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(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (2hr 14.25min)

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April 29, 2011
Mat 18, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... all of the Harry Potter films so far have been …

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Brothers, Heyday Films
Distribution (US): Warner Home Video
Director(s): David Yates
Producer(s): David Barron, David Heyman, Tim Lewis, J.K. Rowling, John Trehy, Lionel Wigram
Screenplay by: Steve Kloves
Based on the Novel by J.K. Rowling
Cinematography/Camera: Eduardo Serra
Music: Andre Desplat
Film Editing: Mark Day
Casting: Fiona Weir
Production Design: Stuart Crraig
Art Direction: Andrew Ackand-Snow
Viewed on Warner Home Video DVD

I do not remember much about the story and plot since it has been almost three weeks since I viewed the DVD but I'll share with you what I remember. Fortunately, that I don't remember much about the story and plot is meaningless to the CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section). Our model procedures require the investigator to annotate his/her findings on a specially prepared form while watching the film so memory is not needed to generate the listing of findings or the scoring distribution.

What I do remember about the viewing experience seems to border on boring, centering around anticlimactic and uneven with a large helping of dark. I guess the first part of two parts could be anticlimactic and still be integral to the story but between spikes in action are rather lengthy periods of, for example, camping and story telling. This episode does seem to trek a forgetful path to the rolling credits.

Picking up after Dumbledore's death in Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, Harry becomes Public Enemy #1 since Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has taken over the Ministry of Magic. An alliance of long-time witchcraft and sorcery associates [Deut. 18:10 - 12] is formed to protect Harry from Voldemort and his death eaters [Isa. 5:20] as Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermoine (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) seek to find and destroy the remaining six horcruxes that form Voldemort's "soul." Once the seventh horcrux is destroyed, so is Voldemort.

This episode is the lowest scoring of the seven episodes. An analyses of each episode is available in CAP Reports. Also, we have maintained a comparative of the Harry Potter films as seen below.

Please note that every analysis performed by the CAP Ministry is performed using the same analysis model under the same investigation standards with the same equations, formula and operational procedures and in this case the same investigator. Consistency is assured. With that in mind I am not going to enumerate that which the above comparative reveals. I am certain you can on your own draw from it the information it provides. But I am going to have a go at one plug for the service provided by the CAP Ministry - no "movie review" service or media analysis service yet available can provide you with the tools our analysis model provides to help you make an informed moral decision whether a piece of entertainment is fit.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Each of the previous six episodes earned a R-equivalent (54 and below out of 100) Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area score. This one is no different. Thus, all of the Harry Potter films so far have been R-equivalent in violence.

In this episode graphic attacks by unholy creatures, multiple killings by unholy magic, graphic battles by evil magic and other sometimes intensely violent content provide the foundation for the zero area score. The violence content is so thick that it would be unproductive to try to summarize the violence here. Please look to the Findings/Scoring section for a detailed accounting of the violence content.

As I have shared with you a number of times, violence is "catching." I didn't come up with that nor did man come up with it. Not first anyway. About 2000 years after God admonished us about violence leading one "into the way that is not good" [Prov 16:29] man decided to chime in on His admonition. Four professional public health agencies jointly published their findings which, whether intentional or even aware of God's Word about violence, echo His Word. For example, "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence."

Impudence/Hate (I) - 23 out of 100
The language impurities [Col. 3:8] and matters of hatefulness [Rom. 12:18] in each of the seven episodes seem to hover around the demarcation between R and PG-13 equivalent (54/55 out of 100). In addition, the entire film, indeed every Potter film, oozed a theme of teens in control with adult involvement only when "politically correct" or when adult involvement suits the aims and goals of the teens. A rather impudent comment used by the filmmakers was "Magic is Might." Bloodlust, planning to kill and lies added to the "up yours" parts of the plot. [1 Pet. 5:5, Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 85 out of 100
This one has gotten bold enough to show Harry and Hermoine making out in a misty nude scene. Harry gets to zip up the dress over the bare back of Ginny (Bonnie Wright) when there were no adults around, of course. She could not do it herself, of course. That would seem to scream that since she had to have help this time she probably never has been able to zip it up herself, of course. And since her mom or another female was not around … This begs the question, why was she dressing in front of Harry in the first place?

