1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. J. K. Rowling. You could call it the most satisfying ending to a guessing game since the casting of Scarlett O'Hara. The seventh and final installment of the Potter series went in no radical directions (Harry didn't die), but Rowling made it look effortless when she niftily tied off one plot line after another. The kids who grew up on these novels--and therefore can't help but take them somewhat for granted--have no idea how lucky they are.
UPDATE: For those of us who are podcast fans of The Leaky Cauldron, they will be broadcasting their 130th episode of PotterCast with a very special guest: J.K. Rowling. You can download the podcast from iTunes or listen here at the Cafe beginning Tuesday, Dec. 18th by clicking on the Pottercast on this page in the right-hand column. It's a two-part interview, but the majority of the interview (filled with inside scoop) will be Tuesday.