WB Prez’ Statement to Fans: Move ‘Never Intended to Upset our Harry Potter Fans’

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Aug 20, 2008

Posted by Melissa Anelli
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Alan Horn, the president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros., has issued another statement about the move of the Half-Blood Prince movie to July 2009; in this statement he addresses the fans directly (as far as we know, this statement has only been sent to fan sites) and says that the decision to move the film was “not taken lightly” and “never intended to upset Harry Potter fans.” He also says, “We know you have built this series into what it is.”

The full text is below:

‘Many of you have written to me to express your disappointment in our moving “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to Summer 2009. Please be assured that we share your love for Harry Potter and would certainly never do anything to hurt any of the films. Over the past 10 years, we have nurtured and protected each film, and the integrity of the books upon which they are based, to the best of our ability. The decision to move “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was not taken lightly, and was never intended to upset our Harry Potter fans. We know you have built this series into what it is, and we thank you for your ongoing enthusiasm and support. If I may offer a silver lining: there would have been a two-year gap between “Half-Blood Prince” and the much-anticipated first part of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ which opens in November 2010. So although we have to wait a little longer for “Half-Blood Prince’ the wait from that film until “Deathly Hallows” will be less than 18 months. I am sorry to have disappointed you now, but if you hold on a little longer, I believe it will be worth the wait.’





377 Responses to WB Prez’ Statement to Fans: Move ‘Never Intended to Upset our Harry Potter Fans’

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idk how 2 feel rite now….im dissapointed but i guess it might make the movie better than it should of been if its moved….idk

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Change the release date back! We can’t wait!

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oh please. they do not share our love. They just care about money.

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I still think that it’s a load of BS. Gr.

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Hummm… I’m still not convinced it was necessary to move the film. I guess I’ll just have to deal with it.

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It still doesn’t make it right. Like he said, WE, as fans, have built this series to what it is, and this HAS hurt us. I don’t know how I feel about WB now, and don’t know if I intend to view their movies anymore.

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I’ve accepted that this is what is gonna happen,and I can deal with it.BUT-I still think Mr Horns’ appologies are disingenuous AND he’s full of CRAP!! Evil Jim

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I’ve written too many, too long comments on this subject already, so I’ll just quote myself “I’m confused” – peace out

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People have made way too big a deal about this. I looked forward to Half-Blood Prince this November, moreso than any other movie released this year, and the move to next summer doesn’t bother me at all. There’s nothing coming out next summer that I want to see anyway, so having Harry Potter coming out in July will soften the lackluster summer season which so far consists of Transformers 2 which should be another choppy special effects driven, heartless film and… G.I. Joe. Yeah. Once again, glad to have Potter to look forward to next summer, and I trust that David Yates did just as good of a job as he did on Order of the Phoenix.

I think everyone should calm down about it. It’s not like the majority wasn’t going to do anything but complain about cuts and changes anyway so I’m not so sure what the big deal is.

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I think WB is being irresponsible by moving the release date, but the summer date will hype the movie up a little more. The studio haven’t been promoting the film as rigorously as the previous films. We didn’t get a trailer until about 3.5 months before the films; there’s still no poster. The last film was hyped by the DH book release, and the DH movies have the “last movies” factor. The least grossing HP film was released during the summer, and the highest grossing during fall.

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...you suck..simple

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while it sounds hollow to some now, I just KNOW that next August, after we’ve all seen HBP, we’ll all be saying “thank goodness DH.1 is only 15 months away!

Good things come to those who wait.

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I don’t really understand how moving the date helps them make money, but there’s not much we can do about it. I think that coming out with all these apologies makes WB feel better, but as fans it doesn’t help. I don’t think its right but hopefully we wont be disappointed come July

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What a bunch of BS. Alan Horn just digs himself a deeper hole every time he talks. Of course they didn’t do it to hurt HP fans. They did it for the almight dollar.

I am upset because I have been waiting since filming started to see this film. I have watched the count down clock and have even planned my reading to conincide with the release of this movie. And now even though they see it as an eight month delay, it is a year. We won’t see it for a year.

And what about the other HP concerns. EA was planning to put out their game. What do they do now. Entertainment Weekly had HBP as their cover story this week and all the media lead up was there in place. Does Alan Horn realize that they have stopped their own momentum by doing this.

I don’t see a silver lining. I was prepared for that wait. I understand the logistics of making these special effects heavy movies. I could have waited.

I am sorry too, Alan Horn. You just don’t get it! Obviously!

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just say it….greed!!!

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Well i love harry potter and always will! even if they changed the whole story line and messed it all up i would still love harry potter the novels! what jk rowling has created is far more amazing then any movie can ever try and become! yes i guess we will all have too wait and even though i was very devastated too hear the news! just like i was when i herd them splitting deathly hallows! i now come too realize that we have put are trust in wb and all the harry potter film directors for the past five movies that now is when they need it the most!! so i guess i’ll go and read my harry potter novels again and again! beacause jk rowling never intended too make the books into a multi billion dollar franchise which is why i love her !!

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I also agree that people should calm down, I’m not angry at all. The move was made, and now we should move on. I’ve heard people says they’ll protest the film, but that would only hurt the following movies. If the studios profits take a dive, then subsequent film budgets will correspond. They’re not going to change it back, because the studio shook the film industry enough with this decision.

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He seems to have no problem glossing over the fact that this means a two-year wait between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince now. They’re already breaking up the seventh book into two movies – is the WB really hurting so badly for money that they need to squeeze those extra few millions from the fans by screwing us over like this as well?

Horn seems to care about one thing only: how much money flows into his bank account. These last two moves by the WB, which are purely for monetary gain no matter what line of bull they try to feed us, prove it.

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Ummmmmmmm, anyone else hesitant to believe this guy when he says this release date is Nov 2010 for HPDH? What happens if Breaking Dawn or Subtle Knife or someother movie is coming out that could compete? I am still heartbroken.

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Why doesn’t this man just shut up and go away? He’s making it worse. We all know all he cares about is the $$ he and WB can earn – nothing more, nothing less. These statements are intended to pacify, but they are totally unnecessary. I, along with many, many others, will be staging our own silent protest at their greed. See the movie in the second week of release and do not repeat view. That way we see our beloved film but WB do not profit more than necessary.

Alan Horn, you do not care about the fans, the films, the books or even Jo Rowling. You run a business, now please go back to counting your millions because these statements simply make you look utterly ridiculous.

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I’m still pissed off and the thing that all Harry Potter fans need right now is a movie, since it has been over a year since the last book and we all need that little feeling that we get when we first read a book in the series for the first time. At least the Beetle the Bard book comes out in December and that’s something to look forward to.

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Another possible silver lining, there might be a Deathly Hallows Part One or Part Two or a combo movie trailer on HBP now. Since filming starts in Jan. or Feb.

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I have no faith that HBP will be good.

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okayy this guy is like such a (to quote Ron weasley) git! like come on! we dont care! we could waited for deathly hallows! i mean they announced a date and everything was just falling in…i thikn he should have to add some sort of extra clip from deathly hallows at the end of half blood prince or somehting else…come on evn a december relaese would be fine! ubt this! and then twilight takes its spot! id say there was some sort of foul play going on if WB also owned th eTwilight but unfortunately i can’t. but i will say, “LONG LIVE POTTER!” these are times when the fandom needs eachother th emost!

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I’m not mad i think it will be better for the movies in the end.

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This guy is seriously so full of it. this decision was made solely for the movie to make more money. the movie’s still going to be done in time so what else would the point be if not for them to see the opportunity to make more money? There is literally NO REASON for them to move it. They’re not taking more time to make it perfect or anything. i can’t stand this guy, personally. And what is this bologna about the consolation of there being a shorter time waiting for deathly hallows? we were all aware of when that was going to come out and it doesn’t make it better that they’ll be closer together. The most frustrating part is the fact that I’ve been so disappointed with the past two movies and now it looks as if i’m going to have to wait longer just to get hurt again. They respect the integrity of the books? they make stuff up for the movies that’s no even in the books that’s unnecessary and then they say that they take stuff out because of length! what is this. i friggin hate the WB.

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So… now instead of having a 2-year gap in between HBP and DH1… we have a 2-year gap in between OOTP and HBP. Either way, it’s lame.

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Hmm didn’t they say moving the HBP film wouldn’t affect the release dates of the DH films? Well it did ‘Cuz DH1 was supposed to come out in late 2009.

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I think what he meant to type was: “Dear Money, You’re going to see this movie REGARDLESS, because you’re stupid. With contempt, Alan”

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‘anyone else hesitant to believe this guy when he says this release date is Nov 2010 for HPDH

You took the words out of my mouth! Why should we believe him about any release date now?

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I call BS. Plain and simple. They already admitted it was about the money so there is no use playing all nice to the fans now.

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o and accept it and move on also dont take it out on twilight because they moved to an empty time cuz if they didnt i think they would have had to compete with the new james bond movie… and just because they moved it back doesnt mean it wont be good its still the same movie cuz wb doesnt direct or anything they just place the movie and do promotional stuff.

please accept it so that we can go on and enjoy the comments again i miss the happy and not the “oo im angry” comments or as i like to call it “over reacting”

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Sigh. I suppose I forgive you.

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While I appreciate the fact that he at least tried to make himself sound less stupid, I won’t accept any apology…..... I still feel cheated by a greedy movie machine and will only not send him my Howler if he at least has the courtesy of offering us the HBP dvd within 1-2 months after the movie’s release, everything is pushed back now, including the DVD…..HE IS A MONSTER!!!!!!!

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Hmm…never intended to upset harry potter fans…Guess what, buddy?! You did!

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Alan Horn has got to shut up everything he says becomes fodder for the fans. The guy would not know any apology if is bit him in the rump.

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i agree… all WB cares about is money… everything he said was nonsense. they haven’t done their best to keep the movie based soley on the books.. PoA, GoF, and OoTP did not follow the books like the first 2 movies… it’s all about money with these people, they don’t care about the “integrity” of the books.. just like they haven’t “nurtured” or “protected” the movies.. they just try and figure out every way to get as much money out of the series as they possibly can… why even confirm a release date unless your 100% sure that’s the date? they knew exactly what movies are coming out this fall and next summer when they confirmed the release date…

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Here is the Catch, how is November a bad time for Half Blood Prince, However the first part of Hollow it will be release on November 2010, November is November matter what year, wont it would be bad for Hollow to come on on November as well.?

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no, you did “never intended to upset” the fans…you never thought about us at all. it was just something that came along with what you did intend to do, which is obviously more important to you: make more money. dont try to make us feel happy. you almost had me there, mister money pockets. us potter fans cannot be tricked, fudge! first treat us like dirt, then try to have dumbledore arrange meetings with us when you realize our importance! jkrowling taught us well!

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L III here again.

This is just so ridiculous. The man’s already admitted it was all about the money; he can’t just attempt to cover it up like this. Unless they have a good reason – i.e. scenes that were added after initial filming – this is not going to happen. WE CAN DO SOMETHING! We could bring back Family Guy, WE CAN GET THIS PUT BACK!!

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Whatever…WE GET IT. It’s just soooooo disappointing. WB should have NEVER issued the teaser trailer. It’s really ridulous. I notice that NO HP “stars” (Dan, Emma or Rupert) have issued a “statement”....I wonder what they think of all this?

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I wouldnt be so upset if you told us this before releasing a teaser clearly stating the release for November.

And of course you love the HP franchise it’s what made you rich. I just hope you dont give us the movie in pictures or short 30 sec clips – thats just stupid. If you insist on making us wait then market it properly. If i wanted a movie in pictures I’d read a comic.

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If you just told use the real truth I can forgive him. Right now I just want to punch him. Never mess with a good thing it can blow up in your face. The backlash can not help WB much.

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ROFL. Have any of you guys seen ANYONE from the WB team at conventions? At Wizrock shows? I think not. This guy is full of bs. And if he really expects us to believe him when he says DH1 is gonna come in November 2010, this guy is reallyyyyyyyyyyyy stupid. You can not just change dates in our fandom; once it’s announced, it’s pretty much permanent unless you want a huge uproar on your hands.

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L III here again.

Ashley: There’s no need to say the exact same thing five times.

And if November was such a bad release for HBP, why is DH still scheduled for that same month?

You can’t gloss over the truth, Fudge. As the third L, I am doing my best to undermine your selfish decisions by encouraging fans to rise up against you.

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Everyone just needs to get over it! I am disappointed too, but to say his comments and apologies mean nothing? Think about it… WB is a business and they need to run their company like a business! It is understandable to move the date back if it will make them more money! They still make amazing movies, and I know everyone will still be there opening day waiting in line just like I will. So until then, lets all just stop complaining!

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I believe that more people will go in November. Why? Well, because there is nothing to do in November except have Thanksgiving dinner. In the summer people are working, vacationing, or wasitng away before they have to go back to school. If the Movie was released in November it would give kids, teens, and adults the excuse to go out and have a good time while watching an amazing long awaited movie. Yes I know the reason the WB moved the Release date is just because they think they will get more money, but come on… even if you do make one more million, will it really matter? And I am damn sure that the Harry Potter fans would be more than willing to wait untill November 2010 for Deathly Hallows. But more than likley you will move that release date for that too. As a Harry Potter MOVIE and book fan, I am sorley disappointed and ashamed on you for making the fans wait. You cannot tell us that the release date is in November and then move it to the following July. It is very unprofessional and NOT in the spirit of the Harry Potter series. “You underestimate the fervent fan base of Harry Potter”. Thank You.

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jewel: You need a smack on the face with a bag of reality bricks.

WB have proved a huge hypocrisy. They have DH scheduled for November, AND POA, released in Summer, was the lowest grossing film. Does that tell you anything, Fudge?

You hypocrites at WB can keep telling yourselves what you want. The third L will undermine your efforts, by encouraging fans.

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Much as we may delude ourselves, the HP film franchise is a business, and must be run as such. I know that WB never anticipated the furor over their sound business decision. For myself, I will patiently wait, as I know the film will be SO WORTH the wait.

Also, big kudos to the PC trio for their level-headed handling of this sad (but quite understandable) news on the latest Pottercast. You acted in a mature and professional fashion. Too bad many of the fans did not.

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I agree that we all need to get over it and get on with our lives until July, 2009. The decision has been made and there is nothing more we can do about it so live with it. I don’t know if I trust the release date for DH1 any more either. But it would be nice if it was the truth. Gives me more time to re-read the books and study them more

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My concern is Nov 2010 for HPDH part 1. If we follow Horn Logic They’ll move it to July 2011, then instead of 6 months till part 2 he’ll move it to July 2012. Money talks and fans suffer as usual.

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Hagiographer13: You need a smack on the face with a bag of reality bricks.

They’ve pulled a Scrooge, and by Buddha, they’ve pulled one.

We could bring back Family Guy, WE CAN put it back to November.

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Kinda sounds like he just wants it all the blow over. He underestimates us. We all know its only about the money for them, and as far as Harry Potter goes, its not about the money its about seeing a great story on film regardless of how much money is profitted from it. Its only about the story for the fans. I guess its nice that he thinks the wait between HBP and DH would to much for us, but by the same token we know when DH is going to be out, so we know what we’re looking at, I guess it doesnt matter that we dont care how long that wait is. You set a date, stick to it. and why is it that the reasons for postponing keep changing?? This statement MEANS NOTHING….it was an UTTER WASTE OF BREATH AND MY TIME!!

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The man apologized as best he can.

The fans that are still wailing are just being melodramatic now.

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Amanda: That was not a waste of breath, that was being honest.

Way more so than WB, they’re a bunch of two faced hypocrites.

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Yet another pearl of wisdom from Mr. Horn. This man seems to keep digging his own grave whenever he opens his mouth. Of course moving a big series such as Harry Potter is going to hurt the fans and it is stupid to think otherwise.

I actually found this letter to be demeaning and condescending. It had no sincerity in it whatsoever. And that hogwash about silver lining is pathetic. Likewise, why does he thank us for our enthusiasm and support? On the whole most of the fans have not been enthusiastic and supportive about this move. Pathetic Mr. Horn, completely pathetic…

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Uh huh…yeah…sure, you care….about our money. How could he think no one would be upset. No, its not a silver lineing. I say boycott anything from WB until they change it back to November.

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What a lot of nonsense ! What you could do is fire the people that told you to change the date to July. Why would you tie up a 120 million dollars and not make a penny on it for 3/4 of a year??? Thought you were in the business to make money for your investors? Maybe they should fire You Mr. Horn?? Charlotte

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hahahahahaha what is he talking about hahaha. This made my day. I can’t stop from laughing at his lies(I believe it is called hipocrtizam or something like that on english). Is he serious???? Does he even care what we think about all that. We knew that DH will be out in 2010 and what did he thought, that we would be grateful about their decission? He is soooooo wrong. I am keep fighting guys.

