You're all dodging the subject! If you want to write a review on how GOOD something is, there are other places to do it. This is CommonSense Media, where we tell others how clean something is, how much language is in it, and how violent it is. You don't rate a kid-safe movie "OFF for 17" just because you don't like it. Though it's a great book, Ms. Rowling about crossed the line a few times and all you seem to be able to say is, "This is 2 grate! I luv HP!" Maybe that's just because public schools forget to teach you how to spell because they're embedded in a good book. This one. Readers, I'm not going to give you a big long speech about the quality of this novel, everyone else has taken care of that for me. I'm going to give you a big long speech about the kid-safety of this novel. That's what we should care about. Don't worry, I won't give away any important plot points without warning, unlike everybody else who gave away the ending at the start of their review.
First and foremost, I'd like to address Ron's attitude. It's been set on fire and rolled downhill. Ron's always been the comic relief and he's still as funny as ever. That's what scares me. Children all over the world think he's hilarious, which is true, and now they want to copy their favorite character's suddenly rash behavior. Well, maybe "rash" isn't the word.
At one point, Ron thinks Harry is making fun of him then Harry turns around and starts to walk out of the room. All of a sudden, Harry feels a sharp pain on the back of his head. He turns to see Ron with his fist held back getting ready for another go. He doesn't take another go, but one time is bad enough. Even worse, one of Ron's other friends is making fun of him and Ron tosses a knife in his direction. With a flick of the wand, the knife turns into a paper airplane just before it hits the guy in the head. Ron seemed a little disappointed. He got over it but never apologized. There are a few instances where Ron makes a "rude hand gesture." It's true, read when they're on the Hogwarts Express! There's also a reference to Malfoy making a "rude hand gesture." Even Peeves (a ghost at Hogwarts who loves teasing people) once made "obscene hand gestures" as he floated out of the room. A minor character calls a woman something that just wasn't right. Nothing I just mentioned was in the movie, everything else I'll say was. There's a LOOOOOOOOOT of kissing. As you've already guessed, this book has a very dark theme to it. One part scared me to death when I was younger. Of course, I was reading at night... and I was already afraid of getting caught... Look, I've learned my lesson, okay? Uh... ahem. What was I talking about? Oh, yeah.
The kids drink butterbeer as always. Yep, it's a cross between butter and beer which makes it alcoholic. The trio does it sometimes to relax, I don't get it. I know they don't have the same drinking rules in England but I don't think it makes a difference. Even adults shouldn't drink and apparate. (Sorry, I couldn't resist! They could lose a leg in the process if they did, though.) This time, the kids drink a real-world drink, mead. At 16. Not a good message. ***SPOILER*** Please, people, don't fuss about the Felix Felicis. It's a magical potion, not a drink. I'll let you fuss about love potions. They make me nauseous, too. Whoever came up with that idea a few thousand years ago was insane, though it can make for a good story when it's not overly mushy. ***SPOILER OVER***
All you writers may have your own reasons for mistaking the purposes of this website. Maybe you didn't write about this because you don't think it's that bad. That's fine. Maybe you forgot because you haven't read the book in a while. That's fine. I was having a bit of a hard time publishing this because, frankly, I'm a little embarassed to have finished the book. That's fine. Though we keep forgetting something: it's not as important to like something as it is for that something to be clean and for you to warn others when something isn't. That's why all our media is tainted with dirty jokes and PG movies that should be PG-13. They don't pay any attention to the world's children. No one complains for fear of being rude. Sometimes you have to be rude to be polite. Kids don't know not to act bad, they're just "ashamed" to do it around their parents. I call this an excuse for a guilty conscience when they're not sure why they have one. If you do something as a kid, the habit may get worse over the years. The more I write, and I've been writing a while, the more I'm convinced I need to warn you all. Sorry, parents. HP has been upgraded to iffy for 13+.