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MPAA Rated PG-13 for some sequences of fantasy action

Sex & Nudity

  • Couples kiss on occasion, as well as hug, flirt, and cuddle. There is confrontational and disturbing thematic material pertaining to forced marriage, rape, and death by childbirth.
  • None. No sex or nudity.

Violence & Gore

  • The killing Curse is used multiple times.
  • Several people are incinerated by magic fire. Not overly graphic, but nonetheless disturbing


  • Some repeated instances of low-level cursing such as "hell". Insults such as "beast of burden", "coward", "crazy", "wicked", etc...

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man smokes a hookah pipe attached to a skull. Individuals are seen smoking cigarettes and pipes in background. Beer is poured at a dinner table. A character acts drunk. Wine and champagne are seen being consumed.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man has a parasite removed from his eye; it looks like a huge worm.
  • There is a "kapa"; Japanese water demon; shown in a bathtub. It has a flat, moss covered head, and is quite ugly. It's also quite randomly placed into the story, so its appearance is surprising
  • The film includes scenes and dark themes pertaining to: assaults and attacks, torture, gruesome imagery, and some instances of body horror, jump scares and creature violence, WWII imagery, including bombs, guns, tanks, fighter planes, and visual allusions to the Holocaust, murder, extrajudicial murders and "police brutality", two counts of infanticide, abuse, genocide and fascism, Naziism and terrorism, blood pacts, cults, mass destruction, bounty hunting, corpses and graveyards, caskets and sight of slight wounds, death by child birth, forced marriage, vengeful murder, and burning to death, as well as major character deaths and betrayals, in addition to more basic and stylized genre violence. The film has an overall dark tone, supported by heavy themes and moments of nihilism, gray morality, dark cinematography, intense/frightening music and sound, some tragedy, eerie production design and artistic elements, confrontational and abrupt directorial choices, and various other gothic/horror elements.


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

Violence & Gore

  • The film contains a very disturbing instance of infanticide, alongside a recurring theme of infant death. A family is murdered via magic. We see a mother and father drop dead from a spell that causes instant death. The dead parents leave behind a baby. The baby is examined by Grindelwald, who gives the order to one of his followers to kill the baby. We leave the room before we see the baby murdered by the same spell used to kill the parents, via a flash of light emanating from the doorway.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Two people either kill, or suggest that they killed, their own sibling (one death is shown; an infant drowns).
  • There is a creepy "freakshow" put on, which comes out of the blue and leaves just as abruptly. A woman is caged, and forced to transform into a snake. No one is smiling, the entire thing is dark (literally the lighting is darker), and it has, as does most of the film, an unsettling edge to it.
  • A woman is killed; she appears prone and pale on the floor. Moments before, she was hugging and comforting someone. In the same scene, a different, young woman is grabbed from behind by a man reaching through a wall, who previously unseen by the audience
  • Right at the start of the film, there is an escape scene with Grindelwald. He has a small spiky lizard-like animal who attacks several people in a magically flying stagecoach. The stagecoach fills up with water, killing some of the men inside. One of the two survivors is then thrown from the coach, falling a very long distance, to be stopped abruptly before hitting the ocean water. He is then let of go again, to fall into the water.
  • A character's tongue is removed from his body.
  • At the end of the film, Grindelwald burns all his enemies alive, including Leta LeStrange and many of the Ministry Aurors.

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