Overall, I must say I really enjoyed them. Of course there were parts I didn't like, but unless I am the author I think that will be the case for every book.
Forewarnging. Just about everything in this post is a spoiler. So, if you havn't read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and you plan to, don't read further until you have. Thanks.
Two things stood out to me in this last book.
House elves are usually treated very poorly in the wizard-ing world.They are like little slaves who can't disobey their Master's orders without punishing themselves. So, many wizards take advantage of this, and treat the elves very poorly.
One house elf is named Kreature. Harry inherited this little elf, much to his dismay. Kreature's previous master was pretty cruel, never really caring for the elf. And the elf responded. Kreature had the nastiest angriest attitude both towards his previous master, and then to Harry.
But, a good ways into the book, Harry begins treating Kreature better, for Hermiony's sake. And again, Kreature responds. The transformation is unbelievable! Kreature is a whole new elf, and has a loyalty towards Harry, even beyond the magical one.
This got me to think about how we treat people. Generally, if we are kind toward them, they will be kind toward us. And if we are bitter and resentful to them, they will act similarly towards us.
Now, for the second thing I noticed.
This is a problem I have with the book. Something I really really really wish Rowling hadn't done.
There are these three curses in the magical world that are worse than any other. They are the unforgivable curses, and a wizard who uses them generally goes to the Dementors in Azcaban. One of them is the tourture curse, the other is the mind control curse, and the last one is the killing curse.
I don't have a problem with that. Not at all. I have a problem with Harry using them.
He's the good guy, for goodness sake!
It is presented as if the only way Harry and his friends can accomplish their goal is for him to use the mind control curse several times. Even Professor McGonagall uses one of the curses.
I do not like that Rowling included this. There has to be another way to get Harry and his friends to 'win', even if it would take more work and thought to think of another solution.
So, those are my most pressing thoughts.
My roommate and I are going with a group of friends tonight to watch the midnight premiere of Deathly Hallows (part 1), and I am uber excited! Tinged with a little nervousness as to what they are going to change.