If you were fearing that Warner Bros would look to soften the edges of the upcoming Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, and target a PG rating in the US, then you might just want to breathe out.
For after Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince picked up a PG rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), in spite of the tone of much of the material, it seems that director David Yates is pushing things about as far as he can for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part I. The film, which is complete, has been given a PG-13 rating in the States, along with guidance that suggests there are “some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images”.
Granted, the rating that a film gets very rarely has any bearing on how the end movie turns out, and in spite of the very broad age demographic of Harry Potter‘s audience, a PG-13 is something Warner Bros is likely to be fine with (both Goblet Of Fire and Order Of The Phoenix were both PG-13). It’s hardly that it locks anyone out from seeing the film.
The film is yet to be classified by the BBFC in the UK, although the trailers that have been released to date have all come with a PG certificate. We suspect a 12A rating isn’t out of the question, though.
The world premiere of the film, incidentally, has been set for London on Thursday November 11th, ahead of the global roll-out on Friday 19th November.