... But it was totally worth the wait. I'm still getting my head around the whole of it, how the story adapted to screen, how the characters and actors are growing into their roles, how close we are now to the end of the series, but overall I was quite impressed and almost thoroughly satisfied. ("Snogwarts" indeed!) I finished rereading the book while sitting in line for the film, so it was fresh in my mind. As I read this last time through, I kept just thinking that everything was going to probably be left out, so my expectations were exceeded when little details and overall themes were fairly intact. The score is taking a little time to grow on me (Nicholas Hooper's work on OotP had a similar grace period, though I'm quite fond of it now), but the film had nice artistic and narrative touches that I didn't expect. It was also great to be able to see it with my girl, which I would not have been able to do had this film been released when originally scheduled.
This event also marked the one-month-left-until-our-wedding day. What a momentous occasion!
P.S. Something else I learned (the hard way) this night is that my "new" ride doesn't have a warning light when gas gets low... I'll remember that, so that such an event as happened may never, ever happen again.