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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore | 2022 | PG-13 | – 1.5.1

content-ratingsWhy is “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some fantasy action/violence.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a hug, discussions of love between a man and a woman, and between two men, scenes of attacks by wizards on other wizards and non-wizards causing property damage and injury, the killing of a small creature with blood shown, threats of death, attacks by large creatures leaving some slimy remains, discussion of a woman’s accidental death, and some mild language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When the outcome of an election to install the next wizard leader is threatened by unscrupulous characters, a team of wizards in possession of a magical creature that will expose the deceit, must protect it against all odds. With Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Jessica Williams, Cara Mahoney, Mads Mikkelsen, Katherine Waterston, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Maja Bloom, Paul Low-Hang, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner and Richard Coyle. Directed by David Yates. [Running Time: 2:22]

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man imagines the woman he loves standing in his shop and they hug (she is not there). A man and a woman stand together and she pleads with him to leave and let her go; he rubs her back tenderly and talks about his love for her.
 A man tells another man that he agreed to something in their past because he was in love with him. Two men talk about loving each other in a couple of scenes. A man tells another man that he was in love with another man.
 A woman wears a low-cut wedding gown and cleavage is visible.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A man holds a newborn creature in his arms and slashes its throat (we see blood on the ground where the man stands and on his shirt cuffs as the creature dies). A creature is zapped three times by wizard wands, its breathing becomes labored and we understand that it died; a man picks up and runs away with its newborn while being chased and shot at by the three wizards and he falls unconscious in water as the newborn is taken away by the wizards. A man slams another man against a wall with a large wave of water, and then holds him by the throat and threatens him. A man talks about another man trying to kill him, and that the man wants to marry a witch and make them weak; he zaps the man with a blast from his wand throwing the man back onto the ground, and the man quakes and goes pale as the man zaps him again and threatens to kill him with another blast. A man shoots a wand blast toward another man and two others block the blast with their wands; two of the men fight with their wands and they appear and disappear as they hold each other off and eventually stop. A man surrounds himself with a protective force field and jumps on a ledge as several people shoot wand blasts at him; he falls back off a ledge and disappears.
 A woman tries to take a suitcase from a man, he grips it until he is zapped by a wand blast from behind and he falls unconscious as the woman walks away with the case. A man retrieves a suitcase and when he holds it, it bursts into glowing cinder (he worries that there was something inside). Several people walk through narrow walkways in a mountain top market and are chased by people; wands are waved, causing flashes of energy to be thrown, objects fall, people are struck, one person is placed inside a wall (we see him released later and is OK), and a man uses a suitcase to hit someone. Two men prepare to shoot two suitcases that they suspect contain a creature and when they open the cases we see enormous piles of pastries pour out of one and books pour out of the other; the books seem to be gobbling people and we see them clinging onto people’s arms and legs. Two men walk along a ridge moving like crab-like creatures that follow them, and when they stop and their lantern goes out, a giant tentacled creature lunges toward them twice hitting something in the walls (it seems like people and we see remains splat down on the ground with some slime, bones and a shoe visible) and little creatures (bug-like) jump on it presumably eating what remains. Two men run from a giant tentacled creature and it lunges toward them while shooting globs of lava at them; they dodge the molten liquid until one man is grabbed by a tentacle and pulled toward a deep crevice, the other man holds him and a wand blast lands them on the ground and one man has a part of the creature’s tentacle still around his waist (it flops off and crawls into water). Two wizards fight in a street, causing a lot of property damage: rubble falls from buildings around them, flashes of energy shoot from their wands and one yells causing the other to disappear. A man touches another man’s temple with a glowing wand, a stream of glowing tendrils come out of his head and we are told that these are his memories of his sister. Men are surrounded by wizards holding wands.
 A man draws a wand on another man at a formal dinner and a man calls out, “Assassin!”; a woman draws her wand and creates a diversion as other people with wands create chaos in the room and the man and the woman climb a staircase made of sheets of paper, the woman grabs the man by the shirt, pulls him up and they disappear together. Three men in a street approach a woman seated alone on a bench and one man tries to intimidate her; she tells him he is not menacing enough and tries to teach him how to do it better until a man comes out of his shop yelling at them to leave her alone and the woman zaps one man in the back of the head knocking him out. A man struggles against a chain wrapped around his hand as it tightens and an amulet carves into a stone wall; we understand that he is bound by a blood oath to another man. A room where a man is sitting with another man bursts into flames (the scene seems to be imagined). Several people step toward a swirling column and are whisked away in a blur. A man and woman step among swirling pages of a book and they disappear with a flash. A passage in a wall opens and people pass through it (one man moans as he enters). A man stumbles up steps and he seems very weak in a couple of scenes. Two people are surrounded by others holding wands until one causes bricks to fall on them.
 A man paddles on a raft through water, reaches a shoreline and climbs a hill following the sounds of a creature in distress; the man says, “She’s ready” and we understand that the creature is giving birth when we see a newborn creature covered in a gelatin-like orb that bursts and the mother licks the infant. An unconscious man holding a newborn creature is wrapped by the tail of another creature that blows into what looks like a balloon and takes off lifting them and flying through the air. A lifeless creature is held underwater as a man recites a spell; the creature revives.
 A man calls for a “war with the muggles” and people in an audience cheer. A man talks about a world being divided. A man tells another man to prove his loyalty. A man talks about how a woman died and describes a wand fight between two wizards. A woman tells a man that another man has asked him to kill someone. A man tells another man that someone holds him responsible for his sister’s death. People talk about plans to use a method to confuse an opponent and keep them from figuring out what they are going to do. A man talks about wanting to re-shape the world. A man talks about smelling “the stench” of non-wizard people and wanting to “burn down their world.” A man talks about betrayal in his heart. A man asks a woman if another man sent her to spy on him and if she tells him everything (she can apparently read people’s thoughts). Messages in a steamed up mirror read, “Forgive Me,” and “I want to come home.” A man describes a creature being able to “see into your soul.” A woman talks about another woman having gone over to the “dark side.”
 A man steps on a crab-like creature and we hear a squish and see its cracked shell and slime on his shoe. A man slops goopy stew into a bowl. A man holds a small creature in his arms and it falls dead. A wanted poster bursts into flames.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore LANGUAGE 1

 – 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (muggle, madness, animals, arrogance, naiveté, dirty secret, you people, coo-coo, fugitive, stupid sod, short con, assassin, fancy), exclamations (oh geez, bloody, you oughta be ashamed, are you kidding me, oh man). | profanity glossary |

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore SUBSTANCE USE

 – People are seen in a few pub scenes with mugs and glasses of beer, a man drinks a shot of something, people drink wine with a meal, wine magically swirls around in a glass, and men drink wine with a meal.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Hate, bigotry, trust, betrayal, mistakes, abandonment, grief, failure, loyalty, fate, magic, destiny, conspiracies, chances, deceit, death of loved ones, honesty, imperfection.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore MESSAGE

 – Honesty is a gift.

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