Censors in South Africa have ordered stricter age restrictions for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” than for the previous films in the franchise.
The Films and Publications Board (FPB) on Friday slapped a 10M (mature accompaniment) classification with a V for violence warning on the pic, which opens here in December at the start of the summer school holidays.
Rating means that children under 10 can see the film but only if accompanied by an adult. Previously, the films were classified PG (parental guidance), a purely advisory recommendation. The 10M restriction is compulsory.
British censors have declared the film unsuitable for children under 12, and there were fears that South African censors could follow their lead.
Jean Westmore of the FPB said the film was “darker” than its predecessors, with a “complex plot including jealousy, death and a slight hint of sexual awakening,” necessitating the new classification.