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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Rated "PG" (Updated: Now on MPAA website)

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Posted by: sue
January 07, 2009, 03:42 PM

A new report is online today, stating a rating has been given to the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rope of Silicon is reporting that the sixth Harry Potter film has been rated PG for

"scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality." Update: This has now appeared on the MPAA website, with a definite PG rating.

As readers will recall GoF and OotP have both been rated PG-13, with PoA the last PG rated movie in the series.

Thanks to Rope of Silicon and Kyle

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No, Iron Man was PG-13… And it wasn’t the biggest hit of the summer, The Dark Knight was.

Posted by Dylan on January 07, 2009, 09:27 PM report to moderator

THis so frustrates me! I thought it was going to be good! I mean most people would agree that though GoF and OotP were PG-13, they weren’t the scariest most intense things we’ve seen that are PG-13. But they still had elements that were PG-13!

In my opinion, if GoF was PG-13 then HBP HAD to be PG-13. Seriously- which of the books is darker and has more violence? I read that Tom Felton had to wear a fake chest for the blood so I thought it was going to be gory (as the scene would actually look if someone’s chest was sliced open) but apparently they’ve toned it down. There rarely is blood in Harry Potter movies now that I think about it, even if it is in the books – but Sectumpsempra was supposed to be bloody and horrifying! And the Inferi!!! Zombies are one of my biggest fears but how scary can they be if its rated PG?! I was so looking forward to the cave scene with Dumbledore cutting himself, him going mental and Harry having to force feed him, and the Inferi- all of that is really mature material in my opinion and deserves more than a PG rating.

People who don’t know Harry Potter already think its just a thing for kids when a lot of parts are really mature and dark. I remember my 10-year-old cousin finding OotP scary (Harry’s really creepy possession by Voldemort at the end?). PG-13 makes parents think twice before taking their young children but maybe they won’t need to if the darkest and bloodiest book next to DH is made out to be pansy and all about teenage hormones.

Posted by Peverell62442 on January 07, 2009, 09:27 PM report to moderator

This means something’s definitely wrong.

Posted by Lunafan on January 07, 2009, 09:29 PM report to moderator

And isn’t sensuality atomatically classified as PG-13 rating?

Posted by Lunafan on January 07, 2009, 09:30 PM report to moderator

How does this mean the film has definitely been toned down for a PG rating? The movie was aiming for the PG-13 rating. If anything, this was probably more of a financial decision (adults are more likely to bring their younger children to a PG rated Potter film as opposed to a PG-13 rated one) than a decision made on the actual content of the movie.

Posted by Dylan on January 07, 2009, 09:30 PM report to moderator

I am pretty mad at this rating. I mean, I thought that, (before it came out, of course), that POA should have gotten a PG-13 rating because I felt that it was a very dark plot. The book was my favorite at the time, and now it is my least favorite movie. Now, Half-Blood Prince in my favorite book, and I’m afraid that they are going to ruin things in the book that make it PG-13 more than PG. The formation of Voldemort is just enough to terrify anyone, and scared me while reading the book. Since there’s only TWO memory scenes in the movie, you don’t see how Tom became red-eyed, snake-like Voldemort. Also, Ron and Lavendar as constantly making out, almost graphically. I don’t see how that is subtle sensuality. Harry and Ginny are supposed to kiss a lot, but alas they only kiss once. I don’t see how you can cut someone open and do that scene justice to the book, without having a stronger and more serious rating. I don’t think that any 10 year old understands the seriousness of HBP, who hasn’t read the series, of course. Also, throwing someone off of a building is pretty terrifying and not something that should be in a PG movie…If the movie is true to the book, then I guess I will be fine with the rating. But since I know that it is not going to be, from things that we’ve heard, I think a PG rating suggests a disappointing film, like with PoA.

Posted by Ryan on January 07, 2009, 09:31 PM report to moderator

how is this even possible?….. there’s snogging….. there’s death and distruction!…
……… aa………… uuuuuuu………..

Posted by HollyHogwarts on January 07, 2009, 09:32 PM report to moderator
Helios Lightra

Wow. I now feel that America isn’t as well-off in these kinds of things as I thought. I guess the editing of the movie has taken more stuff out? Since the screening?

Posted by Helios Lightra on January 07, 2009, 09:37 PM report to moderator

This movie should have been PG-13. I hate how they always have to tone the stuff in the book down to make it more “family friendly”.

Posted by Emily on January 07, 2009, 09:37 PM report to moderator

I am definately not happy about that either… Sounds like they cut out the bathroom scene with harry and draco.. Which i was wanting to see most of all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by blu3tick on January 07, 2009, 09:38 PM report to moderator

I should note that I am American, so I mean it fairly.

Posted by H on January 07, 2009, 09:38 PM report to moderator

Also it sounds as if the movie has been toned down abunch… like as its not going to be very dark.. Like its just going to be comedy and kissing run amuck!!!!

Posted by blu3tick on January 07, 2009, 09:39 PM report to moderator

Helios Lightra, the film is 2 and a half hours, slightly longer than the length reported from the test screening. So…

Posted by Dylan on January 07, 2009, 09:40 PM report to moderator

Um, the book was a romantic comedy for the most part anyway. It was just balanced with scenes of darkness and more serious scenes.

Posted by Dylan on January 07, 2009, 09:41 PM report to moderator

Dylan, technically, I don’t think that many fans considered and acceptecd the idea of HBP as a romantic comedy until David Yates made it seem like one. Also, it’s not even as much of a romantic comedy as the novel because they don’t focus on the adult relationships of Tonks and Lupin and Fleur and Bill in the film.

Posted by Ryan on January 07, 2009, 09:43 PM report to moderator
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