MoBob decided that he couldn't wait until the French version came and is now plowing his way through DH. Good for him!
Now that it's the morning after and I've gone through some of the material on the internet, it's a little disconcerting that there seems to be a real disjuncture between universally glowing reviews in mainstream media and many lukewarm and disappointed reactions in fandom. The Fire and Ice forum and hp_essays for example. Interesting points coming out on some of the revelations. People will be hashing this out for years to come.
I just feel for the millions of kids who've eagerly awaited this book and then they'll see how truly dark it is....