Perhaps it is because of the hype and the closure since this is the last in the series, but I must admit that I LOVED IT! I’ve enjoyed all of the books in the Harry Potter series, but I wasn’t moved by them necessarily. This one really got to me. I won’t give any “spoilers” but will just say that, if I were still teaching, I would love to create a unit (well, with seven books, I guess it’d be a whole course) exploring the motifs, the symbols, the themes. What a way to draw kids into the world of literary analysis and appreciation.
MY DRY, SPOILERLESS COMMENTARY: I enjoyed the JC connection, really appreciated the resolution with Neville’s character, didn’t like the epilogue, was broken-hearted for Teddy. Loved Luna’s dad, Xenophilius Lovegood (love of strangeness) — my kind of guy!