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Not recommended under 12, PG to 15 (Violence, Disturbing scenes and themes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 8-11||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes.|
|Children aged 12-15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes.|
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 Half Blood Prince|
|Consumer advice lines:||Fantasy violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
As Lord Voldemort’s power increases, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is transported by Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) to a small village. Here they visit the hideout of Professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), an old potions teacher whom Dumbledore wants to lure back to Hogwarts. Apparently Slughorn, who once taught Tom Riddle/Voldemort, has hidden memories that Dumbledore desperately needs.
Dumbledore asks Harry to befriend Professor Slughorn in hope that Harry can entice Slughorn into revealing his hidden memory. During a potions class, Harry discovers am old text book belonging to the “Half-Blood Prince” and with the assistance of the book, Harry soon becomes Professor Slughorn’s star pupil. Meanwhile Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), who has been charged with a special task by Voldemort spends all of his spare time experimenting with a vanishing cabinet.
Romance is blossoming between Harry and Ginny Weasley (Bonny Wright), and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), but not without some typical teenage traumas. Harry spends his Christmas break with the Weasleys, and while there is lured into a field and attacked by several Death Eaters including Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter). He manages to escape, but not before Bellatrix sets fire to the Weasley’s house, burning it to the ground.
Back at Hogwarts, Harry’s struggles continue. Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) has been enlisted to help Draco to do Voldemort’s evil work. Slughorn is persuaded to reveal his hidden memory and Harry and Dumbledore learn that Voldemort uncovered dark magic that enabled him to split his soul into seven parts, with each part hidden in a magical device called a Horcrux.
Harry’s quest is now to find all seven Horcruxes.
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.
Magic and the supernatural; death and grief; teenage relationships
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 Half-Blood Prince contains some violence but with minimal blood and gore. 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 in this age group may also be disturbed by the above scenes.
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 in this age group may also be disturbed by the above scenes, as well as scenes where main characters are distressed, particularly when Harry cries over Dumbledore’s body.
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.
Some children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above mentioned scenes.
None of concern
The film contains occasional low-level sexual innuendoes and references. Examples include
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is occasional low-level coarse language and minor putdowns in this movie. Examples include tosser, nosey, barmy, you idiot, slick git, looser, dragon balls, bloody lucky, bloody, daft dimbo,
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince the sixth fantasy in the series, is solid entertainment and contains some genuinely funny and clever humour and stunning special effects. While milder in terms of scary images and violence than other Harry Potter films, the film is a little darker and has higher levels of emotion, romance and mature themes than its predecessors, reflecting the increasing age of Harry and his friends.
The film’s main messages are that
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include courage and selflessness.
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