If you live in Utah, you know the way rumors spread through Mormondom like napalm, and you’ve also probably heard people grumbling and asking questions about whether or not Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I has nudity or not. I’m not sure who ignited this particular brouhaha, but it seems KSL.com picked the story up from who knows where and then it spread through Facebook and Twitter quicker than you can say Mahonri Moriacumer.
Here’s my best guess: The article’s author, Cleon Wall, doing his best LDS impersonation of TMZ.com, stumbled upon or was led to an article (there are many out there) where Potter director, David Yates gives a description of the supposed “nude” scene, saying (and be cautioned, this could be a SPOILER):
“…a horcrux [carrying a piece of Voldemort’s soul] defends itself by producing nightmarish visions, and one shows Hermione and Harry embracing and kissing. It’s something intriguing and sensual for Rupert to react to, and Dan will be bare for that.”
Let me tell you right here and now there is no nudity in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I. The scene in question, involving silver, swirling mist and an airbrushed Harry and Hermoine is as exactly as the Classification and Ratings Administration has described it – brief sensuality. Frankly, we see more skin on Dobby and Creature, the two house-elves, or when Harry strips to his boxer briefs to jump in an icy lake, than we do in the rumored nude scene.
Now, with that out of the way, let me be the cautionary parent. The Deathly Hallows: Part I is rated PG-13 and is rated appropriately. The scene in question is sensual, there are plenty of terrifying moments, violence and gore, so, once again, CARA got it right. PG-13 is the appropriate rating. Parents should be strongly cautioned when taking there children who are younger than 13.
For more reading on the PG-13 rating, visit Reasons for Movie Ratings via CARA.org. You may be surprised to learn that you can have nudity in a PG-13 movie, as long as it isn’t sexual in nature. Also, please check back on Thursday for my full review of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I.