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Yeah, well there’s now a 2 week gap between Ootp and HBP and DH would come out in 2010 either way, so dont feed us any of this gap crap, WB! SHAME!

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Stop talking Mr. Horn. Just stop talking.

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Shut it Mr. Horn. Stop lying to us. If you truly have any good in your soul, put the movie back how it was. Otherwise, you are Cornelius Fudge in person.

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Yeah, he’s full of it and trying to placate. I’m totally boycotting opening weekend. If that’s what their looking for I won’t contribute. I’ll watch their numbers drop and laugh.

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He should just shut up. Honestly, everyone should just shut up. It’s changed and, obviously, bitching about it isn’t going to get the date changed back. Get over it. Really, we’re Potter fans. We are USED to waiting.

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I meant ‘what did he think’:-)

Dumbledore’s ARmy – I am still fighting, he is such a hypocrit!!!

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sigh argh. okay, im not in shock, and im not angry now. im now sad. im already on stage 3 of the greiving process!!!!! yes! i just——argh. i know once HBP is done i will be really happy with the move, but still. in the meantime….

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november is STILL GONNA BE AN AWSOME MONTH CUZ OF MELISSA BOOK BUT VERYYYYYYYY disapOINtED OF WB…also looking foward 2 beedle of the bard!!!!!!

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It still doesn’t change the cancellation of the Royal Film Performance that was for charity and got cancelled so WB could make more money in 2009.

I can’t trust any release dates they put out now. I don’t want HBP to do well if it comes out in the summer just cause I don’t want them to get any funny ideas about DH1 or DH2 release dates. We don’t need summer releases for both films. I like how they are set up right now. They could be closer but, I’m pleased with it right now.

As far back as I can remember I’ve never heard of anything like this, where a movie got moved back for no real reason. I’ve heard of production problems, but just plain we “found a weakness in the movie market.” Any other examples? Or is this uniquely greedy?

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NOW THERE’S A TWO-YEAR GAP BETWEEN OOTP AND HBP!

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L III—You need to stop berating and attacking people who don’t agree with you. #1 rule at Leaky is BE NICE.

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I can accept that they did it for the money, because they are (of course) a company that wants to maximize its profits—though I do not understand how a summer release will do that, since most people will go to see HBP anyway, no matter when it comes out. I guess they have some department that’s in charge of predicting profit, etc. and they have all this figured out.

However, I am always annoyed by speeches made to try and appease fans. I was inclined to believe them when they said they were doing it for the money, but this whole “we share your love for Harry Potter and would certainly never do anything to hurt any of the films” just annoys me, since I have always criticized the films. I love the books, and feel that the movies never lived up to them in accuracy or in spirit.

I was upset about the later release date at first, but not so much anymore. It’s really quality that matters most to me.

After all, we know we would wait for another book by JKR for eight months, eight years, or even twenty years, because we know that she would write a great book, based on the books we’ve read so far.

What really bothers me is that, even though they’re taking an extra eight months, I am hesitant to believe that the film will be any more accurate and/or better than the previous ones. No matter how bad the movie is, no matter how inaccurate, no matter how many important scenes are cut out….lots of people will still go see the movie.

So, basically, I am more upset by my inability to believe that the movie will be good than about the actual date when it will be released.

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i still hate him and the rest of WB

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MmmmmMMmmmmMMMM! What a nice steaming truck load of fresh BS. Would have helped to tell us this before you even bothered to release the trailer. So that we wouldn’t get our hopes up. I just LOOOOVE how WB is trying to milk this franchise for all that it’s worth now.

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Im going to stop complaineing, I know, shocker, but I believe what he said. For them to adress us this quickly and directly is surprising. I guess we do have a voice and it’s large enough for us to be adressed so respectfully. What upset me more then the date release was the un-professional way they handled the fans. I accept their apology and have one thing to add, this BETTER be a darn good movie for the extra long wait!

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i agree with kerri

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“I guess we do have a voice and it’s large enough for us to be adressed so respectfully.”

yeah…im just gonna hav 2 wait…mhpm…oh well

it might be better…cuz then i will be able 2 stay up and watch the Potter actors do interviews on late night talk shows when i couldnt do during school cuz i gotta wake up early

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One of my friends said that WB should stick with what they know… Bugs Bunny. I’ll second that!

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Bottom line I’m allowed to bitch and moan about this all I want. I’m entitled to my own opinion, and I think all his statements are BS. and if you want people to get over it like others have mentioned here then you might as well quit reading the comments. we are allowed to be upset, we’re being treated unfairly. and this is where we come to voice our opinion.

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I still have trouble swallowing his “sincerity” about not wanting to hurt HP fans, etc., especially since HE has seen the movie (as he so inconsiderately pointed out the other day). Surely SOMEONE there thought for at least a moment about what all this would entail, beyond just the chance to spread out their $$$$$$$$. They’d just begun ramping up their PR for HBP and what have you, and then they just pulled the rug out from under its feet. And what about how much more $$$$$$$$ they’ll have to spend next year to re-start the PR events and what have you? I can understand their POV in regard to a business-based decision, etc. But it still seems to me that they’re robbing their fans in one way only to try to sugar-coat it and expect us to just roll over and be happy about it. And yes, Mr. Horn—we KNEW there would be a two-year wait for DH. We’re not stupid, you know?? All the fan sites and other news agents who had visited the sets of HBP this past winter… by the time they’re allowed to share those interviews, etc., now, they’ll be over a year old, and totally out of date. Who’s going to absorb the costs of those sorts of expenses and/or let them re-do them during the midst of DH’s filming? He says they “didn’t do this lightly” and so forth? Why is it so hard to even begin to believe that??

And I hate to say this, but… please, TLC… unless you’re all holding on to hope that they might possibly change the date back (which I doubt more and more as they continue to spin out these stupid comments)... can we please just… I don’t know… suspend the movie countdown here on TLC or something (at least for a while, maybe)? It’s just really hard to look at that countdown every time I’m here and be even further reminded of what we’ve lost. I know we’ll get to see the movie at some point, but right now, it’s like an open wound that they just keep pouring salt in as they attempt to “pacify” us. I’m not going to waste my energy on being furious at them for forever or anything like that. But that doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed that things are the way they are now. Every time I begin to just try to move on about the whole thing, Horn opens his mouth again and just makes it worse. :-P

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i agree with kerri

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“I guess we do have a voice and it’s large enough for us to be adressed so respectfully.”

yeah…im just gonna hav 2 wait…mhpm…oh well

it might be better…cuz then i will be able 2 stay up and watch the Potter actors do interviews on late night talk shows when i couldnt do during school cuz i gotta wake up early

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If WB is going to make us wait, they should go back and re-edit the movie to make it longer. There’s always something good that gets cut. And how about a couiple of sneak peaks as well!!!!

They better not screw around with DH, let us have them on time 18 months apart as planned. From HBP to DH1 and DH2 is a three year span. That is July 2009 to July 2012! Think we can survive that?

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i agree with kerri

especially

“I guess we do have a voice and it’s large enough for us to be adressed so respectfully.”

yeah…im just gonna hav 2 wait…mhpm…oh well

it might be better…cuz then i will be able 2 stay up and watch the Potter actors do interviews on late night talk shows when i couldnt do during school cuz i gotta wake up early

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I dont know what to say about this move except, THIS SUCKS. HBP is my favorite book and I was having a hard time waiting till november now its next July, that s just crazy, I think they should change it back because there are a lot of disappointed people out there.

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This is the biggest load of BS I’ve ever heard. They are doing the same thing that Paramount did to the new Star Trek film. They moved it to next summer to make more money, plain & simple. The film will be finished before Christmas and waiting for next summer will not make it any better. It’s corporate greed at it’s worst.

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If ever their were a bad business decision made, this was a whooper. t goes on into production for 7. Older stars are not get any younger.

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But what does that matter more toys gags and the Universal should be done the with Hopper World by then. Which may be part of the reason.

I will not to go see the movie WB will make no more money than possible. But I will if, Leaky likes it I will purchase the cheap Blu-Ray. The less they make the better. They act like they would star the real Devil himself, if they could make more bucks. I will not go to any more of the potter movies, through seven.

Horas

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Yeah…and then watch them move DH1 from November 2010 to July 2011, and then DH2 from May 2011 to July 2012.

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oh no, I don’t want to think about the possibility of them delaying DH too! The early released release date is now starting to sound suspicious…..

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What upsets me is that the WB and Mr. Horn made this decision out of GREED which GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING HARRY POTTER STANDS FOR! They have made record money off of the Dark Knight and could have taken the “hit” not to have a summer blockbuster in 2009 (especially with Harry #6 making more money for them if it would have came out this year). It really makes me sick. I am not satisfied with his apology as I don’t see it as truthfull…it’s all about the $ for the WB. I know this isn’t mature but when HP#6 comes out I will be buying a ticket for another studio’s film (and then sneaking into HP…ha). Seriously though it’s about time the consumer/us show Mr. Horn what Harry fans can do…greed cannot be tolerated.

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you know what i don’t care if it wasn’t meant to hurt HP fans! it did and don’t try to make us feel better by saying there is a short wait for DH. Voldemort (alan horn) and his little death eaters can just crawl back in that hole they came from and rot!

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Exactly how old does he think we are?!

He talks like he’s speaking a group of kindergarteners, for heavens sake! ‘A silver lining’? What does he think we’re all going to do, nod our heads and say, “okay, yeah, that sounds nice daddy!”.

Give me a break. This is garbage, GARBAGE, garbage, from start to finish and in all the lack of content in between.

If I have to wait, then I will wait on my schedule, and keep my hard earned money to myself. Some of us actually work for a living. Christmas 2009 DVD here I come. Or maybe I’ll just download it….

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Maybe we SHOULD show Mr. Horn and WB what Harry fans can do, and how upset we are by organizing a boycott of WB movies and all of their other products. Maybe a little bad publicity will change their minds.

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I think WB is grossly underestimating the resolve of the HP fan base… These are people who would go to watch that film up to 10 times! They buy all the DVD’s and support the companies who market HP movie related stuff… Alienate them and you are shooting yourself in the foot… My investment banker gal pal says this is just a tax dodge… By not releasing the film in 2008 WB will be able to write off a fortune in this years taxes… I don’t know about that, but I do know that by moving the release date to next summer WB has fed cyanide to it’s goose that lays the golden egg…

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I don’t mind the delay at all, but I really think WB made that decision a little too quickly… they didn’t consider every outcome. They didn’t even come close.

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I see his silver lining and I think I’m over it but YOU KNOW WHAT SUCKS? Kids will have to go through an entire school year for next summer’s release. His speech sounded reminiscent of Umbridge, Fudge, and Skeeter. Y Tu?

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That just means an unexpected 2 year wait between OotP and HBP. Nice job not mentioning that little detail, Mr. Horn.

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To Dave (from page 5 of comments): The plan is that HBP was to be released (fill in the date here), and that—regardless, DH #1 is to be released in Nov. of 2010, and DH #2 to be released in summer of 2011, so only six months (approximately) would separate the two parts of DH. The “silver lining” on the timing that he’s referring to is that there was to be a two-year break between HBP and DH because of the extended filming length for DH’s two parts. Now, supposedly, the two-year time will be between OotP and HBP, and then the shorter time will be between HBP and DH #1.

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Didn’t want to upset the fans? Well, guess what Mr. Horn? WE ARE UPSET!

That’s putting it lightly, in fact. I hate that he’s trying to “pacify” the fanbase with such blatant BS! The wait may be shorter between HBP & DH now but he fails to mention that in doing that he just doubled the wait between OOTP & HBP. Instead of one year we’re waiting TWO. I HATE WARNER BROTHERS!

Horn is also lying about them not making the decision lightly because it WAS a last minute freakin decision and everyone who has been following the news about this train wreck decision knows it. Just ask Entertainment Weekly who published their HP spread advertising HP as a November release the day it was announced it was being pushed back to Summer 2009.

It’s not just the fans WB are messing around either. it’s all the other, smaller businesses that handle the HP merchandising and will be forced to shelve the products they spent money on because of WB’s last minute change of course. And what about the charity that is being forced to look for a new movie to debut at the last minute because WB pulled HBP?

Warner Brother’s really should have put more thought into this decision but it’s obvious they were only thinking about THEIR bottom line when they made it. What Mr. Horn is doing now is damage control but it’s not going to work. WB have broken the fans trust and it is a shame.

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Horn seems to feel that everyone is so upset that there would be a big gap between HBP and DH. So what? They were already splitting it into 2 movies, which is more than we could have hoped for; if they are doing DH right, the wait was worth it.

I know it doesn’t mean a hill of beans to a conglomerate as large as WB, but I’m still boycotting all other WB movies. It may not do anything or mean anything, but it makes me feel good.

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It would be one thing if they hadn’t released a ton of press, and all—and then changed the date.

I won’t see this movie. It’ll be the first one I pirate.

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L III here again,

Alan Horn had better reading this, because you know what I think describes him aptly right now?

“This (guy)’d be funny if it weren’t so pathetic.” -Mark Hamill, as the Joker

...oh, and if it didn’t screw over millions.

WB, your angel of death awaits!

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Did they expect us to be all happy bunnies about the whole situation? Ummm… I don’t think so…. How can they not think of the reaction from the fans?!

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lol @ overreaction.

Honestly, I think he was too nice. I found it funny that he suggested that it was us who made HP what it is. No, that was Jo Rowling, and we flocked to it because of her great work. They don’t owe us anything; we pay money to see what they give us when they give it to us, not so that we can have what we want when we want.

Don’t get me wrong: I was hulking out when I first read about the new release date, and I’m still slightly irked, but I’m really, really shocked by the, frankly, infantile reaction from my fellow HP fans.

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As much as I love Harry Potter, I advocate boycotting the film.

It’s about time the movie studios realize that without the fans paying to go to the movies, they have nothing.

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Please tell him to give me a break. Like we THE FANS didn’t know the time gap between movies. It is like a slap on the face. Please spare me with their “silver lining”, want to make it up to me? Make sure that day one is on the house to the loyal fans, I think that would make it up to me. As a matter of fact I think that would be a great way to make it up to the fans. Opening Day of HBPON WB FREE!!

That would make me and everyone else feel better about the move.

Unrealistic? You bet, that is how I feel about WB’s statement.

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I feel that the only thing this man cares about is the money. This apology was just a reaction to the outrage and bad publicity he and WB have earned themselves by pushing the date back. If you set a release date and need to change it due to technical difficulties, then I completely understand. But if you are hoarding it for more money. I do not respect that. And feel completely underwhelmed at the prospect of the new movie. I’m not so sure I’ll see it in theatres now. In fact this has made me pretty disenchanted with the whole movie franchise associated with Harry Potter. It’s really disheartening and greedy.

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I guess the millions they’ve already made just aren’t enough. Maybe they should use those extra 8 months to put back all the great story elements they cut out – like Bill and Charley!

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Oh, Yes. Surely. ‘We didn’t take it lightly, we just changed the relase date, because we knew we would get more money.’ I will never forgive WB!

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This is just making me feel worse because the WB company has meant to hurt us just because they want the GODDAMN money!!! I’m still so angry about the date and I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it. Guess what, man, you have upset us fans!!

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If they are doing it for the money they really screwed themselves. The bad publicity is much worse that losing the money. When the public image goes to hell it takes much work to repair it and WB has done none of that. I decided not to by and dvd today because it has WB on it.

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so maybe they will push it to November 2009 and we could get to see the teaser trailer for DH before the feature presentation of HBP.

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didn’t intend to upset us, eh?? i wonder what they thought would happen, that we would be happy about it…??

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I’ve already decided to move on with my life, but why is he doing that to us? What has he added by this? Does he think it’ll make us feel better? Newsflash: IT WON’T! I’m not going to complain about the date change anymore – because I feel so numb after all the anger – but why is he apologizing? He just successfully made fans angrier (if that was possible), he added salt to the injuries- which HE caused! It’s really hard to believe him, I don’t think that man cares about hurting us or not – he’s the same man who said “We would never do anything to hurt one of the movies or the series. We love our fans”- his picture is already next to the definition of “hypocrite” in my dictionary!

“I’m confused”

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yes, he “would never do anything to hurt” the potential for more money. i think upset is a bit of an understatement (for me at least).

