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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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336 Comments

Rolf

The only reason I could see it being PG-13 is the inferi, which I hope are VERY creepy, other cave scenes, and the battle at hogwarts at the end which could get violent but could just as easly be “toned down.” I hope this is no indicater of a bad movie but rather a rating like Narnia: Prince Caspian that should be a PG-13…hopes are still high… this is the second REALY bad piece of news (it being delayed is the other)

Posted by Rolf on January 08, 2009, 06:26 PM report to moderator
horas1

Their should be an muggle cast on this on by tomorrow, very soon on this subject. For anyone who saw the July, was that a PG movie? This is as dark and if done the way I thought it should happen. I was afraid they would have problems with getting from R to PG-13. I can see it now Ginny running to Harry in a moment of great and gives him a peck on the cheek. No one dies and no one gets hurt except Snape cuts a fingernail. I might take my 5 year old to this one so he can hound me with questions through the whole dull thing. It will give me something to do. WB must think its billion dollar franchise fans must be getting to old to care about Harry Potter. Just add it to the list of WB goofs.

Posted by horas1 on January 08, 2009, 06:34 PM report to moderator
JamesP7

The MPAA is stupid. If a movie has little blood, no sex/nudity, and very little profanity, it gets a low rating. Doesn’t matter how disturbing the movie is, or whether characters die. Look at The Dark Knight. Violent and disturbing enough for an R. No blood however, and a PG-13 rating. Max Payne was 14A, the director cut out very little (he was surprised by how little he had to cut) and got a PG-13. This isn’t big, the story’ll be as great as ever. Blood-less, perhaps, but still great.

Posted by JamesP7 on January 08, 2009, 07:02 PM report to moderator
picaso

This whole franchise was on its way to making movie history. Never before has a series of books been so popular, that we wait for its release, just so they can hurry up and adapt them into a movie. Each movie, in essence, has been more popular than its predecessor. Most likely, this pattern will continue due to a fan-base that can’t keep from wetting its pants every time a new photo surfaces (myself included). However, the negativity that now surrounds this latest installment is not likely to go away until the movie’s release. The so-called honesty displayed by WB executives regarding the reason for delaying the film seems like an attempt to gain credibility by admitting GREED. At the moment, there is something like a trend, going on in American culture. That trend is the belief that any behavior no matter how immoral, or in this case unethical, is forgivable, even acceptable as long as you are forthcoming and honest about it. It’s rather like an alcoholic that continues to fall off the wagon, but has the audacity to keep coming back to you for a shoulder on which to cry. And we whisper, ever so gently, “it’s ok, we still love you.”

The decision to see or not see this movie is more than a simple decision. lol
It is a statement about your caliber of person, and what you are willing to accept from someone who keeps hurting and disappointing you.

Posted by picaso on January 08, 2009, 07:04 PM report to moderator
picaso

This whole franchise was on its way to making movie history. Never before has a series of books been so popular, that we wait for its release, just so they can hurry up and adapt them into a movie. Each movie, in essence, has been more popular than its predecessor. Most likely, this pattern will continue due to a fan-base that can’t keep from wetting its pants every time a new photo surfaces (myself included). However, the negativity that now surrounds this latest installment is not likely to go away until the movie’s release. The so-called honesty displayed by WB executives regarding the reason for delaying the film seems like an attempt to gain credibility by admitting GREED. At the moment, there is something like a trend, going on in American culture. That trend is the belief that any behavior no matter how immoral, or in this case unethical, is forgivable, even acceptable as long as you are forthcoming and honest about it. It’s rather like an alcoholic that continues to fall off the wagon, but has the audacity to keep coming back to you for a shoulder on which to cry. And we whisper, ever so gently, “it’s ok, we still love you.”

The decision to see or not see this movie is more than a simple decision. lol
It is a statement about your caliber of person, and what you are willing to accept from someone who keeps hurting and disappointing you.

Posted by picaso on January 08, 2009, 07:04 PM report to moderator
bamatron

?!?!?!?! No no no, I refuse to except this.
This infuritates me more than delay!
I have a sneaking suspicion this is yet another marketing ploy by WB to generate a larger audience turnout and make even more $$$.
They must of edited the hell out of it from the initial screen tests.
yay! now we get the wait until July to see this dumbed down, 2nd rate, “kiddie approved” monstrosity.

Posted by bamatron on January 08, 2009, 07:04 PM report to moderator
Jack

I agree with Louisa, and I will not stand for a kiddie-ish film, for the inferi must be graphic and scary!! lol and we must PETITION!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jack on January 08, 2009, 07:07 PM report to moderator
YoungMcGonagall

They can’t go and change the whole movie now, and petitioning to get a higher movie ranking isn’t going to change what’s actually in the movie, sorry, Jack.

