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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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Heather D

Surely this is a mistake. I cannot imagine Half Blood Prince being rated PG, unless they completely change the events in the books, which would be ridiculous.

Posted by Heather D on January 07, 2009, 04:18 PM report to moderator

Considering that David Heyman (I believe it was him) said there wouldn’t be a full cut of the movie until a few weeks before the premiere, I’d have to hear how they were able to rate a movie that supposedly is in pieces.

Posted by zoltan42 on January 07, 2009, 04:20 PM report to moderator

i’m not all that upset about this actually. i think it’s kinda odd, but i always knew they could do it, it’s a “calm before the storm” (aka dh) which i know will be at least pg-13. i wonder what melissa sue john and frak will say about this. on mugglecast the eric guy who has seen the film (he got a first screening of it i think…) thought that kids under 13 would be freaked out by it. ah oh well…i just can’t wait 2 see it.

Posted by kay on January 07, 2009, 04:23 PM report to moderator
Mary Margaret

Don’t get too excited over the MPAA ratings. I saw a documentary on the MPAA rating system and it is very tricky. In the documentary it was made clear that movies heavy in sex scene or bad language were given an R ratings while a movie that had just violence were maybe given a PG-13 rating. Personally I think HP in comparison to some of the other movies out there that are PG 13 probably looks like it should be a PG rated film. I don’t think that the rating means that there is going to be less violence in the film. Besides its just these twenty or so peoples opinion that it should be PG.

But I have a questions if the movie hasn’t been put together yet how was the MPAA board able to view the movie to put out a rating? I’m guessing this is just a rumor.

Posted by Mary Margaret on January 07, 2009, 04:24 PM report to moderator

“Scary images”? What do they mean by that.

Posted by hermione3 on January 07, 2009, 04:25 PM report to moderator
KB Prez

I checked the MPAA site to see how ratings are determined. I understand the violence and scary images part, but “mild sensuality”?? Is that for the kissing scenes?? WOW.

I hope a PG rating doesn’t mean the scenes that should be scary have been toned down a lot. That wouldn’t be a good omen for Deathly Hallows.

Posted by KB Prez on January 07, 2009, 04:26 PM report to moderator

It WOULD mean they are toned down a lot! You are barely allowed intensity in PG films at all…very little, which doesn’t make any sense as the film was described as intense, dark and mature by the test screeners.

If this is true, I will refuse to see the movie at all!

Posted by Louisa on January 07, 2009, 04:29 PM report to moderator

I really cant believe it becouse of a certain death in the books and also many dark scenes.I hope that this is bot true becouse i dont think that the movie could pay much homage to the book if it is PG.
I dont believe anthing unless it is official so i will wait till i hear it from warner bros until i call judgement.

Posted by hptrio95 on January 07, 2009, 04:31 PM report to moderator

What the --!? Are you serious? PG? This is embarrassing. Not to be rude or anything, but Half-Blood Prince was not for little kids. Yes, they will understand it a little, but horcruxes and Voldemort’s past was complex. Why in the hell would HBP be rated PG? This movie better not be a happy piece of crap. We’ve waited so long for this!

Posted by Christine on January 07, 2009, 04:33 PM report to moderator

I know its not really a big deal that its not PG-13, but with the inferi and the bathroom scean with malfoy how is it not PG-13! If the movie is gonna be like the book I dont think it should be rated PG at all!

Posted by Envy on January 07, 2009, 04:35 PM report to moderator

I am very afraid that this movie is going to suck so bad :s

Posted by little_prongsie on January 07, 2009, 04:36 PM report to moderator
Kiwi Mc I

“mild sensuality” what? C’mon I think we know it’ll be 12a or PG 13 across the ocean

Posted by Kiwi Mc I on January 07, 2009, 04:37 PM report to moderator
Lucas Cozort

Warner Brothers just wants more money. With the movie having a PG rating, it’ll attract more families who are concerned about what their children are watching. This can’t be true. Other than the fourth book, this was the darkest of the first six.

Posted by Lucas Cozort on January 07, 2009, 04:37 PM report to moderator

i don’t know guys. as much as it’s fine to have a PG movie, it also does mean that it will be less awesome. sorry ScottMan, but it does. if its approved for younger audiences, it’s bound to be less enthralling, isn’t it? but it hasn’t officially come out on any other sites yet; who knows. maybe these siliconrope people are really just a bunch of slags.

Posted by ravenclawrockr on January 07, 2009, 04:39 PM report to moderator

Wouldn’t Malfoy spurting out blood and Dumbledore being thrown off a tower be considered not appropriate for little kids!! I mean HSM was PG…….not scary…..the HPB book was scary, and if the movie has a lot of sceans cut out of it I will be pissed! And how will the younger people be able to follow the horcruxes! It took me a bit of time to figure that out. (and no Im not is confusing!)

Posted by Envy on January 07, 2009, 04:41 PM report to moderator
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