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I dont care what he says. he’s just sending this out to clear his own mind. he doesnt care about us, he just cares about the money. if i could print a copy of his apology out and throw it bak in his face i wud.

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alan needs to keep his mouth shut as everytime he speaks about the HBP releasedate issue he just make things worse! trying to soothe the angry HP mobs! ur doing it wrong!

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‘never intended to upset harry potter fans’....what did he expect all of us to say? did he think wed be happy?

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Let’s face it. WB is only making HP, or any other movies, to make money. That’s the way it works. Now I am not saying I agree with WB’s actions of moving HP, but they saw a profit to be made and made it. I think it is a low down dirty way of letting fans down. I do agree with some of you though. Alan Horn should just keep quiet and let us disagree or go on. Just bringing up this garbage is just what it is….garbage. Reading his statement was really a waste of my time.

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Oy. WB has their reasons, good or bad. Can’t you guys just learn to deal with it? This happens in the gaming industry all the time, I’ve lived with it. 7 more months of waiting is nothing, believe me. The movie will still come out. Like someone said earlier, I am shocked at all these immature reactions. Reminds me of the time I refused to talk to my parents because they decided to postpone getting a bicycle for me for two more months. Looking back, I’m very embarrased by it.

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but this sounds like an ex boyfriend saying “Please baby take me back even though I just totally cheated on you. At least I didn’t get a disease and she wasn’t pretty!” Its just got that nasty fake tone that doesn’t convince me. That’s at least how I read it.

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I love that these other people are so “mature” that they are “embarrassed” by how others are acting. Do you people really not get it? It is not about the date change, it is about the complete and overbearing greed of the entertainment industry. They wouldn’t need millions and millions of dollars on one movie if they didn’t pay outrageous amounts of money on horrible actors, bad CGI and every other stupid thing that they buy for a movie that is clearly overpriced and underrated. We are the ones who pay their salaries and since money is the only thing that these people understand, well then, I guess we need to start talking their language. Do not give them what they are wanting which is another $500 million movie. That’s just ridiculous. The United States was founded upon “We the people…” not “We the people with the most money who can do whatever we want and you just have to live with it.” Stand up for something already. Send these overpaid execs the message that they deserve to be taught and swiftly. So for all of you “mature” people out there, I feel sorry for you since apparently you have no ideals of your own and can only coexist with what everyone else tells you to do. So get some backbone and speak out against fattening the pockets of the WB fat rats.

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He should just shut up and let us deal with it ourselves! he’s not giving us any closure by his small announcements, if that’s what he thinks.

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You are a fool sir, and you will lose every fan you have if you continue this way!

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I have a feeling there will be lots of bootleg due to…well… people showing WB not to mess with them and their already shaky loyalty to their HP movie empire. Personally, I’m not going to tear my hair out because this movie has been moved into next summer. Movies like the TDK have already set a standard for the movies of 2008 (and beyond!) and there’s no way that Potter was going to break that threshold after only a few short months. HP looks dumpy and boring next to THAT movie. Not to mention that I don’t have high hopes for the HBP movie. WB is playing on people’s love of Potter too much. They forget that their fans are still human, not mindless money spitting machines. Some of us who feel angry now will be angry all the way through next summer. But most people will forgive and forget and get over it. WB is counting on that. Let them. I’m not showing up at midnight to see a poor rendition of a phenomenal story. It’s not worth the patience, the gas, or the money. Mr. Horn can release as many letters as he likes, but I’m putting out my owl repellant.

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I usually don’t do this, but I just had to in this instance… To those who feel that responding to what WB has done in a pro active and ticked off way is “immature”, and we should all follow the herd mentality and just “go with the flow” and accept things for the way they are… I can only say this… If people like you ruled the world we would all still be living in caves and eating raw meat! And if you don’t get the connection, then you have just proven my point… Cheers…

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What crap! Keep the boycott, letters, and e-mails going.

If, as Alan Horn so disingenuously said, that Warner Brothers loves its fans, they should move the film back to November.

Yes, Harry Potter fans will still see the movie regardless when it is released. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t show Warner Brothers the same contempt it showed them. One way angry Harry Potter fans can show their outrage is to boycott the theatrical releases of Warner Brothers films in the future.

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • The Women
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  • RocknRolla
  • Body of Lies
  • Pride and Glory
  • Four Christmases
  • Yes Man

If you’re an angry Harry Potter fan and you simply must see one of these films, wait until after the opening weekend. In the current horse race mentality of Hollywood, the opening weekend gross is all important.

If you really want to hurt Warner Brothers, on the weekend one of these films is released, see a competing film.

Make sure your voice is heard. Let Warner Brothers know your intention to boycott:

susan.fleishman@warnerbros.com

818.954.1919

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I’m not sure if this has been said yet; it’s tough keeping up with all the comments about the move. But the real reason this was done was because of the success of the Dark Knight.

WB doesn’t need the extra money. DK is making plenty. But what looks bad on paper is having a monster year this year with both DK and HBP releasing within months and having only an average year next year. Stockholders look at year-to-year totals to judge a movie company’s success.

So while it is all about money, it’s more about the bigger picture (excuse the pun) rather than just a few more million that HBP could make in the summer.

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Well, I kinda like my steaks rare. The decision my not have been Mr. Horn’s alone. So, whatever the reason, I will be there opening day to see the show.

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Haa haa haa! (in a Bellatrix psycho laugh!) I can’t beleive this. This had best not be is attempt at appeasing us! 18 months to DH’s!!! I’m still very upset. I’m also infuriated that I had just seen a WB’s movie right before they released that BS on Thursday. GRRRR!.... It’s probably a good thing I couldn’t get my post to take on Thursday!....

But really, CAN IT and just give us our movie or come clean and tell us that the movie just wasn’t up to snuff. You probably should have just lied and said that this was the reason instead of you being able to get more money. We’d have been much more understandable about a change in date. And we might not have threatened a BOYCOTT!! Face it Alan, you’ve lost some credulity with us by only wanting our money. No smoke and mirrors is going to make us forget what you said or did. Hey, at least we now know why they waited so darned long to give us a teaser trailer….

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Yes, it will only be an 18 month wait for the first half of DH…until they move THAT one back another 6 months…then part 2 of DH ANOTHER 6 months back…not buying it one bit!

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Silver lining my ass. The Deathly Hallows Part 1 is still going to be released at the same time, so moving the Half Blood Prince back 8 months doesnt change that. It purely means we have to wait longer for the Half Blood Prince. So what if theres a bigger gap between the next two!! We’ll have the DVD to entertain us until Hallows is released. And this will put the gap between 5 and 6 upto 2 years!!! This is no silver lining or consolation. Its a BS story that WB is spreading to try to ‘pacify’ their ‘beloved’ fans. BTW. I find ‘pacify’ to be very insulting. We’re not babies whom you can pacify. We will be heard whether you like it or not. The loyal fans of Harry Potter and JK Rowling (as it is them to whom we are devoted – not WB) will not rest or be ‘pacified’ until the release date is changed back.

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i’m sorry, but what the hell did he think was going to happen? did he honestly think that we were going to see that the release date had been pushed back 8 months and we were going to be like “oh, o.k.”. seriously W.B. think about it for a second.

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Sorry to sound stupid here, but can someone please explain the difference between this letter and the inital press release? Because I sure as can’t see a difference! He is going on about the same stuff as before and simly rewording it ever so slightly.

To me, Alan Horn is the true Dark Lord…

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IT HAD BETTER BE WORTH THE WAIT!!! So help me if this movie sucks I’m gonna be ticked. I’ve lost a lot of respect for Warner Bros.!

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Are you kidding!? You can’t possibly compare He who must not be named to Voldemort. Never did Voldemort do anything this cruel or evil!!

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This Alan guy can only blab and blab and blab. Nothing interesting comes out of his mouth or pencil.

The more I read the angrier I get. He wan’t convince me to pay WB any cent ever again. Boycott is my answer to this lies

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psh, bull.

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I like (read: hate) how one points is that there is no longer at 2 year gap between HBP and DH1 because there is now a 2 year gap between OotP and HBP!

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I like (read: hate) how one point is that there is no longer at 2 year gap between HBP and DH1 because there is now a 2 year gap between OotP and HBP!

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It’s just all about the money…... They only think about how much money it will make…. it’s just so unfair….. first they let us wait so long for the trailer….. which was a bit off a disappointment (they only show one bit of a memory) and now this….. If it was so, that they would make a longer HBP movie then I could life with it, but the movie is allready finished!!!!!!!!!

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It seems as though The-Production-Company-That-Must-Not-Be-Named is a bit concerned. Perhaps even afraid. “Many of you have written to me to express your disappointment.”

By putting out this statement, Lord Alanwhorin attempts to pacify poorly the HP fandom. “We know you have built this series into what it is…” Our galleons have made the series what it is. And we are legion. If we keep our galleons away from them, they will bend to us.

BOYCOTT.

We are the masters of the Elder Wand.

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“Never intended to upset fans” = We just care about money.

I am happy that I am not the only who understands this. WB is really pissing me off because they keep coming up with all these pathetic excuses when I wish that they would just be honest and say we are going to make millions more if it is released during the summer.

We better watch out or they might break HBP into three movies that way they can tag us along for a couple more years and a couple hundred million. I know that HP is a huge cash cow for them and they don’t seem to want to let it go.

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What a load of crap. It`s been done for money reasons, nothing else. I don`t care that the gap between HBP and DH part 1 will be shorter, if the film is ready for November I want to see it in November.

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I guess the film wasn’t good enough- that is it! No reason in the world to so if not this. The fact that DH comes out on the same month(!) they said it would be unprofitable for HBF, says it all. Besides, it’s not like it was a surprise that november is in the winter….

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And for everyone who thinks we are infantile or immature, just remember that most people don’t lay down on the ground when someone is trying to walk all over them (which seems to be what you are doing). We also think that just because someone has authority over us, that does not mean they can do whatever they want to us.

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first he says “ive seen the film, it’s great” then he says “the film could have come out in november, but its not” now he is saying “we never intended to hurt the fans”

everything that comes out of this guys mouth just makes it worse. he really needs to learn to just stop talking…

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dang it I was about to reread hpb too. is was hoping he was going to say he was going to reconsider his decision. oh well i’ve come to peace with it. does anyone know if jkr has commented on this yet.

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I bet the whole movie will be leaked by then just like every other movie.(hope so)

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My friend who used to date an CGI animator for one of the Potter movies tells me that she heard that the HBP movie is still in post and that they haven’t finished the FX yet. If thats true…I guess its not that bad…its not like they had a finished movie and decided to sit on it to make a better profit.

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WARNER BROS SUCK!!and from now on i will only watch Harry Potter movies from them!!!IM SOOOOOO PISSED!!I HATE WB!!!

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p.s. i nearly cried when i heard the news!!I REALLY HATE WARNER BROS!!

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Hem Hem! okay i love harry potter and all but some people are taking this a little too seriously. your right it sucks we all know that the main point of doing this is for the increase in money the company could get. but look at it this way. say people do rebel. say all these people don’t go to the movie until a week after it comes out. they only see it once. they don’t go to see any of the other movies made by warner brothers. THINK ABOUT IT! warner brothers will only lose money. it could be one of the least seen movies out of all of the harry potter movies. then they will have less money for the making of the movies and special effects for them. the movies would just get worse.

on another point for all those people sending hate mail, cut back on the death threats! fans could/will look bad if it got out to the media. don’t forget to be logical about what your saying. if all you/we do is complain then we just look like like were whining, little kids and the letters will be treated that way. then again if we send enough of them it is equally possible that the movie release date will be changed back to the original date. this would be a lot more likely if they had a movie that would fill in that time slot in july. i would also like to pint out that a lot of other people are saying this and that it is not just me. Please consider these reasons. thanks,lily

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Let’s face it – If Warner Bros had kept quiet the fans would have felt they’d been ignored. Now they’ve mad a statement the fans are still complaining. The decision has been made so let’s jsut enjoy Harry whenever & in whatever way we can via books, current films, new pics etc., & anticipate the remaining films with pleasure. Harry is Harry & thank you JK Rowling for giving him to us.

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wow spoken with loyalty. like a true fan. i agree with you completely. auntieb

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but surely the film is finished? It will be the same whenever it is released.

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move another movie not harry potter. sheesh

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Lordy, this man can say what he like but it’s just spin. And to WB it’s just a movie and the decision is purely commercial. I’d have more respect for him if he said “yeah, it’s about making more money than we would otherwise.” I’m not surprised though and the statement is a transparent attempt to smile while stabbing fans in the back. We ain’t that dumb anymore.

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We all have to DEAL with it. It’s not that big of a deal.

I don’t think for a second that they will let all this spare time go to waste. Don’t you care that they might even make the movie BETTER, and all we have to do is wait a little longer. Live with it. They will not move the date back, so stop complaining.

(also: I live in sweden. we have to wait an additional four months for the twilight movie premier for NO REASON. you think you have it hard?)

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Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!! Who do they think they are?

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I think everyone needs to calm the heck down. I for one am glad for the move, it’ll give them time to tweak things and make it better. Life is too short to to worry about something that, while anticipated, is completely insignificant. All stressing out gives you is high blood pressure and ulcers.

A movie will come, we will watch it and hopefully enjoy it. That is all that matters when all is said and done.

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I GIVE UP!

YOU WIN IM TRYERD OF PLAYING THIS CAT AND MOUSE GAME OF WONTING TO CHANGE WB’s mind.

all though i will hate to wait i GUESS i can wait to.

YOU WIN WARNARE BROTHERS YOU WIN! WE GIVE UP!!!

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very disapointed but can wait til july, still very excited, i just want WB to stop all clips from the movie til release month. cos they can show a hell of alot clips from now til then and spoil it. x

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integrity of the books?!? ha! good one! (also…. i just know they’ll end up shifting DH another 6 months anyway.)

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It’s a very very bad thing to move Hp &HBP

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Who cares about it being closer to the other movie? I don’t care about the DH movies right now, I care about HBP. CHANGE IT BACK! I was soooo excited for this, and now it will all be so anti-climactic. sigh WB is so greedy for money. People will still spend money in the winter, as they would in summer. This is just disappointing and upsetting the LOYAL FANS. Shame on them. Maybe I won’t be so interested anymore.

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this is like waiting for the new cure album to come out.

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I might not even be able to see this film in English now, if at all before it goes on DVD, I start my gap year next summer and chances are I’ll be half way across the world teaching English in a tiny African village.

sigh

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I am very educated but I don’t know how to type the rasberry sound that Peeves makes! What a waste of an education.

In the words of Ron Weasley in Chamber movie, “and how is that suppose to make anybody feel better?”

I just found out that if you go to the movie after 14 days, the theater gets a bigger percentage of the profits 50%. So I will be there on the 13th days to watch it once and only once. And my family and friends will be relieved that I won’t force, conjole, bribe or trick them to going with me this next HP film.

It won’t mean anything if not enough people skip opening week, but I try to do things because I think the action is appropriate, not because of guaranteed success.

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yeah ,they never intened to upset us cause they never cared. and what’s that bs about “integrity of the books ”,they’re jsut ruining them with each movie more and more…

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The only good thing about Mr. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named-Horn opening his mouth is that it keeps the outrage level at peak. If he was looking for a way to defuse the situation I would say he failed. Miserably. He needs to remember that HP fans are not “average” movie fans. We are readers FIRST. Which means we aren’t easily fooled when fed a pile of BS, or easily led down the primrose path. We don’t just sit in front of the TV or the movie screen with our brains leaking out our ears. So when you say you didn’t “intend to hurt the fans,” Mr. Horn, we understand in big, flashing neon letters that what you really mean is, “We didn’t intend to piss off our cash cows.”

@Ethan: “You are a fool sir, and you will lose every fan you have if you continue this way!”

PRICELESS! Love it.

I think a couple of points need to be clarified, however. For all of you grasping at the tiny straw that the extra wait time = a better movie because they will tweak it more, etc., I hate to be the one to disillusion you but they are NOT putting any extra work into this film. That would cost them extra money above the enormous budget these films already carry. Do you honestly think that WB, who cares so much about their bottom line that they were willing to screw over an entire fandom with a huge date change, will put out one red cent more than they have to for a film that they know Potter fans will flock to in droves anyway? No. So give that little pipe dream up right now or you are only going to be even more disappointed in July.

