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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 

Release Date: July 11, 2007

MPAA rating: PG-13 for fantasy violence and frightening images

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

Recommended age: This film is not recommended for children under the age of 13

Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Yellow

 

Sex

There is one instance of Harry kissing his crush Cho when they discover they are under the mistletoe; one instance of Ron saying, “I bet you a good snogging [kissing] would cheer her up;” and another instance where Dudley, Harry’s cousin refers to Cedric Diggory as “Harry’s boyfriend.”

Violence

Professor Snape hits a student on the head with a book.

 

Professor Umbridge slaps Harry across the face and to punish another student, casts a spell that appears to inflict severe pain.

 

A character is attacked by a snake.

 

Harry and friends are involved in a magical duel with the Death Eaters—the followers of Lord Voldemort.

 

There are some depictions of death: when Harry flashes back and sees Cedric dead in the cemetery, Harry’s premonition of a bloody Mr. Weasley being attacked and killed, Harry’s premonition of Sirius Black being tortured and killed, and when Sirius Black is actually killed by a magical charm.  Though much of the violence is fantasy violence, Harry and other characters are sometimes shown with a bloody nose or face from cuts they received.

Language

None

Behavior

Harry and friends break the school rules by practicing defense against the dark arts which ultimately helps them in the film’s climactic showdown against Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth installment in the Harry Potter series.  The Order of the Phoenix continues to develop the struggle between Harry Potter and the Dark Lord Voldemort and picks up where the fourth installment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, left off. 

 

Lord Voldemort has returned in human form to the wizard world after a thirteen year hiatus after almost being destroyed by the infant Harry Potter.  Voldemort now wants revenge and to pick up where he left off in creating a world in which he is the Dark Lord.  The Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, is in denial that Voldemort has returned and begins to try to control the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in order to quiet Harry and his friends from convincing students otherwise. 

 

As the student’s beloved Hogwarts becomes more and more restrictive from the use of magic, Harry, Hermione and Ron decide that they must act quickly to teach other students how to defend themselves for when and if they are confronted by Voldemort or his followers—the Death Eaters.  The students ban together to create a secret organization where they learn how to defend themselves against dark magic; in the end there is a spectacular magical duel between Harry and his friends and Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

 

Caution Cones for Parents:

  • There is one instance of Harry kissing his crush Cho when they discover they are under the mistletoe

  • One instance of Ron saying, “I bet you a good snogging [kissing] would cheer her up”

  • Dudley, Harry’s cousin refers to Cedric Diggory as “Harry’s boyfriend”

  • Professor Snape hits a student on the head with a book. 

  • Professor Umbridge slaps Harry across the face and to punish another student, casts a spell that appears to inflict severe pain.

  • A character is attacked by a snake.

  • Ample magical violence, especially in the last 30 minutes of the film where Harry and friends engage in a magical duel with the Death Eaters—the followers of Lord Voldemort.

  • Depictions of death including a flashback of Cedric dead in the cemetery

  • Harry has a premonition of a bloody Mr. Weasley being attacked and killed

  • Harry has a premonition of Sirius Black being tortured and killed

  • Sirius Black is killed by a magical charm. 

  • Though much of the violence is fantasy violence, Harry and other characters are sometimes shown with a bloody nose or face from cuts they received.

  • Harry and friends break the school rules by practicing defense against the dark arts which ultimately helps them in the film’s climactic showdown against Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

 

Due to the amount of magical violence and some images that may be disturbing for younger viewers, the PTC does not recommend this movie for children under the age of 13.


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