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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 14 (violence, disturbing themes and scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing themes and scenes.|
|Children aged 12–14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing themes and scenes.|
|Children aged 15 and over||Ok for this age group.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|
|Consumer advice lines:||Fantasy themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 commences where Part 1 ended. We find Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) searching for the remaining three Horcruxes (objects that contain a part of Voldemort’s soul). With the help of the goblin Griphook (Warwick Davis), the friends enter Gringotts Bank where they steal a cup originally belong to Helga Hufflepuff, one of Hogwarts founders. Harry also learns that a tiara belonging to Rowena Ravenclaw and Voldemort’s pet snake Nagini are the remaining two Horcruxes.
At Hogsmeade, Harry is befriended by Dumbledore’s brother Aberforth (Ciaran Hinds), who assists in getting the friends into Hogwarts Castle. After a confrontation with Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) Harry, assisted by the students of Hogwarts, begins to search the castle for the tiara. However, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) offers the students and teachers of Hogwarts an ultimatum - give up Harry or suffer the consequences. He gives them one hour to hand over Harry, giving Harry one hour to find and destroy the tiara. At the same time, Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) and the remaining Hogwarts teachers create magic barriers surrounding the castle in a bid to fend off Voldemort’s army of Death Eaters.
Eventually the barrier fails and the Death Eaters attack the castle. However, Ron and Hermione manage to destroy Helga Hufflepuff’s cup and then manage to locate Rowena Ravenclaw’s tiara. Despite being attacked by Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), they are able to destroy it.
The search for the final Horcrux leads to a showdown with Voldemort and some important discoveries for Harry.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
The supernatural; Self sacrifice; Death; Loss of a loved one; Immortality.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 contains intense action violence, battle scenes, killing, death and dead bodies, blood and gore, and emotional trauma. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
There is some sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There are some coarse language and putdowns in this movie, including:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a fantasy adventure suited to an adolescent audience. Parents should note that this film is very dark with a continuous feeling of menace and many images capable of scaring and disturbing younger children. The Australian Classification Board issued a media release warning parents to heed the M classification. The film is long and the plot is rather confusing.
The main message from this movie is that evil must be fought against regardless of the personal cost or sacrifice.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss the manner in which Harry and his friends fought against the prejudice and discrimination shown by non-magical people and how the issues of prejudice found in the Harry Potter films and books parallel situations in the real world.
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