The Motion Picture Association of America reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and has deemed it worthy of a PG-13 rating for “some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.”
Fans were a bit surprised last year when Half-Blood Prince was given a PG rating despite being the darkest movie to date. The use of clever camera angles was most likely a factor (we never actually saw Draco break Harry’s nose on the train, for example).
From the trailers Part I didn’t look like a PG movie with the snake attacks, Hermione covered in blood and the general storyline involving a man trying to hunt down and murder a boy.
Both Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix were PG-13 which will give us an indication of what to expect, although the reasoning in those cases was for “sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.” The “intense action violence” in Part I will probably involve Hermione being tortured and a few other big action scenes.
Director David Yates spoke to ComingSoon during a set visit about shooting the “unconformable” scene at Malfoy Manor:
There was a torturing [scene] with Emma and Bellatrix. Emma was really keen to do this torturing scene. I said we had to be really careful about how we do it and she completely gave herself to the process. What we did was set up a couple of cameras and Helena [Bonham Carter] got on top of Emma basically and she was writing mud blood on her arm. We just let the whole thing role for about three or four minutes. There were one or two moments that were really powerful where Emma was just able to let go and forget for a moment she was acting. She still was acting – you’re still performing but she lost herself in this process. The screams were quite horrible to listen to. You could feel it on stage. Everyone felt uncomfortable. Everyone sort of stepped back a bit. It was a very off energy in the room because she was exploring exercising demons really and serving the scene in doing that. It was really interesting.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be released on November 19th.