I finished reading H.P. and the H.B.P. tonight. So now I know who dies. Big whoop. I'm sorry, but it didn't really affect me at all.
J.K.R. is still using the same plot devices she has used in every single H.P. book so far. She just mixes it up a little more. In the first 5 books a whole bunch of confusing things happen and at the end Dumbledore explains everything to Harry. In H.P. and the H.B.P., a whole bunch of confusing things happen at the same time that Dumbledore is explaining still more of Harry's mysterious past to Harry.
Not that I find the plot "confusing". What I mean is that Harry and co. always seem to end up with some bits of suspicious information. A good deal of their time is spent trying to unravel the mystery of some item that they just happen to conveniently lay their hands on.
Okay, so Goblet of Fire at least had a little more plot to it. And Quidditch. To be fair, the Half-Blood Prince also has Quidditch and "snogging" in it as well. *ack* Gag me totally with a spoon.
I know that some would say that J.K.R. has crossed the line from "children's" literature to "adult" literature, but I maintain that she has merely crossed the line into "young adult" literature.
I'm quite disappointed, really. I loved H.P. and the Sorcerer's Stone, and I even loved H.P. and the Chamber of Secrets. But after that, I really felt like the quality of J.K.R.'s writing went downhill. I suppose that's not a very popular view, but it is mine.