Harry WAS different in Magnum Force but it was nice to see the so-called softer side of him. In my opinion, the plot in Dirty Harry seemed to require that we see Harry at work all of the time.......the pace was much more hectic than the pace in Magnum Force. In Dirty Harry, we were hoping that Harry could force Scorpio to reveal where he had taken the girl in hopes that she would still be alive. In Magnum Force, the story could have a slower pace with interludes of Harry's softer side because we didn't have the feeling of panic that someone was needing Harry's help. Harry was needed whenever the vigilante cops decided to kill someone they felt had escaped the purnishment they were due.
I actually enjoyed Dirty Harry more than Magnum Force. I liked the pace better and liked the story better. However, after all of the criticism that Dirty Harry received, it is understandable why they tried to revise his character somewhat.
My favorite scenes with Eastwood would have to be (1) when he pretended to be a pilot and (2) when he told Sunny that all she had to do was, "Try knocking on the door" But, I thought Eastwood was best in the scene where he comes to target practice and finds the four vigilante cops there. His facial expressions were great. You could see his mind working trying to figure out just what these sharpshooters were all about.