‘Potter’ rewrites the ratings book

World Brief

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” will get an experimental rating of 9 years and above when it opens in the Netherlands on June 3.

The Netherlands Institute for the Classification of Audio-visual Media (Nicam) set the one-off rating after complaints that the normal 6-years-and-above rating given to the two previous “Potter” films was not suitable.

Movies in the Netherlands get voluntary viewing advisory ratings of either Alle Leeftijden (all ages), 6, 12 or 16.

“The public and the film industry are looking for more nuance in regards to age advisories,” Nicam spokesman Paul Verstraeten said. “Around the age of 9, children can better differentiate between fiction and reality, so they are less influenced by frightening images.”

The 9 rating could become a standard if the public and experts react positively to it.

The third Potter installment has been rated Parental Guidance in the U.K. and U.S.

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