More on British Board of Film Classification 12 A Rating


Jun 19, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Previously we told you Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had been given a 12A rating in the UK. The Parents Board of British Film Classification now has more on the reasons behind this rating. They describe several scenes which are the source including the Inferi, and the Sectumsempra fight with Malfoy. Due to slight spoilers, if you would like you can read the info here via this link.

Thanks Ryan!

22 Responses to More on British Board of Film Classification 12 A Rating

Avatar Imagepunkedup88 says: You know, this is why I'm mad about the MPAA rating. :PAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Based on what they described here, I cannot understand why the MPAA decided to give this film a PG rating. It certainly sounds as though it contains a lot of PG-13 material.Avatar ImageRose-Mclane says: Ron has been saying 'bloody' since movie one. The word git has been used multiple times and all it means is "A completely ignorant, childish person" Its a moron. Whats bad about that word? The word "tosser" and the term " off sod" in a Harry Potter film is awesome! I'm so happy. And saying " God" is not a big deal :/ I hate the MPAAAvatar Imagegooseywizard says: Does this mean that there might be hope of a change of rating? I at least want a director's cut (that would be Pg 13) on the DVD.Avatar Imagecanessie says: oww... that's rate make me dying...Avatar ImageWickedLoz says: *Laughs* I just read on the MuggleNet website that the American kids there don't know what a tosser is.. How to explain that one! xDAvatar Imagehermyone08 says: i agree kirkAvatar Imagehermyone08 says: i guess that's why they had to be more specific about what scenes would frighten childrenAvatar ImageRose-Mclane says: I ment " Sod Off." Opps ; ___ ;Avatar ImageRose-Mclane says: Tonight is just not my spelling night..... Leaky needs an ' Edit ' Button Avatar ImageBeansie says: Sorcerer's Stone was PG. This is not Sorcerer's Stone at all. I don't agree with the rating at all. I own a movie house and I know we're going to have little kids be scared.Avatar Imagelunaspec_gimmy says: Just read the violence bit, omg! :D So happy they seem to be keeping it like the book :D And I don't get why people are mad at the rating, at all. OOTP and GOF were both 12a's too I believe. You can't exactly make it a 15.Avatar Imageiheartpink says: since when is "God" considered inappropriate language?Avatar ImageJaymie Brooks says: I can't stand people who cry over ratings. They don't mean crap, guys. It doesn't mean that David Yates cut out all of the violence, so there won't be a "Director's Cut". WB doesn't come up with the ratings, and I bet they were just as surprised as we were at the MPAA's leniency. Do you guys think that you're so awesome because you're older than 13? Just because the original HP fans are in their late teens, early adults now doesn't mean that new HP fans are. There are plenty of 7-12 year-old fans, and this is great for them. You might as well be happy for them instead of complaining about a rating that won't affect you at all.Avatar ImageMartok says: There's one story about the rating I want to tell. Chamber of Secrets didn't pass the German FSK 6 rating, so Warner Bros. edited the film for the German release. Subsequently, this butchered version was released on DVD. The unedited version with German dubbing was only available in Switzerland. I've heard that that Swiss retailers were told by Warner Bros. not to sell the German custumers. Currently, the unedited version of Chamber of Secrets is only available on Blu-Ray in Germany. So the fear that Warner Bros. may have tempered with Half Blood Prince to get a lower rating is not unjustified.Avatar ImageWickedLoz says: Personally, I think the American rating were persuaded to lower its standards for more numbers. Hey, they delayed the film, then broghtn it forward by two days, it wouldn't surprise me. Either way, this doesn't affect me. Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: The reason for the lower rating, in the US, is partly due to changes in views. As well, good editing. Although there are scenes that most would consider vastly more upsetting, they may not be considered as "horrific" by the folks on the commitees. Also, what is considered "mild language", in the UK, is NOT considered "mild language" in the US...most folks in the US havn't a clue what most of them mean....and their meanings would not be considered "unacceptable". AND Yes, Ron has been saying 'bloody hell' and 'git' through out the films.... I'm with WickedLoz and Jaymie Brooks, on ths one!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: emm when i clicked on2 it it just had a load of gobbledigook!!! uh oh. will check again!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: comment 2: what has happend 2 my avatar????Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: comment 3: read it. ron has always swore and tbh: 'God' to me isnt swearing. but i know it is 2 other people so its understandable to put it there.Avatar ImageLeeann says: as long as it's incredible...Avatar ImageDolemite says: ok so it's similar to a PG-13 which probably the US version should be.

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