ellie ✨’s review published on Letterboxd:
The problem with rewatching this as an adult is that you get fixated on things like: Did Harry, an 11-year-old, have full and unfettered access to his considerable inheritance? Was there any restriction in place to stop him spending the entire lot on sweets? Why, given this large sum of money, did he consider himself unable to afford a Firebolt broomstick in the third book?
This led me to the realisation that in order for Sirius to buy the Firebolt for Harry, he apparently sent Crookshanks (Hermione's cat, with whom Sirius had an inexplicable bond which defied traditional cat/dog relations) with a mail order in Harry's name to withdraw money from his - Sirius' - vault. HOW IS ANY OF THAT ALLOWED TO HAPPEN? No one thought it was a little suspicious that hundreds of galleons were being withdrawn from a known fugitive's account by his godson? Also, there's probably a bullshit reason 'Harry' had access to Sirius' vault, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't have been illegal, since Sirius was still alive at the time (even if he was meant to be imprisoned).
This, in turn, prompted me to read up on the conditions of Sirius' imprisonment. Just a reminder that he was imprisoned for life without a trial, because the system is broken.
This is why the wizarding world fell to Voldemort. It's a fucking mess.