I went to a midnight screening this morning, and I have to say I came away from it mixed emotions. I really didn't think that Cuarón's style played well in the first part of the film (especially going with a hand held camera with the Dursley's and the washed out looking Leaky Cauldron), but right after the shot with the carriages and the Hogwarts/Hogsmeade sign, I thought it was perfect. I really enjoyed the middle portion of the book, and I thought the Shrieking Shack segment was great. However, from having read the books, the time travel part seemed kind of boring more so than any other part because you knew what was going to happen and you were just rehashing what happened 15 minutes before. Obviously that's not Cuarón's fault; I just don't think that ending plays out well on screen (although I don't think that he did a good enough job building conveying the fact that Sirius was seconds away from getting the Kiss when they freed him. It just seemed a little rushed. Also, and I don't know if this was a problem with the theater I was in, but did anyone find that some of the sound effects were a little bit low? I'm not a sound guy but it just seemed to me that some of the oomph was lacking in certain places, like Hermione punching Malfoy or even when doors were slammed or when Snape closes the windows. I'll probably see it again this weekend on IMAX and see how it is there, but I'm just curious right now to see if others experienced the same thing.