Teaser Trailer for “Half-Blood Prince” Now Reflects New Release Date

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Aug 21, 2008

Posted by SueTLC
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As painful as this might be for some, WB has sent us links for the “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” teaser trailer which was released a few weeks now, now sporting the new release date of July 17, 2009.

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128 Responses to Teaser Trailer for “Half-Blood Prince” Now Reflects New Release Date

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WB officially sucks… money-decisions suck too =/

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painful, very painful

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I even thought that is the new trailer. Hate WB.

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its not different and it hurts to see that stupid ‘july’ posted there. WB is trying to kill us book HP fans. is anyone else annoyed about that part about ginny by the lake. what is up with that? WB is killing ME at least.

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oh….sh*t ..i am dying on the inside…..........dementors are draining my happiness

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its not different and it hurts to see that stupid ‘july’ posted there. WB is trying to kill us book HP fans. is anyone else annoyed about that part about ginny by the lake. what is up with that? WB is killing ME at least.

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Yep. Salt in wound.

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stupid stupid stpuid, that is all

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wow im literally in tears right now

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Yup. Painful. At the moment, I am scheduling my viewing of the movie 15 days after release (WB’s percentage of profit drops to 25%, 75% to movie theater), watching it only once and then renting the DVD from the library thereafter. ( I use to go to the midnight opening nights before.)

They are so close to pushing me out of even that and just skipping the movie altogether.

By the way, the taunting by other HP fans saying, “we all know you will change your minds next year,” is just really mean-spirited. If this doesn’t bother you fine or it does and you don’t care to do anything about it, posting such scornful comments really makes me question whether you understood anything about the books at all.

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Who cares any more. This year its been tough being a Harry Potter fan. I don’t know what has turned me off the most the Trial over the Harry Potter Lexico or this fiasco. Harry Potter use to make me feel good and happy, now its a bummer. I am moving on. Enough of this drama. Over at

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and it still doesn’t say 2009…..... only …..July…... probubly so they can change it again to 2010

ginny by the lake doesn’t bother me in the least…it’s a film not a book..what does annoy me is the change of the release date

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arghhhhh…. i’m sooo mad at WB….....

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I am not wasting my time on this. WB has just runed it. I will not search for anything new about HP. Just too long a wait. Nothing they do or say can change the damage. There are plenty of new stories out there. I am going to stick my nose into some new books and see what I can find.

Let’s face it guys. HP is over. Can’t stretch it out any longer. No new HP books and I mean the actual story and no movies.

Time to move on!!!!!!!

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Whatever release date they are giving NOW we have to look at as tentative. WB has lost all trust from the fans, and I fear excitement for this movie will have completely disappeared by then. Anyone who makes opening night plans is a fool and just asking to be disappointed.

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Talked about a kick in the you know whats

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Yeah, it hurts, but I’m still going to see it at midnight. That’s just too much fun to miss now that they’ve apologized. And it’s not over- this site is still here, the movie is still coming, as is DH, and Beedle the Bard is coming in December- that’s a Harry Potter-themed book, by J.K. Rowling, no less.

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I’m not seeing any WB movie until HBP comes out …..... if a lot of fans do this than WB will be starving for our money by the time July comes around….

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  • harumph *

Thanks for the salt in the open wound WB.

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I love it. If we’re all not as distraught over this as you, or some of us can actually wait until July without committing Fandom-hari-kari, we’re either not real fans who didnt understand the books, or we’re fools. Nice.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, this fandom can really be self centered: the movie doesnt come out when I’VE expected it to, so I wont go; the book for charity is not IMMEDIATELY available to ME, so I think Jo’s rotten.

Yes, it’s disappointing, but it’s not the end of the world. It’s a darn shame that you are willing to let such a normal scheduling change, that happens to movies all the time, ruin your enjoyment of these movies/books. I dont know why you think the HP movies are above these kind of scheduling adjustments that dozens of movies go through. Seems to me like your intolerance for WB means that you didnt really understand the message in the books.

Frankly, I cant wait for July, and I STILL plan to go to the midnight showing. And yes, I am very much a fan. I guess I’ll have fewer people to contend with in the lines that night.

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People, come on, it’s only a movie. You still have the books and the previous 5 movies. It’s not like we have nothing. And to those questioning if it’ll make the July release date, there’s no way they’ll move it from that spot. They’ve very clearly purposely repositioned Half-Blood Prince into the exact same spot that they released The Dark Knight in this year. They are clearly going after the same numbers that they got for The Dark Knight. It’s not that shocking.

And if they didn’t fix the release date on the teaser trailer it wouldn’t make ANY sense seeing as the job of a teaser trailer is to not only tease the audience with the movie, but to tell them WHEN to look for it. They can’t have a teaser out there reflecting the wrong date.

You have to remember, yes they are interested in pleasing the fans and making good movies, but the movie business in this day and age is first and foremost a business, and with the economy what it is and the recent strikes, the move DOES make business sense. I’m not going to let my dissapointment in the move in release date spoil my enjoyment of the movie when it comes out in July, nor my enjoyment of other Warner Brothers releases. And I’m certainly not going to cry over it. There are, after all, other movies out there to see, and other books to read.

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I think we should gat over that we hate WB. I think there was a good reason that thay desided to change the movie date. They have naver done it before with the rest of the films. Yes like you guys i was very angry but now i am over it and now we can in joy the year and see all the things WB gives us. It is still coming out it is not like we will naver see it. I think thay want to make it the best harry potter movie.

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Kick us while were down WB!

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cries. huddled up in the corner of the room

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It’s recent trailers showed a November release date, WB should honor their committment, this is a fan based movie, and fans will go weather its winter or summer release. I vote for a movie boycott, if we don’t go they do’t make money! The less money made at the box office the sooner it will go to DVD. WB has decided to hold out on the fans for more profit, so why not hold out on WB! They already gave us a let down, so what is the big difference between July 2009 and November 2009!

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that’s a very short-sighted response. “if we dont go, they dont make money…. the sooner it will go to DVD”. Yeah, and the less likely they would be to continue making movies (or good ones) for DH. Do you really think that if HBP failed at the box office, that they would be that willing to invest the millions into DH.1 and DH.2???? NO, they wouldnt. And before it’s said (because it was the last time I made that arguement), WB owns the rights to the movies. If WB doesnt make them, they do not get made. No one else can even try unless they buy the rights FROM WB!

Folks, chill…. does it really make sense that you are so disappointed in a LATE release of a movie, that you wont see it at all??? makes no sense to me.

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It’s so heart wrenching hearing this big drum at the end as the “July” caption flashes in. It’s almost like a hearing your own death sentence. :(

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I’m patient… I think. I’ll just get through my senior year of high school and than celebrate my graduation with HBP opening! Ok, I feel much better now. :D

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If they delayed the movie because they need to fix it how can you add or delete to a movie that has finished production. Do they call the actors back for re shoots?

Someone please explain if they can do this. Or, did they just move it for the money?

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I don’t want more trailers! I want the movie!!!!!!! wb only cares about money, money, and then more money.

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Phrased perfectly, Sue. So very, very painful.

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I don’t know what to think. I mean, yes WB is a business and yes WB needs to look out for their best interests financially. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be a business and the HP movies as we know them wouldn’t exist. But there is a point at which financially beneficial decisions become avaracious decisions. If they knew their fan base any at all, WB would realise that a summer release would not guarantee them excess profits. Look at Prisoner of Azkaban. If the movie is a good one, it will sell itself independently of its release date. If I were to say that the HBP is any good to begin with, it will perform more than well in November, especially when one considers that the prior November realease date was the Friday weekend before Thanksgiving, a busy shopping and spending week. I only hope WB is confident that HBP is as good as “The Dark Knight”. —and to Ton: If the movie need to be fixed, so to speak, it means that editing of the film (music, pacing, or overall touches) wasn’t finished. All the “material” was finished, but it wasn’t put together completely. I wouldn’t rule this possibility out, because I can’t imagine much else being as embarassing to WB as telling the fans, as well as media, that they didn’t finish a much anticipating film on time. That’s my thought, anyway.

