Well, I am a huge fan. I owe HP, or JKR rather, for getting me into the reading habbit! Yes it is embarassing, but I am proud of it. By the way there are a couple of spoilers so beware.
Anyway, I had finished the final installment HP and the Deathly Hallows last night at 3 AM. Thanks to the flu and an assignment I couldnt get into it earlier. But it is done. What an absolutely fantastic finale to the series. This is testament to the fact that she deserves every penny of the couple of billion pounds she has amassed thanks to the magical world she has woven. While the ending itself is not as surprising or brilliant as that of the Prisoner of Azkaban or the Goblet of Fire, it still ranks as one of the best books of all times. I am so glad that my theory (well not uniquely mine ofcourse) about Snape’s innocence and Id even say greatness, came true.
Ofcourse the deaths of Dobby was I think unnecessary. I loved the poor guy, and to have him killed especially after all that… well no words… but I think his death is made up by the house-elves’ participation in the final battle. The other deaths I beleived unnecessary were Tonk’s and Fred’s. I mean Moody and Lupin’s departure was inevitable, but Tonks and Fred’s? Surely we could have done without Charlie (no offence), but to deprive George of his significant other, thats just too cruel.
But deaths aside, an absolutely magnificent plot and character development. One thing that was a bit dissapointing was the epilogue. I could have used a bit more on what happened to more of the characters. JKR only had briefly described how Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny end up (with a couple of others). Hopefully these will be cleared out in an interview.
The hardest part was however the sickly realisation (which began as I had started the first page), that once I had gone through the 600 pages, that would be the end of HP world for ever. And boy was that painful. Actually it still is. I suppose this is nothing new. All good things must come to an end, but one can still wish otherwise.
By the way who is the individual who discovers magic late in his life (as JKR had pointed out in her interview?)