Harry Potter Deathly Hallows, ummm remember it's PG-13
Our family loves the Harry Potter series by JK Rowlings. Not only have we read each book together. We have also proudly conquered the Wii Legos Harry Potter Game (stories 1-4) long ago and DS (Darling Son) choose to be the “chosen one” for Halloween. Click here for a refresher. So last Saturday DH and I thought it would be a fun to take the fam damily to the movies to continue the saga on big screen.
Yes, we most certainly did.
“honey, didn’t you realize it’s PG-13?”
Darn it. I should have trusted my favorite Mommy website Commonsense.org. It has always been my go-to website when it comes to movies, books, video games and the like. It lets me know as a parent what is age appropriate for my little ones. If I had checked it out I would have understood the judgemental eyes as we sat down with ages (10-6-4.5) along side us. So what would I have learned – if I had been on my game?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was written by Sandie Angulo Chen
Parents need to know that the second-to-last installment in the epic Harry Potter movie saga is the darkest, most intense yet. It has the highest body count of any Potter film, including the deaths of several recurring characters — some of which are particularly emotional and upsetting. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and their friends are bloodied, injured, and cursed. In one startling “jump” scene, Voldemort’s giant killer snake bursts out of an old woman’s body; there’s also a particularly disturbing torture scene in which a major character is branded with an insult. Expect a bit of sensuality, including lots of longing looks and protective embraces between Ron and Hermione, a passionate snog between Harry and Ginny, and a scene of “ghost” versions of Harry and Hermione tormenting Ron with an exaggerated kiss (they seem to be nude, but viewers only see bare shoulders). Despite the amped-up angst and violence, the characters prove again and again that unconditional friendship, loyalty, and love can survive even the most harrowing of threats.
Yep, that about sums it up. Mommy of the Year Award – I’m now in the standings huh? There was a lot of eye covering during scenes that made me uncomfortable.
When we debriefed our little ones to see if they were okay after the movie, (or if they need professional counseling) they happily replied “I can’t wait for the next one Momma”.
Oh my my.
For the next installment I will be sure to check out Common Sense first. And do the ‘bob and weave’ if necessary upon requests to see the final Potter movie.
Live and Learn…