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this reli sucks.. hw cud they do this.. its alryt 4 them they dnt understand our pain…

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lolololol, they are taking the piss now

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wow, some of you really need to get a real sense of perspective. there are people homeless, starving, at war, grieving, whatever…and you’re on the internet whining about waiting 8 more months for a movie to come out. what a spoiled bunch of brats.

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this sucks

u know how they r saying that they move movie6 to next year to make the gap short for harry potter 7 well thats nothing new bc its always been like that we see 1 movie one yr and the next yr we c another one we wait 2 more yrs to c the other movie so its nothing new.

2001= sorcerers stone 2002=chamber of secrets 2003 2004=prisoner of azkaban 2005=goblet of fire 2006 2007=order of the phoenix 2008= HALF BLOOD PRINCE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE HERE!!!!!! 2009 2010=deathly hallows part 1 2011=deathly hallows part 2

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@ugh – I should clarify: I did not mean that anyone who goes to opening weekend is a fool (as I admit I probably will). I just mean it would be foolish to count on any date WB gives us after this stunt. I admit they probably won’t postpone it again, but they went back on an advertisement/promise and have disappointed a lot of people, and who knows when they’ll do it again. I’m just saying they’ve lost lots of credibility here. And I think most of us understand the economics. But part of business is pleasing your customer, and they know there are going pros and cons of what they’ve done. There will be ramifications; we’ll just have to see how severe.

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the recent star wars movie was distributed by WB as a big harry potter and star wars fan mabye J.K ROWLING should consider selling the movie rights to 20th century fox at least they would deliver in november when there sopposed to

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well, I heard from someone that the real reason behind the postponing of the movie was bc they didn’t want it competing with Dan’s Equus on Broadway. Now I seriously doubt that. the movie would still have been huge in november even with Dan on stage in Equus so its kinda pointless to make us wait that much longer for a movie we’ve been anticipating for a few years now. And saying that moving HBP to July next year will narrow the gap between HBP and DH, thats kinda pointless bc its actually making the gap we have to wait worse from OOTP to HBP. So pushing it to next year makes no sense to me at all bc it just gives us a longer wait til we can actually see the movie. I will probably still see it in theaters, whether I go opening weekend or not; the only bonus is I might get to go to the midnight….if I’ve decided to forgive WB by then or not I still hate WB though, and they should jsut stop trying to apologize to the fans bc some of us don’t plan on forgiving them anytime soon. those of you who have already moved on and dont care, then fine. that’s your opinions, but don’t be mad at those who are still upset and need to release their feelings about this. and yes, like many of you said already, the july at the end of the trailer is very depressing and jsut drums the fact that we have to wait in harder and brings back the pain.,...”like salt in a wound”

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Hello, my name is Victory ( Victória in Brazil ) and I am the world (Brazil). Joined this site and loved, despite being saddened by this news. I just want to say that we are together in this fight. When Harry Potter! kisses

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I don’t know about you guys but I am wayyy over being angry about the push back. At least we still know it is being released. Right now all I am going to anticipate this year is Beedle the Bard. I’ll still be rereading the series like I always do every year to get my HP fix and plus Azcatraz is coming up next year so it would be fun helping out with that! I’m still a huge HP fan, just not so much of WB. Let’s not take our hatred of WB on HP and the fandom.

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The WB would absolutely make money off of the HBP even if none of us die-hards went opening week. The audiences they are catering to with the move would go. So I’m not going to miss it. As I’ve said, I accept their apology. And more importantly, I think it’s crazy to abandon the fandom over this. Even if they recast Deathly Hallows entirely with dung beetles we would still have Harry Potter. The seven books are the heart and the soul of the series. The movies, while loads of fun that I enjoy very much, are one vision of the epic series. We will always have Harry Potter as it truly is. I do read other books and see other movies and I enjoy nearly every story I come across, but Harry’s is my favorite; so there is no way I’m abandoning all of this over half of a year.

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Ugh, you kind of proved my point that you’re reading comprehension needs work when you commented: “I love it. If we’re all not as distraught over this as you, or some of us can actually wait until July without committing Fandom-hari-kari, we’re either not real fans who didnt understand the books, or we’re fools. Nice.”

What I said was, “By the way, the taunting by other HP fans saying, “we all know you will change your minds next year,” is just really mean-spirited. If this doesn’t bother you fine or it does and you don’t care to do anything about it, posting such scornful comments really makes me question whether you understood anything about the books at all.”

In other words, you not caring is okay. You taunting those that do care makes me question whether you understood the books.

See the difference?

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if they wanted it to be July….why didn’t they put it then in the first place??? i don’t mind the wait….it’s the taunting i mind.

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Noticed they didn’t put the year2009,,,,guess they are covering for themselves in case they deside to release it in July 2010 …..not funny WB

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Really, guys? The trailer is awesome. Sure I’m upset about the movie, but so what? I’d rather spend time waiting for some editing or such to be done and think it’s fabulous instead of releasing it in November and it being mediocre.

‘Ugh…,’ you said it great. We can be so selfish, and quite frankly, I’m getting annoyed with this upsurge of rebellion. Believe me, I’m just as big a fan as the next person on here, so don’t think it’s because of that.

After a while, this buzz will die down about it.

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Oh yeah, that definitely hurt. I winced at the end >.<

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ZZZ, don’t you tell me that there are other things like war. I almost lost my husband to this war. I think we all realize that this is JUST a movie. However, when something is advertised for one thing or the other and you don’t get what’s advertised, that is called false advertising. That is not legal. Most people are going to complain. Now, I will say it again, if there were post production problems people would have complained and been upset, but I don’t think that there would have been this much outrage. What is outrageous to me is that you extend the movie date for pure profit. The profit that we as fans and moviegoers provide. The better customer service the company provides the more money you make. Big companies are starting to act entitled and are forgetting that concept. The CUSTOMERS make the profits for them not the shareholders. I think these movies are something in this world that makes us happy. I know it makes things a little brighter for me. So while we haven’t forgot all these problems in the world ( I must say that HP fans seem to be very generous when it comes to all charities), these things help us get away from all the problems, if only for a little while.

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Harry Potter has always helped me get through the day. HBP was one of the few things that I was looking forward to this year. But it’s not like that was the only thing that I was looking forward to, I’m getting a puppy in four weeks! (okay, sorry that was off topic)

If there was anything that could be done to get the date changed back then I would be more then happy to do it and I would be more upset with WB, but if nothing can be done then, “let sleeping dogs lie” and, “there’s no use crying over spilled milk”. Like I said I’m upset, but if I can’t do anything, then there’s no use me being upset over something that I can’t change.

Of course now I don’t have to worry about missing school because I went to the midnight showing….I guess a really, really, really, really, really thin silver lining. On the other hand many of my friends will be moving away for collage, so I might not be able to see it with them…....okay, now I’m upset again. Still there’s nothing I can do.

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Stupid computer….....

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New teaser trailer ending…..

Harry: Did you know then?

Dumbledore: Did I know that the movie will be pushed back 8 months? No.

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“Coming not so soon at a theatre near you!”

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All I can say is …it sucks! I am disappointed, my children are disappointed, we have been walting and counting the days till November…first the movie, then the theme park, we had it all planned out…”when are we going to Florida again?” they ask…

Now…it is delayed…as we figure the themepark is probably delayed too…while we love HP and will always be fans, its sad that we have to wait so long for the next installment…

I just hope, Jo, you will hear your fans pleas, and write again…if Harry’s storry is finished, we all can see so much more that can be written!

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WB made a big mistake to annouce this when the movie was just three months, they should have come up with this decision months earlier. i really doubt it has to do with the writer strike( they should have come up with a better excuse than that). I truly think it’s because of how successful the dark knight was. I bet they would put the trailer of harry potter in the release of the dark knight DVD to broaden the market base. Overall it’s a profit potential for WB, and they are taking a risk( since this has upset many fans), it’s isn’t a huge risk but a risk. this move might backfire on them. so time will tell if they did the right thing

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Professor Potter, that was brilliant! Anyone reading or posting comment should check out what “professor potter” wrote.

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The whiners need to stop acting like they are in the majority and that everyone agrees with them. Grow up and move on!

I am really looking forward to HBP and frankly don’t care how long it takes.

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Hagiographer13, you took the words out of my mouth.

