Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is Rated PG - So What?
by Alex Billington
January 8, 2009
I've been asked by some readers to comment on the news that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince received a PG rating from the MPAA for "scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality." I've got three movies to name - Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Speed Racer, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Well, see that's the problem. While I would argue that those are the three best PG movies we've seen recently, most would argue that those three were terrible. And we don't want a terrible Harry Potter. For some reason, though, I'm confident that David Yates pulled it off.
First off, I'm going to admit that I might not be the greatest person to comment on this rating for the sole reason that I haven't yet read the books. Therefore I don't exactly know what takes place in Half-Blood Prince and how violent or dark it is. However, I think I can at least say that I'm not that concerned, largely because after five previous movies, I feel as if Warner Brothers has proven to the MPAA that the entire Harry Potter universe is not too dark and that some subject matter is actually PG. But I will admit that this is the first indication that Half-Blood Prince might not be as incredible as we're all hoping it will be.
You may have already discredited me for being one of "those" people who hasn't read the books yet, but I'm still a big fan of the movies and want to see them continue to turn out great. With this news I'm conflicted - while I would want Half-Blood Prince to be PG-13 ideally, the trailers I've seen have looked fantastic. So if the actual footage we've seen is all PG and it all looks great, then I don't think we have anything to be worried about, right? Let's hope that's the case. Unfortunately we have to wait another seven months to find out. And until then, I'll invite those who have actually read the books to debate over this rating.