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Still shot from the movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry looks to be just as difficult as the rest thanks to his curiosity over an old tome inscribed as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince." While Harry riffles through the book's pages, the evil Lord Voldemort and his followers ruffle both the Wizard and Muggle worlds. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 154
Theater Release: 15 Jul 2009
Video Release: 14 Jun 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Rated PG?


In this occult world where good and bad magic are constantly battling, the forces of evil destroy property such as bridges, buildings, homes and businesses. (It is implied some injury or even death may have resulted from these actions. The emotional toll of some of these losses is also portrayed). After a character is maliciously kicked in the face, he suffers a bloody noise. A wand renders a character unconscious and blood is shown flowing from several wounds on his chest. A wizard tastes a drop of blood to identify its origin. Wands are used as weapons to threaten and kill characters. The body of a girl who is hexed is helplessly thrown and tossed about, then dropped to the ground from a height. Frightening witches and wizards with murderous intentions are frequently portrayed. A scene shows numerous naked, demonic creatures (no detail of private body parts are depicted) attempting to drown a character. Sports violence, like hitting and tackling, is shown. A character cuts his hand with a knife. The body of a large, dead spider is seen. Characters drink alcohol in social settings, in pubs and at home. Some of them are portrayed as tipsy and intoxicated, and another passes out. Potions are used on several characters: one becomes obsessively in love, others behave drunkenly and recklessly, another begins choking and froths at the mouth, and one drinks poison for the good of others. Teenaged characters frequently hold hands, kiss (sometimes passionately) and caress each other. Brief sexual innuendo is included in the script. Mild profanities and terms of deity are heard. Vows, secret oaths and betrayals are part of the plot.

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