Although I wish they’d put the full release date (July 17, 2009) rather than just “July” in the new version of the trailer. It’s going to confuse some rather, eh, thick-headed people.

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I’m just so upset!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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cries This sucks!!! I was all ready for November and then WB had to go and do this! So painful! But there is one benefit to it though… it comes out less than 24 hrs after my 21st birthday. lol. fun. Can’t wait to see it though…

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It’s really greedy of Warner Bros to move the release date back just so they don’t have to compete with other people at Christmas. They don’t have anything more on the film to perfect (apart from the studios greediness) so why the hell can’t they release it at Christmas? HP is one of the most well known franchises known worldwide and may conquer Disney’s Bolt Movie this christmas!

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Hagiographer13, we ARE in the majority. In case you’re unable to read the poll on Mugglenet which is overwhelmingly in the “I feel like a kid who just found out Christmas was rescheduled” category. It’s also pretty damn obvious looking through the comments on Mugglenet and Leaky that this is indeed a majority view. Perhaps it is you who should grow up and stop skewing. Many are still against WB’s decision and many of us will remain so, up until and beyond July 2009. Nothing that you say is going to change that. The only time this will change is that when Warner Brothers admit that they made a mistake when they made this decision (which is only good for their own business, and affects other businesses and individuals negatively), and reverses that decision. That is entirely possible, by all reports they cobbled up this date change in a week or two without consulting anyone outside their company. They can certainly do the same again.

There are so many issues at hand here. It’s not just the disappointment at having the release date snatched back an additional 8 months just a few month before the original release date, it’s the way the release date change was handled. WB had released international release dates based around that date, and had even ADVERTISED the November date as part of a theatrical trailer which some theatres are still showing with the original date attached. Then WB formulated a plan to push back the date 8 months in order to make sure that their 2009 gross looked good, since they didn’t have much lined up for 2009 and don’t need the additional gross for 2008 due to the success of The Dark Knight. This was due to WB’s errors surrounding the writer’s strike. What made this strike happen? More greed and apathy from WB and other studios. Seems like they keep making the same mistakes, doesn’t it?

WB decided to pass these errors onto the consumer (corporations passing the cost of their errors onto the consumer is the most common recipe for corporate hatred). But not only that. The entire change seems to have been signed, sealed and delivered within a matter of days with little or no consultation outside of Warner Brothers. Even Entertainment Weekly, part of the Time Warner parent company, didn’t know of the date change. IMAX didn’t know. None of the merchandisers knew.

Now the merchandisers have all got factories full of merchandise (toys, video games, Lego) but no movie to sell it alongside. But WB didn’t think about the financial loss that those businesses will now have to face. They only thought about themselves. It’s terrible corporate greed, arrogance and selfishness. Warner Brothers would never have lost as much as the merchandisers are now going to lose. It’s not the gross that was the problem, it’s when WB got it.

Whether WB makes the money in 2008 or 2009, it’s still the same money, it’s not going to disappear into thin air. This might be a tax dodge, but I don’t care. See above. Still doesn’t justify what they did to all the other businesses that are negatively affected by the change.

I won’t stand for it. And many others won’t stand for it. So I will be boycotting Time Warner and the Half-Blood Prince film throughout it’s entire theatrical run. And so will many others. Imagine if WB came up with another massive moneyspinner that they never anticipated next year, or the year after. HBP could be pushed back again, or one of the DH films.

Protests do work occasionally, but for them to work the fans need to be seriously united. WB is getting the message, and they’re in damage control mode. If they didn’t think there was any potential problem they would never have bothered making one apology, nevermind two.

No, Warner Brothers is listening, and they’re getting worried, but they still expect us all to give up and go away eventually, leaving them in peace to count their money, and then to flood into cinemas like obedient sheep to watch HBP come July. So keep sending the emails and making the calls to Warner Brothers, everyone! Also call your local cinema or IMAX and let them know your views on this matter.

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Victoria…..........The film [ HBP ]was complete and ready to view [no more editing]a while ago.David Yates said as much.WB is changing the release because of The Dark Knight …..or maybe even Watchmen ..which is their fantacsy film coming this year…....and has nothing to do with HBP needing more work. They need a tentpole film for next summer an realised HBP should be it.This desidion was something just made…....more than like it is the reason it took so long for us to even get a trailer.

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Merlin’s pants. Do they think that’s gonna help us forgive them? Just rubbin’ salt in our wounds, aren’t they.

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I guess my problem with the outrage and call for boycotting is that I just can’t fathom it. If they canceled the film, I understand protest and boycott. The actors aren’t getting paid fairly, I understand protest and boycott. They are ignoring JK Rowlings input? I would protest and boycott! However, they pushed the release date back? Protest and boycott for what?

In 2000, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published. The fandom then waited for 3 years before Harry Potter and the OotP was published. We waited 3 long years without word of a release date. Some people begged for a release date if only to have something to look forward to even if the release date was going to be changed. During that three year period, instead of fans boycotting and leaving the series (even though some did), the fandom grew because we were anticipating the wait.

The difference this time is that this is the movies and many of us fans are not as partial to the movies as we are to the books. I got that. But there is a lot to be said for waiting a few more months, which is all that they have asked. Also, I am not sure, but isn’t there also an anticipated actor’s strike for 2008? Might WB also be bracing for such a strike? If the strike occurs, all promotion would end anyway—-no actors could appear on television shows to promote anything, no red carpet affairs, nothing. While this isn’t the main motivation, it probably could have added more weight to making this decision.

Also, it wasn’t false advertising. WB fully intended to release the film in November when the trailer was distributed and since they have changed the date, they changed the trailer so that it isn’t false or misleading. There was nothing deceptive about it.

Also, this change in release has happened before and many movie production companies do it for a variety of reasons. And yes, I understand HP fans want to show that we are not to be trifled with and it can’t just happen to us. But I don’t feel that having to wait a few more months justifies the outrage. WB could have changed the date, not contacted any fans and moved on. They are thinking what is best for profits which in the end is what is best for the movies and the continuation of the series. But I feel this argument is futile and that some fans will still be upset. I hope by July these arguments will quiet down and we can go off and enjoy the movie together like we have been doing for the past few years…

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For all those thinking it’s a money decision (including WB) they are flat out stupid. By this time next year the US economy will be doing better than it is right now (all signs point to that) and as history will show big time movies do best during economic slowdowns because people want to escape the world they live in. Dark Knight is an obvious example of this – do you want to go to Six Flags and spend over $100 to take a family for a few hours of fun or take them to the movies for less than half the price?

For those looking for proof of the crappy economy = box office success check this out. http://money.cnn.com/2008/08/21/news/companies/Movies.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2008082209

WB is really stupid and will end up missing out on money because of this – no matter what they think economics show it to be a stupid decision…

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Patience, I would never boycott because WB were ignoring Jo’s input. I accept that the films are the films and the books are the books. There are going to be changes. Jo has no final say on anything that goes into the movies, and she knows it, though I’m sure she greatly appreciates the fact that the production team are taking her advice on board when they don’t really have to.

This boycott also has nothing to do with how partial I am to the movies compared to the books. I don’t care a jot that the movies cut loads of plot detail out. That’s the nature of a film adaptation. How partial I am to the movies depends only on how good they are as films, not on how faithful they are to the novels on which they are based.

Now, as to your comparison between this issue and the issue of the three year gap between the GOF and OOTP books. I’m sorry, but that is actually an extremely different issue and quite irrelevant.

The books were written by one person. With films, if someone has to take time off work they can most often be replaced (except the actors in scenes where they cannot be replaced by a double). With a book, you’ve just got one person who is irreplaceable.

If Jo had finished OOTP, and the book had been edited, the cover art completed, and all the copies printed and ready for shipping, and then they had decided not to release them for another 8 months, I think a protest would have been perfectly justified. You understand what I am saying? The difference is that the HBP film is completed and ready to ship to cinemas.

There is no other legitimate reason to delay it than WB’s wish to have the film’s gross as part of their 2009 figures rather than their 2008 figures. The delay in this case has nothing to do with hardships, writer’s block, family commitments or any other thing that may have slowed Jo’s progress in writing OOTP.

