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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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you know they might also be doing this to try to get more parents to bring their children so they can make more money amid this economic crisis…they probably need all they can get in order to produce the 2 part DH.

Posted by Billy on January 07, 2009, 09:48 PM report to moderator

If anything, it was probably Yates’ remarks that made fans realize that while the story itself grows darker, it’s the story outside of hogwarts that’s growing more threatening and darker. What happens inside Hogwarts itself is much happier and lighter than what happened in the previous installment. It’s GOF, minus the Tri-Wizard Tournament and replace the matches with memory scenes. And yes, Bill and Fleur were cut, how much of the book were they in? Not much really.

And Tonks and Lupin’s relationship that we weren’t even aware of until the end of the book was comedic in any way? Tonks went through the entire book sad, we just didn’t know why until the last couple chapters.

Posted by Dylan on January 07, 2009, 09:48 PM report to moderator

Billy, you read my mind. :D

Posted by Dylan on January 07, 2009, 09:50 PM report to moderator

Well, we know one thing from this news: hbp cut a lot of the violent scenes. Can people even die in PG movies? Sarcasm there, but I don’t think they can fall off towers…

Posted by Laura on January 07, 2009, 09:51 PM report to moderator
Angela (a1000wtp)

Yea im kinda worried about this…. i mean you have walking dead people coming out of a lake attacking you! Either the movie wasnt done right or the fda peeps are on crack…. :S

Posted by Angela (a1000wtp) on January 07, 2009, 09:51 PM report to moderator

Well I just think it’s silly to be so angry over a rating. Just because it’s PG doesn’t mean it’s not going to kick total you-know-what. I think the problem here is that we as a society have become so accustomed to violence in films that we think anything below a PG-13 rating must be stupid. It’s kind of disturbing really…we shouldn’t be ‘liking’ so much violence at all.

Posted by Billy on January 07, 2009, 09:53 PM report to moderator

I don’t see it soo much as it is a toned down HBP but a desensitized MPAA. More and more movies that had higher ratings are passing by with lower ratings.

Posted by Makena on January 07, 2009, 09:55 PM report to moderator

Okay, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and by that I mean I’ve read all the books and have loved them from the beginning before any of the movies came out. So to be honest, all of the movies suck when it comes to staying faithful to the book. Every movie has have major flaws and flaws that have still not been corrected. The WB is a business and wants to make money. Making it PG will bring more people to see it so that’s what they’ll do.
All the real Potter fans can do is grit their teeth and bare it. We know how it should be and how it ends so just deal. It’s about entertainment and not about sticking with the book.
I think it’s a bit stupid as well but there’s nothing we can do.

Posted by Janine on January 07, 2009, 09:58 PM report to moderator

Billy, exactly. It’s like when two negative reviews from the early test screenings came out, despite there being 10 other positive reviews, everyone flipped out at the two negative reviews saying the movie was going to suck. I don’t get it.

Posted by Dylan on January 07, 2009, 10:00 PM report to moderator


Wow… SO many people have posted!

Posted by radish_earrings on January 07, 2009, 10:01 PM report to moderator

You also have to keep in mind that establishing a rating for this film, or any for that matter is entirely subjective. Assuming that those who gave it a rating of PG may be older, their values and ideas of what should be censored/toned down in film may be a bit more conservative. I mean it wasn’t until the 1960s that studios were heavily deregulated.

Posted by Billy on January 07, 2009, 10:02 PM report to moderator

A previous poster mentioned The Dark Knight, and it got me thinking about what the rating for that film was, and I was surprised to find out that it was only rated PG-13 in the US and 12a in the UK/Ireland. Now that was a fairly intense and violent film (the making the pencil disappear trick springs to mind!), and I just thought it would help put this whole thing into perspective. To my mind The Dark Knight is a much more violent film then either GOF or OoTP were, and yet they were rated as PG-13 aswell. In my humble opinion, I believe this points to a change in the way the MPAA makes their rating decision, rather than any softening or toning down of any of the scenes by Warner Bros.

Posted by Anita on January 07, 2009, 10:06 PM report to moderator

calm down its not time to judge yet! So far the trailers have looked awesome and I thought POA was the best movie out of all of them, and it was PG. Give HBP a chance!

Posted by RebJ on January 07, 2009, 10:06 PM report to moderator
Twilight-Harry Potter Freak

I am in shock of this news!!!! I also have to disagree with people who said “Twilight” should have been rated PG. I thought the PG-13 rating was perfect.

And also to Anita, I think you are right about The Dark Knight. It was very intense for a PG-13 movie and the MPAA might rate HBP again if need be. I personally think they should reconsider the rating and go with PG-13.

Posted by Twilight-Harry Potter Freak on January 07, 2009, 10:14 PM report to moderator

I guess when you put it like that, Dylan, that they are showing how things at Hogwarts are light even though things outside are dark, a PG rating is suitable. I just don’t see how they have the Burrow battle, the Hogwarts mini-battle/Hagrid’s Hut burning, and the bridge and Diagon Alley destruction without a PG-13 rating. I also don’t like how they stopped the language after GoF because it seemed more convincing that these were children and teenagers who act like normal teenagers. JKR writes more cuss words and provocative things (I cried when they didn’t show the lepracauhns do the shoot a bird formation in the movie, like the did in the book) than the movie. So what I am basically saying is, I’d be fine with the rating, if they stuck to the plot of HBP. But since there are diversions and changes, the rating should be higher, because they need to add things that attract those who want more from the movies, which are usually adults.

Posted by Ryan on January 07, 2009, 10:18 PM report to moderator
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