MPAA Adjusts Rating Description for “Deathly Hallows: Part 1″


Oct 27, 2010

Posted by Mel

As you may recall, the MPAA rated “Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ as PG-13 for “sequences of intense action violence and frightening imagery.” They have since amended their reasoning for giving “Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ a PG-13 rating by adding “brief sensuality.”

“Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ will be released November 19th.

48 Responses to MPAA Adjusts Rating Description for “Deathly Hallows: Part 1″

Avatar ImageNatalie says: At least it remains a PG-13!Avatar Imagethundermountain7 says: Yeah at least it is still PG:13 Avatar ImageHarrypotterultrafan says: @those above true beans, true beans :PAvatar Imagechanngalambeatrice says: Why is it 'brief sensuality'? I don't recall any 'brief sensuality' in the book.Avatar ImageCatherine says: few!!!! i thought they would change it to PG and take a bunch of good scenes out! thank goodness they didnt! although i think they shouls amend that again and combine both terms of fictional violence and brief sensuality! cuz they need both according to the trailer!Avatar Imageroonwit says: It looks like it is a 12A in the UK as it "Contains moderate fantasy violence and threat"Avatar Imagekbicprez says: Does the MPAA use a stopwatch to decide if the sensuality is brief?? Avatar ImageNinnyTreetops says: It's 12 in Germnay (which also means - since CoS, funily enough - that children aged 6-11 are allowed to come if one of their legal guardians accompanies them). I hope that doesn't mean they've cut too much - or even more for the German version - because my gut feeling says it should have been a 16 rating. Oh wait, I don't care because I'm goona see it on the Netherlands in English anyways. Nevermind :DAvatar ImageGinevra86 says: I wonder if it's because of the locket scene...?Avatar ImageBandersnatch says: Spoiler alert (although most of us have probably heard this already): I'm guessing the "brief sensuality" is for the scene where the locket Horcrux shows a vision of Harry and Hermione to Ron. I'm pretty sure I've heard that these apparitions will be naked in the film (not sure if they were explicitly described as such in the book). Not that you'll actually be able to see any of their private parts (then it would be rated R, I imagine), but it will be suggested. And since the Harry and Hermione visions will be kissing each other as they taunt Ron, there's your scene of brief sensuality.Avatar ImageStarlysh says: brief I'm so excitedAvatar ImageLittleBayPony says: oh god... my mum wants to come along to see the movie with me.. akward scenes much?Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Whow! Thats good. I thought they would change it to PG and cut out all the actionAvatar ImageEmerson Nidigith says: Oh the MPAA... Censorship at it's... uh worst? best? Hard to say really.Avatar ImageJeannine says: @ Batrice Jean Granger....the Deathly Hollows book I read did. That scene where Voltemort is causeing Ron to see "visions" of Harry and Hermione kissing is very senual in the see it on film it probubly looks even more so. I am sure the MPAA thught twice about it and decided to cover all bases on certain scene so as to not occure rath for parents later. They can just state ...they were warned ahead of time...per the extended rating.Avatar ImageJakeom95 says: GoodAvatar Imagechocairplane says: either way...i'm excited!!! :DAvatar ImageAvanelleWood says: Perhaps they are referring to Ron's vision of Harry and Hermione in the scene where he destroys the locket.Avatar Imagehallowman says: "Does the MPAA use a stopwatch to decide if the sensuality is brief??" EPIC WIN!Avatar ImagenoxiousCaitSith says: children can go to a movie rated up to R when accompanied by an adult. Avatar ImageFresca says: I am sure that the PG rating is because of the locket scene. I am still going to that movie, no matter what rating it gets!Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: From what I've read, it sounds like the vision that the locket shows Ron of Harry and Hermione kissing is rendered in the movie with them being nude from the waist up, but as they are locked in an embrace this will only be apparent from a back view. Thus it would qualify as 'sensuality' but not cross the line into what the MPAA would classify as lewdness or outright nudity. It would still take some explaining to little kids, so parents are well-advised to leave them home if they're not comfortable with that idea. Then again, it never fails to amaze me how much explicit violence and gore many parents will expose their little ones to in the movies - why a little mild sensuality is seen as worse is beyond me.Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: In the UK a 12A certificate means that children under 12 cannot attend unless with an adult, and the parent/guardian is responsible for deciding if their child can cope with it. I remember a friend of mine was thinking of taking a very young and rather sensitive child to see 'Half-Blood Prince'. I implored her to go and see it herself first, as I felt that the 'Inferi in the lake' scene was too strong for him. On seeing it, she agreed. I think the authorities in the UK are probably slightly more tolerant over sex (and swearing) than those in the US, and less so over violence, but WeenyOwl's comments still apply.Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: At least they're not taking anything out of the book. BUT my mom's coming with me.... i'll have to explain to her that in the book that they weren't naked...Avatar ImageCarinaPotter says: I must say that this actually made me wildly happy. I think that's because this is HP; we don't normally have sensual scenes and the like. It's way different, but I think it's very appropriate, as these are the last two films and are going to be pretty mature. As for where this part is, it most likely is the Harry/Hermione kiss that Ron has to watch before he kills the locket. All of the people who watched the test screening said that that bit was very intense...Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: wow MPAA thank god you warned us of "brief sensuality" the 13-year-olds might be able to handle "sequences of intense action violence and frightening imagery" but we all need to be warned about "brief sensuality" it's one kiss and a wedding...America is too soft on it's youthAvatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Pah! Ever since PG-13 started applying to everything from the largely benign "The Blind Side" to the offensive-on-many-levels like "Blades of Glory", I have been turning to to help me decide which things my elementary school aged children can see. Usually a C+ or better is my screening tool. Harry Potter 7 is different though since everyone in the family has already read the book. And, the images JKR has conjured up in my mind have been far worse than those the film makers have been able to create.Avatar ImageSaracaBrownaca says: KB Prez's comment killed me.Avatar ImageSohumdore says: I dont think that simply kissing is too sensualAvatar Imagehonigmuffin says: Never quite understood the rating criteria of the MPAA. Oh well.Avatar ImageSindi says: i don t remember the locket scene being so sensual ... but sounds good still :D Avatar Imagehewy says: Not sure the PG-13 rating really means a darn thing. Valeria-Johanna has the right idea if you are unsure see it first then decide it is okay for the kids to see, rather than relying on anyones rating system.Avatar Imagelilbug121 says: Probably the locket scene. i'm in the US, so my copy isnt as accurate as some others may be. they change a lot when they americanize some things. i mean, look at anime for example!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Sooooooo excited!Avatar Imageaccio_salmon says: I think the fact that we see Dan Rad in a bra in the 7 potters scene is also a reason, guys...Avatar Imageglow_freak says: Why bother amending it to say "brief sensuality?" It's not worth it. Avatar Imagehpfanaticfan2011 says: obviously they could've easily gone all out on the action and darkness and even language and earned themselves an R rating, but first of's Harry Potter and the majority of the audience is younger kids...2nd, JK Rowling most likely wouldn't let them do thatAvatar Imagepinkyquillo says: Yeah.. it might be the locket scene... and might be the battle scenes.... but I think, other children would complain about it, since they also love harry potter....Avatar ImageNicole says: "Brief sensuality" is the last phrase I'd expect to hear related in any way to the Harry Potter phenomenon, outside some aspects of fandom...Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Who cares - just glad it's only 22 days away!!!Avatar ImageGinnyPotter88 says: cool...i cant wait!!Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: I think for young kids Dan in a Bra would be comic rather than sensual....Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Whow! Thats good.Avatar Imagekleigh629 says: Come on people, Harry Potter is associated with children, so it makes sense that for the parents who might not be aware of the more "adult" sexual tension and scenes that exist in the book will be in the movie as well. I personally am not letting my eight year old see these films, b/c I know what is in them. Granted he won't like the "kissing" stuff anyway, but still this is one film that will wait a year or two for him to see until he's a bit more mature. JMO as a parent of young kids. That is the job of the MPAA to warn parents of children what is in the films...Avatar Imagehrslvr529 says: O.o interesting!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: i was worried it got dropped to pgAvatar Imagemaimiaa says: hot and steamy away from hogwarts. B)Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: The notice for British cinemas just has 'Contains moderate fantasy violence and threat', with no mention of sensuality.

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