I finished book four today at work, which finishes what I'd read previously; I never got around to reading book five when it came out. I am very, very glad that I reread the first four before trying to continue, because there were a lot of things, both big and small, that I'd forgotten about that are important, and some niggling details that I think I missed the first time that definitely add to the reading.
Oh, and faecat? I can deal with Dobby, but man, do I want to beat the stuffing out of Snape. I know we're supposed to hate Snape, but that doesn't make me hate him any less.
Tonya came over this morning for more craftiness, and I had fun chattering about the books at her, though she's read five and six, which meant that every time I said something like "I wonder why this is like this" or "I hate that and it should be like this" or whatever, she would giggle and say that she had a lot to say on the subject that she couldn't until I'd read the other books. :) It was nice to have someone to natter on to about the books; I'm going to have to go read the spoiler threads once I'm done (which reminds me, I owe some commentary in the book club.)
I'm enjoying the Harry Potter books a lot more this second time through than the first time. The first time, they were cute, but I didn't get the craziness about them. This time around, I think I do. I think suhl is right, and that they read much better in quick succession, so that the details have more continuity (even if reading them in quick succession makes for dreaming about HP.)