Recently I decided, however, that I wanted to catch up on what I'd been missing. Natalie really likes the books and I thought it would be fun to be able to talk about them/watch the movies with her, so I decided to go ahead and re-read the first three and then read the last four for the first time. So, I sauntered through the first three--thoroughly enjoying them--and then ended up finishing the last four at a steadily increasing pace.
I just finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yesterday! I could not ask for a better ending to the series. I highly recommend that anyone who has been as stubborn as I have get over their pride and read these books! They are some of my favorites of all time, and, actually really well written (sorry Twitlight).