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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.

Reviewed by: Elisa A. Walker
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Adventure Fantasy Mystery Sequel
Length:
2 hr. 10 min.
Year of Release:
2011
USA Release:
July 15, 2011 (wide—4,200+ theaters)
DVD: November 11, 2011
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Relevant Issues
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sword

spider

snake and snake bite

witches in the Bible

witchcraft

enchantments

magic and magicians in the Bible

dragon

giant

FEAR, Anxiety and Worry—What does the Bible say? Answer

death in the Bible

redemption

evil

bravery and heroism

immortality

werewolf

loss of friend

loyalty

curse

self sacrifice

dark secret

destiny

Featuring: Emma WatsonHermione Granger
Gary OldmanSirius Black
Jason IsaacsLucius Malfoy
Ralph FiennesLord Voldemort/ Tom Riddle
Daniel RadcliffeHarry Potter
Helena Bonham CarterBellatrix Lestrange
Alan RickmanSeverus Snape
Emma ThompsonSybill Trelawney
Michael GambonAlbus Dumbledore
John HurtMr. Ollivander
Jim BroadbentHorace Slughorn
Rupert GrintRon Weasley
Ciarán HindsAberforth Dumbledore
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Director: David Yates
Producer: Heyday Films
Moving Picture Company (MPC)
Warner Bros. Pictures
J.K. Rowling … producer
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Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

“It all ends.”

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“Neither can live while the other survives” The prophecy that started it all is finally being fulfilled.

In the epic finale, Harry confronts his fate and faces Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), once and for all. Part 2 picks up at Shell Cottage where Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) plan to find the last of the Horcruxes, which eventually leads them back to Hogwarts, where it all ends. Filled with action, heart, and an epic conclusion, Part 2 is one Potter film fans don’t want to miss.

Morality Issues

As with most of the HP films, cussing and sexuality are, for the most part, non-existent. There were a handful of curse words: h*ll, d*mn, bloody, and b*tch. There were two brief kissing scenes, but they didn’t come off as sex-crazed, it was more so that the characters knew they would probably die and were saying goodbye. There is also a scene when Harry, Ron and Hermione jump into a lake and need to change, so you can see Harry and Ron shirtless, but again, it’s not sexual, they just need to put dry clothes on.

Violence can be seen throughout most of the movie, most of it is what you would typically see in a PG-13 super hero movie, but there are, at least, two instances where it was a little gruesome. Good vs. Evil is a huge theme, in this movie especially, and good morals (such as, sacrifice, true friendship, bravery, not compromising, etc.) are displayed.

Spiritual Issues

This movie, like all the other Potter films has magic in it; in my opinion, this magic is used as a tool (for good or evil), but I do know (from previous reviews and personally) that people feel very strongly about the issue of magic. The Christian community is divided, some think it goes against Scripture and others either think it’s a different type of magic than the Bible mentions, or since it’s fiction and doesn’t directly glorify it, it’s acceptable. To me, this issue is not cut and dry, and those for or against it should not be condemned; it’s a personal matter, like those who do not think drinking is wrong, but some think it’s a sin—everyone has their own struggles and liberties. So for those of you that are against magic, then do not see this film, it will only stumble you, for those of you that are fine with it, then enjoy it.

Another prominent spiritual issue that many Christians before me have written or spoken about is the similarities that Harry shares with Christ—whether these similarities are purposeful or accidental, many believe they are there. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Harry willingly lays down his life, without hate or fear, he knows his fate and accepts it bravely. When his friends offer to go with him, he refuses, and basically tells them that he has to go alone. Most of the students and teachers at Hogwarts help Harry, Ron and Hermione fight the Death Eaters (the bad guys) even though they know they’re outnumbered and will probably be dead by morning. Also, at one point, Neville (Matthew Lewis) is tempted by Voldemort to join him and live, but he refuses and is determined to not go down without a fight.

But the best display of good prevailing over evil is finding out that Snape, although thought to be purely evil and hateful, did everything in his power to protect Harry, and, in the end, lays his life down for his cause. ***END OF SPOILER***

Whether these are reaches or not, it’s what I saw in the characters, and I really appreciated the morality portrayed. John 15:13 definitely rung a bell: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (KJV). A good chunk of the characters spend most of the movie doing this very thing.

Author Stephen King made a comment regarding Harry Potter that I thought sums this up well, “Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity.”