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In response to the rest of your comment, Patience:

It’s not “a few more months”, it’s eight months! That’s eight additional months where the merchandisers have to decide whether or not to release their merchandise and sacrifice some (in some cases possibly most) of their profits because there is no movie or hype accompanying that merchandise, or to pay to keep it in storage for eight months. Either way it’s a disaster for them.

But WB didn’t think of that, because WB consulted NO ONE. They didn’t tell IMAX, the cinemas, the merchandisers or Entertainment Weekly (part of their own parent company), they made the decision in a matter of days to suit some whim that the WB executives had.

And I never said, nor tried to imply, that WB advertised the November date falsely. I fully believe that WB formulated and went through with the release date change in a matter of days, and that prior to that WB had planned to release HBP according to the original November 21 date and the international release dates that had just been revealed.

That is actually what is so disturbing, that it was done at the last moment (in a film schedule for a massive blockbuster like HBP, three months before release is the last moment), and even though they had even released the international dates, and started advertising the November 21 date which has now been seen in trailers by possibly tens of thousands of people. By the way, they have only changed the date online. Trailers with the original date are still running in cinemas.

It is even more disturbing that they are willing to let the little guy (the merchandisers, cinemas and all other businesses affected by a sudden, last minute release date change with no warning whatsoever) crash and burn just to make WB’s 2009 profits look as good as their 2008 profits, even though they would have made mostly the same amount of money anyway, just in a different year.

Surely you understand what I’m trying to say? WB is not only being extremely unkind to it’s audience (who are the very people that pay their bills and hand them their enormous profits) but also to it’s business partners.

What I am trying to show you is that businesses can’t (or should not be allowed to) just do whatever they need to do in order to make money, they need to please their customers and business partners. Businesses have to have a conscience, they have to balance capitalism with social justice, and that is what WB has utterly failed to do.

What we are hearing from some people is that Warner Brothers is not going to listen, Warner Brothers will not change their mind, Warner Brothers will do as they please and we have to accept it. These people need to examine their reasons for saying what they are saying.

I believe that these people would all really sooner have HBP returned to it’s November release date. But they also believe that there is no way that is going to happen, and we must move on. Moving on is easy; it’s easy to accept WB’s greed and selfishness, to accept the way they’ve treated the excited and expectant movie audience, the way they’ve treated their business partners. It’s easy to say “I can’t do anything”.

But you CAN. You can stand up for what is right, what is good, instead of doing what is easy, or what is convenient for you and maybe, through protest, make the world just that little bit better. Protest is not evil. Protest is having pride in our own power to induce change.

There is also no shame in taking this issue seriously. War, crime, disease and poverty are all terrible things, but just because we are eager to protest this one particular injustice, it does not mean that we cannot put the world into perspective. We (myself and other boycotters) are not going to be pouring our entire lives into this boycott, but we do feel extremely strongly about this and we are going to make our feelings known, because we know that with enough support, change will occur.

We must choose between fighting this injustice; or giving up and going to see the film, giving our money to a company that has done wrong to many with (what myself and many others believe to be) not enough legitimate reason for doing so. It is as our darling Albus Dumbledore said, the difference between doing what is right, and what is easy.

If we all stick together, do everything we can, boycott the film together with fans and casual moviegoers alike, we can do it. Nothing is impossible. Saying something is impossible is giving up before you’ve even begun. Protests and boycotts of this nature have worked before, they can work again.

The worst that can happen is that we fail, and have to wait a few more months to see the movie on DVD. The best that can happen is that; not only will we go back to how things were before this whole sorry mess of the date change began, but we make things better for the moviegoers, the merchandisers, and we remind WB that the viewers still have the power.

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Well said, MattJ. I totally agree with you.

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I have written my e-mails to WB etc and although I now feel that they will not change their minds given the ‘new’ trailer ~ I have not and will not change my mind over this. I will not go and see HBP in the first week of release (perhaps even longer if I can hold out). After having to wait all this time what difference will an extra week or so make. To me not a lot but to WB a huge amount if enough people boycott that first week at least.

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I totally agreee with MattJ. One of my friends at work was teasing me about how I felt and what I was doing in response. ( Cancelling HBO, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, writing letters, etc…) The CUSTOMER, ( the person who pays the companie’s bills and mine) told my friend that she was happy that I was doing something about it. She said that while she was upset about the decision she didn’t have the gusto to do anything about it, but that she was glad that there were people who decided that they should do something about it. By the way, I am the one who said that it is false advertising. It is false advertising by this standard… WB put on their movie trailer, website and so forth that the movie would be released in Nov. They also put out international release dates. Then a few days later they changed the date. It is false advertising. It is not legal. Their selfish decision not only affects us, it affects hundreds of thousands of other companies. Other people who are trying to make a living.

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No offense, oh loquacious MattJ, but the folks posting on the HP fan boards are certainly NOT the majority of the film fans. If we were then these films wouldn’t all be in the top 20 grossers. It IS about business, money, and if these boycotts hurt HBP’s business, then the people to suffer will be the folks who make the films (NOT the studio but the actors and crafts people) who may see a cut-back for the final 2 films.

Like I said— it’s done, it’s time to move on. There are far more important injustices to protest than a film rescheduling.

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Looks amazing, very much looking forward to seeing it. Love Gambon as Dumbledore.

On the July realease issue at least the gap between HBP and DH will be a lot shorter and we may all appreciate that more than you might think.

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To all of you who disagree with what patience has said, the WB is a frigging business… they HAVE to make money.

If you have read the latest entertainment news, the WB is facing a lawsuit from 20th Century Fox concerning the movie rights to “Watchmen”. Should “Watchmen” be delayed, they could bump up HBP’s release to March 6, 2009 to fill that slot (not saying that’ll happen, just a distant possibility). The WGA strike affected a lot more than what people think and Warner Brothers have to cover their losses for 2009 should T4 and Watchmen are duds.

And not every Potter fan has a computer… a great amount of them do, but there are some who just don’t have the Internet. Simple as that… not everyone is mad about the move

People, it’s time to move on. The WB isn’t cutting us fans slack for the last-minute pushback and it’s coming out in July ‘09.

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I hate you wb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am Obviously not happy about the move, I mean I could understand if there was huge problems with the movie or something like that. I could even understand if they pushed it back just a couple months. But I think Pushing it back 8 months is idiotic and that WB should have put more thought into it.

However I am a bit disapointed in the fights between HP fans who have differing views on the subject of the move. We don’t have to all agree or attack someone verbally for not agreeing. Everyone deserves to say how they feel but I think the more people fight amongst eachother in the Fandom then the more the Fandom will split. I think there is nothing wrong with Boycotting to try to get a point accross but I also will not attack other HP fan who don’t mind the move date. I think its important that we remember why we’re fans, we love the series. Just because some people are not unhappy with the move doesn’t make them less of Harry Potter Fans.

Lets just try not to attack eachother, If people like me plan on Protesting and Boycotting to a point then we should do it and not criticize people who don’t wish to do that. And for those of the oppisate oppinion, who think that Boycotting or Protesting is a waste of time, please just let us do it in peace. We don’t have to agree on the subject but we should stand together as fans and try to be peaceful about the situation.

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Here, here Joeys_Mommy.

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I think WB can get f*ked!! I certainly wont watch any more WB films until the release date. And anyway, if they cancel DH films the whole world will be in an absolute uproar. WB r going 2 get what they deserve until the release date, i hope there r others that r going 2 support my cause!!

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To anybody who thinks protests/boycotts don’t work: They’ve worked on large companies before.

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Hagiographer13, even if HBP made 0 dollars and 0 cents WB would still have more than enough money to make the Deathly Hallows film, with 0 cutbacks. The budget for Order of the Phoenix was reportedly about 150- 200 million, so if we take the max. figure (200) and double that we get 400 million. That’s still under HALF of The Dark Knight’s total gross of 800 million. Of course, WB already has massive resources to begin with, and TDK is but one of many WB films, but it gives you an indication of how much money WB has coming in every year.

Of course, there are no circumstances in which HBP would make that little money, no matter how hard we campaigned for boycotts. We can potentially take a big chunk out of the gross, but there is no way that a boycott would even come close to sabotaging the Deathly Hallows films and I’m surprised you don’t realise that.