Secondly, this move IS strictly about the money, but not in the way a lot of people seem to think. It’s not that November is a “bad month” for a Potter release. It’s that they made a BOATLOAD of money with TDK, far more than they dared hope, and 2008 is covered as far as their stockholders are concerned. They don’t have any big box office movies on the books for 2009, so by moving HBP this way they are guaranteed two HUGE years in a row of astronomical profits, instead of one out-of-this-galaxy year this year and a free fall in 2009. Now that they have made more than Midas with TDK they don’t need HBP’s profits now, they need HBP’s profits to prop up their abysmal 2009 schedule.

One thing I wonder if they took into consideration is the promo schedule for HBP now that it is moved. They do realize, don’t they, that NONE of their principal actors are going to be available for the talk show circuit and all that prior to HBP’s new release date, because they are going to be completely tied up with filming DH. And if they take time off from DH to make the rounds, the filming will have to go on hiatus which will mean…. you guessed it. A push back of the release date they have “promised” us (as if we believe them now) for that one.

Whatever, I am still totally furious over this entire thing and grateful to Mr. Horn for reigniting the outrage in a some people who were into the depression and denial portion of the program. I’ve sent out my 25 Howlers and emailed everyone I could find, from all the WB email addresses around, IMAX corporate and my local IMAX (from whom I received a personal reply informing me that the issue is being forwarded to the “right people” so at least I know ONE of them got read, LOL, AND taken seriously), other WB companies,signed all the petitions etc., etc. and I have a list of phone calls for tomorrow. For everyone who wants to do all they can to at least make their voices heard on this matter, even if nothing changes, I recommend going to the Howler campaign website, and also sign the petitions, send the emails, make the phone calls if you can (if you are under 18 and/or don’t pay your own bills make sure it’s OK to make long distance calls with your parents or whoever before you do that, though, no point in rocking the boat at home) and boycott everything to do with WB. You can go on Wikipedia to find a list of all their affiliated companies and IMDb and other sites online for a full list of all the movies they have coming out to avoid. Don’t forget to also look up any movies being put out under New Line’s logo and the other companies listed on Wikipedia. Keep it going. Make sure the letters/calls/emails are well worded and free of foul language or threats (other than tanking their profits) so that we are taken seriously. A lot of the petitions comments have been hijacked by some really foul, and foul mouthed, individuals. That is not going to do anything but hurt the HP fandom’s image and completely bury the message we are trying to get out. Good luck.

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Wow they must think HP fans are really stupid. As if they actually care about the fans, all they care about is money. They should at least have the decency to admit it! They are making fools of themselves because we all know the truth! They should just stop lying because theyre making it worse!

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Dear Mr. Horn:

I know you’re disappointed about our decision to boycott the opening week. Please be assured that we share your love for Harry Potter and would certainly never do anything to hurt any of your benefits. Over the past 10 years, we have nurtured and protected each film, and the integrity of the books upon which they are based, to the best of our ability. The decision to boycott “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was not taken lightly, and was never intended to upset our beloved WB executives.

If I may offer a silver lining: there would have been a two-year gap between “Half-Blood Prince” and the much-anticipated first part of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which opens in November 2010. That's s a lot of time without our money. So although we have to wait a little longer for “Half-Blood Prince,” the wait from that film until “Deathly Hallows” will be less than 18 months and you will get more money from us.
We are sorry to have disappointed you now, but if you hold on a little longer, I believe the budget from DH will be worth the wait.

Yours

A fan who can recognize the cynicism when she sees it

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Mr.Horn, you are put into detention. ‘I MUST NOT TELL LIES ’ keep on writing it until you actually get the message!!

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It’s false advertising by WB to put out a release date and then say they are no longer releasing this film on the date they promised in the trailer.

Isn’t the false advertising and miss leading the public illegal?

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In case you do not want to hurt your fans,will you kindly tell me why the HELL DID WE NOT GET THE TRAILERS,PICTURES ON TIME??? and to add a cherry on the cake, you change the DATES! YOU MAY LOVE YOUR FANS , BUT YOU’VE GOT A VERY FUNNY WAY OF SHOWING IT!

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HAVE YOU GUYS GOT THE MOVIE READY OR NOT???

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I’m very disappointed in what is happening…. first of all Mr Horn, you’re apologies are pathetic. Do you really want to make us all believe that you didn’t intend to offend us? You really think we believe you weren’t expecting such a big reaction????? Now WB has who knows how many people who, everyday, try to come up with an idea to get more money out of us…. and let me tell you, this was one hell of an idea!!!

I got over the fact that BILL, FLEUR and many other characters and scenes have been cut from the movies to SAVE ON THE BUDGET, and not because they won’t feet in the movie as you all want us to believe!!!! BUT THIS is too much….. the movie is in post-production, and the only excuse I could understand is that you guys had a massive crush on all of your computers and lost all of your files… IS IT SO???? I DON”T THINK SO!!!! You just want to get as much publicity as you can!!! So don’t write stupid letters with the intend of make us happy…. BECAUSE IT DOESN”T FREAKIN WORK!!!!!!

I’m boycotting WB till next july. It’s a promise!!!

AND TO ALL OF THE FANS THAT DON”T AGREE WITH THE COMPLAIN: we are free to express our disappointment as loud as we want. If you don’t like it, don’t read it… I DON”T WANT TO WAIT TILL NEXT JULY…. and I’m trying to do everything in my power to have the date change back!! And even if they are going to IGNORE US…. I don’t care, I want to let them know how hurt I am!!!!

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WB’s are the WORST tribes o ‘idiots ,morons and dungheads ever imagined by mankind! i think they’ve got some kind of a death wish.

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i agree with FraA .EVEN I AM NOT GIVING UP

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I had no expectations of WB changing their minds. It wouyld be a great shock if they did. The fact is they wont and we have to accept the punch in the stomach. What I was hoping for was a sincere apology from WB explaining their reasons. And the reasons are, understandable. Whether it is justified to pull the rug from the hyped up fans is another question but we cant do anything about that. And Alan Horn has absolutely no tact in how to talk to the fans. He is patronising, rather than diplomatic. WB needs a better PR than Alan Horn. We dont need “good news! less gap between HBP and DH” and silver lining tosh from him. Just a sincere apology would have done. I understand totally that they need to spread their profits evenly on the annual P&L and that the writers strike posed a danger to that balance. Quite understand. But the timing and execution of the move was terrible and not to mention embarrassing for them, as their marketing was well under way with a Royal Premiere, Magazine features, just released international dates. If they pondered this for several weeks, why on earth did they let the maketing machine start up? Anyway, one good thing has come out of all this, they do see our emails! Well done to everyone who emailed (I did too). At least they responded to it! Now lets look forward to Beadle the Bard

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It is kind of Naive that they didn’t reliaze fans would be outraged by this though. Still a positive is 3 straight years of HP movies. I am not hesitant about HPDH coming out in November if anything if it got moved it would likley be sometime during the summer of 2010 which would be several months sooner. Even that might not happen they only moved HBP because there was an available slot.

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OMG. Someone PLEASE put a tongue-tying curse on this man and save him from himself. These patronizing, condescending statements are not going to appease us. He made a decision knowing full well what this would do to his company’s reputation as far as keeping their word as to what they advertise, and if he’s getting backlash and boycotts, then he heartily deserves it. This is the most bizarre, unprofessional thing I’ve seen in a long time. We have absolutely NO idea whether they are going to stick with those Deathly Hallows dates or not, as WB has proven themselves totally untrustworthy. As others have noticed, we just get the 2 year wait now instead of later. At least we were prepared for the 2-year wait later and understood that. I just cannot believe that they are not considering the possibility that excitement over Potter will really have died down by then. Perhaps not, but I think he’s taking a big gamble. I know my excitement has been dampened after this, and I know I’m not alone, and we are the hard core fans. Now that he has infuriated so many of us (and I don’t think he has any idea what a blow this is to the fandom and how bad the fallout will be), he is going to have to depend a lot on people who can take or leave HP to patronize this movie. Well, at least they’re getting enough of backlash that they felt they had to release a statement. Not getting my hopes up about them changing their minds, but at least that’s a step in the right direction.

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WILL I GET THE MOVIE B4 I TURN 80? IF THE WB’S SAY’” yes” ,then i am highly obliged . i am 14 at the moment.

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That’s all well and good but what if they decide to change the release date of Deathly Hallows and push THAT back even further?!

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As I said, the gap between OOTP and HBP is now one year. So nothing is better now…

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sign a petition,send a howler,DO NE THING YOU CAN TO ANNOY THESE IDIOTS!!

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I need to correct myself from my last post as it just daunted in me that Alan Horn is not a PR but the bloody President of WB. Bad PR for sure but its actually nice to know that the President of WB is speaking directly to the fans via the fan sites. That doesnt, of course rectify their actions but for pete’s sake, he needs better tact in talking to the fans. But at least WB will know to do things more tactfully should they ever have a controversial decision to make in future.

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“upset” us!!!!!!!?

thats a small word!

arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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LET ‘S APPEAL TO WALT DISNEY TO TAKE OVER THE PRODUCTION OF HP-7

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Since the movie is now going to be in July ‘09, does anyone think its possible that we could get some form of a teaser for DH with the release of HBP?

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I was mad at first, but now im kinda over it. it does make it a little better that we won’t have to wait as long for DH.

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share our love? right. and no, of course they’d never do anything to hurt the films, this was good for the film from their perspective, for sure. not from ours though. but I still can’t believe this is happening, I mean… it still feels like the stupidest joke in the world… I know it’s not though. but to be honest, I do find the silver lining he was referring to, it’s just not quite enough to repair this, and especially when we all know the two year gap between the movies had nothing to do with their decision. it’s just something they tell the fans.

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Do you know what would be great? And a genuine apology in my books? If in November when the film was meant to be released the WB have a special screening where they show a scene, a small scene, like Qudditch or something. Give the fans something to say sorry, and show them that the wait will actually be worth it. But of course, Alan Horn is as evil as Voldermort, so I can’t see that happening.

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But lol, i dont see the good point of the shorter gap of HBP and DH! I mean it is the same time when DH is in the cinema’s i dont care if it is in the cinemas about 2 years or 18 months! I just want to see HBP, which is now 2 years away from Harry potter and the order of the Phoenix!!

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WEDNESDAY, seriously you do not want Disney to take over production! WB has done the grandest job of fantasy novel adoptions than any other studio bar New Line’s Lord of the Rings. Disney’s Narnia adaptions is still an open verdict. But WB have truly applied every care and attention and respect for Jo’s babies. No other production has given an author so much room for approval and consultation, and what American production has ever had a full British authentic cast? What other series has maintained such high quality and even bettering itself with each film and powering into its 7th movie (ok 7 and 8th) with such consistent integrity? WB’s failure is its poor PR interfacing with the fans. That is all.

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Just boycott all wb projects! I could see a couple of months but this long of an extension wizard please! Make WB pay!!!!!!

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I still say boycott this movie show them where it really hurts their wallets. The 7th book will no matter what be turned into a movie and if we sit outside with signs that should get the message across to the studios.

I said this earlier when every one was saying that they might split the last movie in two, that the company just see’s a big money making profit and nothing else. So now that the last movie is in two pieces they can collect double the ticket price and double the DVD cost because serious people who would ever go to just half of a movie and not go to the ending…..

But kept saying how the studio is the side of the fans and ect, ect. but look now. The trailer was released with a date of Nov. 21 and posters were hung with the same. But was it for the fans that the pushed back a movie that was done. Was it for the fans that they teased them with clips and then take it away because they think they can make more money later…..I know they said it is because they made enough this year (relating to THE DARK KNIGHT) BullCr*p, they just don’t want to have to pay out a higher tax bracket percentage on two large grossing movies then on one…..that is why! So they can keep more of the earning, people its all about money Sadly!

Harry Potter is no longer ours, HP was a gift to us from JKR and now the WB took it away from us to keep for themselves. I say we take it back, it is rightly ours!!!!

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So, that’s it? Thanks for patronizing us Horn. “It’s okay Kiddies, your wait will be shorter for DH.” Nice. Yup, definitely skipping Watchmen in March.

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LOL, Wiltz. Alan Horn, Voldermont!? Thats a bit harsh! No, I’d say he’s more, the Goblin president of Gringotts. Not evil at all. Just more concerned with the accounts but at the same time ensure quality service is given but sucks like hell in the PR department and pisting off customers. (Well I have no idea if the Gringotts president sucks at PR but i just imagine so, given goblins general nature!). Come on, surely some of us fans are business men/women? I wish I was more business minded, I keep giving money away and have no substantial savings. I respect business men, thats all Alan Horn is, but again he needs better PR skills and of course better tact than to pulling the rug off under very hyped up fans feet.

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o well this just magically fixes everything!

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I’m in the camp of those that say they were waiting to see how well the Dark Knight did at the box office before making any decisions. As the viral hype for the movie grew, the buzz from the studio about Half-Blood Prince certainly seemed to fade.

If “Dark Knight” had disappointed at the box office, I think we still see Harry Potter in November.

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ugh

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WB will have to PAY for it.i suggest WB to reduce the rate of tickets by 50%,for all the agony the fans will suffer!

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Hahahahahahaha! They care about the series?

Sure…...........................

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quote: Harry Potter is no longer ours, HP was a gift to us from JKR and now the WB took it away from us to keep for themselves. I say we take it back, it is rightly ours!!!!

Posted by Nef on August 20

I must have sort of missed the free handout of HP books, never experienced it as a gift, but just something I could buy in a bookshop… or cheap from the discount, if I was willing to wait a year. It’s very definately is and will be in future the property of JKR, and it was this sort of statement that got Steve Vanderark flamed. Claiming that fans have a right to the picturasation of a book is rather ludicrous, The only right the fans can claim is to taken seriously and be treated with respect, WB more or less violated that right by feeding expectations for a year and take away the dish. I don’t really believe in a boycot, and neither does mr Horn I think, he knows there is a vast audience out there that does NOt cling to every HP site for the latest news and will come whenever the movie will be released, no matter it may be 2009 or 2029, so he can easy make this patronising kind of pacifying statements. What however would hurt is a pirate release of BHP, but I think he has great convidence in WB’s security system too.

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Ah. Well at least we know he’s getting the Howlers & emails.

Though I’m a pretty impatient person, especially when it comes to HP, I’ve completely accepted the fact that the HBP film has been pushed back. I doubt you guys would still be so bitter about it after having some time to cool off. You can’t stay mad forever, can you?

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Yeah yeah! Sure! They don’t even care about us! And you know they are gonna rip the same thing for DH! It’s not fair! What runs through their sick minds these days???????!?

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I dont get it .. they just changed the date of the HBP premier to reach a wider audience … then what the heck are they placing the premier of DH part one in the month which clearly was suppose to have given a smaller amount of audience… why not in June 2010 instead ..

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BOYCOTT! I am not even gonna see the flippin movie!

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i am so sad and destroyed by this decision and what is more, Half-Blood Prince matches with fall/winter further more than with summer

it´s all about money

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Moving the release date of this film for the reasons stated by WB is an insult to HP fans, most of whom have made this film franchise so successful. Fam emotion aside, this may well go down as one of the biggest business blunders in U.S. history. I predict that WB will end up moving the release date to Januaryy or February orface fan rebuke that will greatly damage the HP franchise. Clearly the executives at WB are out of touch with their fans. Negative varry-over consequences are in the end going to hurt (not help) movie revenues, erode the fan base and maybe even the theme park project. CEOs of other companies have lost their jobs over less when their actions impacted its consumer base so negatively. I would guess that the fans will punish WB for this massive blunder. Personally, I will wait until the movie come out on DVD and then rent it from Netflick. I still have my books! —G. Robinson, M.B.A., M.S.Ed., B.S.

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we’re not just upset…we’re mad. it’s better if you’ve announced it earlier…than craving for the movie when november is already near and then you’ll suddenly announce that it will be moved….well potter-fans won’t be mad if the real date release of the movie is on july 2009,,but it isn’t.

and so what if everyone will be waiting for 2 years for the deathly hallows. everybody can understand that because save the best for last.

if only the 6th movie would that be perfect..but it’s not going to be…all hp movie’s are not the best..they’re just good. because they cannot concise the book into movie properly..the also change important details of a scene..or maybe important details are not included in the scene.. like the OotP..many thought that the statues would move during the battle DA and Death eaters…

i would wait for the sixth movie till 2009 if only they can add a bit of 20 mins. to the movie…if only it can be enhance…i hope so

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Moving the release date was a pretty ridiculous thing to do, true enough, and I’m sure they aren’t enjoying the backlash. But however bad PR it was to do that, they really can’t go back on what they said AGAIN and move it BACK, unfortunately, because (to the general public) that looks even worse, like they’re just totally disorganised. Sigh.

