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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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I can see how it could be rated PG, but there are so many things that could make it PG-13! Dumbledore’s hand, dying, inferi, the bathroom scene w/ Malfoy, the battle @ Hogwarts! I just hope they don’t have to tone it down any. They need to be just as intense as in the book!
I hope it’s still just as good!

Posted by hallowsgeek on January 07, 2009, 10:20 PM report to moderator

How can HBP be PG?

Posted by Nimbus-X on January 07, 2009, 10:21 PM report to moderator

Oh, the drama.

Posted by Bandersnatch on January 07, 2009, 10:22 PM report to moderator

Ryan, the film’s PG rating if also for language. :p

And while I see what you’re saying, I don’t really see the film going away from the plot honestly.

Posted by Dylan on January 07, 2009, 10:25 PM report to moderator

Ok so what is up with WB these days? First the movie push back and now this? I am not mad about the rating but HBP is just not a PG movie. It has some secens that are PG-13 and making it just PG is telling me they might have cut a lot out. Of course I am fine with PG I just hope they stick to the book as best as possible. :)

Posted by Lorelai on January 07, 2009, 10:27 PM report to moderator

I’m not happy about this! This is really bad, NO ONE who read the books should be happy about this! and for all stupid people who say “oh, i’m glad that it’s rated PG”….YOU ARE WHATS WRONG WITH MOVIES TODAY!!!

Posted by pissedHPgirl on January 07, 2009, 10:30 PM report to moderator

Well, I’m sure that it won’t deviate from the overall plot of the novel, and the refined plot of the movie, but a PG rating does not attract people to go see it if it is not as intense as the previous movies, as well as some of the events presented in the novel. In short, David Yates needs to add more scenes that were deleted that might have been extra kissing or extra something in order to bolster the rating to a PG-13. Also, I know that sometimes the score can influence if the movie is between two ratings. If this is true, then maybe the soundtrack should be tweeked to incluide more jumpy parts like in POA’s soundtrack. Although that didn’t help POA, it did help add intensity to the film, even though the movie was not as intense as it should have been.

Posted by Ryan on January 07, 2009, 10:30 PM report to moderator

Zemeckis beowulf was pg-13
it shud have been rated R imo

Posted by adam on January 07, 2009, 10:39 PM report to moderator

Zemeckis beowulf was pg-13
it shud have been rated R imo

Posted by adam on January 07, 2009, 10:39 PM report to moderator

dunoo y it appeared twice sorry

Posted by adam on January 07, 2009, 10:39 PM report to moderator

Huh. Strange. I can’t picture how they will calm down the violence to make it PG, but I won’t judge before I see it.

Posted by G on January 07, 2009, 10:40 PM report to moderator


but i guess the ratings have changed now…. “PG-13” movies are now the “R” movies a decade ago (now they allow sex scenes and a couple of cuss words like the F-word and they pretty much ignore the violence if it doesn’t involve gore or disturbing meanings/images)
PG makes movies seems so LAME!!!! /T_T\

Posted by SHannaroooooo on January 07, 2009, 10:41 PM report to moderator

Oh, honestly… who cares. If the movie’s good, it’s good, whatever it’s rated. These ratings don’t come out to tell us how true to the book the movie is, or if it’s exciting and gut-wrenching, or even if it is bloody and dark; they’re a way to let parents know whether they need to sit in the theaters with their pre-teen children or they can stay home and be Muggles.

And, need I invoke “Empire Strikes Back”?… ’nuff said.

Posted by RistrettoFan on January 07, 2009, 10:41 PM report to moderator

… also… I’m reasonably confident Yates & Co. didn’t attempt to water things down just to get a lower rating – why would they? The movie was made the way the producers, director, etc. thought it ought to be made, and they haven’t failed us yet (in my opinion – particularly with regards to Yates.) The simple truth is that the MPAA is an organization whose decisions are made independently of the creative process. It’s also an organization that now gives movies a more mature rating if a character smokes a cigarette – which to me just goes to show what an arbitrary, political process the whole thing is. (Umbridge is probably skulking somewhere within those halls, people.)

If you couldn’t tell, I’m over it. Done. Wake me up in July.

Posted by RistrettoFan on January 07, 2009, 10:53 PM report to moderator
Dumbledores man through and through!

Sue, Why would u post this, look at all the drama its created, oh my god people CALM down!
I didnt mean to hurt anyones feelings so please don’t take offense!

Posted by Dumbledores man through and through! on January 07, 2009, 11:00 PM report to moderator
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