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AIBU to let my 7 year old watch Harry Potter film which are a 12 Cert?

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maybefaraway Mon 20-Jan-14 10:45:45

I think IABU, but he's read up to book 5, and I always told him if he read the book first he could see the film. Then I let him spend his xmas money on the boxset (Tesco £20 for eight films, bargain), and only then did I notice that five of them are a bloody 12 certificate. WWYD? He's seen the first three now, and seen Percy Jackson and stuff like that.

Dancergirl Mon 20-Jan-14 11:59:58


I'm usually fairly strict on film certificates but with 3 Potterheads in this house, there would be an outcry if we had not allowed dd3 (6) to watch the films with her sisters.

£20 for the box set??? Now that would free up a bit of space on the Sky planner!

Dancergirl Mon 20-Jan-14 12:04:44

Just found box set on Amazon even cheaper - £17.75

wigglesrock Mon 20-Jan-14 12:11:53

My 6 & 8 year old daughters have seen up to & including the Half Blood Prince. I've seen them all & am happy enough to watch the films with them. We watch them over 2 nights incase dd2 changes her mind.

They've had the books read to them for the past couple of years.

JohnCusacksWife Mon 20-Jan-14 12:13:04

My 7yr old and 9 yr old have seen them all. The 7yr old doesn't particularly like the Goblet of Fire because of Cedric's death and so has chosen not to re-watch that one but they both enjoy all the others.

I personally don't think they are so scary as to be unsuitable for many children in that age group, especially if they have read the books. But you know your child best and would know if they would be scared.

Stinklebell Mon 20-Jan-14 12:15:42

With films, I tend to watch them first rather than being massively strict with age ratings.

For example, my nearly 9 year old was absolutely petrified of Rise of the Guardians to the extent we had to leave the cinema but loved the Harry Potter firms, although admittedly she's only seen the early ones, her interest waned as they went on

PMDD Mon 20-Jan-14 12:18:09

I'm 40 and I get scared of the 2nd one with the spiders.

GampyWabbit Mon 20-Jan-14 12:19:41

Yanbu IMO - my dcs 6 & 10 have watched them all.

Mim78 Mon 20-Jan-14 12:20:32

No - my dd loves them and she is 5. We often miss the endings of certain hp films - 1 and 4 spring to mind. No 7 is scariest imo and we don't watch it - her choice.

selfdestructivelady Mon 20-Jan-14 12:22:46

No my DS aged 8 watches them .

MotherofthreeDragons Mon 20-Jan-14 12:22:56

My DS (6) watched them before Christmas when hey we're on Saturday afternoon TV, but didnt let him watch th last one as I knew it was a lot scarier and fobbed him off.

I do think it depends on the child, but my DS is normally a bit of a sensitive soul but watches HP and Dr who and says it doesnt scare him as he knows that it's a story and the monsters are 'made on the computer'

But, he is terrified of Dave Bowies Labyrinth as they are puppets confused

maparole Mon 20-Jan-14 12:26:33

I think with films you have to make your own judgement based upon what you find acceptable and the character of your child. I don't always agree with the ratings of films; they seem to care a lot more about a little bit of swearing than about violence, for example.

I watched the Potter films up to Goblet of Fire with my ds when he was about 8, but he was a bit spooked by that one so we waited a while before watching the rest.

ShadowOfTheDay Mon 20-Jan-14 12:30:35

Goblet of fire was the worst one here - the kids were 10 and 11.... they were starting to understand properly about death and the bit where Fleur's sister was possibly going to be left to die underwater because Fleur did not get to her REALLY upset my girls... (done much more nicely in the book) but more especially when you saw Fleur's face when she realised what she could have unknowingly lost afterwards....

the only other bit of the films that upset them was Hermione and Bellatrix.... - can't remember which film... but they then realised that Bellatrix was deranged..

Ev1lEdna Mon 20-Jan-14 12:35:12

If it wasn't HP, would you allow children this young to watch a film about 17/18 year olds hunting down a psychopathic serial killer?


