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1) Thestrals are in fact a breed of winged horses.
2) Baby Harry doesn't actually witness his parents' deaths. James is killed elsewhere in the house, and even though Lily is killed in the same room as Harry, as they show in the movie, Harry is sitting in his crib, and doesn't actually SEE her die. With regards to why Harry doesn't see the Thestrals at the end of the 4th year, JKR has given the explanation that a person has to "accept and understand" the death before being able to see the Thestrals, and at the end of the 4th year, Harry is still "in shock" over Cedric's death. No doubt, it's something she came up with because she didn't want to introduce Thestrals before OotP, but a satisfactory enough explanation nonetheless.
3) Yes it probably was a little silly to tie Pettigrew up instead of knocking him out, but this is hardly a jaw-dropping factor.
4) The magic shown in the books (or any other fantasy book, for that matter) isn't some Hocus Pocus snap-your-fingers and you can have whatever you want type magic. It's more complex than that. Reparo only works on certain objects, not objects that are beyond "magical repair". To ask why it can't be used to fix EVERYTHING else is like saying "If you can glue together a broken vase then why can't you use the same to fix broken bones?", which is a rule that applies to everything else. Magic is sort of like a science in itself, it is complex, it is developing, it has certain laws of its own.
Just like science has solved a lot of our problems, but not all of them, so it is with magic.

And what "massive holes" in the storyline are you talking about exactly? Do elaborate.

Also, not all books have to be in old, classic or rather "perfect" English that require presence of mind to read. There sure wouldn't be as many readers in the world if it was so. Harry Potter is primarily a children's series, so of course it is "easy reading". Just think how many people got into reading just because of the Harry Potter series! I for one started with it and went on to read Wodehouse, Ayn Rand, the Sherlock Holmes series and lots more.

And the story of good vs. evil is perhaps the simplest one, but so many great books have been based on it: The Lord of the Rings for example. So as long as you find a new way of telling the story, there's nothing wrong with it.

No doubt your tastes don't suit the HP category of books but you are being overtly critical, and maybe it won't hurt you to broaden your tastes a little bit, or at least learn to appreciate what you don't necessarily like. The HP books aren't perfect, but it's how it makes you feel at the end of it that counts.