I did a similar thread re LOTR and it was well received. (You like me, you really like me!). So, I thought I’d do another one, since I have a few days off to enjoy. Please either refer to them by their acronyms or their number for expediency.
I’ll start off by saying that I am a bit more displeased by the HP films than I am the LOTR ones, so I am more critical.
Things that irk:
No Dursleys in film 4.
No reference to the stag as being Prongs, ie, James in film 3.
No SPEW, but we waste a great deal of time with Grawp, a plot device otherwise known as a dead end. (film 5) SPEW is arguable more important to the event in book 7, which makes me fear for films 7 and 8.
Hermione is TOO annoying. And uneven. I like Emma Watson and I feel some sympathy for her, but someone who can act as well as she did in PoA (film 3) is not being well directed or handled in the subsequent films.
Horrid acting by Gambon in the GoF when he confronts Harry in the trophy room re his name in the goblet. AD would never have man-handled Harry in that way.
Obnoxious non-sequiturs spouted by Dumbledore in films 4 and 5
No mention of prefectship for Hermione and Ron in film 5
Hogwarts is one gigantic shape-shifter of a campus.
Uneven editing and choppy dialogue (films 4 and 5).
Things that please:
The pictures that move and talk. (irk is that this has dried up to a great extent)
Hedwig and Harry’s affection for her.
Petunia–nailed by the actor who plays her.
Aunt Marj–good god, what a horrid woman! Thank you for her.
Richard Harris’ Dumbledore, but Gambon’s is growing on me (he did the Cedric tribute extremely well).
The train and the castle at Hogwarts.
The thestrels are just as I pictured them.
Relationship between Harry and Ron–you can tell they like one another and know one another as friends do.
The infantile books they receive for their Ministry of Magic approved DADA class–nice touch (but I doubt those younger than my generation will remember those kind of books?)
Special effects: never too big or overpowering for the cast. Scaled correctly.
Maggie Smith–I love her.
Anyone else? I know I just brushed the surface.