No, the people commenting on these fan sites are not the majority of average moviegoers. They are mostly core fans. That said, even on non-HP sites, such as general news sites, the response has been overwhelmingly negative. I think that if you could survey everyone who had been planning to see Half-Blood Prince, a vast majority would be against the date change. However, that is obviously just speculation.

I’m also sick of the “there are far more important things to worry about” angle. We never said there weren’t more important things. This issue does rate as important to us though, even if it doesn’t for you.

Matthew, yes, WB are actually paying attention. If WB wasn’t worried about the opposing fans and the damage they might end up doing, they wouldn’t have bothered making those two statements (which were apparently supposed to be “apologies”). WB knows perfectly well how numerous and how influential Harry Potter fans are, and they are worried that the protests and boycotts will still be going strong come July (which they will be).

We don’t care about how poorly planned WB’s line-up in 2009 is. WB didn’t care about screwing over their writers, expectant moviegoers and merchandisers. You understand? Some of us believe that business is not just about making money. Making money is all well and good, but you have to balance it with treating your business partners and customers fairly. Otherwise, stuff like this happens; those customers don’t want to do business with you anymore.

Ann, WB made the decision to change the date in mere days, and it seems they didn’t tell anyone outside WB about it. They can reverse it just as quickly.

Lazy Kitty is absolutely right. Protesting and boycotting can absolutely work. There is absolutely a great chance that WB will reverse the date change if we protest strongly enough. What is so bad about wanting to make that happen, I ask you? Even if WB doesn’t reverse the change, a solid boycott of HBP will hopefully go some way to making sure that WB doesn’t try this again with the Deathly Hallows films, or any other films they release in the future.

Thankyou luciusgal for your actions, I applaud you! Thankyou to everyone else who has given their support.

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I HATE WB!!!!!!! :( :(

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I loved MattJ post. That is what it is in essense to me – a chance to show a big and greedy corporation that they should NOT lie to their customers, a chance to remind them that sometimes when all they are thinking about is to make a few extra millions, they are risking a possibility that they may not GET those millions and in fact get less money than they were planning on getting.

I will say even more, I do NOT expect the release date to change, I am not naive, really. But regardless, to me it is just a chance to make apoint, which may work or not, again I am not naive.

And please, please stop telling the fans who want to try and boycot to grow up, to move on, please respect if people want to do it. As I said before, I most definitely respect those who do not want to boycott WB and I never would call them bad fans or anything like that.

Moreover, I decided to boycott WB and I will do so, they will not see my money for the movie till the month after it is on, but I am not even asking anybody else to do it, I think it will be very cool if a lot of people will boycott in July, but I certainly do not have an energy to go and ask other people to do it.

It is my personal choice, and yes I also think that WB is nervous and that it may very well work. But if it will not work, oh well, trust me that’s okay too.

I just decided to try.

Alla

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Right on, Alla. Whether WB reverses the decision or not, I think boycotting is still the right thing to do. = )

It’s just not fair to reward WB for this.

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DO NOT reward Warner Bros for this. Please visit my blogspot, which brainstorms ways to push back while still seeing the movie when it FINALLY comes out.

http://hpvinnovember.blogspot.com/

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Could it also be because the new Twilight movie is comming up? It’s popular too (personally I like HP a whole lot better. and, what the heck was she thinking about in Breaking Dawn??). Maybe they wanted the best possible outcome of their ticket sales.

Just guessing.

I’m just trying not to think of it as basically a year away!

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Whoa, pretty…........er….........’intense’ battle going on here Kinda interesting. So i guess I’ll add to it. :D First off, I’m totally okay with the date change. Sure, I was pissed at the beginning, and felt like raging at Alan Horn. But after the shock subsided, I accepted it. I realized that there really wasn’t much i could do about it, and no purpose would be served in boycotting WB, cause lets face it, they make some excellent movies. that’s my opinion. I’m not going to try and convince the rest of you to see it in my more peaceful way. But I am going to tell you why i think some of your reasoning for hating on Warner Bros.is flawed. Right, first with the false advertising. It isn’t. Not in the slightest. Sure, they said November. But it isn’t false advertising. They in no way ‘deceived’ the customer. They simply changed when they choose to release THEIR product. Maybe they wanted to make improvements. And some of you will start blabbering about money, but you have no concrete evidence as to why they moved Harry Potter, and either way, they had every right to do so. If it WAS false advertising, I assure you, Warner Bros. would be in a rather tricky lawsuit right now. As it is, they are not. Next, all of you seem to have a powerful urgency to ‘stick it in the face’ of the greedy corporation. I find it a bit funny, that you choose to mark this as the time to attack corporations, when we have had much worse happening to us in the past. The corporation is so deeply etched into society now, there really is no going back. Harry Potter is indeed a big franchise, but overall, you wont be able to phase Warner Bros., an d though you may be noble and try, you are doing nothing. I think you all think that Warner Bros took this decision lightly. If you do, you are sadly mistaken, No one decided to move one of pop culture’s biggest phenomenons over night. It was obviously one they discussed. And they have every right to attempt to maximize profits, because they are a business. You guys can all talk about integrity and what-not, but in the end, you guys don’t really know business if you don’t realize that, then you have to take a good long look at the world we live in. As our dear Arabella Figg once said, “There is no use crying over spilt potion”. What’s done is done. Let’s all just move past this, and try to enjoy what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest movie events of 2009. I am not rewarding Warner Bros. for this. I am still angry, and will probably harbor some suspicions about Warner Bros. But they still have my trust. I guess the thing that bothers me the most about this is, you people are actually considering skipping the movie, just to prove a point. I cannot possibly FATHOM missing a Harry Potter movie, because i dreamed about seeing Harry and the gang on the big screen at the age of seven, and when that finally happened, I was ecstatic. How can i hate Warner Bros, for giving me something I had wanted so badly? And while this issue is indeed important, if it rates so high on your list that you place most of your efforts in trying to bring down WB (good luck), then dude, you really have to check your priorities. I guess i commend your determination, but your reasoning for it is really quite weak. Well good luck to you protesters, you guys’ll definitely need it.

P.S: Since you guys all whip-out the Harry Potter references, I’ll bring out one of my own. Imagine, for a moment, that the Quidditch World Cup had been delayed, by a SHOCKING eight months. The NERVE of the Federation!. Harry is outraged! His best friends and Ginny, share in his disappointment in anger (though Hermione is secretly quite pleased), and they all spend a rather dreary afternoon roundly abusing everyone involved in the Cup. But over the next eight months, Harry’s heart yearns for Quidditch. He feels the need to see the players take to the air, the tension in the chase of the snitch, the blood pumping satisfaction of seeing a bludger make contact with the opposing team that dares take on England. Haryy realises, that though he was quite upset by this delay, Quidditch means more to him than eight months, and that, in fore-sight, his resources would be put at better use in his Auror duties, then trying to bring the World Cup back. As the eight months eventually pass, Harry, accompanied by Ron, Ginny, and a mysteriously moody Hermione goes and sees a thrilling final, in which a surprising Canada takes a resounding 770 to 40 victory over the favorites, Transylvania. Harry never regrets his decision to attend this World Cup for a second.

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“I’ll bring out one of my own. “

Sorry, but YAWN. if YOU don’t want to take any action you of course are free to do nothing. I personally think that those who do care can think of a variety of ways to respond to this.

I also suggest that all who haven’t given up (we can’t do anything? How do we know? We haven’t even tried! Suppose - since we’re speculating about the story - Harry had said “No way can I beat Voldemort, and I’m not about to be the sacrificial lamb,” and just went and hid? I think people who relate to Harry best don’t lie down so easily!)

Here’s the email address to let Warner Bros know what you think and what you plan to do. Be specific. :)

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

PS—don’t expect a reply.

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hmm…anyone here a lawyer or a poilceman? If so please state. Some theaters are still showing the preview to non HPFs who dont know about the change.When poeple go to see the movie on that day and they don’t get a movie that was advertised,its called false advertising. THIS IS NOT LEGAL!!!!!!!!!! let the suing begin.

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I am as frestrated as anyone by WB’s decision, but what, pray tell, is a policeman - or a lawyer, for that matter - supposed to do? What law has been broken?

http://hpvinnovember.blogspot.com/

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JamesP7, you are absolutely right, corporations are part of our life and I have no problems with it. I just think that corporations sometimes should be reminded that customers are those for whom they work as well, not just shareholders , since customers bring in a lot of their profits as well.