It is Harry Potter though, complete with fantasy and magic. I'm pretty sure a whole plethora of films based on fairy tales would be out of bounds if you applied this logic, as would most cartoons.

unlucky83 Mon 20-Jan-14 12:38:48

MY DD2 has seen them all at 5 and under (cos DD1 watched them) - but a lot of it went over her head - now 6 nearly 7 I would be more cautious.
DD1 (nearly 13) watched them from the age of 7-8 ...on DVD (don't think I twigged they were 12!) and I took her to see the last one at the cinema...
I agree with someone previously - I think unless particularly sensitive HP is fine ..but maybe watch the films first...and the classifications are misleading...
DD1 watched the Woman in Black (12) a month before her 12th birthday (after all she was fine with HP when younger) -it gave her nightmares, wouldn't sleep without a light on etc ...I watched it afterwards - it really is terrifying (later learned they cut one scene of a few seconds to get it to be a 12 on DVD instead of the 15 it was at the cinema)...
Having said that I was going to let DD2 watch Coraline (PG) until I heard it on a thread here it was really scary. Never got round to it so said I would watch it with her and if I thought it was too scary we would stop it - I fell asleep blush .. .she watched it all on her own - and said it wasn't scary at all. I later watched it all (actually for some reason it kept sending me to sleep took about 4 sessions to see it to the end) and was really surprised she wasn't scared by it...I don't think I would have let her watch it ...confused

Fannydabbydozey Mon 20-Jan-14 12:50:11

Mine saw all Harry potters aged 6&8 even going to the cinema for the last two. My daughter was very miffed that Ron finally got it on wth Hermoine and loudly denounced this, saying he was marrying her! Much to everyone's amusement... They love them and watch the DVDs again and again.

Interestingly my son had a break reading book 5. He's picked it up again and got back into it but he stopped for a bit saying he felt it had got a bit grown up - he's ten now. Yet he'll watch the films no problem!

Quenelle Mon 20-Jan-14 12:57:29

These films are already having the 'Enid Blyton' effect on DS. He asked us the other day if our lounge was the common room. I remember fantasising about going to boarding school when I was reading the Mallory Towers and St Clare's books.

kali110 Mon 20-Jan-14 13:00:58

Think its up too you, you know your own child

giggleshizz Mon 20-Jan-14 13:03:27

YANBU for the first couple of films but YABU for the last 2-3. Last two films are very dark, even I was disturbed by them and I would not let my 7 yr old watch them. I think 12 cert is a reasonable guidance.

Kewcumber Mon 20-Jan-14 13:03:48

Entirely up to you depending on your child - DS had watched them all by the time he was 8 and bizarrely was only scared by the first 2!

But then he isn;t a child that is particularly scared of the traditional scary stuff and has a very strong grip on what is real and what is pretend.

trinitybleu Mon 20-Jan-14 13:09:50

My 6yo has seen them all having listened to all the audiobooks and she's fine with it all, apart from the Inferi. We discussed the books before she watched too.

TeacupDrama Mon 20-Jan-14 14:12:32

I thought PG meant parental guidance not 12

Tweasels Mon 20-Jan-14 14:21:01

Many 12 films were 12A when at the cinema. They become 12 on DVD to stop under 12's buying them and watching without your consent.

Of course YANBU. You decide what is/isn't appropriate for your children.

Tweasels is right. 12A has never applied to DVDs, only cinema releases. They then become 12s on DVD and it is illegal to sell one to an under-12 (although pretty moot as I have yet to meet an under 12 who goes shopping without an adult)

As the parent you are allowed to show your 5 year old an 18 film if you deem it appropriate. Evidently most wouldn't be!

I think film ratings are pretty subjective especially as public opinion changes over time as to what is/isn't acceptable. Some of the older Disney films should be PG in my opinion and probably would be if released today. Compare Gremlins (15, closer to a 12 by today's standards) with the last but one Batman movie (also 15 but closer to an 18 in content)

TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 20-Jan-14 14:26:32

I'd agree it depends on the child. We had a strict rule about not showing the 12 cert HP films to DD1 (8 at the time) but as the grandparents bought the whole set we eventually relented just before her ninth birthday, on the proviso that a parent would watch with her and switch off if it all got too much. She was fine, and has been far more upset by the books than the films, when the emotional repercussions are clearer rather than an action movie she can detach from.

Fast forward 6 months and younger DD (6, nearly 7, much more matter of fact than her sister) is a huge fan and has now seen all the films. She actually comforted me when a major character died, and when I asked if she wasn't upset replied 'But this is just a film, Mum. I'm much sadder that the original actor died in real life.' I couldn't argue with that logic, really!

Fakebook Mon 20-Jan-14 14:27:33

My dd watched them all when she was 4 blush.

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