“Oh to be young and to feel love's keen sting,” quips Dumbledore as he witnesses an overly-dramatic encounter. This wise wizard passes on important knowledge to his young hero students, especially Harry who still has his Marauder’s Map (Hogwort’s could use a decent surveillance camera system).
Hermione mainly remains true to character, expressing some understandable ire due to all the recent “snogging” among her adolescent friends. Ron’s new overexcited girlfriend, Lavender Brown, played by Jessie Cave, mainly provides comic relief.
Rubeus Hagrid, well-played by Robbie Coltrane, Minerva McGonagall, played by Maggie Smith, Professor Severus Snape, played by Alan Rickman, Filius Flitwick, played by Warwick Davis and returning faculty member Horace Slughorn, played by Jim Broadbent, make up the faculty Hogwart’s School for Witchcraft and Wizardy.
Gambon, who replaced the late great Richard Harris as Hogwart’s Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, sets the important tone in his opening speech to students beginning their academic year. “The most important weapon is you,” Dumbledore says while explaining increased security measures at the school.
Filmmakers should have taken the danger element further with some heightened drama and danger like including an extended speech during which Dumbledore implores complacent pupils to be vigilant and guard against outside foes. On the surface, it seem some students are happy in their ignorance or want to forget about the danger. Do they just expect "chosen one" Harry to handle everything? Some additional scene extensions and dialogue would've given audiences a better beat on the student body pulse.
Ralph Fiennes does not appear in this installment as evil Voldemort, but his nephew Hero Fiennes-Tiffin play the young Voldemort/Tom Riddle through special flashback sequences. Bellatrix Lestrange, who debuted in the previous installment and played by Helena Bonham Carter, heads up the villains, Tom Felton reprises his role as Harry’s jealous rival, Draco Malfoy, who begins some curious and troubling activities. David Legeno makes a formidable baddie as Fenrir Greyback, the latest character to make the wanted list.