Actually, this was the movie that made the characters really shine. Harry was a lot braver. Hermione wasn't only just a know-it-all, but she also showed that she had a caring side. Ron was of course himself, but better. Despite the changes in their appearances, they definitely gave better performances as actors.
If they do continue the series, they're going to be so old when they film that I'm not sure it'll look very realistic, but I certainly hope they retain the same actors because I hate it when they change midway. Like when they changed Caitlin from Sunset Beach. They changed her midway through the show and to a less pretty one too. It was just so annoying to watch how it was a different actress to the same character.
Although Michael Gambon did a good job looks-wise -- he looks like Dumbledore (the original one) -- I can't say much about his character. The first Dumbledore was so serious all the time and barely made any wise cracks. This time around, he was actually moving. Not stagnant and statue-esque. In fact, he kept on cracking jokes. It was really funny to see this.
Despite the many inconsistencies throughout the film, I thought Alfonso Cuaron did a great job. He came at an odd time, because the third book is definitely hard to interpret into a movie, and yet he did a fine piece of art. In fact, I don't know why he isn't staying on to do the fourth book. Conflict perhaps with the studio? I don't know, but I certainly enjoyed this movie.
Just had to say, welcome back Guel!!! I can't believe my cousin who has been studying in Singapore is finally back. It was so cool to see him again despite the minor setbacks a while ago. It's so weird cause he's only been gone for a few months, but it seems like forever. He's only going to be here for three weeks then he's got to return to school.
I'm so happy he's here. I can't believe it.