Many of the most ardent Potter readers have now finished the book. In our house, three family members have raced through the book in the last 2-1/2 days, and the book is now in the hands of my oldest son.
For those who have read the book, here are a handful of good reviews to enjoy. There are spoilers at the links so don't click if you haven't read and want to be surprised!
A side note, I am not linking to the New York Times review, as I think their embargo-breaking review was very uncool, given how desperately POTTER readers did not want to know what was in the book. Leave it to the NYT to spill secrets -- they've had lots of practice.
First, at the subject link, a very interesting article from The Wall Street Journal which addresses the Potter books as Christian allegory at some length ("Ms. Rowling's moral universe...is subtly but unmistakably Christian"). My daughter noticed a number of additional, more specific things which aren't described in the review.
Another review from The Washington Post: "an instant classic."
And from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "After all this time it turns out that we have underestimated J.K. Rowling. Not even her most ardent partisans could have anticipated the triumph that is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
I'm so pleased for those who've been anxiously awaiting the book that it appears to be such a success.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS is now the most successful book in history, selling at the rate of 50,000 books per minute! It has broken all bookselling records.