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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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Revenge of the Sith was PG-13. Did that make it more awesome than Empire Strikes Back?

Posted by ScottMan on January 07, 2009, 04:44 PM report to moderator

remember it isnt official and is probably a false rumor. although if it is PG, I will be FURIOUS. There is no way i am gonna sit down while they tone down one of the darkest books to make it PG.

Posted by redsox1804 on January 07, 2009, 04:48 PM report to moderator

Wow. I wasn’t expecting this. I never even gave the rating a second thought. If this is true, I’m going to be very disappointed. I realize that they would be able to get the younger kids to see Potter, which is great, but that’s just not the book. Also, if the kids haven’t seen GoF and OotP, they’re gonna be lost, so what’s the point? After putting it off, they owe the fans. If they cut out intense stuff to make it PG, I will be extremely PO-ed.

Posted by ravenpuffleclaw on January 07, 2009, 04:48 PM report to moderator

I’ve not posted in years – I’m so appaled that I don’t know what to say. hope it’s not true.

Posted by littleL on January 07, 2009, 04:49 PM report to moderator

ScottMan, correct me if I’m wrong, because I know little to nothing about Star Wars, but when Empire Strikes Back was made, wasn’t there not a PG-13 rating yet? And wouldn’t it have been PG-13 if there was? (I think my dad told me that once. I’m in no way certain.)

Posted by ravenpuffleclaw on January 07, 2009, 04:50 PM report to moderator

It’s only a PG? Um, what?

OotP was a 12 over here in the UK.

Posted by Natalie on January 07, 2009, 04:51 PM report to moderator

erm dumbledore being killed and tumbling of of a tower and falling several hundred feet. i think i even an 10 year old would be affected by that. making this film a PG is a very bad idea. im 17 n im gonna be affected by it. ill be drownin in my own tears. id be less surprised if they made it a 15. but thats a bit outrageous. xx

Posted by jamie on January 07, 2009, 04:53 PM report to moderator
Confederate Lady

Personally, I would not take too much “stock” in what the MPAA Ratings say. As has been stated, before, it depends on WHO is on the board…..WB has nothing to do with it. Some movies, I have seen, have been rated PG, that I would consider having a PG13. By the same thought, there are PG-!3 movies, that I would not even consider PG, let alone PG-13….one was actually sited as “PG-13” because of the word “damned”…go figure. I agree, with ScottMan. Just because a rating is “reduced” [PG as opposed to PG-13] doesn’t make it more or less awesome. Again. It’s all about who’s on the board [at the time] and their personal opinions. ‘Soccer Moms’ tend to be more critical than, say, a College Film Arts Professor. It’s still in the “rumor” category, at this point, anyway!

Posted by Confederate Lady on January 07, 2009, 04:54 PM report to moderator
Confederate Lady

PS: No offense meant to ‘Soccer Moms’ or ‘College Film Arts Professors’….

Posted by Confederate Lady on January 07, 2009, 04:56 PM report to moderator
Helios Lightra

Given the Inferi, blood, death, Greyback/Bill’s face, and Ron-Lavender scenes, I find it unlikely that the MPAA will say it’s a PG movie. They made GoF and OotP PG-13, and they were both significantly less dark.

Posted by Helios Lightra on January 07, 2009, 04:57 PM report to moderator

Hmm.. does that mean that they cut the sectusempra scene?

Posted by Tucker on January 07, 2009, 04:57 PM report to moderator

Correct Ravenpuffclaw, PG-13 came out shortly after Empire. It’s tough to tell, but there was one scene that might have pushed it into PG-13, and that was Luke getting his hand cut off.

I like the analogy, because there’s really only one scene in HBP that’s PG-13 material; the inferi. Weirdly enough, Draco getting slashed open wouldn’t be enough for PG-13, unless they made it so ridiculously in-your-face, like Kill Bill. The only reason to do that would be, as was mentioned, if people wanted that harsher rating in order to be “taken more seriously.”

Posted by ScottMan on January 07, 2009, 04:57 PM report to moderator

WTF??????? seriously……..:O
HBP is by far the most adult so far. If WB think they can screw over HP fans twice in a row….. This is by far worse news than the delay. PG? No f*cking way. Im furious. Havnt WB learned from TDK that darker films do better at the box office. What the hell?
“Sex, drugs and rock and roll” my ass David yates.
More like “kiss, caffeine and classical music”

attack on London
Attack on Burrow
Sectumsempra? (where does it mention blood?)
Dumbledore’s murder

Posted by Shane on January 07, 2009, 05:00 PM report to moderator

I really hope this is a rumor for two reasons: 1) Going from PG-13 (in the last 2 movies) to PG will send the message that the series is not progressively aging with it’s audience, and 2) It means they’ve toned it down.

Dumbledore drinking the potion should be terrifying as should the inferi. And Draco being slashed across the chest is pg-13 worthy.

I started worrying about them toning down the movie when I heard that they gave Ron a corny “funny” line right after Harry gives him the bezoar when he is poisoned. That is not the tone that scene should have at all, and that is not how J.K. Rowling intended the scene. It really annoys me that they will take what should be a dramatic, tense, and scary moment (best friend almost dies) and insert humor at the end to say “don’t worry kids, there’s no danger”. If the kids could handle reading it in the book, they can handle it on screen.

Also the fact that they omitted the Gaunts because they didn’t want to introduce Merope’s relationship with Tom and how he left his pregnant wife and she died in childbirth annoys me. Too intense, apparently. I guess that’s too real for them. Never mind the fact that the Gaunt memory actually shows two horcruxes, and gives the juxtaposition of Merope and Lily.

I don’t even want to know how they plan on toning down DH.

Posted by T_D_O on January 07, 2009, 05:01 PM report to moderator
Matt C

Mary Margaret, the MPAA occasionally rates movies far ahead in advance (lots of indie flicks), but mostly the ratings come out a week or even days before the movie’s release. And Warners holds private screenings for its executives and the MPAA to make sure they market it properly.

Although if the PG rating holds true, then HBP is probably like the PG ratings for “Eragon” and “Prince Caspian” — should’ve been PG-13. Those two were especially surprising, considering some of the more violent scenes broke the boundaries of a PG rating at times.

Posted by Matt C on January 07, 2009, 05:01 PM report to moderator
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