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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 58min)

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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.

(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... more of the same as in the previous installments

Production (US): Heyday Fillms, Warner Brothers
Distribution (US): Warner Brothers Pictures
Director(s): David Yates
Producer(s): David Heyman, David Barron, L. K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram, John Trehy, Tim Lewis
Based on Novel by: J. K. Rowling
Screenplay by: Steve Kloves
Cinematography/Camera: Eduardo Serra
Music: Alexander Desplat
Film Editing: Mark Day
Casting: Fiona Weir
Production Design: Stuart Craig
Art Direction: Neil Lamont
Viewed on Warner Home Video DVD

Does anyone remember what are the deathly hallows? They are the Elder Wand which is supposed to make the owner the most powerful wizard in the world. The Cloak of Invisibility which hides the owner from his enemies. And the Resurrection Stone which brings back to life loved ones who have died. If "Resurrection Stone" was not intended to be mockery of the Resurrection in the Gospel it should have been called maybe the Reviving Stone. Together the three deathly hallows were supposed to make one the master of death. How these three fantasy items were to build the story for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I have not been able to figure out. No matter. And who cares? I am not a film critic. We tell you what the trailers/previews, promoters, advertisers and so on can't tell you or won't tell you about the content so you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is fit.

I have heard this final Harry Potter™ installment is the darkest of all. In a way I agree ... that it is dark. I believe they are all dark and sinister. Progressively. Since they are progressively dark I suppose that makes this latest installment the darkest. So be it.

Throughout the line items in the Findings section I make reference to "unholy magic." To help you understand the use of the term "unholy magic" consider the following. Did Jesus use "magic" to raise Lazarus from the dead? [John 11:43 - 44] Yes, in a sense He used "magic" but not unholy "magic." Did Jesus use "magic" to heal the lame and the blind [Matt. 21:14]? Again, yes but not unholy "magic." Did He use "magic" to cast out demons? [Mark 1:34] Again yes and again not unholy "magic." Did Satan use unholy "magic" when he took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple? Yes. Did Satan use unholy "magic" when he showed Jesus the riches of the world that he would give Jesus if Jesus would worship him? Yes. Hopefully visible in what I just told you is that the use or user of the "magic" does not determine whether the "magic" is holy or unholy, the source of the "magic" does. Jesus used holy "magic", better termed holy power from God. Satan's "magic" is that which he had when he was an angel but is now unholy, is evil. The bottom line is that if the "magic" is from Satan it is unholy. If it is from God it is holy. The "magic" of Jesus and of angels is holy power from God. The "magic" of demons and witches, wizards, warlocks, etcetera -- minions of Satan -- is evil since it is from Satan. All of the "magic" portrayed in this and all other Potter films is not once credited to or portrayed as being from God. And if it is not from God... Even if "magic" from Satan is used for good, it is still serving evil since the "magic" is from evil.

This film presents more of the same as in the previous installments. Potter still battles Voldemort. Potter continues to search for the remaining horcruxes with Hermione and Ron in tow. Dumbledore does not get involved in Potter's escapades this time -- he is dead. Dumbledore was killed in the last installment. But Dumbledore's brother gets involved. And his sister ... from within a painting of her anyway.

Snape is now headmaster of Hogwarts. Discipline at Hogwarts has become brutal under the discipline of the Carrow brother and sister pair. The school is crawling with Deatheaters and Dementors and is now teaching the Cruciatus Curse to upper classmen by practicing it on first-years. Students must now march to wherever they go as a group and must live under Spartan conditions.

Harry believes one of the remaining horcruxes is in the Hogwarts castle and must penetrate harsh Hogwarts defense security strategies against him to find it. Breaking though security, Potter challenges Snape. As Snape and Potter square off with wands at the ready, the motherly Professor McGonagall steps in, showers Snape with bolts of fire who then shape-shifts to his Dementor form and escapes by busting through a stained glass window and the crowd goes wild! But cheering is silenced as Voldemort gets involved by torturing students with evil telepathy then announcing he will leave Hogwarts untouched if they give him Harry Potter. Though Slytherin House feels Potter should be turned over to Voldemort, the rest of the school sides with McGonagall who sends Slytherin House to the dungeons for their want of sacrifice of Potter.

Soon after, McGonagall readies the castle for an assault by Voldemort's forces by erecting a shield around the castle. Now is where the action begins. It and the story in general become much too complex and involved to provide a summary without taking pages of memory to provide it. As I said above it is more of the same as is presented in the recent few Potter™ episodes. An analysis of each of the Potter™ installments is available on our CAP Reports page.

As a special feature of this last of our analyses of Harry Potter films, following is the comparative that appears on the online page:
The data is fairly self-explanatory and reveals many things about the content of the seven Potter™ installments. I am not going to belabor your attention with a itemization of all the things the above graphs reveal about the content of the Potter™ package. But I will, however, comment on the fairly consistent distribution of content revealed by the above graphs. All of the Potter™ installments are R-equivalent in violence, each earning a Wanton Violence/Crime (W) content investigation area score of 54 or below out of 100. For the same reason all the Potter™ installments are R-equivalent in unholy content, indeed all of them earned an Offense to God (O) content investigation area score of zero out of 100. And all of them are comparatively light in profanity (I), sexually immoral content (S) and drugs/alcohol (D). One more note. The last graph -- the Final Score Span graph -- perfectly predicted the score if this final episode. Previously the last column of the right of that graph was empty above "20??" which is now "2011" and predicted the final score of this last episode would be between 66 and 41 out of 100. It is 49.