Other than the above, characters in underwear and female underwear on a male were all that there were to the Sexual Immorality content of this episode of Harry Potter.

Because so much contempt for sexual humility in and as entertainment has been built up over the years we have become insensitive to God's will for our sexual purity. God tells us many things in His Word about what is and what is not sexually acceptable. In one case He tells us that it is even shameful to mention things done by the immoral in secret. [Eph. 5:12] How much more would His Word apply to the things that once were done in secret now being done in the open? All of His Word about sexual purity might be summed up as any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. Indeed, we have become so numbed by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. -TC-

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 93 out of 100
The only content regarding illegal drugs, abuse of prescription drugs, alcohol or tobacco in the entire film was three scenes with alcoholic beverages.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
The content regarding offense to God's Word is intense. As with violence, the evil/unholy content is so thick to even summarize it here would be unproductive. Please rely on the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a detailing of the content of the film found by this investigation area.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 48 out of 100
Murder is a significant portion of the content. Murder by evil magic, repeatedly. Murder by blade. Tales of murder. More.


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  • Deut. 18:10 - 12 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, …
  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. [To use evil magic even for good purposes is still serving evil.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
  • 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise [in humility as the elders who have charge over you], ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud [huperephanos {hoop-er-ay'-fan-os}: an overweening estimate of one's means or merits, despising others or even treating them with contempt, haughty], and giveth grace to the humble.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Eph. 5:12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
  • Luke 23:35 The people stood watching [Jesus on the Cross], and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One."

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • torturous confinement
  • recruiting assistance to kill
  • animal consumption of human (unseen)
  • flashback of falling death
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • injury gore, repeatedly
  • threat to face
  • tale of killing three people
  • multiple killings by unholy magic
  • battle using unholy magic, repeatedly
  • strongarm tactics to force performance
  • attack by many demonic/unholy beings, repeatedly
  • sculpture of crushing many people
  • tale of family of five found dead
  • animal attack, repeatedly
  • near drowning
  • tale and imagery of killing by unholy magic
  • explosive startle
  • long pursuit to kill by unholy magic
  • assault
  • abduction of three teens
  • multiple assaults with unholy magic
  • confinement against the victim's will times two
  • hostage under threat to kill
  • knife to throat

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 23 out of 100
  • six uses of profanity, five by a teen
  • abandonment
  • wanting to be chosen to kill a teen boy
  • planning to kill
  • name calling, repeatedly
  • theme of teens in control
  • "Magic is Might"
  • coercion to force behavior
  • animate argument, twice
  • lie, repeatedly
  • torture to force admission

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 85 out of 100
  • female underwear on male
  • teen girl asking teen boy to zip up her dress
  • teen boy in underwear
  • teen boy and teen girl making out in misty nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 93 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • evil sounds with tissue decay
  • unholy magic, frequent, by many, such as magic to control others, to force behavior, to make forget, to move objects, create/control light, levitate, etc.
  • gathering of sorcerers, witches, etc., repeatedly
  • broom riding, multiple
  • riding demon beast
  • levitation on motorcycle
  • air battle between unholy characters
  • shape-shifting, repeatedly, once to falsify identity
  • death by unholy magic (unseen)
  • multiple flashbacks of evil
  • calling a sorcerer the Chosen One [Luke 23:35]
  • moving still photos, repeatedly
  • unholy medallion
  • unholy manifestation, repeatedly, some graphic
  • transport by unholy magic, repeatedly, some graphic
  • brief and graphic images of unholy threats sand assaults
  • unholy character/beings, repeatedly
  • abduction with unholy magic times three
  • unholy healing
  • flashes of unholy deeds
  • attitude control by unholy magic
  • text appearing by unholy magic
  • Christmas without Jesus
  • inexplicable voices
  • fire by unholy magic
  • tale of mastering death by unholy magic

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 48 out of 100
  • murder by unholy magic, repeatedly, graphic and non-graphic
  • flashes of murder of two by unholy magic
  • imagery and story of murder by blade
  • imagery and story of suicide by hanging
  • murder by blade

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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