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I still say boycott this movie show them where it really hurts their wallets. The 7th book will no matter what be turned into a movie and if we sit outside with signs that should get the message across to the studios.

I said this earlier when every one was saying that they might split the last movie in two, that the company just see’s a big money making profit and nothing else. So now that the last movie is in two pieces they can collect double the ticket price and double the DVD cost because serious people who would ever go to just half of a movie and not go to the ending…..

But kept saying how the studio is the side of the fans and ect, ect. but look now. The trailer was released with a date of Nov. 21 and posters were hung with the same. But was it for the fans that the pushed back a movie that was done. Was it for the fans that they teased them with clips and then take it away because they think they can make more money later…..I know they said it is because they made enough this year (relating to THE DARK KNIGHT) BullCr*p, they just don’t want to have to pay out a higher tax bracket percentage on two large grossing movies then on one…..that is why! So they can keep more of the earning, people its all about money Sadly!

Harry Potter is no longer ours, HP was a gift to us from JKR and now the WB took it away from us to keep for themselves. I say we take it back, it is rightly ours!!!! Posted by Nef..

MY message>>> nef is right… there’s really no point of moving the premier on 2009… the president of WB is so mean…they only want to earn more than what they expect. but they’re so wrong…moving it to july 2009 would just be a lost of interest to readers who crave to see how it will come out to movie from the book….

i hope wb changes it mind…it would be ok for us if it’s only moved to DECEMBER 25 2008….that would be a sure hit at xmas. for sure

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I have come to one conclusion this has blown up badly in WB’s face and they realize that and they now need an olive branch to the fans. But is anything other the a earlier release going to help at this point.

If all this leads to every other WB movie flopping like a fish out of water. What has WB actually gained.

I am now to the point of just laughing at WB’s complete stupidity. I am not even angry I am somewhat scared for WB. The messed with the wrong fans and Alan Horn is not making it better. I should send him a t-shirt that says open mouth insert foot.

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What a bunch of BS again…. i’ll not watch the movie in theaters. I SWEAR. It is my belief that only when we start honoring our personal decisions and be firm about them that we will able to handle bigger issues. This isn’t that big an issue it’s just a movie. I’ve come to a point where the films don’t really matter to me anymore. For all you know, we could have DH remerge into one gigantic film just because the summer is a huge tentpole for family films as such to cater to a wider audience (and earn more damn money for the last time) WB has decided to merge the two films and release it in 2011. Good luck. I really wonder if he’ll be eating his own words in 2 years and 8 months time.

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Mr. Horn needs to stop talking. He’s making it worse. They admitted in the beginning that they did it for the money. Just continue to admit it. Say, “Hay, we’re sorry that this hurts you. We knew it going into it and hoped that you would understand, but figured that you wouldn’t. We love you, but we’re a business and profits have to come first.” It would hurt to hear, but you could appreciate their honesty. As has been said, the move puts HBP closer to DH, but it puts it two years from OotP.

I give up. I don’t even want to think about it anymore. I just wish WB would stop insulting my intelligence. Even if they were really talking to all11 yr old fans (no slight intended) instead of a good deal of adults, their “explanation” sounds hollow.

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WB must be concerned if they’re releasing statements like this, so I say continue to bombard them with letters. If people are still intending to boycott WB, let them know.

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I’m still a bit disappointed, but I guess that they’re right. I can wait for Harry. I have been since the beginning.

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now we are wiaiting 2 years from the OOTP to HBP, thats no excuse, im still boycutting all WB movies until we get HBP back.

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Ummmm….won’t that make it a two year wait between OOTP and HBP?

Thanks for the unfeeling, corporate machine, form letter Mr. Horn.

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If he’s going to make us wait an extra ten months this movie better hit the nail right on the head unlike The Order Of The Phoenix. I still don’t think i’ll ever be able to forgive them for butchering that one.

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i still don’t understand why they changed the date in the first place. It’s gonna make more money?! How? It’s Harry Potter!

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Oh…

So the bright side is only waiting 18 months between HBP and DH. He’s not saying anything about waiting two years between OOTP and HBP.

I know It’s the standard PR statement, but…

WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!!

I belong the the Motley Fool Financial website( www.fool.com), which has a Harry Potter Discussion Board. I think the two statements below hit the nail on the head.

“I suspect it has nothing to do with “doing it right”. I tend to believe it is more likely due to “manage the cash flow”.

“Exactly. Not much in the pipeline now due to the writers strike, so they move HBP to fill the void. “

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I think that WB can’t handle the pressure of having Twilight out in theaters the same time the Half-Blood Prince would have been. I think that they didn’t want the competiton with all of those other series out there that are like Harry Potter.

I read somewhere here on Leaky that Twilight is coming out on November 21, 2008, now instead of HPHBP. Coincidence? I think not!

Are you happy now WB? You’ve just lost a Harry Potter movie fan!!

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I know there’s nothing that we can do to change their decision, but I do hope this man is getting a horrible time of it from fans. What a complete load of BS this statement was, as was his original one. ‘We never intended to upset our… fans’- how could he expect us to be anything else? And ‘if you hold on a little longer…’ A) we have no choice but to wait and B) 8 extra months is not a ‘little longer’!

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What a bunch of hypocrites! They say that they chnaged the date of the movie so that Deathly Hallows doesn’t have to be a two year wait release, but now HBP is!

I’m disgusted!!

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I’m just upset because WB promised us a movie in November 2008… and then they changed their minds. How are we supposed to believe Mr. Horn now? I just think this decision of theirs that they “didn’t take lightly” ruins their credibility. I just feel dooped, and don’t know what to think or believe. And I don’t like that feeling.

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Tony, good point. We DO have to wait a total of 2 yrs now for HBP. So NO SILVER LINING Mr. Horn. Come up with a better one.

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i wish there was a way to read the news on this site without having to be subject to the backlash of negative comments from other readers. it astounds me how petty some “fans” of harry potter can be… i just hope the majority of comments on this site are from people under 25, because if they’re coming from supposed “adults” that’s just very, very sad.

i support wb’s decision; i think most people have much more free time in the summer, anyhow.

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FIRE ALAN HORN!!!!

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Brad – I think regardless of age, most people do not like being lied to or manipulated for a buck. I’m 25 and realize there are worse things going on in the world right now, but I’m not going to deny that this upsets me. This is a great venue to voice opinions, positive or negative.

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Harry Potter is being delayed because Horn may not get his bonus next year if he does not come up with a way to increase revenue for 2009. He does not care if Harry Potter makes more money. HPB may actually make less money in 2009 since there will be less hype. The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone: 10th Anniversary Edition are both coming out this year. Dan will be in New York doing Equus on Broadway. The only HP event announced for 2009 is the movie. The actors will be filming DH in 2009. If they are still filming in July will they break to do the film premiers? Will David Yates and his staff miss the premiers or continue preparing DH? If everyone stops work on DH to promote HBP will DH be ready for the 2010 release? How many HP fans will flip to Twilight? Do not let Horn make you believe this had anything to do with WB making more money on HBP. It is all about him and his bonus!

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Yes Mr.Thorn,we know perfectly well that you did not INTEND to hurt your fans. Yet,sadly,this mortal world likes and loathes beings by their ACTS and not solely by their INTENTIONS. WE,THEREFORE HATE YOU,MONEY HUNGRY MORONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jennnnnn, 100% respect for your comment; no one likes being lied to or made to feel manipulated. i guess i just don’t look at this as having been lied to, and i also don’t feel manipulated, because i look at wb as a company out to make money, like any other. but i’m in a very small minority here, no doubt! i do feel badly for the companies that were probably banking on this film for christmas merchandising…! i guess i’d just rather be laid back and take a movie with a grain of salt; yeah, i want to see it, and i will. i’m not owed anything by wb, so i’ll roll with the punches. i do see your point, though.

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They don’t care. Three words for WB and their “fan-loving” decision making. FULL.OF.CRAP!

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A little while longer??? Eight months is not a little! There were only three months left, now we’re almost counting a year. But the protests and anger from the fans certainly rocked the giant’s cradle if mr Horn found it necessary to go out and apologize, not that it helps us one iota. And they don’t care a bit about keeping the integrity from the books, they proved that when they hired producers/directors who obviously never even opened a HP book. You just need to look at the pic of Narcissa to see that, can’t remember reading anywhere that she has skunk hair and dresses like a bag lady. Wonder if they can be bothered to correct that little mistake during the next 11 months.

All WB movies has been deleted from my to-see list way into the forseeable future.

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All I can say is this: now that they have another 365 days until this film is released, it had better be PERFECT. Not one single flaw.

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1. Why should we believe anything WB says about release dates anymore? If some better economic opportunity comes along, they will change the release date once again—of HBP or DH1 or 2.

2. I do not think that just blindly accepting the reasoning for this delay is “mature.” Why should anyone be willing to go along with the reasoning behind corporate greed at the expense of fans who made this franchise what it is? I can understand why the people who run the big HP websites have to accept the delay-ie., to keep getting their free goodies from WB-but why should the fans not be rightfully angry with and suspicious of anything WB does in the future?

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God, people. Grow up, please. yes it was frustrating at first, but whats the big deal? a couple more months? WOW! at least the movies are being made at all. and this whole thing about “boycotting” the film, will only negatively effect the upcoming films, so don’t ruin it for everyone else. if you can’t get over having an angry-bitter-emo attitude then go punch your pillow or something, and go take a nappy nap. or a time out. something.

grow up!

thank you.

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Wow, after sifting through all the comments, I see about 10 intelligent well thought out responses. I understand the rage of many of the others but in the end we’re all going to see the movie anyways. “Distance makes a heart grow fonder”

However, this doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it now! (well we can’t change the date back but…) The bottom line is all these huge corporations care about so how do you affect them? don’t give them your dollar. Anyways, alot of people have said that they will boycott WB products from now till July (I am one of them) and if all the HP community banded together, wouldn’t that be a wondrous sight? This could turn into a “stick it to the man” campaign! ... now if we could just knock out people’s apathy…

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MY GOSH…....

Okay folks, let’s all breathe in…good…now let it out…r-e-l-a-x…and let’s all move on. We CAN do this!! :)

I, for one, have accepted this and moved on.

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I better NOT be dissapointed.

That’s all I have to say. >.>

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They just don’t get it and they never will because they are obviously not fans of the books. HP book fans know that part of the magic is that every detail means something, perhaps going back to chapter one of PS/SS and impacting the last chapter of DH. WB makes movies which cut vital details and include superfluous crap. They corrupt plot lines to a criminal degree. They are in the same crowd as gas company executives and lawyers as far as I am concerned. It is bad enough to have a hard-hearted agenda, but to lie and smile to our faces is pathetic. Yes, I will watch HBP with my kids and have some popcorn. This time though it will be at my place watching it on DVD. I will give them that fraction of what they would have gotten from me. As I look back,I can’t imagine how many theater tickets they would have gotten from me if they had been true to the books. WB would have been able to mint their own money.

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Daryl—

THANK YOU!!! someone i agree with, finally!!!

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I’m really sad about this. The more we complain just gives WB more free advertising, but I can’t just let this one go. It was to be a Royal Film Performance here in the UK, do they think they can just muck the Royal Family about? Was their interest not good enough for WB? You can’t tell me last summer’s launch of HP5 didn’t bring in enough money – and they had other good family films to contend with (Simpsons & Pirates). It all seems so feeble in excuses. Even David Hayman doesn’t seem to be telling the truth. Let’s hope that when it does finally get released they’ve done a good job (I don’t mean the actors in this).

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Ok, Ok. It’s been terrible trying to wait until November but waiting until July wil honestly drive me INSANE!! I’m a huge fan of the books and I love watching the movies. Please WB PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE change the release date back for the sake of the world’s sanity!

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“The decision to move ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ was not taken lightly, and was never intended to upset our Harry Potter fans.”

Upsetting us doesn’t have to be your intention; it’s the result of your choice (which you had to know we wouldn’t celebrate), and you know that while we’re angry now, most of us will see the film next summer, anyway, so you won’t be affected. Quit the insincere attempts at pacifying us, WB. You’re not changing your minds, so let us just bitterly accept the late release date without the added excuses.

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But 8 is not a few month when are people going to realize this sheesh. I am sick of that excuse just a few more month that would be 2 or 3 not 8. This bites but what are you going to do.

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SNORTS

This whole article is just a bunch of lies. He reminds me of Rufus Scrimgeour. hahaha

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I am so far beyond mad right now I am laughing at all the this. what did WB expect everybody to scream “yay they delayed the movie even though it is done” what do they think we are stupid and would not complain. I guess plan is a 4 letter word to WB. If they thought about it sooner and didn’t release the november teaser trailer no of these would have happened.

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Ok. Words really can’t express the disappointment I feel. What angers me most is the lack of respect WB has for it’s fans and the lack of intelligence Mr. Horn seems to think we all possess. One of his arguments as to why we should all thank our lucky stars that the WB was so kind to bump the movie back was that there would only be 18 months in between this film and the next. What he seems to think we’ve all forgotten is that the last HP movie – The Order of the Phoenix – was released in July of 2007. So, it’s okay for our wait this time to be a full two years? I’m not really connecting with his logic. The point is, the WB is full of corporate slimeballs who will obviously greatly suffer if their 6 and 7 figure salaries are interfered with. I will be boycotting this film and I will be checking for a bootleg copy somewhere unless the situation is rectified. THey changed it once, they can change it again. Mr. Horm, how dare you insult our good intelligence and try to justify your greed.

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too bad this happened,

because it’s only reiterated in my mind

that the harry potter fandom

is comprised of so many whining, selfish people!

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i can see why some people are annoyed, and so was i at first but as people have said it makes the wait for the DH shorter which can only be a gud thing. I’m just going to have to read the books instead! whats the point in getting angry at alan horn? can’t wait for it to come out!!!!

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Some of you need to grow up! It’s not the end of the world. Yes, in the beginning it sucked to learn the news, but its going to happen in July no matter, so I have to wait a little bit longer. No big deal.

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After seeing Dan live at the Times Center yesterday and hearing him speak about the movie, I don’t intend to boycott it. I’ll go and see the film because I love and support the actors, even though I don’t accept WB’s greedy excuse for moving the date.

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As a fellow fan, I ask that some of you calm down and think about this situation a little bit and if you are still upset…well, what else can be done.

I don’t feel as if I have been lied to or manipulated. I understand that it was a business decision and they needn’t have consulted the fans initially or even sent the fans an apology letter such as this one seeing as how movie studios rarely do. Release dates are pushed back all the time and some movies are never released at all. This situation could just as easily happened to another film but the only difference is that another movie would have a much less vocal fan base.

You’re right, there is now almost a two year wait between movie 5 and 6 instead of between 6 and 7…but what is the big deal? I don’t understand how that is a bad thing, esp. since book 6 and 7 are more like part 1 and part 2. For strictly movie goers, the less the wait, the less they forget, and the more likely they are to go see part 1 and part 2 of 7—instant gratification for strictly movie goers.

Disappointed, frustrated, upset? I understand that. But the excessive whining is downright confusing to a fan like myself. Whether you are 15 or 65, there is no need to curse the WB execs for delaying its release. It isn’t like we voted on the first release date and as fans we all said, “NOVEMBER!” and then WB reneged. If you like the films, see them anyway, but not because you didn’t get when you wanted it. We waited two years for book 5 and I thought OotP was well worth the wait. If you don’t think so, then I guess another option is not to see the film?

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It’s time to boycott Warner Brothers.

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If I may offer a silver lining: there would have been a two-year gap between “Half-Blood Prince” and the much-anticipated first part of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which opens in November 2010

Well now there is a two year gap between OOTP and HBP so what’s the big difference. I think it’s a load of crap and he’s making up excuses. How money greedy can you get?? And isn’t Thanksgiving weekend the biggest grossing movie weekend??

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Well, that’s a stinking load of BS. To try to tempt us with less of a wait in between movies… what’s he thinking? We’d be happy with what he had originally said. It’s an insult to all the fans. And it makes him look stupid. We all know it’s for money. Just admit it already! Or move the film back. Jerk.

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i’m upset… I was going to be in London for the premier! I was so excited… now I just have to wait in line at my small town theatre again. big disappointment for me. But with the economy in the crapper and the theme park opening in a few years its most likely just a plan to make more money and keep everyone interested… boo.

