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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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nononononono :’(

Posted by zoeymush on January 08, 2009, 08:35 AM report to moderator
Confederate Lady

Ok. I posted, a while back. And I’ve only read a handful of postings since. A good many of you, can’t seem to grasp, the “non enormity” of this event. Let me give you one or two glaring examples of how much the MPAA rating system runs: I’ll take “War Movies” first. The following films, rated PG, cannot be shown in High schools, because of “extreme violence”. ‘Gods and Generals’, [the American Civil War] ‘The Green Berets’ [The Vietnam War], ‘The Patriot’ [the American War of Independance] “Extreme violence”….showing War, as it really is. Major battle scenes, key to the events. “Too bloody”. “Too violent”. Elementary Schools, I could see. It would be “frightening” to them….but 14, 15 and 16 year olds? but, of course, they don’t have “Rating Systems” on TV, so the same kids can watch rape, gang shootings, [wars] and other things, that only garner a PG rating. Not PG-13. ‘Goblet Of Fire’ got a PG-13 rating because of “Frightening images of Fantasy Violence”. The same, for ‘Order of The Phoenix’. So much for relying on MPAA for an accurate Rating System. I have no worrys, at all, about ‘Half Blood Prince’, being rated PG. It will, probably be the most “violent”, “frightening” and have the most “fantastic scenes of violence” in a Harry Potter film, thus far. Cool your jets, people. Get a grip. IF i am not mistaken [and I probably am] ‘Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone [Philospher’s Stone]’ was rated G. Go figure.

Posted by Confederate Lady on January 08, 2009, 09:05 AM report to moderator

ummm…Matt C…PG-13 rating wasn’t round when the first 3 starwars came out!

Posted by !!! on January 08, 2009, 09:07 AM report to moderator
Liz M

The BBFC’s website has more information on what a PG movie contains than the MPAA’s does. Here’s what it says: “Mild bad langage only. Natural nudity with no sexual content. Sexual activity may be implied but should be discreet and infrequent. Mild sex references and innuendo only. Moderate violence, without detail, may be allowed, if justified by its setting (e.g. historic, comedic or fantasy). Frightening sequences should not be prolonged or intense, though fantasy settings may be a mitigating factor.” Considering all this I think they can make HBP a PG. The PG rating allows for the mild language the characters use, allows for all the snogging, allows for some violence, and allows for the scary Inferi.

Posted by Liz M on January 08, 2009, 09:29 AM report to moderator

what!!!! the 6th is supposed to be scarey! there are some really horrible scenes in it!!!! and i thought wb were baising the inferi on anorexic models?? is that suitable for a PG?? i don’t understand…

Posted by freya on January 08, 2009, 09:49 AM report to moderator

there’s nothing terribly bloody or gory in this book… i mean the inferi are frightening, but they’re corpses, not bloody zombies. i think it’ll be fine, it’s just a rating, and really, who pays attention to that?

Posted by cherish on January 08, 2009, 10:09 AM report to moderator

the sad thing with the rating system is that violence is just fine, any hint of sex is the indicator, you can see a man dismembered in a PG-13 movie, but if they make love to someone its R, great priorities huh?

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

here we go again: something for people to complain and whine and moan about. nothing is ever good enough for some of you. it’s so frustrating!

Posted by evan on January 08, 2009, 10:17 AM report to moderator

Goodness people, this is really worrisome to some of you? A random MPAA rating? Most of HBP revolves around love potions and Quidditch. Two chapters at the very end of the book are intense, and they’ll be whittled down to 10 minutes of screen time (if that). The rating is good news in that it will bring in more people who wouldn’t otherwise take their kids to a PG-13 film. (Although I can’t imagine there’s an 8-10 year old in America who hasn’t already read the books and knows the ending.) Everyone involved with the film is happy with it, so let’s trust that it’s going to be good.

And fire Steve Kloves? The man is brilliant, and his adaptations have been marvelous distillations of the books. (And OoP was a pretty good Kloves imitation.)

Posted by dcrazmo on January 08, 2009, 10:29 AM report to moderator

Did Kate ever answer the question of what she thought of the movie and where she ranks it with the others?

Posted by Dolemite on January 08, 2009, 11:10 AM report to moderator

Everyone just needs to take a deep breath. Just wait until you see the movie and judge it for yourselves before going all crazy about a rating.

Posted by Lionpaws on January 08, 2009, 11:40 AM report to moderator

Dolemite, I’m still waiting for her to. :p

Posted by Dylan on January 08, 2009, 11:46 AM report to moderator

Dolemite, I’m still waiting for her to. :p

Posted by Dylan on January 08, 2009, 11:46 AM report to moderator

Booo! No! This isn’t fair. I always imagined HBP being the scariest/frightening/intense… I really don’t like the idea of toning down. I imagined the Inferi scene to be gruesome and terrifying, and when I heard they added the scene with the destruction of the Burrow I assumed that was going to be even more violent. Along with the Sectumsempra! Come on! That was supposed to show Draco bleeding all over the place! And the trailers were extremely deceiving, I thought the child playing young Riddle was also ominous and would add to the general freakiness of the movie.
There’s a huuuge gap between films rated PG and PG-13 in my opinion, and it is dissappointing knowing that the scariness and great memorable moments of HBP will not reach their full potential.

Posted by Tim on January 08, 2009, 11:57 AM report to moderator
Miss Freewind

I simply can’t understand how the Half Blood Prince movie can be PG. It just does not make any sense to me. Are we sure that the raters were watching the right movie?

Posted by Miss Freewind on January 08, 2009, 11:59 AM report to moderator
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