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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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Daphne, have you even read the sixth book? arthur? i mean come on, thats just blatant ignorance.

Posted by ShuManChu on January 08, 2009, 02:16 AM report to moderator

Fire Steve Kloves? As much as he has annoyed me with certain decisions, he has nothing to do with this, and might i add neither does Yates,Heyman or WB.

This is the MPAA. Now from what we heard from the screenings the film is violent and mature. These people have just happened to give it a PG rating. Well if thats so sue the pants off them when your 8 year old child gets freaked out and becomes psychotic. (lol slight exaggeration)

Can we please judge the movie when it actually comes out? Relax.

There’s no point in saying the movies going to suck when we have no evidence to point at that. That is completely immature and uncalled for. As far as the trailers are concerned it looks awesome.

Posted by Jen on January 08, 2009, 02:34 AM report to moderator


i believe it is indeed Arthur who gets savaged, they changed it cause there is no Bill Weasley.

Posted by Jen on January 08, 2009, 02:36 AM report to moderator

The PG rating for HBP is just right I think. The HP series has been progressively becoming darker and more adult. And with that impending war and the cliffhanger ending in book 5 we all expected book 6 to be even darker and what did JKR do? she made HBP just another romance novel. Maybe this is the real reason why the movie has been been pushed back. It would have competed with Twilight which was just another romance novel too. No difference you see except that Twilight would have the advantage since it’s new.
With that PG rating, looks like HP is back to being just a “kiddie” story and with the butchered romances in HBP, we can all expect the Twilight fans to continue turning their noses down on us.

Posted by Chloe on January 08, 2009, 02:41 AM report to moderator


this confuses me – the most truthful scenes in HBP to me seemed to be the more intense scenes.

see “Draco attacks Harry on the Train”
“Bathroom Fight”

and Dumbledore’s passing.

along with the Inferi and other craziness going on in there – I feel that “toning down” these scenes isn’t being done from an artistic viewpoint, but rather a profit driven viewpoint. And I fear that they may be sacrificing the integrity of the material in doing so.

Posted by Spookypeanut on January 08, 2009, 02:57 AM report to moderator

but in consideration to my previous comment – we have no proof that any “toning down” has occured

so sit back



Posted by Spookypeanut on January 08, 2009, 03:00 AM report to moderator


Posted by burningpumpkins on January 08, 2009, 03:17 AM report to moderator

I agree with all of you, HBP should be PG-13

Posted by Daryl on January 08, 2009, 03:32 AM report to moderator

I agree with everyone who takes the stand of what and see. Just because the WB maybe trying to get every last bit of money they can from the HP fans, dosn’t mean that thay will hurt the integrity of the movie. If they did, they should now, we would tell everyone the movie is no good and that would really hurt there bottom line.

Posted by cindy on January 08, 2009, 04:06 AM report to moderator
Callisto Lamia

Not with Sectumsempra, Avada Kedavra, Crucio and all the rest….. not to mention Inferi, poisoned potions and necklaces, scourged hands, murders and all…. have they see the right film? or have Heyman,Yates and the rest had a different book as a blueprint? Just wondering! This is NOT a kids’ book and neither should be the film, if it is to stay true to the book!

Posted by Callisto Lamia on January 08, 2009, 05:07 AM report to moderator

A lot of this speculation happened last time, when we learned how short Order of the Phoenix was going to be. I don’t know what to think, but we have heard some pretty positive things on this movie so far. I just wonder what this means for the Deathly Hallows movies.

Posted by hpiznxt2myheart on January 08, 2009, 06:10 AM report to moderator

This does worry me about DH as well. HBP should be preparing the audience for DH. They should be getting the impression that dark things are to come. If I were a movie fan and saw that it was rated PG, I would definitely think that they were going back to the early days and making it more kid-friendly, and I would be turned off. Less people will take it seriously with a pg rating, IMO.

Narnia’s different. I always considered Narnia as targeted to young kids (I’ve read all the books and saw the two movies). Definitely good. Not my favorite by any means, but I definitely thought HP was a little older (after book 2). So, I can see why Narnia may have wanted the PG rating.

My annoyance mostly comes with how the movies perpetually “dumb down” the material. The PG rating, to me, is just another sign that they are continuing that trend.

Posted by T_D_O on January 08, 2009, 06:50 AM report to moderator
Professor Potter

Its pretty clear WB are having to take all kinds of measure to maximise box office numbers and so want to invite younger children too. Why blame them for this? Every studio right now in these difficult financial times are having to seek comprises somewhere. I do not think this is a big comprise and I am sure that we will have a top quality film even if some violent scenes are toned down. I say we support WB decision rather then slam them for this. I would prefer PG 13 myself but I understand why they have to do this. Besides, ratings seems to be a lot of nonsense today as I have seen so many films rated PG that should have been PG13 or higher.

Posted by Professor Potter on January 08, 2009, 07:21 AM report to moderator

Whaaaat? OoTF was pg-13! I thought this movie was supposed to be sex drugs and rock and roll! If anything, we should be getting Rs, not pgs.

Posted by k on January 08, 2009, 07:47 AM report to moderator

What? How’s this possible? My fav in the HP series will only get a PG?!? What about the bathroom scene? Are they going to tone it down so much that you don’t actually see any blood? Ok, I get it that even with a PG-13 rating, a lot of kids that see the movie are 10 and under (I’ve seen GoF and OotP over and over with my 9 year old brother), but giving it a PG rating makes me think that it’s gong to cut out the darker tone of the book.

Not fair!

Posted by Liv on January 08, 2009, 08:24 AM report to moderator
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