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the reason we are calling you immature(well the reason im calling you immature) is because this isnt something of great importance its just a movie and I AM not a push over!! how come its perfectly ok with u guys to overract but when some people are just trying to reason with you it gives you the ok to talk bad about wat we say!!!

also it makes perfect sence to move the movie(well it makes perfect sence to people who arent overracting and not thinking clearly)

next summer there is very little competition but in november of THIS year there is! JAMES BOND do you no how many people like those movies!! (prolly more than harry potter just saying) its been around a lot longer than harry potter and theres a bigger viewing audience did you no that im the only one in my family that likes harry poitter but the rest of my family loves james bond!!! thats wat they would have to compete with fans from the 60’s to now!

this is not something that we should petition about there are things that are being completly ignored but god for bid they move a movie date

just think of wat u guys could accomplish if u put this much energy into something that was more important than a movie

dont get me wrong i love harry potter i love the books i love the movies and i love the game ( i really do i read the last book in three days) (watched all the movies more than a hundred times) (beat the 5th movie game in 3 days time)

gah and please do not bash people who are voicing there opinion(just like all of you are doing)

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sir… just die

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U no wat i think is kinda comical? the fact that a lot of you are calling WB HYPOCRITES. but when july 17th roles around u will all go and see the movie love it then be happy with the move because you wont have to wait as long for DH. meaning that u will all become HYPOCRITES you self.

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For all of you say they understand because WB is a company and they need to make money please read. Harry Potter is being delayed because Horn may not get his bonus next year if he does not come up with a way to increase revenue for 2009. He does not care if Harry Potter makes more money. HPB may actually make less money in 2009 since there will be less hype. The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone: 10th Anniversary Edition are both coming out this year. Dan will be in New York doing Equus on Broadway. The only HP event announced for 2009 is the movie. Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 27, 2008) is one of the largest movie weekends in the US. The reason OOTP did so well in July was because the book was coming out in the same month. I know alot of people who went to the movie and stood in line for the book. The actors will be filming DH in 2009. If they are still filming in July will they break to do the film premiers? Will David Yates and his staff miss the premiers or continue preparing DH? If everyone stops work on DH to promote HBP will DH be ready for the 2010 release? How many HP fans will flip to Twilight? Do not let Horn make you believe this had anything to do with WB making more money on HBP. It is all about him and his bonus!

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BULL CRAP Alan, the choice to move the movie to summer shows what you really care about….MONEY. Everyone knows it and no one is buying the lies coming out of your mouth. Maybe if you would have moved the date a little earlier like BEFORE the previews came out and we were all excited about it. This is just ridiculous and foolish on thw Wb’s part. Shows your true colors.

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So, they’re just gona say ‘we didn’t mean to upset you, but still upset us by not moving it back.

He’s seen the film,m so he can shut up.

I’d rather see it in Nov, and wait for DH. We’ll still have set picture’s from DH to keep us occupied. Arhg.

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jk rowling is damn lucky she never decided to change her release dates, or she’d probably be poor again, considering the loyalty and patience some of the fans seem to have. calm down, everyone. IT’S JUST A MOVIE!!!

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i feel that the people who want us all to grown up and accept this, remind me of the kids in a scene from the movie Pink Floyds the wall, when the faceless masses walk on an assembly line into the meat grinder of greedy corporations. Their attitude is go along to get along. I don’t think any protest letter email or boycott will get WB to change their mind. But I dare to dream that we HP lovers wait a week and go to see the movie on 7/24/09. Creat our own opening day. Maybe then Alan would notice. and as far as OOTP that movie was cliff notes of HP. The main characters were relegated to one liners. The main concert was keep the movie as short as possible. WB gave the movie over to relative newcomers without alot of experience in a feature film with Special effects. I have my doubts that HBP will be as good as it should be. IMHO

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How is that a silver lining? Now, there’s a two-year gap between OotP and HBP.

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Erica, you are asking that we do not bash people who voice their opinion. And I would agree with you, really. Had you not just go ahead and done the same. You do not want to boycott the movie? Truly, it is your choice and I respect it. But you are calling people who want to do so immature? That’s name calling as far as I am concerned and no, you have no right to do that in my opinion.

And trust me, hypocrite I am not and no, I am not going to see this movie the opening weekend. All movies but OOP I went to see month later and believe me, if I can hold off for DVD, I will.

It is not about the fact that WB changed movie date, I am not that hugely fond of the movies anyways, maybe that’s why it is easier for me to

And for those of you who are saying boycott will not work, um, I think that if enough people will do so, it may very well work and hit WB where it hurts in their pockets.

Mr. Horn already mentions that he received a lot of letters, did he not?

Do you think he liked those letters? Don’t you think he could be just a little nervous that some people or more like a lot of people may just follow through and decrease their profits significantly?

I do think so, although I can certainly be wrong.

Trust me, even though I happen to believe that corporation should think about other things besides money, like respect for the fans of their products, I would have been able to understand their decision and swallow it, had they been honest with us from start.

Just tell us, that it is a business decision and no, we are loyal to our shareholders.

I respect people who are willing to cut WB a slack, but trust me, immature I am not and I would do my very very best to give WB much less of my hard earned money than I planned to do before.

Alla ( who never posted here before, but often read the discussions)

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ok yesterday when i found out about this i was mad, but now i really dont even care. ITs their decision, and us fighting about it isnt going to help. and he does have a point: it will close the gap a little bit between the two movies, so it WILL be less then 18 monthes

so guys, stop sending mail to this guy. leave him alone, cauz they already made their choice, AND twilight has nov. 21 anyway… trust me: i would definately LOVE if they moved it back, but we arent going to change it, so we should just wait until the movie comes out, beccasue im sure it will be great. this also doesnt mean that the movie is going to be bad, or that you people sholdnt go see it. just try to accept the fact that they arent gonna change it, and be happy that the movie is even coming out next year.

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bethinoz,

with all respect, i wonder how you know the inner financial workings of warner, particularly pertaining to mr. horn? are you making conjecture out of anger and hurt, or do you actually cut the bonus checks at year’s end? i am not disbelieving you, it seems a harsh statement to make it you don’t have actual proof to back it up. is there such evidence? because if so, that paints horn in a bad light. if not, it’s best to not talk trash about people.

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YOU OVIOUSLY DONT CARE ABOUT US, WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR HP6…........CHANGE THE DATE…..OR I WILL SUE WB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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They could have avoided all these problems easily they should have never changed the movie release date. Don’t mess with a good thing.

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I am of two minds when it comes to Alan Horn and his comments…

In some ways I wish he would just shut the up because with every statement he makes he seems to further insult our intelligence by thinking our fandom is actually stupid enough to believe his BS not seeing it for what it is, an attempt to spin the bad publicity.

On the other hand, I want him to keep talking because these statements show just how full of sh—he is and I find it highly amusing that anyone can possibly be that full of it and just keeps on digging a deeper and deeper hole everytime he opens his mouth.

That said, his “If I may offer a silver lining” part makes me want to punch him in the face, actually the majority of what he said does, but especially that. To answer you question Mr.Horn, no you may not. His silver lining does not comfort me by any means because quite frankly what is to say he won’t decide to do the same thing to DH when November 2010 rolls around? Nothing.

Honestly, its not the waiting two years that I mind. I would have been fine waiting two years for DH because I knew from the beginning that was how long I would have to wait. Same for HBP, I wouldn’t mind waiting two years between films if we had been told that from the start or even months ago. Its the fact that they waited this late in the game when we had just barely passed the 100 days left mark on the countdown.

It just shows such a lack of consideration not only for fans, but especially for all of the merch companies and other outlets they use to promote the films who will lose a great deal of money due to having to leave the products they produced sitting in warehouses until July.

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bella vita, that last bit is what irks me. i don’t care personally about waiting—i’m a 28 year old guy, it’s not that big of a deal, but i do think it’s too bad for all the companies that stood to make some money at christmastime. the economy is going to be terrible as it is come the holidays, and some companies were probably really banking on this film to boost their profits, too. i’m just glad you mentioned that because it’s a solid ground on which to stand, not just the overly emotional stuff some other people have been spewing forth.

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OK guys I think the rhetoric in the majority of posts on both sides of the argument is a little too emotional and not backed up with reasoned argument.

My view is this.

Yes it is bad that the film has been put back. Are we upset with WB because of the delay or because of the reason for the delay? I say it is the latter.

If we knew the film was being improved or they had to rewrite part of it (eg Titanic) would that have been so bad? I think not.

WB have the right to change the date at any time they like; they own the film and yes it is only film to them and the majority of people who will go to see it.

It is not only a film however to Electronic Arts or to the other companies that have merchandising licenses with Warners or to the tens of thousands of people across the globe who’s livelihood depend on these licenses.Its not just a film to the charity that was probably expecting its biggest cash injection for years because of the HPB Royal Premiere in London.

Yes its just a film or should be anyway to all Harry Potter book fans, but that does not mean that we should accept the big guy stepping on the head of the little guy just so the big guy’s share price and bonuses will be protected for 2009 at the expense of the little guys profits, bonuses or even their jobs.

If you feel so strongly about this that you plan to boycott WB send howlers or whatever then I applaud your resolve but do it for the right reasons and keep it in perspective.

I personally do not intend to see or buy Dark Knight, Clone wars or any other WB film until HPB comes out because sometimes the big guy has to be taken down a peg or two. This should not be a hardship for anyone to do as they are just films after all.

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Yeah that is assuming of course that the seventh film keeps its November release date and isn’t moved to Summer 2011.

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My biggest problem with WB changing the release date is that it was a move for money. It makes me loose confidince in WB. When they announced that they were making DH into two movies I was totally supportive of their decision, and they actually had me convinced that they were going to split the movie to do justice to the books. Boy was I wrong!!! I feel that this move “for money” shows exactly how desperate they are to make as much money as they can off of the HP enterprise before it all ends, and lends support to those who argued that the DH split was for financial reasons.

As far as boycotts go, I think that WB is smart enough to know that the die-hard fans of Harry Potter will have calmed down about the move when July rolls around, and will be just as excited to go see it then as in November; and the rest of the public probably could care less when the movie comes out, so the people who would have seen it in November will see it in July without complaint.

My kudos goes out to those of you who think you can stay away from the theatres come July, but I know that as bummed as I am now, I will be there opening night, because I just can’t resist.

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I wonder if he actually reads comments like this, I think it might give him a slight idea of how pissed of people actually are…

Oh and if he does; A big PISS OFF to you _

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I feel that, as fans, we don’t pose any real reason for WB to listen to us because they have us over the proverbial “barrel”. It’s not like we will say, “Hey WB, move the date back or we’ll organize a protest to ban the movie.” They know that whatever they do, we may not like it, but we’ll string along, because we will watch the movie regardless of when it’s released. It’s just bad form and we have no recorse but to accept it and move on. Sigh…

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“never intended to upset Harry Potter fans”......did they really think no one would be upset!! yea right!!!!!

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Im so freakin mad at these guys..im not even gonna go to the movie in the theater, ill wait another couple of months for the dvd release..they are not gonna make anymore money off me..wouldnt that hurt them badly in the pocket book if all of us waited till the dvd release..that would show them not to mess with the best group of fans in the world!

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hey guys, if you’re really not planning on seeing in the theatres, but buying the dvd, go for it and all - i’m going to the theatre; whatev - but i’d expect some pretty pricey dvds! just a thought! maybe it’s best not to flaunt your diabolical plan to the world. warner just might spike the dvd price to 50$...

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that’s irritating! i didn’t cross my words off, just fyi. i forgot about the html stuff. sorry.

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They need to change it back to November! I’ve been counting it down, it went from 90 days to 330! And of course everyone is making a big deal about it, we all want to see it ASAP!

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@Splinched, you may have missed it but there IS a ban on the movie from a whole lot of people. Why do you think Horn came out to make another (idiotic) statement?

@belladonna: good points, and I like the Pink Floyd analogy. Very true.

In the end it may just be a movie, but it’s OUR movie, dammit, and they promised it November, 2008. It’s DONE, it’s just going to sit there on the shelf until it is financially expedient for them to release it. What if Watchmen turns out to be as huge as TDK? Unlikely, I know, but follow the logic… if they accidentally wind up with another huge money-maker in 2009 before HBP is released, will they then hold it up to 2010 and move DH back consecutively, so they keep their profit margins balanced? This could go on forever! I don’t trust a single word out of their mouths.

I just don’t understand the apathy of some of the fans. I can understand if it doesn’t personally upset you, great, but you come on telling us all to grow up and “mature” because we are upset (and DOING something about it) while you are “eh” about it. Well, we have a right to our feelings and opinions, and a right to express them. WB has clearly gotten the messages we’re sending out, since they felt the need to come out with another statement. If we keep the pressure up high enough, who knows what good could come of it? Protests DO work occasionally! Maybe we won’t get our movie back when we want it, but we could get it bumped closer, or any number of other things that could help to truly calm the rage, not these pathetic statements from WB.

I’m really sick of seeing all the “it’s just a movie, it’s not important, get a life” comments. It may not be important to YOU. The rest of us feel differently. Why don’t you deal with that and show some respect for other people’s feelings, whether or not you agree with them? I respect everyone’s opinion for whom this is not a big deal. I don’t understand it, but I respect it. I think those of us who ARE upset would like the same respect back from our fellow “fans.”

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I’ll repeat:

@Erika: it may not be of great importance to YOU, but it is to a lot of us for reasons that have been listed over and over and which you either ignored, didn’t read or just don’t care about. We don’t need to justify them to you, they are OUR reasons. And if you don’t want hostile responses then don’t come on here calling us immature and telling us we’re a bunch of whiners.

The move is NOT about the “competition,” Harry Potter is the highest grossing film franchise of ALL TIME and that includes all the Bond movies, of which there are vastly more than the five we have so far for HP. Other movies worry about competing with HP, not the other way around. It is strictly to balance out the “when” of how they get our ticket money because they’ve already had their windfall this year with TDK and need to make sure they get big numbers next year as well, but had nothing slotted to do the job. So, we’re pissed off that we have to wait for a film we’ve been promised on a particular date for a matter of bookkeeping. If you don’t like it or it annoys you to see us “whining and being so immature” I suggest you stay off the comments for awhile. Every time Mr. Horn opens his mouth he just reignites the anger. Honestly, what did he expect?

@pedroj: Reasons are personal. If you want to boycott them for the effect their decision has on “the little guy” I say more power to you, but I don’t think that makes the protest any more or less valid than anyone else’s reasons. My #1 personal reason is because I know people who are extremely ill and had been looking forward to this movie as a bright spot in the near future. They may not get to see it now. I’ve also personally had a rotten year and was looking forward to it in a big way. Putting it back nearly a solid year took all the excitement and steam out of it all. It will not be a problem for me to boycott this movie now, because I just don’t care anymore. I’ll stick to the books. If I can wait a year for it instead of three months, I can certainly wait until it comes out on DVD or never see it at all, it makes no difference to me at this point. I don’t even want to see the new pics or interviews or anything, things that used to be really exciting. WB has ruined the anticipation for this movie beyond redemption.

@Jennnnnnn: “Brad – I think regardless of age, most people do not like being lied to or manipulated for a buck. I’m 25 and realize there are worse things going on in the world right now, but I’m not going to deny that this upsets me. This is a great venue to voice opinions, positive or negative.”

Well said, Jennnnnn! I’m 40 and just as upset, if not more so, than most of the people on here. I’m “all-in” with the boycott and Howlers. I don’t allow my kids to lie to me and when a mega-corporation does it, to improve their already over-inflated wallets and year-end statements, it infuriates me. Sure there are worse things going on. I have zero control or say about most of them. I may not have any more control over this, but it sure FEELS better to be doing something about it and expressing the anger than sitting around moping and not doing anything.

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And still they don’t say EXACTLY why this was done. All they say is that they “love the fans” and talk about that ridiculous alleged “silver lining.” As upset as I am about all this, I would feel a lot better if they offered a complete, honest explanation. I truly don’t believe this was only about money – it’s just too late in the year for that to be the whole explanation. If they had any sense they would stop talking down to us and start explaining their actions.

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Isn’t greed one of the 7 deadly sins?

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Ya know, my long-deceased italian aunt would have called this guy “a real stupid putz”...which pretty much sums up the situation. IF she was really worked up, she would have turned to my german-jewish aunt (alas, also deceased), and the two of them would have muttered cusses in Italian and Yiddish while nodding at one another in agreement.

what a stupid decision, precisely because it appears to have absolutely no logic to it, including WB’s own financial interests.

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I am rpoud that we as fans made our voices be heard to the WB. However, Mr. Horn is a business men who cares for money and really does not understand our feelings. Though he makes a point on the waiting time from 6th movie to 7th. WB could have just moved it to the beginning of next year not all the way to summer. I still believe if we all unite we can move up the movie release to the beginning of 2009.