Quality of the film

The actual quality of the film is spectacular, the actors are very believable, the action is breathtaking, and the battle sequences are awesome. They did an amazing job bringing the book to life, and, although some fans may be disappointed that they leave out certain things in the book, it’s just not possible to fit a 700-page book into two hours. The books, for the most part, are usually much better than the movies, because authors don’t have a page limit or time constraint. Part 2 is a good, quality, action-packed film, and I highly recommend seeing it in IMAX 3D—it’ll blow you away!

My Recommendation

If this film didn’t have magic in it, I honestly believe that there wouldn’t be any reservations for people seeing this film—cussing, sexuality and violence are all kept at bay. You may have noticed above that I rated this film Average, even though the other films have been rated Offensive; I did this because, as stated above, people are split on the issue, and neither side should be condemned. So if you are okay with the above reservations, then you will enjoy the last installment, you will laugh, cry, be on the edge of your seat, and feel satisfied at the end. Mischief is managed, and all is well.

Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Minor

Editor’s Note: As usual, please be aware that the volunteer reviewer of this film is not a staff member of Christian Spotlight, and comments made in the review are those of the reviewer alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of our ministry. Lest there be any doubt, please understand that we do not recommend the “Harry Potter…” series, due to the fact that, although they are clearly fiction, they entirely entirely involve witchcraft, wizardry and other occult practices (some clearly based upon real occult symbols, terminology, names, and practices)—and portray most of these as good, fun and positive, contrary to God’s Word. We are concerned that a small percentage of impressionable and emotionally vulnerable young people will, as a result, become easier prey for the growing number of real witches, Wiccans, neopagans, Satanists or other occultists seeking new initiates and offering these young people not only friendship as outcasts with shared interests, but, also, the possibility of achieving some personal power or self-realization through enchantments, incantations, divination, conjuring spirits, curses, supposed healing, worship, etc.

Harry Potter series reviews

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (2010)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (2011)

Harry PotterIs the Harry Potter series truly harmless?—Ever since the popularity of JK Rowling’s first book took hold, the debate rages. What is a Christian to think of the Harry Potter worldview and philosophies? Is there anything to be concerned about?

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


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Positive
Positive—I enjoyed the movie. It was actually as good as the book (though not the same) for the storyline that it covered. It was PG-13 for the violence, but was unobjectionable otherwise. I especially liked the message of love and the obvious statement that good was more powerful than evil. Great wrap-up, and 3D was worth it!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Trina, age 43 (USA)
Positive—The part where Harry Potter is heading down toward the Forbidden Forest to meet his Arch-Nemesis (Voldemort) face-to-face is quite moving and emotional. Harry knows he is going to die,, and he is not afraid to back down to complete his ultimate mission to save other people he loves from evil. Surely, even Christ has completed his ultimate mission for our sins,, and he didn’t even back down.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—John, age 24 (USA)
Positive—This film was good. I wish I had seen it in 3D, because I heard it was great. There were a lot of good morals in the film, and a deep message of true love and loyalty. There were some scenes that were not in the book, and some that were replaced. There are a few swear words, small kissing scenes, and violence. While killing the horcrux of Voldemort, Voldemort feels it. But in the book he can not.

There is a verse in the book; I noticed a verse from the Bible; “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” in the book of Corinthians. My favorite verse from the film was from Dumbledore saying, “Don’t pity the dead Harry, pity the living, especially the ones who live without love”. This film was very emotional, especially around Snape and Fred’s death.

I would recommend this film to others, because it’s the last film and has a lot of good morals.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Annamaria, age 19 (USA)
Positive—I enjoyed this film, even if the movie was fast going. But they skipped some good parts from the book; they twisted some of the parts around in the film. This film had some swear words—about 3 or 4, but not as bad as trash you see on tv. The death of Snape and Fred was touching. I felt so sad during the Snape scene of his memories with him crying over dead Lily.

Some parts were funny, but I was disappointed the real Crabbe wasn’t in the film. There is a lot of mercy, bravery, love, good,honor, and virtues between Dumbledores army (the students—Harry and friends, professors, and parents). Though the ending didn’t play out well in my mind between Harry and Voldermort, because in the book, there were people around cheering. But I did enjoy this film. No sinful stuff, just a brief 5 second kiss between Hermonie and Ron, and a quick kiss between Harry and Ginny. There was a scene were Ron and Harry were changing their wet shirts, but that’s all.

