I'm willing to admit that I'm such a fan, I stood in line at midnight whenever a new book was released and then read the books at the rate of a chapter a night to draw out the singular pleasure of delving again and again into Potter's world.
The books got better as Rowling hit her stride, but the later tomes were all overlong. I thought "Deathly Hallows" would have been better with the excision of about 100 pages. At times, the teen angst and the Horcrux trek drove me crazy.
That said, I find I can re-watch the movies and never get bored. And because the last film was shown at a local dollar theater, I saw it a total of six times. Yeah, I'm probably nuts for admitting that. But there was something special about Hallows, Part One. It was atmospheric and more deeply felt than the other stories. I was surprised by that because, like I said, I found the first half of the final book a little, um, slow.
From what I've seen of the early reviews, the final film is anything but slow and atmospheric. And the almost universal acclaim suggests that the moviemakers got it right.
But as I watched Part One unspool, I realized that it was an experience I won't be able to have much longer. Yeah, the very last movie will wind up at the dollar theater sometime around Halloween, and will likely still be playing through the end of the year. And then the whole glorious enterprise, save for the DVD, will end.
I don't think I will ever see anything comparable in my lifetime. The James Bond films had a good run and I enjoyed the LOTR movies, but the Harry Potter films are in a class by themselves. My hat's off to the creators and to J.K. Rowling for her creativity and craftsmanship.