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Certification

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MPAA Rated PG for frightening moments, creature violence and mild language
Certification

Sex & Nudity

  • Some mild flirting and sexual references.

Violence & Gore

  • Ron gets pulled down under the whomping willow and ends up having his leg broken
  • The same thing happened to Harry when Neville opened the monster book. There are holes in his robe and uniform but no scars, cuts or gashes.
  • 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)
  • A couple intense injuries during the Quidditch match.
  • Harry falls off his broom from over 100 feet in the air.
  • 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.

Profanity

  • "Oh God", "God" are heard; idiot said a handful of times.
  • 3 use of bloody hell, 2 use of bloody, 2 uses of damn and 1 use of bitch to use for a female dog. Mud-blood is said briefly 3 times.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • 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.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In a Quidditch match, lightning strikes a chaser's broomstick making her fall down.
  • In a boggart defense lesson, a girl has a snake for a boggart and changes it to a jack-in-the-box clown leaning forwards and backwards moving his hands like they're going to push you. It's very frightening to viewers who are afraid of clowns when it leans forward to the screen.
  • This film is quite dark, thematically and visually, and it's frightening. 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.

Spoilers

The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 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.

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