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    "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    Looks like the little tykes won't be coming with me this time. On one hand, it makes sense...HP movies have always been dark, and the 4th book is the darkest yet.

    But on the other hand, HP are considered children's books, and this might take a slash at their original intended audience. And, after all, a lot of "violently-based" movies like the original "Star Wars" have fared just fine without being too gory.

    What do you guys think?

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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    Personally, I don't mind Harry Potter being PG-13. I can go to the movie, and it's not rated that way for sex or extremely gory violence. It's just contains "frightening images" (Voldemort rising from the dead) and death scenes (Cedric Diggory). I believe it also has the same PG-13 rating because it deals with death or near-death experiences, like Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch had.

    I like the point you made, 'Strue, about how Star Wars was able to pass by fine without inappropriate content or extreme gory-ness.

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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    Well I think if books had ratings it would have had a PG13 rating also. The movie will just take the dark images in the book and give them a "face". The books have grown continually darker and the movies just follow along. Granted with CGI and the such, the visual images in the movie might be more "scary" than the minds imagination. I would think that if your kids did ok with the book , they would do ok with the movie.

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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    Quote Originally Posted by 'Strue
    But on the other hand, HP are considered children's books, and this might take a slash at their original intended audience.

    What do you guys think?
    HP are considered children's books by people who don't read them. "Oh, they're about children, so they're children's stories."

    700+ pages is a children's book?

    I think a minimum age of about 10 for the first book is reasonable, though it's up to each parent to decide, by reading them first. Then, add half an age for each successive book.
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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    The thing that I won't be looking forward to is the inferi cave in Book six (that is, if they make a movie 6)

    I wonder how many parents will be complaining about that?

    Harry Potter is getting darker as the story progresses, so it was only a matter of time before it got this rating



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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    JKR has said that kids can handle more than we, as parents, believe they can. Scary things happen in the world. Maybe she's giving an imaginative way to work thru issues that you "will" at some point need to work thru with your kids. Death happens, not all people are good.
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    I think that parents who blindly either buy books are allow kids to see movies could be a problem. This movie could be a real shocker for some of those folks.

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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    It's perfectly appropriate to be PG-13. I look at it this way: the books age with the characters. Harry turned 11 in the first book, was 12 in the second, 13 in the book from which the most recent film was made. That makes him 14 in GoF - and the film will be rated PG-13, meaning that ages 13+ can handle it. A film about teenagers appropriate for teenagers? Imagine that

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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    Quote Originally Posted by Larxene1959
    The thing that I won't be looking forward to is the inferi cave in Book six (that is, if they make a movie 6)

    I wonder how many parents will be complaining about that?

    Harry Potter is getting darker as the story progresses, so it was only a matter of time before it got this rating
    Interesting... I was thinking exactly the same thing. BTW. I'm pretty
    sure that there will be an Movie 6 as long as there are no traumatic
    events with the companies/entities involved. I believe #1 made enough
    (including DVD) to finance all the rest of the movies. And as long as the
    books are best sellers (which #6 was), it will be hard for Hollywood to
    resist making them.

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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    The Prime Target For The Books And Movies Are 13 And Up... That Means That Said People Can Go To That Movie...d I Have To Admit Thogh... It Is Strange That It Is Rated Pg13.

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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    Spoiler alert, for those who haven't read the book:
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    1. Guy in Chapter 1 is killed.
    2. Cedric is killed.
    3. Wormtail cuts Harry.
    4. Wormtail cuts off his arm.
    5. Voldemort's ugly 1/7 of a soul comes to life.
    6. Snogging by upperclassmen/women in the gardens during the Yule Ball.


    You can make these very un-PG, or you can try to tame them. Maybe there's just not much you can do.
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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    I think PG-13 is fine and probably won't deter any viewers. The movies are based on the book, so if they have read the book, they already know what's going to happen in the movie. With each book (starting with #3), the story gets darker and darker. I can't wait until #6 comes out (deaths, darkness, battles, snogging, etc) and I also want to see who they cast as Umbridge for #5.

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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    FYI: Books 4+ in the library were considered Young Adult. So it sounds like the movie fits right it.
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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    askmike: good question! I can't wait either, Umbridge is so deliciously deplorable! Think they can get Dame Judy Dench?

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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    Oh! I'd love to see Judy Dench as Umbridge!! Perfect casting, Morrigoon!!

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    Re: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is PG-13!

    Quote Originally Posted by twinmom
    Oh! I'd love to see Judy Dench as Umbridge!! Perfect casting, Morrigoon!!
    Not short enough, but Dame Diana Rigg would be delicious as well. I'll toss in my vote for Dame Judy Dench.

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