The film visits dark areas of life, yet there’s a joy in it which is uplifting.It captures the moment in our lives when anything and everything seemed possible.If she were not so well-known already, I would be hailing this as a star-making performance. It’s light on story, and hints at some things it doesn’t follow through, notably Sam’s bulimia.One of the bravest elements in the novel, concerning an abortion, has been excluded — presumably to placate Middle America.Although the Harry Potter films suggested she had the makings of a fine actress, she could be uneven from scene to scene and was visibly learning her craft; this is a major leap forward in terms of quality and consistency.
But most of the heavy lifting, acting-wise, is done by Emma Watson, whose experience as a child star has done her the world of good.
The story is set in the early Nineties, when The Smiths were cool, David Bowie’s Heroes was exotic, and the ultimate thrill for a teenager was to dress up and mime along to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Charlie (Lerman), a 15-year-old with an initially unexplained history of psychiatric illness, goes to a new school, where he conspicuously fails to fit in.
Tender moment: Harry leans in for a kiss with Ron's sister Ginny (Bonnie Wright) Hermione realises her feelings for Ron when she sees him - under the influence of a love potion - falling for Lavender Brown and sharing a kiss.
In between trying to save Hogwarts from dark forces, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) finds time to finally make a move with Ron's sister Ginny (Bonnie Wright).