I think I’ve been reading too many blog-posts, and not enough fiction – I wasn’t expecting this book to be so long – I thought instead it would just wrap everything up quickly. It weighs in at a little over 600 pages, and I thought it was easily the best of the series.
Certainly not the one to start with: the more you know about the whole series, the more you’ll understand what’s happening: it took me longer to read than I was hoping, because I had to keep thinking “who is that?”.
Harry somehow manages to be a more grown up version of the character than in previous books, without breaking the continuity. A good effort on Rowling’s part, I thought.