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Harry Potter Fans: Is a PG Rating Annoying?

Rumor has it today that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (now opening July 17) has received a PG rating ("For scary images, some violence, language, and mild sensuality"), rather than the PG-13 rating given to some of the previous Potter movies.

Do you think this will affect the story to an annoying degree? Will the movie be able to do the book justice with a PG rating? Or will you just be happy if the darn thing comes out on time?

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johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
It really depends on whether the ratings board is judging the PG & PG-13 rating on the same basis as they have been for the past few years. However, I would assume they are, and that so, hopefully, this isn't an indication of a strongly censored Harry Potter. No matter, I'll be there opening night!!
Maffew Maffew 8 years
SPOILER IN THIS STORY!!!!!!! I have to say that I agree with JessNess, who cares if it is a PG-13 they still going to take their 6 year olds! But what I have to say is that I think it should be a 16V the trailers look really dark all the cast have said that, "it is so dark it is black", and the book is totally crazy I am busy rereading it for the 3rd time and it is DARK! But also they have cut out the most important part of the movie, the scene with war in between the death eaters and the Howarts teacher, they said: "there is a war in the seventh film so they don't want to take away from that and there will be to much war then". which I think is junk because we will only see the way in 2011! but getting back to this topic! the film shoul be a 16 i think! but they can't do that coz the film is for "younger humans" so they will probably cut the most important stuff out! such as the Sectumsempra part and all the crazy stuff, but in the advert you see, (if you look properly and carefully), the inferius crawling up the little island in the cave scene. but any way, i am excited!!!!
satarah satarah 8 years
I'm really annoyed at this. Book 6 is one of the darkest in the series. If they are going to take away all the intense scenes to get a lower rating, it will definitely affect the film.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Isn't this still a rumor? Either way, it doesn't really matter to me. I'll probably go see this with my friends at midnight and hopefully there won't be too many teenyboppers up that late.
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
Oh I was PISSED when I found out!!
saybebaby saybebaby 8 years
A PG? Why? The book is seriously dark so how are they going to put it across of they only gave it a PG? I reckon its going to be 12A here in the UK though. Hell, nearly every film has been classed 12A since they brought the bloody thing into circulation.
killitded83 killitded83 8 years
Oh dear. I don't like this. It means it probably won't do the book justice and it wont have all the dark stuff that makes it interesting.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
CaterpillarGirl, the last two, the ones in which Cederic died, and in which Umbridge tortures Harry, were both PG-13.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
I don't care about the rating but I think it will affect the box office. 12 year old girls who hava a crush on Daniel radcliffe don't want to go to the movies with their parents and now they can go by themselves!
Staceygirl Staceygirl 8 years
Well at least with the PG rating, I can go into the movie knowing ahead of time that it's not going to remotely live up to the book.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 8 years
In case you were wondering... no, she doesn't get to go see it.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 8 years
This annoys me a little. I'm just thinking of all the people that will bring young children in and all the talking they will do asking their mommy 'What does that mean?'
ana-isabel ana-isabel 8 years
I have not read any of the Harry Potter book yet but I love the movies. I just hope that the PG rating will not affect the integrity of the story.
mlen mlen 8 years
as long as its true to the book then i don't care what the rating is- if they can get all the important parts in and still keep it pg then fine. but if it affects the story i'll be mad
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i don't really care much about what the rating is - i've never really been into the HP stuff - and i figure that i'll have the same impression of this one as i did with the last one (which was the very first one that i saw).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont really think it will effect it too much. the rest were PG right? and they could show Cedric dying and Harry getting tortured by umbridge, and various other "darker" themes.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
(That said, I don't really care what it's rated. Book 6 is not among my favorites.)
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Ugh. There go my plans of having a 21st birthday party. Everyone will be watching Harry-bloody-Potter. *sigh*
Advah Advah 8 years
I'm kind of glad. A film can be dark without being violent (if that's what they toned down), and to be honest I was really turned off by some rather gruesome scenes in the last films (and snakes eeeeek, but that's another subject). I wonder how the new rating will translate in the film though..
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
LadyLiLa, I can't imagine how they'd put Sectumsempra in there with a PG rating!
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
Sorry, didn't get to finish. I hope they don't take out the part with Sectumsempra. That was one of the best parts of the book!
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
'Also, who takes a 10 year old to a PG-13 movie, which is rated PG-13 for action, violence, and language, one which was originally rated R and had to be re-edited for a PG-13 rating... and is surprised that there's material not appropriate for a 10 year old?' I agree. Hancock was kinda my fault really. I didn't pay attention to the rating or read the Parent's Guide To Movies at IMDB. All I saw was Will Smith + cool superhero summer movie= Good times! Usually, Will Smith makes *safe* movies, and I was under impression it was kid comic book hero movie (like The Incredible Hulk, Iroman, etc), so I didn't think twice about. I will definately check IMDB Parent's Guide when I'm unsure of a movie's content. :)
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
Ditto Laurel.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
Also its not like the PG13 rating was stopping anyone from taking their 6 year old kids to see the movie
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I am curious as to what they toned down to get that PG rating. As a marketing ploy its totally understandable but they need to realize that a lot of people are hoping that the content of the novel (specially this one and the last one)will not be sacrificed to make more money
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