I thought it was great; a fitting ending, and I kinda miss it. Yes, it was predictable, but it's always been predictable. It's presentation that counts, not whether or not you can trick/surprise me, which doesn't happen often to anyone whose read/watched alot of books/movies. Thought with #5 and especially #6 she was kinda slipping, so I'm glad to see that she was back in her best form for the final book. Major gripe - modern novelists it seems have no appreciation for falling action in a story. They put the climax(es) running up to the last pages and leave you hanging and stuffed full of adrenalin. I need (especially if I've bothered to follow you for a full seven books) more exposition on the future of the characters now that major plot has been dealt with. (Not just some cutesy send up) I disagree entirely that this would not have fit with the rest to have had a real epilogue. After the breakneck pace and big finish you are supposed to slow down and level off so I can finish the series peacefully. It's called closure, and its necessary for a series that was built entirely around one major conflict. For something like the Sopranos, which was always only meant to represent one little slice out of a life in the mafia, it genius to end abrubtly and without resolution, because there is no central conflict --the story is ongoing, life for the family existed before the portion excerpted and presented in the show, and it will go on in much the same way afterward. Harry Potter is not like that, there has been a very specific arc with a very specific end point since the very beginning --so tying up the characters stories and lives at the end (in other words having a conclusion) lets me know how they have dealt with the ultimate affects of their great struggle which is now over.