I've been re-watching the Harry Potter films. I think most of the adult acting is good but it struck me how bad the lead child actors are. I think two of the three main child actors are worse actors even than most of the other child actors playing supporting roles.
I suppose it's just bad luck - the children were chosen young based on their looks rather than their acting ability, and the series was stuck with them from then on. You would have thought that, working with so many great adult actors, they'd have gotten better over time but I think two of them were actually better in the early films than the later ones.
Ron drove me absolutely mad ... he only had the one facial expression, that goggle eyed one. Hermione, although the actress seems like a nice enough person, had too much of the posh stage school brat in her accent and delivery. Harry was alright but I think as you say only chosen cos he looked the part
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That's fine and I'm not being confrontational, who would you give as an example of a child actor who has been asked to deliver something that has the depth and complexity of the early HP works?
Most of the ones I can think of we're doing it with the support of experienced adult actors. For a large percentage of the early HP movies the three main child actors were acting without the support of adults actors in the scenes. The only one I can think of is Bugsy Malone and the three child actors in the HP films were required to display a far greater range of emotions and given far more complex concepts
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Tatum O'Neill in Paper Moon (she won an Oscar for that). Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional. Henry Thomas (as Elliot) in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. - not many adult actors in that - mostly their heads weren't even shown.
I could go on, but that's enough examples to begin with.