So what did everyone think of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
Overall, I greatly enjoyed the book. There were a few things that didn't go the way I expected.
I was kind of surprised by the mega-happy ending. From the dark tone of the some of the earlier books, I was expecting a more tragic ending where the villain is defeated but at great expense to the heroes. While there were many deaths, I fully expected at least one of Ron, Hermione, and Harry to die.
I was also surprised by how much Dumbledore continued to play a major part. In book 6, I wasn't at all surprised when Dumbledore died. My thinking was that Dumbledore, like Obi-Won and Gandalf, needed to die to make room for the hero to mature into his own. However, in book 7, Harry pretty much follows the path that Dumbledore has set for him, often with little understanding of where the path will ultimately take him. I left the book not with the feeling that Harry had defeated Voldemort, but with the feeling that Dumbledore had defeated Voldemort. Harry's triumph was in his unending courage, determination, and sense of duty to his friends and fellow humans.