you honest.
I respect that. And I'm genuinely sorry for ever feeling otherwise.
Thanks, Damon. We appreciate that.
And we forgive you, too.