I agree with this - I think the series peaked with Goblet of Fire. I think moving away from the structure of the school was a mistake, part of the appeal was this dependable terribly British setting that would continue every day despite being under all sorts of outside threats. There was a huge comfort for kids in that there was always school no matter what.
There’s a better story there where Voldemort is this terrorist like threat and the kids still get on with things (like a Blitz type story). The horcruxes and the deathly hallows were clearly macguffins that padded out the story, and they made a mess of the final chapters. I get the feeling neither was part of the original plan, but were added when the books because hugely successful and there was a desire to stretch out the story.
Pretty much, but that’s the QT way - all his movies are self indulgent. You just ride with it because it’s still entertaining. He’s a jazz director who sticks in a whole bunch of stuff that others would leave behind, but it works for him.
I think 2 part movies are on the whole bad ideas - that 2-3 hour experience needs a satisfying ending to really make the movie work. In what’s maybe the best unresolved movie ever, Empire Strikes Back, there’s still a level of ending to it. I think you just need to hit the right tone.