This part was better than the first. I think everyone should see it. You will feel sad when the film ends because that’ll be the last of it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Emma, age 21 (USA)
Positive—I have seen the entire series and probably enjoyed this film the most. It did a fairly good job of maintaining the story line from the books. However, there were a few parts that I think could have been expanded upon. I found it interesting how much of the film was based on the idea that you had to have read the books to “get it.”

I did not give the film a 5 for movie quality, as there were a couple consistency of scene blunders. I felt that the film was better than average for Moral rating, as it really personified the idea of good versus evil. The choice of foul language in the film was actually straight from the book and went directly to the intensity of the scene and the chosen character.

I would recommend this film to others who have enjoyed the books and films. However, I would highly recommend that families enjoy the films and books together.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Sharon, age 34 (USA)
Positive—A satisfying end to this series! Although, toward the beginning, things seemed like they were rushing a little in order to get to the big battle for Hogwarts, I still enjoyed it. And the ending battle WAS very awesome. Even though a few scenes varied a little from the book, the changes didn’t bother me at all, because they were small, and you could see why they were necessary. As always, stupendous acting and effects!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Viola Stripend, age 19 (USA)
Positive—It’s hard for me to condense my thoughts about this film into a couple of paragraphs. I thought it was extremely well done, and, while there were a few things that I was disappointed in from a book-lover’s perspective, I think the entire franchise boils down to this epic confrontation. I loved every moment from their arrival at Hogwarts on, but particularly the great care and gut-wrenching emotion included in the back story of Snape.

It is one of my favorite passages in the book, and, on screen, it was incredibly moving. Whatever your thoughts on the franchise, in general, I think this is the strongest film and contains the most obvious Christian symbolism, with Harry’s sacrifice, and also with the parallel of Snape’s sacrifice. It is brutal at times (more in its hints than on-screen), and there are numerous deaths, but it lived up to, and in some ways exceeded, all my expectations.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Charity, age 28 (USA)
Positive—…As a work of fiction, this final film in the Harry Potter series really succeeds in not only entertaining, but giving the franchise an emotional, yet bittersweet, departure. When David Yates first took over the Potter franchise, I wasn’t completely sold. His first entry was a let down upon first viewing, yet I have since grown to like it almost equally with the others.

After watching this last entry, I realize he was CLEARLY the right choice. Condensing a book into movie form is a difficult task, but the filmmakers have done an admiral job here. The acting is excellent. The visual effects are nothing short of brilliant, and even the 3D was fun. I’m normally not a fan of 3D, to be honest, but I think it worked well here. All in all, this was a very good film. However, I don’t think it was perfect. It was close, though, so I give it 3½ stars out of 4.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Cliff, age 32 (USA)
Positive—Just a comment to those who are challenging whether or not to see it because of the content, I must point out that God works in wonderful and unexpected ways (even through the wrong ways). I came out of this movie feeling completely ready to stand firm for God. The overall message, that good does conquer evil, is so powerful in this movie. It points out that people will frequently switch sides, that many will perish, and most importantly you are not alone. Each person has his or her own role, but in the end it is for one good. This is a great opportunity for us to discuss and think how far are we willing to go for God? Would we switch sides? Are we willing to die for Him? I believe Fantasy can be used for God’s glory. C. S. Lewis is a great example!

Someone also commented that fantasy characters are “good” if they don’t lie or cheat or frame people to do good. I disagree. What makes a character “good” (and believable) is if they are based off of real people. Real people, being flawed. The only perfect person I’d like to watch on the big screen is Jesus, because He is the only one! GREAT movie!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jessica, age 21 (USA)
Positive—I have loved the Harry Potter books, since the first book came out in 1997-1998. I saw the first film when I was eleven and have had an intimate journey with Harry since I was little. This film not only brings an end to the fantasy epic, but ends with a strong message of love and courage in times of hardship. I agree with the above comment that said fantasy can be used for God. J.K. Rowling has stated numerous times that she believes in God and NOT magic. While wands and spells are used in the series I believe that any educated person will notice that the spells DO NOT work in the real world and magic only exist in the films and books for entertainment value.