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I am proud that we as fans made our voices be heard to the WB. However, Mr. Horn is a business men who cares for money and really does not understand our feelings. Though he makes a point on the waiting time from 6th movie to 7th. WB could have just moved it to the beginning of next year not all the way to summer. I still believe if we all unite we can move up the movie release to the beginning of 2009.

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After careful consideration, my family and I will be joining the first week boycott and no repeat viewings. That way I still get to see the movie but WB profit as little as possible. They will come to rue their greed.

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Either way we are waiting 2 years between movies. Now it’s just two years between OOTP and HBP! We were prepared for a two year wait between HBP and DH 1.

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Too Late!

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  1. 2 Goblet of Fire (November)
  2. 3 Order of the Phoenix (July)
  3. 4 Chamber of Secrets (November)
  4. 5 Prisoner of Azkaban (June)

    What was the real reson for the switch? Stop lying to us and telling us how much you value our support. Just fess up, OK?

    If not, here is my plan: I'll go to see it in the theater once and then wait for the DVD.  I usually go 3 (Prisoner of Azkaban)  to 5 (Sorcerer's Stone)times, but the arrogance and empty patronizing of Mr. Horn has left a sour taste in my mouth.

    I’ll still go once though; I’m not going to let this spoil the initial experience for me.

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ALAN HORN!!!!! BURN!!!!!!!!!! DIE!!!!!!!! DIE DIE DIE DIE DIEEE!!!!!!

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How does it feel to be hated by everyone, Alan? yeah I hope it hurts badly

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If they really loved the fans they would give out free ticket to the july showing. I wouldn’t be disappointed any more

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A clear “disregard” for the fans they do not seem to apologize for.

I was fully prepared to wait two years for DH…I was also really excited, as was my lil niece, to see HBP in November- so to hell with your silver lining.

I want to hear nothing more of this…as it’s pissing me off to the point that I’m starting to lose interest in the film entirely.

Cooporate shmucks.

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If they really loved the fans they would give out free ticket to the july showing. I wouldn’t be disappointed any more

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A clear “disregard” for the fans they do not seem to apologize for.

I was fully prepared to wait two years for DH…I was also really excited, as was my lil niece, to see HBP in November- NOT ALMOST A YEAR LATER- so to hell with your silver lining. My bubble is bursted damn you!!!!

I guess it’s gold for WB- less time for people to lose interest between the sixth and the sevenths.

I want to hear nothing more of this…as it’s pissing me off to the point that I’m starting to lose interest in the film entirely. Sad…but true. I rather have a schmucky bootleg than a digital imax experience at this point. But your market analysists didn’t count on that one did they Lord Warner Bros.?

Cooporate shmucks. Vote Obama.

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yeah, it’s a good thing that theirs now going to be a shorter wait to the first part of DH. but NO it doesn’t make up for the long wait for HBP. and as others have got at, who says another movie wont come out around the time of DH? you’ve gone back on your word already, changed release dates already, who says you wont do it again?

i’m pretty sure everyone who has been angered and upset by the date change would be slightly less so if alan horn learned how to handle situations. it especially annoyed me by the way he said he’d see then movie and it’s great. like way to rub it in that we have to wait to see it nearly another year but you’ve seen it. if it’s ready now give it to us! we’re ready for HBP, we’ve been waiting excitedly in the build up to november 2008, getting closer and closer, now we get the bomb dropped on us telling us we have almost another year to wait!

it’s a shame that sometimes when we try not to upset or hurt people, we do exactly that!

don’t know about you guys but i’m gonna fill the time by reading HBP + DH over and over.. WB? who are they. i’m not their fan. the only money they get out of me, is because of JKR.

because im a HARRY POTTER fan, a JKR fan.
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although it is nice to see alan horn got the message, nice to see his inbox is working right, even if his brain isn’t.

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I guess its good that he’s saying he’s sorry and everything. Kind of annoying that he said he’d seen it already. Really annoying actually. Nice of him to say all that stuff anyway, I guess.

but still- i can’t get over it. I mean I was so exited that the film’srelease was only 3 months away and then BAM! 11 months away.

i don’t really care that the gap between HBP and DH part 1 will now be shorter- it doesn’t really matter to me. what does matter was seeing HBP the date it was originally planned and that i was building up my exitement for.

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I’ve heard that the real reason is that WB has Watchmen coming out next year. Fox claimed that they still owned the rights to Watchmen, and a judge agreed with them. So WB could be losing a lot of money on a very high yielding movie, so they pushed HP into the slot so they don’t eat it on Watchmen. This is purely hearsay, I have not poked around on the internet to try to verify or bust.

I’m over people saying we should get over it. Let me have my disappointment and outrage. Summer releases in L.A. suck – it’s so damned hot. November is great and I think the time of year would have worked with this darker HP movie, too. I have mentioned yet how this completely scuttles my holidays? Seriously. I was so looking forward to this.

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Wow… so many of these comments are moronic. Grow up and deal with it. They didn’t HURT you. My heavens! The over-dramatic whining on here has gotten to absurd levels. How spoiled in life are all of you that this is the big traumatic event in your life? GET. OVER. IT.

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Folks, they’re a bloody corporation. OF COURSE all they care about is the money, that’s their job! They’re not here to care about the fans, they’re not in their jobs because they love Harry Potter, they’re there to make MONEY.

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I don’t believe him! I thought this was a joke when i knew HBP was going to be released on the 17th of July 2009. I can’t believe WB! I don’t believe Mr.Horn! I will rather die than to wait until JULY! I HATE WB MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Good Lord they’re stupid. Do they REALLY think their blatherings make a bit of difference?

Sorry, WB, i’ve taken a solemn vow as a dedicated hp fan: i WILL NOT see that movie more than once in the theatres. Your revenues will drop substantially as I saw the last one three times in theatres.

I LOVE being able to vote with my wallet. i’m so glad I saw the other one three times now. I can still see the movie and yet do my small part to stick it to WB.

I suggest that all HP fans see this movie one time less than they saw the last one.

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Whatever. Tell us another one, WB. What a bunch of hosers.

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simple put: this suxxxxxx!!!!!!

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Once again, the Harry Potter characters have risen to the challenge and are making their views known. To find out exactly what they think of Alan Horn’s latest statement, remove the spaces from the following URL and go see!

ht tp://mrssplapthing.blogspot.com/2008/08/alan-horn-voldemorts-right-hand-worm.ht ml

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Like so many other people am disappointed with the new release date…..(now I will be forced to go see High School Musical 3, Yippy!) I have found a silver lining though, my youngest daughter LOVES Harry Potter but I was worried she wasn’t quite old enough to fully understand this one. So now I can take her the day it opens, instead of sneaking off to see it without her…..I was kind of looking forward to sneaking though.

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OMG, thank you Marcheline! I’ve needed a good laugh about all of this and that was bloody brilliant! ROFL! Bravo! Hilarious. Thanks again ; )

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WOW. I’m amazed that WB’s Pres. and COO bothered. It’s like a whole new generation. I can kinda remember when just getting the first Star Trek movie was a monumental achievement, taking over a decade of letter-writing after the series “failed” and was cancelled.

Now, fan protests can be replied to in relative hours. And the fans are considered worthy to speak to, rather than pubescent freaks who need to “get a life”! While the reply itself is merely soothing gibberish, the fact of the reply is phenomenal! How the world changes as it goes round….Dumbledore would be pleased.

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Well, I kinda hurt that they moved the film but people! This is a Business at its core. So just chill, read something or I don’t know. We’ve been waiting a while between movies, we can wait for this one. I’m more pissed at FOX for making a lawsuit against WB for the rights of WATCHMEN!!! Boycott FOX :P It’s ok, I love HP and I can wait for this as long as it is good

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No. the 2 year gap between hbp and dh was a wait we were totally aware of, and prepared for. we were NOT, however, prepared to anticipate seeing the film in 3 months, just to find out the wait will now be almost a full YEAR. believe it or not, i DO somewhat agree that the original november release MIGHT have been a bit sooner than estimated, but another year is TOO long.. especially when we had our hearts set on seeing it in november. having said that, if it needed to be pushed back, i think any time during the spring of ‘09 would have been acceptable, if not mid-to-late winter. harry potter is not something they have to worry about loosing money on nomatter what time of year it is, nomatter how long or short the gap between movies. if we wanna pretend this was not about the money and more a “gift” to the fans, fine, lets go with that. it was a very cruel gift and its not appreciated. its also a gift that can be easily taken back, seeing as it’s caused such an uproar…... IF this is not about money…..

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vote with your $$ people, do not see this movie more than once at the theatre. wait for the dvd and watch WB gross profits tumble

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After this slap in the face to Harry Potter fans, who have made this franchise the largest grossing film series in history, I know exactly what I am going to do… I am not going to see any other Warner Bros. film in theaters, I am not going to purchase any WB merchandise, and I WILL NOT go to see the movie if it isn’t released until July 2009. I will wait until it is released on DVD, and then I can watch it as many times as I want. I think all Harry Potter fans should do the same thing, to make this the LEAST successful film. And let WB know what we are going to do and why. They made this decision purely to try and make more money from the film, so let’s make them regret this decision.

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What a crock!!

There was no reason for the delay except $$$. What BS.

Well, everyone should get in on MY PLAN. When HBP comes out I will be buying tickets to a non-Warner Brothers movie and sneaking into the HBP cinema so the only one that suffers is smelly Warner Bros. HA HA Sucked in to them.

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I think it’s crap. Thanks. Your a tool. $$$$$

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I feel I should update my post, since after it was posted a couple of angry people saw it fit to jump on my thoughts and claim that I, and people who think about this the way I do, are cavemen, not forward-thinkers and somehow not as open-minded or idealistic as they are. All I can do is scoff and giggle. Talk about herd mentality. “This guy doesn’t think the way we do about this insignificant (but you’ll never hear us say so) matter; therefore, he is useless, his mindset would have us wallowing in the dark ages, he’s not a true fan and doesn’t understand the rights to petition and express our discontent.”

Honestly, that’s ridiculous. I am USING my rights to express MY discontent with the general reaction; and it is my belief that if we react so ludicrously to something so insignificant, then we are ill-prepared to consider anything that really matters and that would have an actual impact on us as human beings! Thus, I think I have pretty strong ideals. :p

Sorry for the unnecessary rant. Some of those posts that came after mine were truly annoying and assumptive, and very hypocritical.

Oh, here’s my initial post (now that I’ve responded to the obviously emotional challenges, you should able to read it as I’d intended. . . I hope):

lol @ overreaction.

Honestly, I think he was too nice. I found it funny that he suggested that it was us who made HP what it is. No, that was Jo Rowling, and we flocked to it because of her great work. They don’t owe us anything; we pay money to see what they give us when they give it to us, not so that we can have what we want when we want.

Don’t get me wrong: I was hulking out when I first read about the new release date, and I’m still slightly irked, but I’m really, really shocked by the, frankly, infantile reaction from my fellow HP fans.

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I’m not giving Warner Brothers another cent until the Half-Blood Prince is released. Refusing to honor a long-standing commitment like the original release date for HBP is bad business practice. I don’t support bad businesses or crappy customer service, so why should I support Warner Brothers? They need to learn just who pays their bills.

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“it is my belief that if we react so ludicrously to something so insignificant, then we are ill-prepared to consider anything that really matters and that would have an actual impact on us as human beings!”

That’s an interesting thought process. I think it’s good that people are standing up to the falling standards of certain multi-billion-dollar companies. I think that sort of activism prepares people to stand up for more important rights, when those rights need to be defended.

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here is a suggestion to make even more money WB…....when june comes rolling announce that you are now splitting the half blood prince in 2 parts and HBloodprince 1 and half blood prince 2 will be released a couple of months apart. OFCOURSE this will only be in favour of fans as we would have even less of a wait until the next one comes around!!!!!!!!!! who the hell changes the release date after showing the trailer..so much for careful consideration.

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Get over it people. Move on with your life, you’ll see it eventually.

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Well… Now that the teams working on the film have been given a new lease on life, I expect to see a film that is dazzelingly brilliant and more than two hours long.

Here’s hoping that hackers don’t break into Warner Brothers’ computers and do the promised November release anyway.

Mr. Horn’s statement reminded me of seeing Queen Elizabeth on TV a few days after Diana Spencer was killed. (Damage Control!)

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The thing I just hate is they never say what the big reason is that they changed release dates :| Not impressed.

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I remember being screwed a few years ago when WB decided to cancel the show Angel, and then basically slapped in the face when they had their little “Thanks to the fans for supporting the show”. WB has become just like any other company – greedy. Perhaps they will eventually team up with the gasoline companies for a double-slap. I was looking forward to another late fall release – it’s my favourite time of the year anyway, and it is cold enough to wear full Potter costume without sweating (whether it be Quidditch or school robes, with scarf). I was already unhappy that they didn’t recast Christian Coulson as Tom Riddle (which I know isn’t WB’s fault, it just ticked me off). Now this release date change, and it isn’t even a good delay reason. I don’t plan to go see the movie this time. We all know WB mostly wanted to change the date to make more money, therefore I will not pay that ridiculous theater price so they can make even a cent off of me. (I think my friend may be dragging me there at wand-point, and under penalty of death, but I already told her I will not pay anything, she has to buy my ticket.) If WB cared anything about the fans, they would realize we would go no matter what time of the year it is, and they would not have pushed the date back 11 months! As much as I hate Fox, I never had to wait additional time for any of the Star Wars theater releases. Even Disney released all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies on their estimated dates, and as much as I like Disney, I admit that they have become one of the greediest entertainment companies in the entire universe. Wake up WB, before no one goes to your movies.

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I kind of want to use an unforgivable curse on that man! What crap!! It’s all about money to these people. The dedication, we as fans, have shown means nothing to these people. Only thing it means to them is another ivory back scratcher. Money, money, money

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I’m just as annoyed about this whole ordeal as the next person too!!

However its nearly the end of August before we know it, it will be christmas then it will be easter and then its only just around the corner.

Melissa’s book will be here in November and Beedle the Bard will be here just in time for christmas, i wish i could go to my dvd collection and pull out HBP but i can’t but i can be patient and hope against hope that its worth waiting for.

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I’ve never made a comment before, but after hearing HBP has had the date moved, thought I should. I’m very disapointed that WB have done this; stunned actually! and I’m middle aged so god knows what the younger generation are thinking? Sure they are thinking stronger thoughts than what they have written above anway! This is no more than a money making exercise for WB They say the filmHBP is a good film and worth waiting for, though they are worried about competing against other films released at the same time. If that is the case they can’t have much faith in film if they think that! It’s an insult to all the Harry Potter fans who have remained loyal no matter how they have changed the films from the books. I go and see the films at least 4/5 times at the pictures to last me until the DVD is released. WB have no valid reason to change this date and yes we will wait has they know we will, but it does not make it right. Very frustraiting!

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I really don’t think that WB had thought about the fans as they claim to be.. i just think they’re more worried about making the top on the box office on the new release date… and it’s not fair for us who’ve been waiting for several months to wait any longer that we were supposed to… Im really upset.. and i don’t care what any of the WB members have to say.. it’s just not right.

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Again, if WB had changed the release date much earlier in the year, no one would have been this upset. But to wait until only three months before the movie was due to be released, after a trailer and promotional stills had already gone out—it is really, really amazing. Has this ever happened to any other major release? And not even for technical reasons. My initial thought was that the movie must have tested really badly among the WB execs and they want to do heavy reshooting or reediting. But why not just admit that is what is happening, if that is the case? I don’t see why they would want to spare David Yates’ feelings and make themselves look so bad by saying they needed to change the date just so they could make more money a year from now. It is just still very puzzling.

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It is completely irresponsible of the WB.I mean,who the hell would get the brainwave to defer the movie just to reduce the gap between HBP and DH .Then they add that they weren’t trying to hurt the fans!!!! Really ridiculous! And if all to mint money then shame on them. FLOBBERWORMS!!!!!

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I think the second statement proves that maybe we [the fans] have raddled their cage a little…So I am not sure if we should give up the fight yet.

And also Mr. Horn expressed that ‘it will be worth the wait’. -How??? -The film is in post production I highly doubt anything they have previously planned in the film will be changed on behalf of fans!

-And it is an absolute insult to suggust the fans are being insane! -We are not the one’s who scheduled a big movie right next to another big movie when they have had plenty of time since the writers strike to change the date, given the situation happening this past year!!!

It is just bad taste to start the promotion process which includes the long awaited teaser and then slap us and advertising companies/publications with this!!

