It’s worth mentioning here that Richard Harris, making his final appearance as Dumbledore, knew he might not last through all seven adaptations, but his granddaughter really wanted him to do the role. There’s also a moody colour palette and a lot of brisk, economical storytelling in contrast to the loose, lanky haircuts.While it’s a shame that he never got to develop the character further as he wanted to, Harris also didn’t want , huge CGI Irish stereotypes, Eric Sykes, and Trigger. The abrupt scene endings suggest there’s an even longer cut out there somewhere (out of interest, would anyone else be up for style Potter releases? The overall effect is that nothing is allowed to breathe. The beginning of the Second Wizard War is rushed, meaning that the best bits of the film are the potentially superfluous character building scenes and the Yule Ball.Not too shabby, considering they didn't have to be that good.Here then, in reverse order, is how I rank the films...The main reason I like these films is that they're inherently silly.Not the ostentatious quirkiness, which varies in quality, but the sheer daftness of the situation.The lack of progress does effectively communicate the hopelessness of the situation, but it’s also not very interesting, and that’s something no amount of slow dancing to Nick Cave can change.Harry and Hermione go to Godric’s Hollow purely for something exciting to happen, then go back to camping again.
Wizard schools apparently greet each other with performance art pieces, don’t teach English, maths or sex education classes, have inconsistent geography and maintain a house cup system that is clearly open to abuse. Despite being intrinsically daft, though, these stories also depict death as a bigger deal than many other blockbusters.Eventually Ron comes back with everything that they need because otherwise this film would be nine hours long.Things start picking up again, but by then even the beautifully animated Deathly Hallows tale isn’t enough to counteract the slog that is the middle of the film.Shorn of exposition duties, the script is able to lighten up.“I was just sitting on the U-bend, thinking about death…” is still one of the best lines in the whole series.