We know there’s a kiss scene at least with Ron—we saw Lavender kissing him in the preview—so I wouldn’t worry about them not really developing Harry/Ginny’s relationship. Also, realize, while the cave with the Inferi was definetly scary, neither of them were really violently injured (Dumbledore’s was from drinking a potion, not getting stabbed by a sword). And while the subject of Horcruxes is definitely the darkest out of what we’ve seen yet in the series, the subject alone isn’t enough to require a much higher rating—the scenes in the Pensive aren’t violent or really scary, even while exploring the subject. I hope they don’t tone down the fight in the bathroom or Dumbledore falling from a tower, but as long as they don’t show blood gushing out of Malfoy, and spurting all over the walls, or else zoom in on Dumbledore’s mangled body at the foot of the tower, I don’t see how a PG rating is the cause for such uproar.

Posted by YoungMcGonagall on January 08, 2009, 07:56 PM report to moderator
YoungMcGonagall

Also, speaking of swords and stabbing, Chamber of Secrets was PG and they showed the whole sequence of Harry plunging a sword through the basilisk’s head, driving it through, and getting bitten. That was bloodier than we’ve seen in most of the other movies, so take heart.

Posted by YoungMcGonagall on January 08, 2009, 07:59 PM report to moderator
Tyler

You people are really, truly insane…I honestly believe that. It is NOT that big a deal…I guess I just don’t understand why you are blowing this so out of proportion (and no, I am not being naiive about the outcome of this film…I believe that this will be an intense, amazing film worthy of PG-13 rating, that just got PG for some stupid reason that i don’t really care about)…let it go, it’s really nothing to get so upset about…honestly…really…calm down and breathe and just think about it….WHO GIVES A SH** WHAT IT’S RATED YOU’RE GOING TO SEE IT ANYWAYS AND YOU’RE GOING TO LOOOOOVVVEEEE IT! so Shut up.

Posted by Tyler on January 08, 2009, 08:36 PM report to moderator
Dylan

Tyler, you’re my hero.

Posted by Dylan on January 08, 2009, 08:37 PM report to moderator
Jack

Perhaps its because Voldy isn’t even in this one, not that I find him scary (personally the screaming book in the first film is the scariest thing ull see out of all of the movies) a PG film indeed. I just hope it was MPAA who was leaning towards PG and not WB but it’ll still be a great film of epic proportions :]

Posted by Jack on January 08, 2009, 09:00 PM report to moderator
Mike

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to be rated “PG?” What is up with this movie?!

First they say that HBP comes out in November, but now it doesn’t come out until July.

Then, they say that Tonks and Lupin’s relationship is very subtle in the movie, even though they are together, yet they are not supposed to be a couple in this one.

Next, they say that there is no Dumbledore’s funeral, now they’re saying it’s been added, as if out of thin air!

And now the movie is going to be rated PG. What the heck! Seriously, this movie makes me ticked off. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the more kid-friendly they make it, the better, I guess. But, I mean c’mon! The six book was the darkest of the series aside from Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows.

Anyway, this rating thing doesn’t make much sense, but since they took so much out of the book, it does not really surprise me.

Posted by Mike on January 08, 2009, 09:09 PM report to moderator
Mike

Sorry, I made an error. In the last sentence, when I said “book” I meant movie.

From what I’ve read about HBP, WB has cut out a lot from the movie that was in the book.

Posted by Mike on January 08, 2009, 09:13 PM report to moderator
Katie

Sorry to be commenting back in so late, but to answer Dylan’s question on whether or not a PG rating fits HBP (for those that don’t know I’ve already seen the movie)
I think that a PG rating does fit perfectly fine, but i do not think that the audience will be very disapppointed. Yes, there are parts in the movie that you’ll get pissed off at. No, obviously there’s no Bill, and no Snape doesn’t say “Don’t call me coward” and there’s no fight scene after DD’s death, and (this is my biggest disappointment besides the quote) there’s no defense against the dark arts class.. At least not at the test screening. I’m really hoping they changed their minds, but don’t get your hopes up, Katie! :D

But the movie makes up for all that with wit, Quidditch, and good acting. Though I sometimes get mad at Michael Gambon, like with OOTP, he did his role well in this movie, and CGI will turn out great, and make some pretty kickass Inferi.

Oh and the potions class was hilarious.
This movie does well as a PG rating, but the problem you all seem to have is stereotyping PG as a little kiddie movie.
Guys, that’s not how it is anymore. Unfortunately, kids are…well..losing their innocence at a much younger age nowadays. They know so much more than their parents did at that age. Times have changed. Really. So please, stop acting five, and just sit back and wait for the movie to actually come out before you freak out and judge based on a silly rating.

Posted by Katie on January 08, 2009, 09:30 PM report to moderator
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