I am just saying that it will not hurt IMO to remind corporation once in a while to treat their customers with respect, that’s all. Personally as one of WB customers, I do not believe that I was treated with respect and I am responding to that. That’s all, nothing more nothing less than that.

And of course I am only speaking for myself, but I am not going to skip a movie, I will see it, but a month after it will hit the screens.

Of course, it is easier for me to do that, since I am first and foremost book fan, but I always saw the movies at least twice as well. Nope, not this one. That would be once and then DVD, maybe.

And yes, every other movie but OOP I never went for opening weekend, so to me it is totally doable.

I totally understand if people cannot wait, there is no way I would be able to not get Bard right away for example, so I understand it.

But I CAN wait and that is why I will wait just a tad longer than I usually doand maybe if I can hold off for DVD, much longer, but we shall see about that.

Alla

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susan schmidt,a poilceman can arrest someone. The lawthat been broken is false advertising.if u advertise somthing ,and it’s not what was advertised,it’s called false advertising.when people see that the movie was coming out on the day it was advertised, WB broke the law.someone do somthing!!!!

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It isn’t false advertising. At the time WB promoted the movie, its release date was in November and when they realized that they were changing the release date, they changed the dates in the trailer to reflect that change. They did not knowingly deceive anyone. I highly doubt the WB execs decided to make the release date November only to change it as November neared. It isn’t a good marketing move (a great move financially in the end most likely) judging be responses thus far and isn’t a decision you make lightly, that is for sure. Judging by the summer line up, Harry Potter will not only fare better, meaning more show times, more movie theaters showing it, and thus more revenue in the end.

I am not sure about the boycotting-only because unless one is to completely forego the WB/Time Warner brand, the boycott isn’t going to affect the movie studio execs so much as the lower paid jobs-they are going to take the hit first (the effects of the writer’s strike which was definitely a worthy venture). Is it a good reason not to boycott for what you may believe in? Only you can decide.

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Oh my gosh, you guys! Chill! No offense, but so many of you so-called “fans” are being really immature about this. Movie release date changes happen all the time. That you’re ready to commit seppuku over something so trivial is really quite pathetic. News flash: The reason big movies (including Harry Potter) are made is to make a profit for the studio. As much as you might like to believe that the sole purpose of WB is to cater to your every demand, that is, sadly, untrue. Would you be out selling lemonade in the middle of winter? No. You’d wait until the summer, when more people would be likely to buy it. WB is doing the same thing. You also have to consider that in that fall season, they would be competing with another big franchise: Twilight. You try selling your lemonade with a nice hot chocolate stand next door. Sure, it’s okay to be disappointed by the extra wait. Believe me, I was. But just think about how much longer you’ll be able to enjoy the whole HP era if they stretch it out just a little longer. Or how many more times you’ll be able to see it. (Summer is generally synonimous with more free time for students, at least) Those of you who are on the “brink of death”, just- relax, okay? Take a deep breath and realize that it’s really not all that bad. Then devote all that frustrated energy to a more worthwhile cause. (Why not try the HP Alliance?) If this is seriously the worst thing that has ever happened to you, consider yourself supremely fortunate. Or if you truly insist on over-reacting, at least be sensible about it. (Boycotting the movie, for example, is not on the “sensible” list) If something like this was able to stifle your love for the Harry Potter series, I am afraid that I, at least, would not consider you very much a fan. So try to see the situation objectively, and prioritize. You’ll find that it’ll make the wait so much more enjoyable.

Yours truly, Jess

P.S. To mandi/Mahdi: WB is completely within its rights to make a change, as long as they make their consumers aware of that change. (Which, given the nature of the original post, they obviously have.) They have broken no laws. Given your very astute observation about the nature of a “poilceman’s”(? I will assume here that you meant “policeman”) job, you will understand that ‘they’ can not be put under arrest if ‘they’ did nothing contrary to the law. But by all means, if you wish to pursue a law suit against a billion dollar company for something they are entitled to do, I am not the one to stop you.

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Alla, I know where you’re coming from, and I would love to stick it to the big corporation. But if the cost is that i have to miss out on something from the Harry Potter world, then that cost is too high. And again, for the last time, it isn’t false advertising. Not in the slightest. More like consumer betrayal, but sadly, that isn’t a criminal offense :( And susan schmidt, I wasn’t speculating on the story, i was just trying to prove a point. It was just a bit of a joke, I didn’t expect you to take it seriously…......

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Thanks Jess, but boycotting certainly isn’t going to make me any less of a fan. Now you’re just being insulting on purpose by questioning my devotion to the Harry Potter fandom. Unfortunately you seem to have ignored a whole lot of my points and responded with some questionable analogies.

WB isn’t selling lemonade, they’re selling an entry in the highest gross film series of all time. In terms of actual gross, it doesn’t really matter when they release it. Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone was the highest grossing of the films, released in fall. Prisoner of Azkaban was the lowest grossing of the films, released in summer.

You get my point. It’s the quality of the film, the word of mouth, and the hype, which affect how well a huge blockbuster like this performs, not the release time. Everyone is going to take notice and everyone will make time to go see it if they want to.

Actually, it IS WB’s job to cater for the most reasonable of their customer’s demands. That is what businesses must do in order to keep their customer base. Unfortunately movie studios often find themselves somewhat immune to this effect, because they make movies and people want to see those movies. Not this time, though.

Movie release date changes do happen all the time, but rarely for such ridiculous reasons, and rarely are they pushed this far back. If they are pushed this far back it’s usually because a film needs work, not because someone decided they needed the gross next year instead of this year in order to look better for their shareholders, and decided to shaft the moviegoers and cause monetary damage to the business partners by moving the release of a completed film back 8 months.

Being a massive blockbuster with loads of merchandise, this will cause severe difficulties for all Harry Potter merchandisers who have poured millions of dollars into producing merchandise which suddenly has no accompanying film.

Twilight is not expected to gross nearly as well as Half Blood Prince, but if they had truly wanted to avoid competition with it, they could have gone for early 2009 and everyone, the moviegoers, the merchandisers, would not have been severely affected. Eight months is absurd.

No this is not the worst thing that has ever happened to us. I never said that. Believe me, far worse things have happened in my life (and most people’s lives) than a release date change, even if it is for a fandom that we’re really devoted to.

No, it’s just something that we feel strongly about. I expect corporations to treat people with respect, and balance their profit-making with social considerations and consideration of other businesses. Not just steamroller over them doing whatever they want. Some people will allow themselves to be steamrollered, others, like myself and others who are boycotting the theatrical run of the film, will take their money elsewhere.

It’s really quite unfortunate that you have decided to brand people with an opposing view as “immature” and “really quite pathetic”, especially when we’re trying to stick up for the little guy. Instead of supporting a corporation which does whatever they want, whenever they want, merely to make money at the right time, because it LOOKS better for their shareholders. Even when it causes financial damage to their business partners. WB needs reminding: customer comes first. Business partners second. Shareholders third.

We think this is a worthwhile cause. If you don’t, that’s fine. = )

Finally, this date change is not going stretch the “HP era” out any longer. All it has done is put the two year wait in between OOTP and HBP, instead of between HBP and DH part 1. The last two films are following the same schedule as ever (for now, these days, nobody knows what crazy thing WB might do), according to WB they will not be pushed back further because of the HBP push-back.

Anna: The thing is that the trailer with the November date was still appearing in theatres AFTER the release date had been changed. That IS false advertising. Seriously, someone in the US with a lawyer should look into that and see if they really can get WB for false advertising. Just a thought.

I must also add that a boycott of Half Blood Prince will NOT affect any jobs within WB any more than it will affect the production of the Deathly Hallows films. WB already has massive monetary resources, which have recieved a nice big top up from The Dark Knight. Even HBP making nothing at all would not be anywhere near enough loss to put WB in financial hardship and make some of their workers redundant.

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JamesP7, I’m sorry that you think the cost is too high. Sadly, as much as we all desperately want to see the theatrical release, money is the only way to reason with WB, and because paying for a movie ticket is the same as rewarding WB for making this decision, I will be waiting until the DVD release. It’s not the easy thing to do, but it’s the right thing to do.

