I cleared OoTP in less than two days (am now re-reading it at a more leisurely pace), and I liked it alot too. But there was something different about the way it was written, it wasn't the same as the first four. Probably because it is kindof a "transitional" book. Yes, I did cry heavily over the character's death. He was my favorite. I did feel it was an innapropriate move, but that's okay.
There were alot of things I'm glad happened, though. For one, Harry and Cho not getting together. They are both stricken over Cedric's death, and I don't think they'd be ready for a relationship. And come on, who gets together with their first crush anyway?