I love films that show that the world is not split into only GOOD and EVIL, but every person has a both inside them, good people can do bad, bad people can do good. The characters are Human, and that is why they are an inspiration to kids and adults alike. The quality of the films(special effects, acting) have not yet met their match. Dan, Rupert, and Emma give their best performance and Alan Rickman’s Snape will truly live as long as Harry himself. I love this film, but I am very upset to say “Goodbye.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Holli Mahala, age 21 (USA)
Positive—I could go on and on as to how much I liked this movie. I myself do not see witchcraft as a real thing, and, to me, Harry Potter is just a fairytale. There were so many parts that I found good and could relate them to biblical references, but one of my absolute favorites was when Harry had died and found Dumbledore in the “sort of Heaven,” if you will. Did anyone else notice that neither had any scars or glasses. It reminds me of the part in the Bible when we are told that no one will have any imperfections in Heaven. A great movie and a great series. Well done.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Rexwinkle, age 21 (USA)
Positive—To the negative commenters, please at least be appropriately informed before you make comments on the movies. Hearing what someone else says and repeating that as your opinion would never be admissible in a court of law and should not be a regularly practiced activity. Harry does, in fact, learn from his mistakes and grow as a character. Self-sacrifice, mercy and love are at the heart of these stories. In fact, if you don’t see Jesus in these stories, I kind of question whether you’re looking at all. …Read and watch the movies for yourselves, please. Then if you decide you don’t like them, fine. But please open your eyes and don’t just be a knee-jerk reactionary basing all of your ideas on what someone else says.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Adam, age 30 (USA)
Positive—I would give this film a good moral rating, because it vividly depicts and promotes the work of Christ. Frodo bore the ring of power, Aslan received another’s punishment; Harry Potter explores the awesome accomplishment of Christ from yet another angle. Not only did Christ bear our shame and receive our punishment, he carried our vile sin in his body to the cross—he became sin for us. This is beautifully depicted in the movie, when Harry learns that he is the “holcrux” that must be destroyed for Voldemort to be defeated.

He ultimately defeats the villain by willingly laying down his life. Like Christ, he defeats death. I think we sometimes forget that wickedness resides in our hearts. It’s not the sin outside of us that corrupts us—we make and watch bad movies, because we are corrupt. I hope this site can serve to spur us to invest our time in ways that encourage us in the Lord and remind us of the glorious gospel—this movie certainly did that for me and was a wonderful tool for teaching my kids about Christ. Jesus condemned the pharisees for straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel. We should be careful not to do the same in our reviews.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Lara, age 38 (USA)
Positive—The Harry Potter series is not anti-biblical. The book is a fantasy where people are born with magical ability. These are not people joining a satanic cult. They merely have extra abilities. The school teaches them to control these abilities they are born with. The main message of the series is about the triumph of good over evil, sacrifice, friendship, overcoming fear, and personal obstacles, and standing up for your convictions and beliefs.

Harry Potter is an extraordinary young man. He was orphaned and mistreated and neglected most of his childhood and yet he still grows into a very caring, brave, and humble man. He is not a thief and a liar. He values human and other beings lives. He LOVES. When one considers everything the poor boy has gone through and how much he has lost it is a remarkable and wonderful thing to see. The message is not one of evil. It is a picture of how we all have baggage, and we can either let the bad in life pull us toward hate and bitterness, or we can rise above it and forgive and choose to do good with our lives.

Even in the end the book series after everything Voldemort did, Harry tries to get him to feel remorse. He never attacks to kill the bad wizard. Voldemort dies from his own evil hands.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Mirtha, age 29 (USA)
Positive—…I was 8 when I fell in love with Harry Potter. I didn’t believe in magic then. Adults don’t give children enough credit. The Deathly Hallows themselves were frowned upon by those in the series; Dumbledore admitted their power entranced him, but that one should not seek to live forever nor seek to bring others back from the dead; he often explains to Harry that death should not be feared, but that it is the next adventure and not an end. Isn’t that what we as Christians believe? Heaven is tangible. Heaven is greater and better than this life; as Dumbledore has said before: do not pity the dead. Pity the living, and above all, those who live without love. Find it hard to believe those words would spew from the mouth of a Satanist.

…If anybody wants to denounce a popular series for its potential hand in corrupting our youth, it should be “Twilight”.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Leslie, age 22
Neutral
Neutral—As someone who loves the Fantasy genre, the movie did an excellent job at drawing the viewer into the movie, bringing to life the words written on paper from the book. The action and visualizations were top-notch. It felt like a good action flick!

