Finally. It. Is. Over.
I started with book one many years ago. A friend (thanks Mike) started reading them, and then I too was hooked. And now it is over. I ambled into the local store yesterday around noon, and quietly bought the book. I didn't reserve it, I didn't pre pay or stay up all night. I ignored the hype and simply bought it.
And then I read it. Twice. I am a quick read.
The final installment of the Harry Potter epic is 759 pages short. It answers all our unanswered questions, and ties up (or attempts to ) all the loose ends. Do not flip to the back of the book. One, you'll spoil the ending, and two there are a number of twists that will make it disappointing.
On the whole I am glad it is all over. I found the book overlong, and the plot unnecessary convoluted. In short its a mess- all over the place. Most of the later books lack the tightness of plot of the earlier books. This one like Half Blood Prince and the Order of Phoenix is all over the place. It left me exhausted. The length of the book and its convoluted plot twists and turns highlight the fact that Rowling's writing is not that good. But who's complaining?
Out of all 7 books my favorite still is the Prisoner of Azkaban. With any luck the next movie will be a combination of Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. But I won't hold my breath.