The Leaky Cauldron can exclusively

Sep 09, 2002

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The Leaky Cauldron can exclusively confirm that – ta da – the entire new trailer will be premiered during the new show “Family Affair” on the WB on Thursday night – check local listings, one assumes. The trailer will be satellite-fed out right after, so expect local newscasts and entertainment ‘zine shows to carry it. Woooo hooo, indeed.

And, now the press release, to prove it:


BURBANK, CA (September 9, 2002) – For the second consecutive year The WB Television Network and Warner Bros. Pictures will give viewers an exclusive first look at Harry Potter as the opening episode of the new comedy FAMILY AFFAIR will include an exclusive look at the second installment of the Harry Potter film series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

During the one-hour premiere of FAMILY AFFAIR on Thursday, September 12, 8:00 p.m. EST, The WB will air the world premiere of the first full-length trailer for the movie, which will be released in theaters in North America and in the U.K. on Friday, November 15.

“We are thrilled to offer our growing number of family viewers the exclusive opportunity to get a look at one of the fall’s most anticipated feature films, ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,’ ” said Jed Petrick, President & Chief Operating Officer of The WB. “Harry Potter’s huge fan base of kids, teens and their parents should drive viewers to the premiere of ‘Family Affair,” a new series that’s in one of the most difficult time periods on network television.”

“We are very excited to be presenting the first look at our trailer for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on The WB,” said Dawn Taubin, President of Domestic Theatrical Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. “The WB brand is synonymous with young adult and family audiences, making the network the perfect outlet to share this exhilarating footage with Harry Potter fans throughout North America.”

Last year, The WB presented an exclusive look at a scene from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and achieved its best Friday night ratings of the season. The film has grossed nearly $1 Billion worldwide to date.

In ” Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” young wizard Harry Potter (DANIEL RADCLIFFE) and his friends Ron Weasley (RUPERT GRINT) and Hermione Granger (EMMA WATSON) face new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to uncover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films/1492 Pictures production of a Chris Columbus film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, starring DANIEL RADCLIFFE, EMMA WATSON, RUPERT GRINT, KENNETH BRANAGH, JOHN CLEESE, ROBBIE COLTRANE, WARWICK DAVIS, RICHARD GRIFFITHS, RICHARD HARRIS, JASON ISAACS, ALAN RICKMAN, FIONA SHAW, MAGGIE SMITH and JULIE WALTERS. Directed by CHRIS COLUMBUS from a screenplay by STEVE KLOVES, based on the acclaimed novel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. ROWLING, the film is produced by DAVID HEYMAN. CHRIS COLUMBUS, MARK RADCLIFFE, MICHAEL BARNATHAN and DAVID BARRON are the executive producers. ROGER PRATT is the director of photography; STUART CRAIG is the production designer; PETER HONESS is the editor; and JOHN WILLIAMS is the composer. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will be released in North America and the U.K. on November 15, 2002 by Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company. This film is not yet rated.

FAMILY AFFAIR, starring Tim Curry (Mr. French) and Gary Cole (Uncle Bill), is a re-make of the ’60s classic about a carefree Manhattan bachelor and his protective butler, whose lives are turned upside down when a pair of 6-year-old twins (Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak and Sasha Pieterse) and a 16-year-old girl (Caitlin Wachs) invade their world. It is produced by Turner Television.


The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.