Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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Some mild flirting and sexual references.


Harry's school book attacks him (the book is equipped with eyes and teeth and attacks very abruptly so it may cause a jump).

Dementors attack 3 or 4 times throughout the movie. While not really violent, the Dementors are quite frightening from their appearance alone. (See frightening and Intense Scenes for further description)

Sirius Black is an escaped convict that is trying to kill Harry. However in the last 45 minutes or so, we learn he is actually good. But the majority of the movie you are supposed to fear him.

A couple intense injuries during the Quidditch match.

Harry falls off his broom from over 100 feet in the air.

Draco gets kicked by a Hippogriff (a sort of mix between a falcon and a horse). His father makes a complaint and arranges to have the Hippogriff executed. We see the execution from on top of a hill and the actual killing is not visible. All we see is the executioner raise and then lower his axe from far away and we see birds fly when the axe lowers. However as shown later, the Hippogriff was rescued and all the executioner was really lowering his axe on was a pumpkin.

Hermione punches Draco in the face.

A black dog attacks Ron and drags him by the leg.

A tree (The Womping Willow) attacks Harry and Hermione. They mostly avoid getting hit by the branches but get thrown back a couple times.

Harry disarms Snape, and in the process sends him flying across the room and crashing into a bed.

A Werewolf tries to attack Ron, Hermione and Harry. However, Sirius (in dog form) fights it and you can hear and see the fight. Not so much graphic as there are disturbing noises.


3 use of bloody hell, 2 use of bloody, 1 use of damn and 1 use of bitch to use for a female dog. Mud-blood is said briefly 3 times.


In the opening sequence, Marge, Vernon and Petunia drink some brandy.

Marge also lets her pet bulldog drink brandy out of her glass.

Fudge and Rosmerta drink some alcoholic drinks from a bottle.


Parents need to know that this film is a very heavy "PG" and is quite dark, thematically and visually, and it's frightening, for a young child they may find this film very intense and distressing.

The plot of the film revolves around a convicted murderer escaping from prison and going after a young boy, supposedly to kill him.

All scenes with Dementors are quite frightening and intense. The purpose of a Dementor is to suck out all of your happiness and only leave you with your own misery. Various characters (prominently Harry) encounter Dementors a few times throughout. The appearance of the Dementors can be frightening.

Lupin's transformation into a werewolf is particularly frightening. You see his backbone protrude and reshape as well as his feet and his face. He then goes on to attack Harry, Ron & Hermione but is intercepted by Sirius (as a dog). They erupt into a fight and Lupin nearly kills Sirius.

In one scene, Sirius and Harry are attacked by about 100 Dementors at once. Multiple Dementors try to suck out their souls and both of them are nearly killed, but they are saved at the last second. While the Dementors are not violent, it is their appearance and what they can do such as sucking out your soul which makes them frightening. Overall, an intense scene.

Total explicit content: 21/50

Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 for Some Creature Violence & Frightening Images

Rated PG for frightening moments, creature violence and mild language
Argentina:Atp / Australia:M (original rating) / Australia:PG (re-rating on appeal) / Brazil:Livre / Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Czech Republic:U / Finland:K-11 / France:Tous publics / Germany:12 / Greece:K / Hong Kong:IIA / Hungary:14 / Iceland:L / India:U / Ireland:PG / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Japan:G / Malaysia:U / Malaysia:P13 (re-rating) / Mexico:A / Mongolia:PG / Netherlands:9 / New Zealand:PG / Norway:11 / Peru:Apt / Philippines:G / Poland:12 / Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) / Russia:16+ / Singapore:PG / South Korea:All / Spain:7 / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) / Switzerland:10 (canton of Zurich) / Taiwan:GP / UK:PG / USA:PG (certificate #40749)

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