Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Harry Potter gets watered down

Via MTV:

“Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” seems to be on a crash course to disappointing the Harry Potter fanbase. First, there were usual rumblings about changes to the story and characters, and then came the awful decision to delay “Half-Blood Prince by more than a year.

Now, Rope of Silicon reveals that the movie has finally been given the rating by the MPAA — and it has earned a rather soft rating of PG. As fans know, the books continue to grow darker as Voldemort’s power grows, and there are scenes of intense violence in “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince."

I think my geeky/creepy fandom of the Harry Potter series has increased in direct proportion to the "darkness" of J.K. Rowling's content. Therefore, it's really disappointing to see what could have been one of the most brutal and disturbing films of the series get stripped of its potential to revel in the emotion gray spaces in which it (impressively) started to venture.

Of course these predictions could prove to be horribly off the mark but the fact that the studio behind this film would even shoot for a PG rating puts me on edge.

Sigh. If this is in any way due to the influence of "Twilight" I am going to launch an official war on the tweens/lonely older women of America.