The seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter saga is, to my mind, the best book in the series. It both wraps everything up and pushes Harry in interesting and inventive new directions. Now that they've left school, Harry and his friends are free to move around the wizarding world. JKR takes full advantage of the multi-setting possibilities; we see tons of new places, as well as some old favourites, as the trio struggle to find the remaining Horcruxes and avoid detection. Those who found the last two books a little slow will be glad to hear that this one is absolutely action-packed. There's always something happening, and it's usually something that involves a large-scale magical fight. And even when the physical action slows down a little, JKR works in enough of the usual puzzle pieces to keep readers devouring the book at a breathless rate. Many, many times, I found myself crowing with glee as a long-running plot point was summed up, or when one of my theories proved correct. And man, does everything come together nicely! I'm leery of saying too much here, but I was very, very pleased with how all the little hints and tidbits that JKR planted in the first six volumes came together. Everything made sense, and nothing jumped out as being too simplistic. On a different note, the character development continues to be wonderful, right up to the end. It was great to see Harry, Ron and Hermione grow throughout the course of the novel, and I really liked how we got some more insight into important secondary characters like Dumbledore and Snape. But, enjoyment aside, the book isn't quite perfect. Since the trio are traveling alone, some characters don't get as much attention as they perhaps deserve. I would've liked a little more closure with the Dursleys, for example. It also would've been nice to see a little more of what was going on in the wizarding world while the trio were on the run; I'd especially have liked to see inside Hogwarts. And there's one particular plot device that occurs just a little too often, too; it's entertaining, but it would've been nice to see JKR try something different. There were also a couple of things that I thought were curiously absent from the epilogue. Truthfully, though, I'm kind of searching for things to complain about. I'm sure problems will leap out at me after I've read this a few times, but for now I'm very, very happy with it. This was a great read. It was everything I was hoping for.