Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Fantastic, but kids are older, themes are darker.

PG 2004 141 minutes

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age 9+

Based on 71 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 284 reviews

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age 12+

We love the Harry Potter movies! But the appropriate AGE bracket can be tricky...

I was pretty upset when within the first 6 minutes of the movie, and Aunt describes Harry Potter like he's a dog, and his mother as the "bitch" (female dog). Most children know this word as a curse or swear word. Luckily I only allowed my 11 year old to watch this, but she paused the movie in complete shock and came to tell me what was said in the film. I was very disappointed, because this should be included in the LANGUAGE section of the rating!! I could've had the discussion with my child prior to her viewing the film.

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