Having read the HP series, though, I had likes and dislikes. I like the way the story was brought to life. I enjoyed how several actors managed their roles—for instance Bellatrix truly did look like Hermione in disguise. Neville’s performance was also quite impressive, as it should have been. Where I felt disappointed was in how the movie left out key ingredients to the interrelations between non-main characters. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Deanna Marquart, age 40 (USA)
Neutral—While there is certainly a battle of good and evil occurring at Hogwarts, and the visuals of the battles are creative, one wonders about what the ultimate purpose of magic and it’s function is in this world. There are compelling protagonists and antagonists. Yet there seems to be little sense in some of their decisions. Harry obtains the most powerful wand in the world, which can be used for some good though also for incredible evil, yet he does not continue using it for good. This is sad, because he does not possess the strength to wield it for good, or to change it into an instrument of good. It would be like disposing of clean nuclear energy because nuclear bombs can be used for evil.

Where is the potential for Harry to do good with this wand? Why not heal the injuries of this fellow wizards with it? Or rebuild Hogwarts with a single flick of his wand? While placating to the sensible, though short-sighted, quickly decided realization of his fallen humanness (and therefore, inability to wield the wand), he sacrifices immense potential. I think this is making two statements. One, is that children, even young adults, and apparently adults, are not ready for extremely powerful magic. And two, that magic itself can produce great evil (greater than usual) when you possess it in larger quantities.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Luke Spink, age 31 (USA)
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Comments from young people
Positive—I was really impressed with the final film! I was also surprised that there were good morals in the movie. Yes, there’s a dragon in the beginning of the movie, I couldn’t find anything offensive about this movie besides the magic or people saying “Bloody” or “Bloody h***”. There’s a decent amount of violence, not too disturbing, and barely any swear words, as I recall.

***SPOILER ALERT*** When Harry is at King’s Cross (in his dream) he finds a bloody, whimpering creature, (which represents a poor soul) under a bench whimpering, and Dumbledore approaches him and tells Harry that he can’t help the creature. The creature looks like Voldemort, but smaller. The message was that Voldemort damned his soul by murder, etc., and is suffering and tells Harry that he can’t help him, because he’s already damned. It reminded me of Hell, once you’re in, you can never get out. ***END SPOILER***

I liked the movie very much and liked it even more when they had good morals in it. I rate it, not offensive, but “average” because of the good points of the movie, and because there wasn’t much offensive about it. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II” is, in my opinion at least, the best Harry Potter movie! Enjoy, if you see it. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jessica, age 17 (USA)
Positive—This movie is great! I saw it on opening day and am going to see it again today. The only thing that made it PG-13 was the violence, especially ***SPOILER*** the part where Nagini kills the Half-Blood Prince ***END SPOILER***.

Besides that, there was a highly emotional scene after the battle when you find out who died. Other than that, it is an awesome film with great morals. I highly recommend 3D for this movie, as well.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Claire W, age 14 (USA)
Positive—This was probably the best Harry Potter of all. The movie was amazing. The special effects were perfect. I would recommend this movie for kids 14 and up, but it really depends on the person. It is violent, but not horribly. There is death in the movie, and it does show dead people, as well as blood, but on a PG-13 level. There are, also, parts that are sad, but if you’ve read the books, you know what I mean. I think that the movie was fantastic and that all the actors deserve awards.

I hope this will be the most remembered of all the Harry Potter movies, other than the very first one, because that is the one that I will always remember. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Riley, age 14 (USA)
Positive—WOW. This movie was AMAZING. Me, being a Harry Potter fan, I absolutely LOVED this movie, although it was a little different from the book.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Lili, age 13 (Canada)
Positive—Best movie in the world!!!…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ray, age 12 (USA)
Positive—I loved this movie! It stayed reasonably close to the book, was not too violent, and there was really no objectionable content. I think PG-13 was an appropriate rating, but only because there was a little blood and a climactic battle scene. I saw this movie in IMAX, and it took the experience to the next level. I cried, I laughed, and was on the edge of my seat. This is the sort of movie that I will want to see many more times. Great acting, scripting, and realistic sets. You will not be disappointed!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ellen, age 14 (USA)
Positive—…an amazing and thrilling end to this particular series of movies. No boring or disappointing moments and many aspects of action, romance and yes, even comedy for a film as dark as this one. With spectacular special effects, the story line perfectly concludes the last installment of these movies.

