I actually just started reading them at the end of August. I'm on number five right now. And I have to say Neville, Luna, and Ron are still my favorite characters.
"too late" is when you've already seen all the movies.
To vote "No Way" on this is really, REALLY pointless :p
Yes it is, everyone who started reading Harry Potter after 2008 is a retarded asshole faggatron. My childhood was so much better than yours. And if you've seen the movies but haven't read the books, god help you if you've seen the movies but haven't read the books...