It apparently doesn't take much to get people hot and bothered -- just mention the words "nude scene" and "Harry Potter" in the same sentence.
News reporters were abuzz last week with the story that co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson would be in some state of nakedness in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" -- and reporters (like KSL's Cleon Wall) dutifully got up in arms on behalf of panicky parents.
The rumors were totally fact-free, of course, as the parents being interviewed and the reporters stoking the "outrage" had not actually seen the movie.
The Cricket has seen the movie (wait until Friday, when the movie opens nationwide, for the review), and can now bring some facts to the table. (The obligatory SPOILER ALERT warnings should be heeded now.)
Parents need to remember something about the "Harry Potter" series, both as books and movies: Harry Potter grows up, so what's appropriate behavior in the first installment (when the character was 11) and what's appropriate in the final chapter (in which he comes of age) are different.
The fans have grown up right along side Harry. Preteens who read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" when it first came out are adults now, and don't expect to see their beloved hero remain a kid forever.
And why would parents be upset now over a 3-second bit of sensuality (which, in context, is integral to the story and to the development of Ron's character) when they weren't upset about the PG-13 bloodshed and violence that has already been seen in two of the previous six movies? Particularly when the MPAA is notorious for being much harsher in its ratings regarding sexual content than regarding violence?
Two words to the parents, and to the reporters who want to gin up a controversy where there is none: Chill out.