I feel like I've lost a whole group of friends.
I am satisfied with this last book. I'm satisfied with the ending of the last book. I thought everything came together beautifully. Backstories that we've been waiting to learn more about came to the forefront and enriched the story. And when I think about this series, I think "rich". There is so much subtlety in the books that will never be captured in a movie. You cannot watch the movies and ignore the books and catch all of the ways in which everything is tied together. (And this is coming from a girl who loves the movies.)
I was so pleased that characters that I thought I'd never see again came back for one last hoorah.
Dobby. Dobby was my favorite, I think. A free elf, and when his end came, he was finally REALLY free. It was hard to read those pages (I yelled quite a lot when I realized what had happened).
I could go on and on about the characters, but I'm saving some of this for a Thursday Thirteen. I bet that will be a common theme this week.
The parts of the book where mothers were risking their lives to protect their children really got to me. I loved the part where Molly Weasley took on Bellatrix to save Ginny's life. I was so afraid that she would die in the process. I also thought it was really cool the way Narcissa (and what a cute play on words her name is for the Malfoy family!) "protected" Harry in order to learn about her son's whereabouts and get him out safely. That was totally unexpected.
The symbolism was beautiful (I keep saying beautiful, but that's the only way I know how to describe it) and very meaningful.
I ran across this article from Christianity Today that I thought was REALLY good. It's not often that you see a Christian periodical back the books up, but finally I guess someone actually read the books for him/herself and read between the lines. It's about time something like that happened.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
And that's the overall theme of this book, and in turn, this series.
P.S.--I would totally welcome a series about the next generation at Hogwarts. Think she'll do it?