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sorry everyone,i’m a bad speller and i meant policemen. : p

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o yea and jess,it is illegal because some theaters are still playing the unchanged version,so if you go to the theater see the unchanged advertisement/preview,and the movie doesn’t come out on the day thats advertised it’s called false advertising. Even if the date change was shown on the news,to people who don’t get the news or look online,and saw star wars,believe date is still November 21st. The reason i am saying this is because i think only about 50% of todays economy doesn’t know about the change, and the rest are HPF’s.If you’re a buissness man who barley knows harry potter,who you read an article about it,or check news on it online? No. you would go see stars wars with your son,see the November date, and think ‘hmmmm…. my son would like that movie’and go see it with him. only there’s no movie. so were not cause sing the false advertising,the people who don’t care are so THEY can sue. adios amigos(who are very sad) Mandi

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Grrrrrrrrrrr – everybody is so annoyed and freaking out which is totally and completley understandable don’t get me wrong I am a bit as well. But Harry Potter is meant to make us united and happy and all that jazz so if you are going to skip the film or go later or whatever than good luck one million trillion percentage. However, just remember Harry Potter has a billion and one feelings and at the moment a lot of people are feeling annoyed, upset and dissapointed but utimately Harry makes us happy (as corny as that sounds) just try and remember that. Oh and to all you people who are saying that next July people aren’t going to feel the same way and are just going to see the movie you must be semi sick and twisted! Just because you people have very little loyalties to Harry Potter doesn’t mean we all have.

HELP AND SUPPORT EVERYONE SO . . . . . . . .

WE CAN . . . . . . . . . .

STAND UNITED

*(rant over!)

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I am very, very, VERY sad right now! And quite mad at Warner Brothers. I’m also annoyed because they probably inconveinienced (i dont know if i spelled that right) a lot of people.

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JamesP7, and I also completely understand where you are coming from, honestly. I have a friend, who was just as annoyed as I am, but when I asked her whether she will be boycotting, she said no way. I asked her whether she does not want to try and make a point to WB, she said, yes I do, but I love the movies more and I won’t be able to wait.

I mean, we had this conversation and that was it. It is her choice, choice I completely understand and why would I want to degrate her choice or mock her choice or something like that? As I said, I seriously doubt that I would have been able to wait for the book one day more than it is necessary, if the choice was given to me.

I am not asking people to agree with my choice to boycott, moreover I am not even running around asking people to boycott, I think it is a choice everybody makes for themselves and no, I do not believe that one or another choice makes a person less a true fan.

All that I am asking is to respect my choice.

Oh and Jess, insulting a bunch of people just makes your argument weaker, I think. You have no idea what worthwhile causes I am engaged in, do you? But please be assured that while I do not consider boycotting a movie release a cause, I certainly consider it to be a point worth making and moreover the one that may very well work.

Oh, I do not believe that release date will change, as I said before, I am not naive. But do I believe that HBP underperforming may make WB think twice before changing the release date of DH? Yes, absolutely I do.

Even if there will be a chance that company will perform slightely better in one financial year than in another.

Alla

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You know, you boycott-ers are starting to get to me. :P I think i WILL boycott WB…....................with a few exceptions. I have my childhood weaknesses, that’s reasonable, right? I’m DEFINITELY watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And I’m also buying The Dark Knight on DVD, (cause when you think about it, the stores buy it straight from WB, so they’ve already got their profit, right? Mark-up on DVD’s is virtually non-existent. So I’m not REALLY adding on to that particular profit)..............................Batman is too awesome. But other than that…..................nothing. Terminator Salvation? As if. Watchmen? Ha. And Jess, Alla is right. I agree with you and all, missing the HP movie is a TAD drastic, but you don’t have to call them immature. We’ve all got some childishness in us, if you don’t….........................well, then you’re a bit weird.:P DOWN WITH WARNER (well….....for the most part)

P.S : mandi, it’s not false advertising. Trailers of the same studio are tied to the movies, so you can’t really put a new trailer in there, unless they ship new versions of the movie in question to every theatre. And about the spelling…..............it’s the internet, who cares about spelling?:) and MattJ….......................can you please give it a rest about what’s right and what’s easy, I personally don’t think boycotting the Harry Potter movie itself is the right thing to do. If you do, that’s fine, but can you not make it seem like I’m a little kid that doesn’t know right from wrong? Thanks ;)

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I agree with you, James P7. I think boycotting the HP moving would be cutting our noses off to spite our faces.

There are manyother ways to push back at Warner Bros, ways that won’t punish the HP fans.

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Have to say, disappointed – yes, but as a huge fan of all things Potter I find that the more films they do, the more I fall in love with the books. I am one of those fans that would buy a 4 hour faithful adaption of the book rather than the butchered theatrical version made for the younger ones to sit through. Plus, not to knock the actor himself but, Gambon’s Dumbledore has bothered me from PoA. Love Rickman and Smith and the trio are growing up wonderfully – but have all the books on CD and Mr Fry does a magical job – the full unedited book with wonderful characterisation fully formed. Didnt envy Steve kloves job at editing GoF but the version we have left me with a nasty after taste. Glad he did OotP the way he did – and glad they have decided to a 2 part DH so, it comes down to this guys – is the delay ‘For the Greater Good’? ..... will we get better films …........ time will tell.

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Not paying to see this. Will pay to see another film and sneak in. I went and saw the last films about 3 times at the cinema and for each premire organised 30+ people to go with a big group booking. Not this time. Screw you WB

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Thank you, aridnie ....what on earth was the scene with Ginny about??? I said that exact thing in a room full of people and they just all starred back at me…lost. Is there any further explanation about the scene?

And I am so exasperated by the new release date….I was getting very excited for the original date.

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Just adding that I will be boycotting the first week of the film, all other Warner Bros. films and all Warner Bros. branded merchandise through 2009.

It’s not a matter of momentary rage at having my Christmas jerked out from under me. Others have pointed out that Warner Bros. is a business, and businesses must make money. Well, that’s true, but when a business does a thing which displeases its customer base, it’s not immature or irrational for customers to withhold their funds from that business. This is the principal that our economic system is based on. Businesses that please their customers are rewarded with greater earnings. Businesses that displease their customers…aren’t.

People have been speaking like there is nothing that can be done at this point, Warner Bros. made a decision and that decision is final. Well, that’s not exactly true. The consumers, not the producers, have the power in a business relationship. Warner Bros. is depending on us for a return on their investment (in producing this film). We are in no way obligated to give them this return. I think a reminder of this will be instructional for our good executive friends at WB.

It’s our own money, we each decide what to do with it. Like others have said, boycott or don’t boycott, I’m not going to think less of any fan who makes a different decision than me about what to do with their money.

I highly doubt that Warner Bros. will end up profiting financially from this decision, however.

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I think that Curandera has a point. Maybe we should wait until 15 days after its release to go see it. If it weren’t for us, the fans, they wouldn’t have a film series and this is how we get treated I heard WB reported that the movie is completed and ready to go; the new date was chosen b/c a weekend in July was open. The only reason to make us wait is profit. They’re hitting us where it hurts so why not respond in kind!

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I like reading the comments on fan sites because it clues me in to the integrity of the Potter fandom. Fans are totally justifed in their anger against WB. We are not mindless drones and shouldn’t allow ourselves to be taken for granted. I agree with the boycott. I will participate in the boycott. For those who feel differently, follow your own path. You don’t need permission to do what you think is right. However, you should think twice before telling others what to do. We have voices, and we should make our voices heard!

