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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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dead don jon

i actually dont have a problem with it. its not like PG movies are incapable of being scary/dark. i mean look at POA. the werewolf was terrifying when i first saw it, and from the comments made by people involved in the film, the movie does still have the sectumsempra scene and the death and the inferi. i think that this book gives a nice chance to be PG before the intensity of DH. fingers crossed though.

Posted by dead don jon on January 07, 2009, 07:13 PM report to moderator

I forgot to mention Dumbledore’s death. That’s not scary or disturbing at all. He just falls. And in the movie, its done elegantly, not violently. I don’t even think its done violently in the book.

Posted by Katie on January 07, 2009, 07:13 PM report to moderator

Now I’m just really, really confused. Movie companies often want a PG-13 – it draws in many more teens. And especially since they’re making it a summer movie now, you’d think they’d want to make it seem like every other PG-13 action/superhero/whatever movie and their dog – after all, wasn’t the delay because they wanted more money?

However, I’m not totally disappointed. After all, don’t the MPAA take a couple of whiles to decide and deliberate? If so, I doubt that anything has been changed or cut out from the test screenings a couple months ago. I mean, they always said “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”, right? I don’t think any “dumbing down” happened after the delay or anything. If this rating is indeed true, the rating probably reflects the movie as it was back in August, just as it reflects it as it is right now.

Also, in plenty of PG movies there’s death. Besides, Albus’s death isn’t bloody. In canon, Harry doesn’t even see it. Dumbledore gets blasted backwards, there’s a crunch or such, and then he looks down and sees a non-moving Dumbledore. That’s been done plenty of time in PG movies.

Besides, much of the book is spent dealing with relationship stuff, and memory hopping, both of which are kept quite clean in the books. I mean, there’s nothing more scandalous than same cephalapod-sounding snogging going on.

The only big thing that it seems must be cut out to reach a PG rating is the bathroom scene, and that was probably cut due to some idiotic reason that has more to do with perceived public interest and time limits than blood or violence.

To tell the truth, I think WB is pretty surprised too, and probably not too happy about it either. PG-13, especially in a series that has had it before, has been consistently shown to be a moneymaker. So, if you want to blame someone, blame WB, sure, but they’re probably blaming themselves.

Posted by Zivlok on January 07, 2009, 07:16 PM report to moderator

Thanks Katie for the post! I don’t see what the big deal is. Someone pointed out that Prince Caspian was PG, and that movie was intense at points. From what I’ve seen in the trailers, I’m sure the movie’s going to be plenty awesome.

Posted by potterhead23 on January 07, 2009, 07:17 PM report to moderator

I don’t care what its rated as long as it isn’t too watered down for the purpose of earning money from parents bringing their kids.

Posted by H on January 07, 2009, 07:17 PM report to moderator
dead don jon

people stop saying they must’ve cut the sectumsempra scenes. as of the advanced screening there was one and i doubt they would cut it now.

Posted by dead don jon on January 07, 2009, 07:20 PM report to moderator

Katie said this:

“Harry and Draco‚Äôs fight scene only resulted in some smashing bathroom equipment and a wet and bloody shirt. (Wet because the sink got smashed.)”

I wasn’t sure, but I thought I remembered that we heard about the bathroom scene already from the test screenings. So, have we actually learned anything today? Or were a bunch of dots just connected, that we had failed to previously see, mostly because we just assumed the next one would be PG-13, because the last two were?

I am truly asking this question – what do you think? Should we have guessed this? Did we learn anything new?

Posted by Zivlok on January 07, 2009, 07:20 PM report to moderator
Sarah D.

Alot of people who i’ve talked to think Prisoner of Azkaban is the best movie of all the HP movies and that was a PG rating. For the movie to be great it doesn’t neccessarily have to be a PG-13 rating. Deathly Hallows on the other hand is a different story, that one has to be PG-13

Posted by Sarah D. on January 07, 2009, 07:25 PM report to moderator

Interesting… I’m curious what to expect now.
Just looked at the MPAA site, and it looks like it is officially PG.

Now we just play the waiting game to see for ourselves! :P

Posted by Randy on January 07, 2009, 07:26 PM report to moderator

Yeah… No. This cannot be correct. Dan was quoted in the past as saying the Inferi are extremely scary. Add the fight with Draco, DD’s death, how can this possibly be rated lower than GoF and OoTP? Unless they completely screwed it up…

Posted by LemonFaerie on January 07, 2009, 07:26 PM report to moderator

I think the dots were connected Zivlok. Probably what happened was that people did not remember or had not known about the test screening, and the summary posted up here on Leaky, and so maybe they expected more violence. But if they had read the summary they would have known that the bathroom scene is still in the movie, and that Dumbledore practically floats off the tower. :D (But that part wasn’t completely CGI-ed at the time so it just looked like he was lying down in mid air with his beard waving around :P)

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

Maybe the MPAA have lowered their standards some what.

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

Weren’t they supposed to be getting…like, scarier?
I mean the books are.
I guess if they have everything that I want in there, then its fine.
But this makes me worried a little about the draco bathroom scene… but oh well.

They know what they are doing, mostly. I’m not going to dwell.


Posted by Muggle-Born-Witch on January 07, 2009, 07:38 PM report to moderator

this is pretty ridiculous. i mean if they tone down the movie its an insult to the book. the book was meant to be gruesome and frightening. if they tone down the movie to make it PG then its not exactly the same movie that people think theyre going to. totally different. PG just doesnt seem to go with what happens in the book. but i totally agree, waiting for comformations a good idea.

Posted by GraceCen. on January 07, 2009, 07:39 PM report to moderator

This doesn’t make any sense. From what those who were at the Chicago screening said, the Inferi, Sepemsempra are in and I think they’d be enough to earn a PG-13 rating, especially considering OOTP was rated PG-13 and I think it was milder than HBP seems to be.

I hope this is a mistake.

Posted by mollywobbles23 on January 07, 2009, 07:41 PM report to moderator
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