Bated breath, I know:
Chapter 2: In Memoriam
Well, that was a lot of exposition.
It’s definitely interesting to get some hints about Dumbledore’s past, although it’s a shame we had to wait until he was dead. I’ve been hoping ever since book 1 to hear more about Dumbledore’s defeat of the dark wizard Grindelwald.
Rita Skeeter I could just as well do without. She’s one of the top three most annoying characters in the series, no question. One wonders whether this means that Hermione’s let Rita off of her leash? Skeeter is yet another illustration of the uneasy balance of tone in the Harry Potter world. She’s an over-the-top parody of an unethical journalist: is it really likely that the Daily Prophet would publish such a fluffy borderline-defamatory article about Dumbledore only a few short weeks after he died, with Voldemort on the loose? (Also, wouldn’t a newspaper be more likely to publish a review of Skeeter’s book, rather than a “Lifestyle” piece on her? I guess the Prophet always has been more a tabloid than a newspaper. Clearly if I’m worrying about standards of journalism in the magical world it’s time for me to get a grip. Ahem. Grip gotten.)
Harry finally cleaning out his school trunk is a nice image for the final Privet Drive scene of the series.
No spoilers for later chapters in the comments! I know where you live.