So no, WB, I am still very mad at this decision!

Once agian it is not like they chose a January or Memorial Day Weekend move…which I would take either over July!

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buddy, this is just crap it is all about the money…there are other things in life..you should be ashamed of yourself with everything so expensive now, everyone working so hard-you feel you can just up and change something that we love you have no right

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WB owns the HBP movie Not the fans. Yes WB is a company like all that are in business to make as many $$$$ as it can. So deal with it as their decision and wait till July 2009. My own opinion is that HBP is awful as it is so WB is going to use the time to rewrite, reshoot & reedit HBP. Then next July they will release a much better HBP movie, with some added scenes to as WB said to pacify the fans! [well I can hope] A question I always ask is why do they change things from the books so much? Again my view is that the books being as great as they are why change things for the movies! I hope that HBP will be much better than OOTP which I thought was awful. So much was cut out & changed then poorly condensed just awful. The HP books are the true joy to me NOT the movies. As we all reread them we see the journey of our beloved Harry Potter in our own minds that way it is perfect to all of us as it was written. Put in perspective the world we live in is facing many many serious problems, this is just a movie, so wait till July 2009 to see it.

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To everyone who is boycotting and want WB to know about it, there’s only one way to do it. A spokesperson is needed that will capture the attention of the media. Until then, all we are to the WB is a bunch of whining fans. If our supposed spokespeople on Mugglenet and Leaky won’t help, we should find someone who will.

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I still say boycott a WB movie - today! My protest is I am going to not go see a WB movie I would normally have gone to see for each time I would have seen HPB. (Sorry, Brendan Fraser, I luv u, however…).

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I can’t believe him. “Worth the wait”? The film is complete, Warner Brothers will be sitting on it for the next 8 months, the wait is not going to make the film any better! It is not “worth the wait” for anyone except Warner Brothers!

There is no silver lining at all. Now there is a 2 year gap between OOTP and HBP instead of HBP and DH Pt 1. No difference, really.

I still can’t believe how poorly thought out and rash this decision was. Not only for the moviegoers but also for all those companies who now have factories full of Half Blood Prince film merchandise (toys, sweets, video games, Lego) and no film to sell it alongside. It will be a disaster for them. It’s so clear that WB thought about themselves…and themselves, when they made this decision.

As before, I’m still boycotting the entire theatrical release of HBP and everything else from Time Warner for the next year (at the very least) and will be getting every last person I can to do the same. That hasn’t changed. The fact that Warner Brothers is even bothering to make another statement at all, and this time to fan sites, means that they’ve realised that they’ve brewed up a storm that was bigger than anticipated. Keep protesting guys. Email Warner Brothers, tell IMAX and your local cinema of the planned boycotts.

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I beeing in my fiftys have seen many movies, alot of them made from the books they were based on. So it comes as no surprise to me that Harry Potter movies are so different than the books.this said dont look for many changes in the movie just because it is delayed a year the movie is in the can and ready for release they do not have the money or the inclination to make wholesale changes now the movie that will be out in July is the same one that would have been seen in November. There has been alot of discussion about the new release date on the HBP they took a chance that what ever they did we the fan base would still go and see it which is correct for the most part we will and as some have pointed out they own the movie so its up to them what they do with it this is true and yes they are in buisness to make money by providing us entertament the thing some forget is that if you mess with a product to much you risk loseing your customers just look at a famious soft drink company they changed the taste and no one liked it they then had to go and bring back the old taste lesson learned, something that Time Warner has not figured out. You don’t mess with the Product that includes the release date! Yes we will wait but not all of us will still want to go. Time Warner it time to listen to your customers they are not happy with you at the moment and that is not good for business or your stock share.

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I agree with Anne. They only care about money. Otherwise, the films would have all been done right.

They aren’t saying they’re doing any more work on HP6 to make it better, they’re just moving it. It won’t be any different.

WB is my least favorite of the music/media conglomerates for many reasons. Idiotic stuff like this is one of those reasons.

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Moving a much anticipated movie was a horrible call. Sure they had the success of Dark Knight already in the bag but I ‘m sure they have another movie coming out besides Half Blood Prince that would have done well next July. And November 21st is at Thanksgiving – hello!!! School age children are out on holiday – they will have plenty of time to go and see the movie during all those matinees (and if mommie and daddy won’t schedule the time I am sure their high school/college age cousins or brothers/sisters (who love the book and movies also) would take them.

So here’s my stand! They’re making us wait 8 months – why don’t we make them wait 8 months and 1 week. They wanted a staggering review of box office sales; and that will certainly be staggering; I’m sure WB will certainly get the picture that , “hey let’s not mess with those crazy HP fans and their movies!”

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one thing i would like to ask,though, isn’t it a bit funny that in the first place we do not get pictures and those we do are as bad as none,we get a teaser trailer which is pathetic,warner brothers change the release dates all of a sudden and all that idiot Horn says is that ’’they love their fans’’.they simply refuse to comment on such a drastic change and compensate with absolutely LAME sentences.the movie is delayed 8 months and the reaction is ZERO. INFACT;whatever reasons they give behind the change in date are baseless. i mean,the movie is ready,public is waiting despserately for it and three months prior to the release they change their mind.Something is fishy,don’t you think?

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giggles. one word: twilight.

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I AM READY TO ACCEPT THE NEW DATE ONLY IF ALAN HORN RELEASES A VIDEO ON YOUTUBE IN WHICH HE IS DANCING WEARING BANANA LEAVES ,A WHOLE PILE OF NOODLES DUMPED ON HIS HEAD AND SINGING ’’WARNER BROTHERS ARE DUNGHEADS AND I AM AN A## ’’ .if he does’nt,then we want the dates BACK!!!

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I would have understood if they had decided to delay the film’s release because they needed to add more or edit or make it better in any way, but they came out and admitted it was a financial decision. They have the right to delay the release, but as a movie goer, I have the right to wait until the DVD comes out and skip the movie premeir altogether. I’m that disgusted and angry!

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Maybe I wouldn’t have minded this so much if they hadn’t decided to move it AFTER they had already released the trailer. Seems to me that this is a sure indication that nothing in the movie itself is going to be changed; they’re just looking for a way to squeeze as much money as they can out of us. I agree with Cecilia: go see the movie during the second week of release, so it totally screws up their opening weekend numbers.

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@bella vita – Thanks for checking it out, glad you got a laugh out of it!

Seriously, folks – this really does suck. And the Harry Potter characters feel the same way – they’ve been working so hard on these movies, and to have their fans disrespected this way is causing them heartfelt grief.

For anyone who missed it first time around and needs a good laugh in the face of all this unhappiness, go here (remove the spaces after pasting the URL):

ht tp://mrssplapthing.blogspot.com/2008/08/alan-horn-voldemorts-right-hand-worm.ht ml

and here:

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Cheers, M

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“That’s an interesting thought process. I think it’s good that people are standing up to the falling standards of certain multi-billion-dollar companies. I think that sort of activism prepares people to stand up for more important rights, when those rights need to be defended.”

Damn it! It seems that I’m ill-prepared to express myself. >_<

To clarify, I have no problem whatsoever with the expression of grievances; some of these attempts to protest I’d agree with and support if I felt strongly enough about the date change. What I’m insulted by is the, as I’ve said before, infantile behavior exhibited by a lot of people, not the perfectly reasonable and inspiring calls for activism. If you can change it back or lessen the length of time we’d have to wait, go for it.

“I agree with Anne. They only care about money. Otherwise, the films would have all been done right.”

I completely disagree. WB does not make the movies; they distribute them. I won’t even ask what doing the films “right” means. :/

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WB has been courteus enough in giving HBP’S dates to Twilight.so why does’nt twilight get just as polite and give its date to HBP?

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I hope Mr. Horn doesn’t think that this scripted statement of fake concern is going to quiet us all down. He kinda reminds me of Umbridge a little bit, trying to make us all good little children who won’t fight for something we really want. I’m sure he and his pals are busy thinking up another statement right now. What’s that saying we all know so well? Oh yes: “I must not tell lies.” Think about that and how you’re really treating the fans, Mr. Horn.

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The WB is full of it. FIrst they blame it on the writer’s strike, and now they send a short, empty apology to pacify the thousands of people they dissapointed. They knew they had nothing to lose because the people who are most upset are big enough fans to go see the movie anyway. Shame on them.

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“If I may offer you a silver lining…”

Um, how about our silver lining is just giving us the effin’ movie when we were supoosed to have it?

They’re really good at making it seem like they’re doing this for our benefit, aren’t they? Keep up the good work people—at least the boycot threats and letters are starting to get a reaction already.

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I love the comparison to Umbridge!

I’ve heard people listing a variety of options for how to respond to this. My daughter is going to see it, but only once, and a week after it comes out. After all, she will have learned a lot about waiting by then! Then she’ll just wait for the DVD.

I saw the last one three times, and I’m going to see this one only one or two—and then wait for the DVD.

I know some people already working on getting a bootlegged copy, and I know some who will see a bootlegged version before—who have never “done” bootlegged movies before.

I know one person who plans to buy a ticket for a non-WB movie, and then sneak into the HP movie after the pre-movie stuff has started. They check your ticket when you first go in, but if you go to the bathroom, they don’t check when you come back.

There are probably other options as well. If we brainstorm, we can figure out ways to push back at Warner Bros without depriving ourselves ast HP fans. I started a blog where people can share their ideas for turning Warner Bros into “Wah-Wah-Waaahhhhner Bros!”

Join the rebellion!

http://hpvinnovember.blogspot.com/

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OK, so now they’re saying it will compete with TWILIGHT?

Here’s an idea—all HP fans delay seeing TWILIGHT by one week. Hurt them on BOTH movies.

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its all about the money. they would simply make more money in summer. dont they have enough already?

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They will only make more money if we put up with being manipulated like this.

Beyond urging everyone to make a plan to “sock it to them,” I suggest you email Warner Bros. and tell them what your plan is, whether it is seeing the movie one less time, or delaying watching it. Heck, tell them if you plan to get a pirated copy. Let them know what you think.

here’s their email address:

http://www.warnerbros.com/main/help/customer_service.html

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It’s time for a WB boycott. Look – we’re all going to see HP6 so it’s not credible for us to boycott that. Let’s boycott other WB films – and tell WB why we’re doing it.

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” It’s time for a WB boycott. Look – we’re all going to see HP6 so it’s not credible for us to boycott that. Let’s boycott other WB films – and tell WB why we’re doing it.”

You mind if I post that on my blog?

http://hpvinnovember.blogspot.com/

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My goodness you’re all silly.

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Juan, I’m definitely not going to see HP6 in the cinema at all and it’s perfectly credible for me to boycott it. I am a huge HP fan but WB has crossed the line and I am so firmly opposed to what they have done that I am willing to sacrifice something I really want to give WB a reality check. = )

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Whereas you, Esther, have read all these posts when you think the topic is “silly.”

Wasn’t that … er … SILLY … of you?

I agree with Matt. It’s time to give Warner Bros. a reality check. I personally cannot do what Matt is going to do—skip the movie, but I don’t think he’ll be alone.

If anyone wants other ideas go to

http://hpvinnovember.blogspot.com/

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Confused and sad gunna have to wait but the summer is a good time for movies and look on the bright side at least there will be a movie!

(I know this is a slightly crappy – bright side – )

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The heck with the “bright side.” That’s like saying someone punched in the face, but the bright side is he didn’t kick you in the knees.

Warner Bros. doesn’t underatand the concept of “fan base.” Customer loyalty is not to Warner Bros. But to Jo Rowling’s ideas. We would have been just as digusted if the publisher had delayed publishing the last book for 8 months after announcing when it would come out. But they wouldn’t have been that stupid.

There’s a number of things we can do. I’m NOT skipping the HP film, but I will boycott all other Warner Bros. movies until the HP movie comes out. Other people who saw the last one several times will see this one time less. A number of people will see it but wait a week so they don’t have ginormous sales the first week.

A few people have said they just won’t see it at all, but I don’t think it’s ncecessary to do that.

Whatever action a person takes, I hope he or she will email Warner Bros. and let them know what their choice will be. Here’s the email link:

http://www.warnerbros.com/main/help/customer_service.html

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surely it must have been moved forward as Daniel cannot film as is appearing in Equis … he’s got to do what he’s got to do I guess… but I am disappointed… me and the family usually enjoy watching the DVD at Christmastime.

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“surely it must have been moved forward as Daniel cannot film as is appearing in Equis … he’s got to do what he’s got to do I guess… but I am disappointed… me and the family usually enjoy watching the DVD at Christmastime.”

“Hermoine,” the film is FINSHED. Radcliffe could not have taken the part in EQUUS if he had a conflict with the film. They scheduled Equus around his Harry Potter schedule, not the other way around.

This is simply a financial decision by Warner Bros. They think they will make more money this way. It’s that simple.

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The only way to get them to change the date back would be to show them that we’re unwilling to spend our money if they’re going to jerk us around. Of course, that would mean boycotting the movie and i doubt enough of us are willing to do that, so we’re stuck.

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Here is the text of an email I sent to WB in case anyone wants to use it as a template for their own. There have been many circumstances in the past where a fanbase rallied against the production companies when they felt they were being wronged, so hopefully we can take a stand against this and even if we can’t change the date of release at least we can show WB that they are harming themselves.

This is just to let you know that in response to the decision of WB to move the date of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince from Fall 2008 to Summer 2009, a decision based wholly on the greed of the corporation and desire to increase profits at the cost of the fans, I am boycotting all WB movies including the upcoming Harry Potter film. Whereas I usually go to the movies once a week, and I have seen each Harry Potter film several times in the theatre as well as purchasing DVDs, I find that WB is taking advantage of fans of Harry Potter and I am disgusted. I am hoping that the majority of fans will join with me and Warner Brothers will find that by making this decision in the hopes of increasing profits they have in fact harmed themselves and will see their profits declining as proof of the strength of this fanbase.

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This is a pathetic attempt to calm the fans by WB. It most definitely about money. They see next summer shying in comparison to this summer after the release of The Dark Knight and just want a guaranteed summer blockbuster lined up for next year. Obviously the WGA strike stirred things up a little bit for them and now they are paying the price so they have decided to manipulate timelines in the interest of only them and not us. Them patronizing us into thinking that “it will be worth the wait” makes me ill. We all know that the film is close to ready, and if you think that they will continue to keep filming into the new year is just silly. There is no way that they could ever make me believe that pushing back 9 months is justified. I could see a couple months, but in no way to the middle of next summer. Bottom line its for their stockholders and money makers, not the fans.

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Okay, first of all, ALAN HORN, YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, I was looking forward to seeing that movie. Alan Horn had to ruin it though. The people who also said that he’s a greed I agree with you. He is being a greed. From today, it was a 2-month wait. But NO!!!!!!! Now we all have to wait until July.”Didn’t mean to upset fans…”or whatever he said….I’M A MAJOR FAN AND I AM UPSET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Sure, I can look forward to it in July because most summer movies suck, but I was looking forward to it. The others that say he’s full of B.S? I wholeheartedly agree with you. Thanks to him, I’m really sad now not to mention ticked. And Alan Horn can blame himself for all that.

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I agree with most of you – I am so mad that they moved the release date. I’m boycotting WB movies and telling everyone else to as well. I also e-mailed WB to let them know how pissed I am!!!

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WB BOYCOTT

JOIN THE BOYCOTT OF WB MOVIES. The movie is complete. WB wants more money for the summer 2009. Boycott every upcoming WB movie until the release of the new HP movie. Sign the petition to get the movie moved back to NOVEMBER. The current WB movies are the dark knight, and sisterhood of the traveling pants

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“we share your love for Harry Potter” No they don’t, they only have a love of money. If they couldn’t have got the film ready in time then why the hell release the teaser trailer, especially saying to be released this year? I’d have understood if they hadn’t left it so late which just screams of trying to slot it into a Summer timeframe to make more money rather than worrying about getting the film right. All I can say is that the longer they wait the more audience they’ll lose. Kids are growing up and aren’t as interested anymore (especially after reading the books and knowing how the story ends), the people they’ll have to appeal to is the true fans, the majority of whom are much older and see the transparency of WB actions in cashing in and treating the fans so poorly. I wish New Line had been given the rights to these films. JK should have spent a lot longer choosing who would produce the films and been more careful (or maybe she never wanted the films to be as great as the books and she knew WB would give her that).

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WB we waited 18 months for this movie to come out and now we have to wait 7 more whats the difference if we waited another 2 years for deathly hallows?????

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