There is much more the above data reveal such as the span of Influence Density scores but I will not go any further with the data. I will be happy to try to email with you if you would like to discuss the above data any further.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
One of the examples of violence is when Hermione again saves the lives of herself, Harry and Ron with unholy magic by keeping them from being dashed on the rocks at the end of a great fall. That is just one example of direct mockery of the Scriptures, in this case, Matthew 4:5 - 6, counterfeiting Hermoine as the angel who would have lifted Jesus up to keep Him from being dashed on the rocks at the end of a great fall. And that is a minor example of the violence content of this film. Many characters die. Brutally. Some with gore. Some are incinerated. Some are evaporated into ashes. Children are physically brutalized and are tortured by unholy magic. Potter tries to kill Voldemort by diving off a very tall wall and dragging Voldemort with him. These are just examples of the caliber of violence in this Potter™ installment. Progressively, the violence over the span of the eight Potter™ films has deepened and worsened. This progressive worsening of content of Potter™ films over the eleven year span is a perfect example, indeed a perfect demonstration of what I have been preaching for years: that we have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what one was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. Just like the next drug fix has to be stronger to get the same high as the previous fix, the next exposure to ignominious content in entertainment must be more severe or intense to satisfy.

God warned us about the "leading" and "catching" property of violence long ago in, among many other verses, Proverb 16:29. And now man has come to his senses and has plagiarized God's Word about violence by four professional public health agencies jointly publishing their findings about violence in and as entertainment: that it can lead to real life violence and can lead the observer, especially the young, to believing that violence is an acceptable and effective way to settle conflict. But do we listen? Or do we tolerate needing a bigger "fix" of violence each time we crash from a rush of violence that saturates us in and as entertainment?

Impudence/Hate (I) - 66 out of 100
Adolescents use profanity a total of five times while an adult uses it once. [Col. 3:8] One lie was noticed.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 97 out of 100
The only time anything even approaching sexually immoral display was when Hermione was falling and her breasts were exposed too much. Since filmmakers know the minute details in each and every "frame" they produce, I don't for one second believe the display was not intentional.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 75 out of 100
Three times unholy magic is used to drug a goblin and butterbeer, an alcoholic beverage, is given to minors.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
In part of the show Voldemort told the masses at Hogwarts that he would give them rewards if they would serve him. This is yet another mockery of the Scriptures, specifically Matthew 4:8 - 9 where Satan tempted Jesus with the riches of the world if Jesus would bow down and worship him.

The full accounting of the content applicable to this investigation area is too vast to even summarize here. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for complete listing of the offenses to God presented in this film.

Through much of the film unholy magic is used to fight evil. Much of the use of magic is presented in such a way to make the user appear to be good and noble. But such is not the case when unholy magic is used. Use of unholy magic, even for good purposes, is still serving evil. [Isa. 5:20]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 58 out of 100
In addition to the many deaths by unholy battle and other means (which are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime content investigation area), there are five murders, four by unholy magic and one by unholy control of a snake.



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  • John 11:43 - 44 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
  • Matt. 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
  • Mark 1:34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
  • Matt. 4:5 - 6 Then the devil taketh him [Jesus] up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
  • 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 "fantasy" 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 the 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. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • 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.
  • Matt. 4:8 - 9 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
  • 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.

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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 Hallos, Part 2 (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • peril, repeatedly
  • incineration of character, twice
  • great falls with no consequences
  • action violence of varying intensity, repeatedly, some graphic
  • flashes of evil from the past
  • images of gore with many dead characters
  • multiple children bearing marks of physical abuse
  • torture of children using unholy magic
  • three characters evaporated by unholy magic
  • many characters killed by collapsing building
  • physical brutality including beating of a minor
  • demon feeding on a girl
  • injury gore, repeatedly
  • threat of mass murder
  • bloodied character
  • "serve me or die" to many children
  • defensive killing by unholy magic
  • attempted suicide to kill another (jumping off very high wall)
  • graphic decay of a character

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 66 out of 100
  • 5 uses of profanity by teens, once by an adult
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 97 out of 100
  • excessive breast exposure

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 75 out of 100
  • drugging of a character with unholy magic, repeatedly
  • butterbeer for adolescents

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • moving things and making things happen with unholy magic, frequent
  • creating light form a wand, repeatedly
  • floating demons, repeatedly
  • wand lore, repeatedly
  • transporting by unholy magic, repeatedly
  • invisibility by unholy magic
  • levitation, repeatedly
  • hearing voices
  • magic incantation
  • replication of loot by unholy magic
  • demon dragon
  • visions
  • "fools"
  • battle with unholy magic, repeatedly, some graphic
  • shape-shifting, repeatedly
  • moving characters in paintings, repeatedly
  • animation of stone statues by unholy magic
  • erecting shields around Hogwarts with unholy magic
  • communicating with the dead, repeatedly
  • vaporous spirit of a dead woman, repeatedly
  • spirit of the dead passing through the living
  • using unholy magic to destroy
  • many deaths by unholy magic
  • visions of the part by unholy magic
  • flashbacks of evil , including murder
  • a stone with the power to resurrect
  • extended imagery of the "spirit world"
  • disappearance of a character
  • claims of wands possession "magic", repeatedly
  • paper bird flying
  • animated chocolate frog

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 58 out of 100
  • murder by unholy magic, four
  • murder by servant snake

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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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