ETA: Some comments about the book. Typed in from the handwritten notes I made right after I read it.
The first half of the book was somewhat slow, yet I found myself both wanting to read - to know - and reluctant to be completely finished.
The second half was amaing. JKR is SO CLEVER! She did all the thing I hoped/believed would happen, and world thm out beautifully. Harry did NOT hae to kill Voldemort; Voldemort killed himself. (I never wanted Harry to have to become a killer). The DH was totally unexpected, yet perfect. Harry dies, yet lives.
I found the epilogue confusing; too many names. Too abrupt. I need time to adjust to the fact that 19 years elapsed. Yet what he said about Snape being brave, YES! Totally vindicated my belief in the good of Snape.
All deaths were ones I expected, except Tonks. That sucked. I was relieved that the trio all survived, and YAY Neville!
I loved the Dumbledore backstory.
I cried loads; I even cried when Moody died (and I didn't like him very much). I cried for Severus. Cried for Fred. Cried for brave, brave Harry. Probably the most beautiful moment for me was when Harry was thinking about the precious moments (that he believed to be his last) of his life.
I was confused a bit by the wand thing, but after I got it straight in my head OMG, how clever is that?
I was satisfied with the Draco story, although I would have liked to have seem more redemption from Slitherin House. I thought the way she handled the Malfoy parents was great - they really did love their son and did what they needed to do to save him, when it came right down to it. And yet, they were too cowardly to really do anything outward.
The scene where Ron stabs the horcrux was fantastic.
I was disappointed that Remus died offstage. I totally expected him to die, but I thought we would be there when it happened. It came off as extremely anti-climactic to me, but I wonder if perhaps this was JKR just not wanting to put herself through the horror of killing him off in great detail (I've written deaths in my own fiction which were very painful to write, so I can hardly fault her for "chickening out" of this one).