The accompanying short was just dumb though. I mean, a hopeless romantic volcano who only wants "someone to lava"? UGH, that pun was so bad it gave me cancer.
The third one was better than the first two in a few of these respects though the time travel really breaks things plot-wise.
Thank you! Everyone keeps going on and on about how Azkaban was the best movie. It may have been the best book, but I totally agree the time travel doesn't do the movie's pacing any favours. Goblet of Fire (the 4th in the series) made the best movie IMHO. Then again it was the middle chapter, and middle chapters can make the best movies at times (e.g. Empire Strikes Back, Godfather 2, Spider-Man 2, etc.)
Honestly it's almost a miracle that Goblet of Fire could be as entertaining as it was, considering just how little sense it made. All the movies suffered from this to some extent, but the fourth and fifth had it worst by far.
All the Harry Potter movies seemed like scrap book versions of their source material. A bunch of separate scenes with little plot between them to make a cohesive story. IIRC, at least Goblet of Fire had a beginning (an indication of Voldemort's return at the World Magic Games or whatever it was called), a middle (Harry in the TriWizard Tournament) and an end (Voldemort's return at the end of the TriWizard Tournament). It felt the most movie-like by having a common theme/event throughout the entire film.