It’s easily the best book in the series.
There were so many twists and turns, surprises (good and bad), and tears that it’s a wonder that I got through the book at all! JKR certainly ended the series in a way most of us couldn’t have imagined; answering many of our questions but also leaving doors open for discussions in the years to come.
Most of the questions we’ve wondered about in the Potter Fandom are laid to rest: Is Harry a Horcrux? Did Snape love Lily? Who’s side is Snape on? Will Ron and Hermione ever get together?
But there were also some plot twists that I’m sure most readers never thought to ask about. For instance, I never had reason to ask, “Who is the real Albus Dumbledore?” I agreed with most people in fandom that the Deathly Hallows were a “where”, and not a “what”. I also never expected the revelation that Harry found out when searching for the Ravenclaw horcrux.
I’ve listened to and read the interviews that J.K. Rowling has done in the past two weeks, and although I agree with her ideas that “war is not pleasant and everone is at risk”, I really could’ve done without some of the deaths she wrote, in particular the deaths in Chapters 24 and 31 which each had me crying for over 20 minutes. But I think that the way she wrote the deaths, and the particular meanings for them (as she mentions in her interview on “Dateline”) were beautifully written and with meaning behind them, especially for those of us who are die-hard fans of the series.
The Best Chapters for me: “The Prince’s Tale” and “King’s Cross”
My favorite scenes: The scene in the chapter “The Silver Doe” where the horcrux is destroyed by Ron cements him as my favorite overall character of the series. The anguish and struggle he faced when facing his fears and the bravery in his character at overcoming them were very heartwrenching for me. Harry’s scene in “The Forest Again” where he comes to terms with his fate; read it and you can feel what he’s feeling.
The epilogue, I felt, was too “happy” and without enough information. But J.K. Rowling has filled in some of the blanks during the above mentioned interview (check out what she says here), and has implied that maybe, a few years down the road, she will answer more in her “encyclopedia” of the HP world, which will include more information and back-story on some of our favorite (and under-used) characters (Quote: “I’ve said before that Dean Thomas had a much more interesting history than ever appeared in the books”).
As for this Potter fan, I’ll be eagerly waiting.