I watched the movie last night. It seemed to me to be a disappointing entry into the series. Unlike the first two movies, it didn’t attempt to revel in the “wonder” of the magic (except in throw-away scenes). Unlike the third movie, it didn’t manage to create any sense of true suspense. It’s like the director tried for both, and got neither.
Harry is obviously going through teen-age angst. He’s filled with unhappiness, he mis-interprets the emotions of those around him, and he has mood swings that aren’t under control. He isn’t willing to submit to authority easily. Yet much of this aspect was so totally lost in the movie. Except for a new, harder edged haircut, you almost couldn’t tell that his behaviour was in any way “teen.”
And the climax of the movie was devoid of any true suspense. You don’t get any feeling of sadness or upset at the one loss involved and you don’t ever wonder quite what is going to happen next.