I've finished and I have to say I'm a little sad about it. Never again will I be able to pick up these books and have the anticipation of what's coming next, how will it all end, when will they get together, will they get together, etc. etc. Book 7 was a roller coaster. I smiled, I giggled, I laughed out loud, I cried, laughed again, cried while I laughed, laughed some more, cried some more. It put me through the ringer it did. But it was really, really good.
She did a bang up job of putting everything together. Bringing things back that barely even had a mention in previous books. I still have questions though. (still no spoilers) Like who was the one person who got the reprieve, who were the two that died that weren't going to before. I mean, I can guess and they'd be educated guesses but of course I don't know if I'm correct. Also, I read a book the the Mugglenet.com people had written and they had some questions too. I finished reading book 7 on Friday. Saturday I picked up the Mugglenet book and reread a few of their musings/predictions over again. Seeing which ones they got right and which they were off the mark on. And at the end of the book there were questions that came about from some of JK's interviews. One of those interviews from 1999 she said there was someone who later in life was able to do a bit of magic in an extraordinary time. There was another question too that right now I can't remember what it was that I wanted to see if she answered. So yesterday afternoon I picked it back up and skimmed through several places and read others, looking for these answers and more. I never found them. But then, that interview was from '99 which of course means she could have changed her mind. I also could have missed it since I did skim most of it, and some pages skipped over entirely.
Anyway, I enjoyed it immensely and I'm a little sad it's all over. But at least I still have two more movies to look forward too. Can't wait to see who the new cast members will be. But here's another question. Tonks in the movie has purplish hair yet in the books her normal color is bubble-gum pink. Why would they change that for the movie? It doesn't make sense. Oh well, it's a little thing and I do like the look of it.
Media quote of the day: So, people, let's try and calm down a bit, Things are bad enough without inventing stuff as well. For instance, this new idea that You-Know-Who can kill with a single glance from his eyes. That's a basilisk, listeners. One simple test: Check whether the thing that's glaring at you has got legs. If it has, it's safe to look into its eyes, although if it really is You-Know-Who, that's still likely to be the last thing you ever do. - Fred in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.