Parent of a 8 year oldWritten bysbg2010October 21, 2010
Scary for younger kids
As a reader of the Harry Potter books and as a parent, I really enjoyed the movie. However my 8 year old son was really scared by this movie. He is a little sensitive to scary material. I think he could have handled the same material in the book but in the movie it's much more real and graphic. He cited the "possessed" voice of one of the characters and the werewolf transformation. Even though I used the "violent" icon, I really mean it's scary more so than violent. I also think the first two movies were not as scary.
Parent of a 7 year oldWritten byDad42January 27, 2011
Nightmares for the young audience
Although rated PD here, this is really not suitable for kids under 9/10, much too scary - it frightened my daughter aged 7 and we had to switch off, I had to spend a good deal of time calming her fears. She had loved the first two movies in the series which were not a challenge to her.
Parent of a 8 year oldWritten bySongbird21October 15, 2009
It's a decent movie. Might be a little too scary for kids under 10. If you're strict about accuracy to the plot then prepare to be disappointed. There is no battle whatsoever between the kids and the death eaters in the prophecy room and many more changes abound.
Parent of a 8 year oldWritten byuusarahmcgSeptember 29, 2009
Way too scary (spoiler)
The dementors are scary, the scene with the divinity teacher predicting Harry's future terrified my daughter, the animangus was scary expecially when he dragged Ron into the whomping willow! Also scary: warewolf transformation. All in all, this movie was WAY too much for my daughter. However, she loves HP and begs to see this movie again.
Harry must draw on his most positive memories including the love of his parents (about which he's been told) in order to keep evil at bay. That which is positive in him becomes what makes him most powerful. Both in his battle against the dementors and in the classroom exercise of Harry and his schoolmates turning their most-feared objects into things to laugh about (to release themselves from fear), there is much to think about in this movie. My 8 year old son and I had extended convserations after seeing it about what to do with fear and about the strength that can lie within us and can take us by surprise.
This film's plot seemed flat to me, even though I loved its look (more austere than the first two films) and I thought the child actors did a better job under new direction. I was really disappointed, because this was actually my favorite Harry Potter book. It seemed dreary to repeat a whole sequence of events after Hermione and Harry turned back time. I'd give it a C-minus. Oh, well!