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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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ok.i kinda disagree. the book wasnt totally meant to be gruesome and frightening. honestly. it was written extremely well, but no doubt, some parts are a bit more frightening than your average PG movie..

Posted by zoe. on January 07, 2009, 07:43 PM report to moderator

If they were true to this book, it should NOT be rated PG!

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

javier, if you truly are a harry potter fan like myself, then you know youre lying to yourself by saying youre not going to watch the new film. even if all the sucky rumors about it are true you know youll still see it! ahah, cause i know i will too!

Posted by marie. on January 07, 2009, 07:46 PM report to moderator

I’m going to have to disagree, GraceCen, I don’t think Jo Rowling meant this book to be gruesome and frightening at all. In fact, it was one of the more lighter books. (Not in weight of course, but you get my drift.) If I had to pick any of the books as gruesome and frightening, I’d probably choose the 5th and 7th, but definitely not the 6th.

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

What!!! this movie should most definently be the harshest of the series…not only do we have the most signifigant death, (and if they tone that down someone’s head is coming off) but with draco all bloody in the bathroom this CAN NOT be PG…..

Posted by KC on January 07, 2009, 07:58 PM report to moderator


and type in “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” , it’ll say pg. NOOO! IT CAN’T BE! that means they cut out the harry malfoy BLOODY part. AHHH! now its gonna suck…

Posted by OH NO! on January 07, 2009, 07:59 PM report to moderator

Ok I’m getting sick of this now.



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

I don’t really think a PG rating will bring the true horribleness from some of the things to the book. I just hope they don’t try to play down some of the more intense scenes.

Posted by kem on January 07, 2009, 08:06 PM report to moderator

How can ‘Twilight’ be PG-13 and not HBP? HBP has far more ‘sensuality’ in it, and more action!! If Twilight’s PG-13, then so should HBP!

Was anybody at that special screening? Do they agree?

Posted by Crogers on January 07, 2009, 08:13 PM report to moderator

What about the fight at the end? are they just going to have dumbledore and harry, then dumbledore die? No seeing my true love (neville) kicking some butt???

Posted by Jaimie on January 07, 2009, 08:25 PM report to moderator

i seriously hate the movie rating scale. there need so much more than 4 possible ratings. i mean, PoA was so scary! with harry in the tunnels and the big basalisk wanting to rip his head off!!! cmon!! i would think besides ootp, hbp would be the scareist!!! inferi is deff high on the list! but they dont have the battle at hogwarts, so what else? i guess they now have the fight at the burrow….. idk the inferi, if they really do it well, should be kind of scary. but idk….

Posted by taylor on January 07, 2009, 08:32 PM report to moderator

And for those of us who’re not american, MPAA ratings doesn’t mean squat. We’re not familar with the individual rating steps or what they mean. I think a link to an explanation would be nice in the article.

Like this one:

Posted by Bjorn on January 07, 2009, 08:38 PM report to moderator

Yes, Jamie, there’s no real fight that Harry runs through, he just runs after the death eaters and sorta yells at Snape and Snape says the stupidest line ever instead of saying ‘Dont call me coward’ and Bellatrix goes nuts like she always does and….yeah. :D

And to Crogers, I saw the screening, and though it wasn’t as ‘sensual’ as Twilight, meaning, they Lav-Lav and Won-Won werent snogging every second and Ginny and Harry snogged once, the kiss (which really pissed me off cause they didn’t do it like the book) it does portray the relationships and comedic arguments much better than the Twilight film does, which, most unfortunately, I have seen against my own will.

Posted by Katie on January 07, 2009, 08:40 PM report to moderator

i’m split. there r cetain criteria they go by when giving a rating, but then again a PG rating just doesn’t feel right. the book was pretty graphic, especially the bathroom scene and the cave scene. if wb toned down the movie after pushing it back thats utterly ridiculas.

and another thing, if there’s a rating, doesn’t it mean the films done? why r we havinbg to wait till the summer to see it?

Posted by iheartpink on January 07, 2009, 08:40 PM report to moderator

Not very happy about this. I would argue that HBP is still in that deep scary realm that GoF started off with. However, I would MUCH rather have this be PG than have DH be PG because that CANNOT be PG at all, it must be PG-13 at least! I mean, who knows. It most likely won’t change my opinion of how I view the movie. If it’s a good movie, that at least follows the main plot line and spirit of the book, then I’ll be happy.

Posted by Helena on January 07, 2009, 08:41 PM report to moderator
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