So far, I’ve chosen moments from the 3rd and 7th movie, which I see as being on different halves of the series. The first half was much lighter and less dark and scary, while the second half is much more serious, darker and gives a real impression of bad things happening.
For me, the definite turning point in the whole series is the 4th movie, 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Goblet of Fire isn’t my favorite of the books or movies, but it does have a pivotal moment that changes the course of the series.
When Wormtail kills Cedric Diggory and then helps Voldemort regain his body, you get a real idea that we are not (pardon the language) fucking around anymore. Things get real serious after this. In the three previous books, the threat of Voldemort was always there in a vague, backgroundish way–he was always discussed, but it was uncertain what would actual happen to him. At this point in GoF, it’s pretty clear: he has a body, he’s totally back and he’s one nasty dark lord ready to mess things up. And the scene is set for movies 5,6 and 7 to really get down to business.
Anyone count the 4th movie as their favorite? Did seeing Ralph Fiennes all Voldemort’d up freak anyone else out majorly?