Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has been on the watch list for fans for a while now, but is it appropriate for kids to watch?
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore Movie Review | Is It Appropriate For Kids?
The newest Fantastic Beasts film not only has a PG-13 rating, but its running time is a bit longer than even some of us adults might be able to sit through, let alone younger Harry Potter fans.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a movie review here on the blog. That right there might tell you something about how much anticipation I’ve had about The Secrets of Dumbledore film. So, there was no way that I would miss sharing my thoughts with other parents. Especially for those who have tween Harry Potter fans as I do.
Before I get to the details of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is safe for kids, let’s break down some of the movie to help you decide.
Thank you to Warner Bros. for the invitation to attend a movie screening with my family so that I could share my review of the film. All opinions are my own. May contain affiliate links.
Do You Need To Have Watched Previous Fantastic Beasts Movies?
Yes, but if you’re a fan of the Wizarding World films, I assume that you might have already done so.
If you haven’t, I suggest going back and watching both Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them along with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald.
This will allow you to understand the film’s premise and what is going on. The Secrets of Dumbledore is filled with lots. You might find yourself not knowing the characters or what is going on. The movie follows the previous two films.
One of the things that did confuse my daughter was the fact that Johnny Depp did not play Grindewald. So, make sure to explain this to your tweens before heading to watch the movie. It took her a few scenes to figure it out and she still double-checked with me.
Why The PG-13 Rating For Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore?
If you’ve watched any of the previous Fantastic Beasts movies then you know that there are some action and intense scenes. Out of all the films I will have to say that this one has been the most intense of all.
With that said, I did take my 12 and 10-year-old daughters to watch the film. I wasn’t worried about my 12-year-old because she loves the Wizarding World films. Plus, there was no way I was keeping her from watching it. I was a bit concerned with my 10-year-old. Just because she is a bit more sensitive to action movies.
Personally, she seemed to have really enjoyed the film, but let’s break down some of the reasons why the movie might be PG-13.
- Lots of sorcery action against each other with explosions throughout the film. More so than the second Fantastic Beasts movies.
- One of the scenes has a wizard using the Cruciata spell against a Muggle.
- Several scenes with a creature being killed. One by wand and the other by throat being sliced.
- Several scenes showed a dead creature, which could be a bit disturbing for younger kids and animal lovers. Both of my girls looked over when the first scene happened.
- There was also a pool of blood in one of the scenes surrounding the creature.
- Giant creature attacks and throws back melted body.
When it came to the language I didn’t really notice any inappropriate language during the film. Always a big plus in my opinion.
One of the things I love about the Wizarding World franchise is the way they keep sex out of the films. During the movie were simple acts of love of a couple kissing and a subtle hint of love between two male wizards. That’s about all of the “sexual” content you will find.
The Magic That Is Fantastic Beasts For Harry Potter Fans
When Hogwarts came into view in one of the scenes my daughter and I both took the biggest inhale! It’s like coming back home to something we both share and love together.
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It was the perfect amount of magical moments in between the action scenes.
We thoroughly enjoyed all of the jokes and comedy in the film. They came in at the perfect time when we needed them the most!
As a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I have to say that it was everything I wanted it to be! The storyline was flawless, effortless, and flowed perfectly together.
Out of all of the Fantastic Beasts films, this might be my favorite one of all of them and I can’t wait to watch it again!
It’s going to be a favorite among Witches, Wizards, and even Muggles.
Is The Secrets Of Dumbledore Too Scary For Kids?
All in all, I would say it’s up to the parents to decide if the newest Fantastic Beasts movie is appropriate for their child. There are lots of action scenes, wizards and witches attacking each other, cruelty to animals, and a few more.
In my opinion it’s not any different than the last few Harry Potter films. So, if they watched those they should be good.
As I mentioned above, my daughter who is 10 a bit more sensitive to action films really enjoyed it. She even said that she has to go back and watch the first two films.
With that said, I probably wouldn’t take children younger than 10 years old. Especially if they are prone to nightmares.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is most definitely a miss see film. But I think that the film is best suited for kids who are tweens and older.
About Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore
Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE will be in US theaters on April 15th, 2022.
Check out the trailer below! #SecretsOfDumbledore
Where are my Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter fans watching the film this weekend?