I must admit that I was slightly surprised when I heard Ron’s mother call Belletrix a b_ch, I don’t think that any kind of swearing has ever been in the Harry Potter films, except for this one time. Other than that, I don’t think there was any more foul language. Usually it was Ron helping to create that special moment when humor would enlighten the movie, but this time it was mostly good ol” Neville Longbottom, he is actually a very funny character, not to mention heroic. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jamie Rorke, age 14 (Australia)
Positive—…There is a lot of Christian symbolism in all of the movies and I highly recommend it to everyone!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sydney, age 14 (USA)
Positive—In my opinion, Harry Potter is not that bad at all. The movies were good, but the books were better. It says in the Bible that we are not to use witchcraft. Harry Potter is fantasy; the spells are made up. Although I don’t enjoy the fact that they’re using crystal balls, only God knows the future. I think that it is fine to read or watch. I would read the books first, if you have never seen Harry Potter.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Josh, age 13 (USA)
Positive—I personally do not see the harm in any of the Harry Potter films; if anything, they show that all are capable of great good or great evil. I think the movies show good vs. Evil, not “good” evil vs. Evil. This movie shows that Harry is willing to give up everything to protect his friends and people he doesn’t even know.

These films are science fiction, and I do not see the harm in science fiction; if Christians don’t see the good vs. Evil or the sci-fi in the films then I feel as though they should ask other Christians for their opinions.

I’ve watched all 8 films and I rather liked them for the most part, somethings I disagree with but I don’t find them offensive. I also think that people should read the books or watch the films before judging what they do not know/ understand. I would also like to know what “big time” pastors think about the films. Thank you.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—David Broadwater, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I absolutely LOVED this movie. I’ve stuck with Harry Potter from the beginning and I thought that they ended the series very, VERY well. Almost everything in the movie is word-for-word from the book, which I was very impressed by, and I didn’t find anything offensive about any of it. Many people don’t like the Harry Potter movies mainly because it deals with witchcraft. However, I beg to differ.

Obviously, one should listen to their conscience and should decern for themselves whether or not they should watch the movie. The witchcraft in these movies isn’t occult-ish, as some people believe. It’s more of a fairytale kind of magic. Yes, as the series progresses, things get darker, but that is only because that’s what happens when there’s a bad guy. All in all, I think it was a great movie, though I do believe it deserved the PG-13 rating (i.e., violence, scary scenes, etc.). I recommend this movie to anyone who loves a good fantasy movie that has been filmed and cast very well.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Alyssa, age 16 (Canada)
Positive—…I have a lot I could say about the spiritual issues represented in this film. But I think the reviewer summed a lot of it up. In one sentence—I think the good Christian values far outweigh the issue of magic being used. I would recommend this series to anyone over the age of 13 (or at least mature enough to tell the good from the bad).
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Benjamin, age 16 (Australia)
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—There's witchcraft; no Christian should watch this.
—Matthew, age 12 (Canada)
Negative—I recommend every Christian considering the Harry Potter series to view a video called “Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged—Making Evil Look Innocent”. Many of the concerns I had are very well presented in the video. Especially because the children are at a school for witchcraft, learning the principles of Magick not magic, incantations, damned souls, and are often rewarded for breaking rules, etc., this is more than fiction; the reader/viewer accompanies the characters throughout their “schooling”.

I am concerned about the effect of an entire generation raised on the world of Harry Potter and exposure to the occult. While the spells are fictional the philosophies and practices and occult histories intertwined with the fiction is familiarizing a generation with an anti-God, anti-Christ religion.
—Tori, age 40+ (USA)
Negative—…My other concern has to do with the characters themselves. The Christian author Bryan Davis held a workshop that my children and I attended regarding how to choose good reading material under the heading of fantasy and science fiction. His ultimate point was that the “good” characters should display the qualities that scripture lays out for us, mercy, bravery, honesty, self-sacrifice, etc. And when they make a mistake, they should learn from it and become better people.

He made the point that the characters in the Harry Potter movies often lie, cheat, or steal (besides engaging in witchcraft), and they profit from this behavior and never repent. While they may at times display good qualities, they do not seem to be above reproach in areas that any believer would consider obvious sin. I think it is important to put protagonists before our children that would emulate the qualities of a mature believer in Christ. The lines between good and evil should never be blurred.
—Kay, age 47 (USA)
Negative—I am stunned at the amount of positive reviews. I am 18, and 11 years ago I watched H.P. 1; sure it was of a great film quality—you know, the well “funded” kind. I was young, but I didn’t feel right afterwards. Unlike, I don’t know, e.g., The Twilight saga, that was fictional vampires, werewolves, etc. The Harry Potter movies are based on something that is real—witchcraft. This is clearly talked about and condemned by god and his word. And no amount of make-up and no amount of dressing or bells and whistles is ever going to make it right. Good vs. Evil, for Christians, will always be what God says versus everything else. That includes a well scripted, PG based film.
—Joel, age 18 (Jamaica)