I remember the first time I finished this one. I was left in tears, crying for the last half of the book, and also surprised as certain matters unfolded. And shocked. Shocked because somehow I knew what was coming. And I wasn't ready for it. But now, fastforward nine years, I've come to accept it. sure there's tears to be found at times, but I've come to accept it. Things happen for a reason, whether the author is aware of that fact or not.
It's never easy.
But in all, I really love the development in this book. All the secrets slowly being pieced together and revealed is delicious. I always love the background information and details, and how Rowling unveils them for us. It's just remarkably superb.