The MPAA, American association responsible for film ratings by age groups, rated Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald as PG-13 (parents strongly cautioned – some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers).
It’s the same rating received by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Harry Potter movies since The Goblet of Fire, except for The Half-blood Prince, which was rated as PG (parents urged to give “parental guidance” – may contain some material parents might not like for their young children).
In England, The Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban received the PG (parental guidance) rating, for scenes with mild horror (including a scene in which “a character is chased through a spooky forest” and “including sequences in which demonic creatures called Dementors appear to suck the life force out of various human characters”, though “the scary scenes are resolved quickly and moments of tension are balanced by periods of relief or humour”), violence (“after a boy is threatened by an evil wizard, the young boy presses his hands on the wizard’s head and it starts to burn, causing his body to disintegrate”) and language (“infrequent uses of mild bad language such as ‘bugger’, ‘bloody’, ‘what the devil’, ‘hell’ and ‘ruddy’ – occasionally by child characters).
From The Goblet of Fire until both parts of Deathly Hallows, the British Board of Film Classification rated the movies 12, making it illegal to allow anyone under 12 to watch them, even if under supervision, because of scenes containing moderate fantasy violence, threat, horror and mild bad language, including terms such as ‘God’, ‘hell’, ‘git’, ‘damn’, ‘piss’, ‘bloody’, ‘bleeding’, ‘arse’ and references to ‘snogging’.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was rated 12A, allowing children under 12 to watch the movie only under supervision, due to scenes with “moderate threat”, although more details about the rating are not available.
Written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwaldhas Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp and Jude Law in the leading roles. The movie premieres on November 16, 2018.
If you can’t wait for the premiere on November 16th, read the reports about our set visit, in England:
- Get to know 5 new creatures from Fantastic Beasts
- Why is the film set in Paris?
- Actor changed J.K Rowling’s plans for Theseus Scamander