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My first time commenting….so please excuse my clumsiness. If WB is a corporation, then doesn’t their fiscal year start and end as all corporations? This means that their 2007 fiscal year ended on June 30, 2008 and 2008 fiscal year began on July 1, 2008, am I correct? Alan Horn stated that the decision was made to change the release date so that they could recoup losses due to the writer’s strike, among other reasons. ( He stated that it was a financial decision when he made the announcement, if I am not mistaken.) Well, the writer’s strike ended in February of 2008; how is it possible for them to use the writer’s strike as a reason? If they did not make the money to recoup before June 30 then they had to eat that cost (although they can-and probably did-write it off on their corporate taxes that they probably file quarterly-every 3 months). So, if I am correct in my assumptions, that means that this is purely profit driven to change the date of HBP! So, Mr Horn, your excuses/reasons are not based on fact; and you and your executives at WB don’t give a rat’s rear about the fans-just their money. You have proven it, as you think that we are so woefully unaware of business practices that we would just accept what you said at face value and let you lead us around like a bull with a ring in its nose. And you have proven that you care even less for the smaller businesses that carry the HP merchandise, etc. I am a huge fan and have been since my daughter brought home the first book when she was in elementary school, she is in high school now. (I am possibly older than the majority of posters/commenters here.) So I am not someone who has just got on the bandwagon. I visit the websites and read the news, but do not go on chats or onto youtube, so I am not used to doing this. I will be boycotting the first week of the release of the new movie if they do not change the date back or within a month of the original date. And I will not watch any WB, or their subsidiaries, movies until they change the date or when/if I decide to watch HBP. Mr. Horn, this HP fan will not take this laying down.

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omg!! this is soooooo not fair! i am gonna go mad waiting for it to come out!!! i nearly cried when i first heard! lol! this is soooo not fair!!!

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This isn’t fair!!!maybe if we wait longer we will apreciate it more. I think many people are going to not bother anymore with HBP and many people have commented that they are not going to bother with HBP anymore, but don’t give up on HBP! it will be here, whether its this year or the next or the next.Anyways… just don’t give up on it!!!

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I hate WB!!!!!

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I can stand it if the movie will become better by that.

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Excuse me for my bad english, Im’ writing to you from Italy, I hope i’m understandable all the same: I should like to make a proposal to all those who are indignant – like I am – with W.B. for their stupid and unintelligible decision : why don’t we all send a lot of mail – I mean, thousands, hundreds of thousands mails – to their home page, explicating that, if they go on in this direction, no one of us is going to see their pictures (no one of their pixtures) until HP and the Half Blood Prince doesn’t come out? I mean, if they perceive they can really loose money with this decision, if they understand that it’s sure they’re going to loose money, maybe they’re going to stop, aren’t they? I hope to read in The Leaky Cauldron, in the next days, something like “sorry, you didn’t understand well, we have been misunderstood…” should be fantastic!!! A very bored girl

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i hateeee uuuuuuuuuuuuu WB!!!!!!!

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Glad to see we undertand each ther Susan Schmidt :D

and ROFL “cutting off our noses to spite our faces”; that’s an AWESOME analogy :P FOR, great that you know a bit about economics, but you’ve got a few mistakes in there.”Others have pointed out that Warner Bros. is a business, and businesses must make money. Well, that’s true, but when a business does a thing which displeases its customer base, it’s not immature or irrational for customers to withhold their funds from that business. This is the principal that our economic system is based on. “

Well, first off, you seem to have overlooked elasticity of goods. If the demand for a good is inelastic, consumers will usually purchase said good no matter what the circumstance (for instance, gas, the price keeps getting driven higher and higher, but people will continue to purchase it anyways.). However, i concede that the Harry Potter movie isn’t a necessity for everyone, so that might not apply.

“Businesses that please their customers are rewarded with greater earnings. Businesses that displease their customers…aren’t.” Let’s get a good real-life opposite of this….................we’ll say Apple for now, makes the iPod as I’m sure you know. Apple customer service is garbage. They consistently over price every product they sell. Heck, to replace an iPod battery, you have to pay 120$. How unreasonable is that?! A lot of people aren’t pleased with the way that Apple runs things, but in any case, they have the greatest market share in music players AND digital music distribution.

And I’ve got a question for you boycott-ers. I’m agreeing to boycott all Warner product except for the Harry Potter movie, and the Dark Knight DVD (or BluRay). But what use is there from not watching the movie for the first week? If you’re eventually going to watch it, they’re going to get money in the end. So I think if you’re really going to boycott the Harry Potter movie (though it would be, as Susan Schmidt rightly said, an ironic decision), you shouldn’t watch it at theatres at all? Just a thought.

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JmesP7, I am from California. The difference in avoiding opening weekend and going alittle bit later, is the amount of stock the movie industry, entertainment magazines and critics take in opening Boffo (Box Office). If HBP has a poor opening, it will be news in the entertaiment world. They discuss opening Boffo like it a sporting event. They may mention how WB alienated the HP fans with the move. If the box office take is noticiably low and the movie doesnt open at #1 on opening weekend, the world will notice. If it has big box office numbers on week 2. WB Execs would notice. Just my opinion. I’m in the boycott opening weekend crowd. Boycott midnight showings. You waited 8 more months, what’s another week.

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Belladonna, I am from Toronto, Canada. Ah, i think i get it. So you’re trying to destroy them by word of mouth. That’s smart. I think the majority of the boycott-ers are trying to hit them financially, that’s why i was confused. Good idea, I’ve gotta say. You know, the boycott has already gotten some publicity, there are some online reports about it. But you know, a slow opening weekend doesn’t promise much. Titanic, the highest grossing movie ever had an extremely slow start. But i suppose this is a different day and age….........

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“You waited 8 more months, what’s another week.”

Belladonna is absolutely right.

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I hate wb! theres no fing difference, the movie is going to be out for weeks so everyone is going to see the stupid movie sometime!

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squeezes eyes tightly together in pain.. so much pain..>__<

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If WB were smart, they would have kept the November 2008 release date. That way everyone would be making money. It’s winter, there’s nothing to do but to go the movies or stay in and watch a DVD and eat pizza. All of WBs movies would have made money because there are those out there who actually don’t care for the Dark Knight, Star Wars or movies of that ilk, but would have spent the money to see HP. If they were even smarter, they would have scheduled the release dates for the last HP movie in 2010. Part one in January of 2010 and part two in November of 2010. That way they would have made double what they usually would. Leaving the last part of HP for 2011 doesn’t make any sense since part 1 will probably be a faded memory by then.

July is not a smart release date because everyone is trying to get that last vacation in before school starts back in August, or they’re saving their money to buy school supplies, clothes, etc.

I have no idea what they’re thinking and it seems to me that they have become confident that no matter what their decisions (and I’m beginning to feel that Ms. Rowling has fallen right in their with them) people will still flock to see the movie. However, people grow up, lose interest or can’t remember why they wanted to see that in the first place. This has happened to me with the Dark Knight and the first movie Batman Begins (I think it was). I may watch it, I may not it just depends. I’ve forgotten what the first one was about. lol

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, but if I have to wait so long to see all the movies (providing I’m still alive and the world is still in existence), my interest wanes and is replaced by other things and other characters.

There is also the possibility that the US economy will be worse next year and the year after that. It’s going to take a lot of work to straighten out the economy and it’s not going to be happen in three years, maybe not four. WB has missed it’s marked and caused a lot of people to suffer. Especially, as was previously mentioned, the merchants who had their merchandise ready to market in November. I’ve already ordered the game from Amazon whose release date is in November.

If this change was approved by J.K. Rowling, then all I can for her is that she was not considering her fans or the others that the movies support and shame on her. Maybe she’s made enough off the HP books, movies and the merchandise (that won’t sell this year) that she’s lost sight of her fans and their wants. Which is really what it should be about because without fans, you have no profits.

That’s just my two cents worth, and I wish JK would demand that WB release the movies as originally scheduled. But, I doubt very seriously that our opinions and cares worry them the least little bit and I can guarantee they are not losing any sleep over it.

Dragonmyth

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Where do you guys get this WB getting more money for post-poning a high-budget movie’s, such as the HP franchise, slated release?

In fact, knowing people who work in WB they’ve already calculated the amount of money they will loose for post-poning the release.

They extended the release because of actor-related issues. Also, hasn’t all the other HP movies taken two years to release?

Not to mention, having watched four sub-par HP films I’d rather wait another year and have a great movie, versus a rushed post-production phase. Additionally, if there really is actor-related issues, I’d rather be comforted by the notion that WB management cares for the relation with their actors and acted with their best interests in mind. As well as ensuring all of the actors continue filming for the DH movies.

You all seem like snide, spoiled, and selfish children. It’s a movie you can watch it in a year, buy the DVD and have it to cherish for an eternity.

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I’m sure at one time in your life you’ve had a disappointment that made you act like a spoiled, selfish and snide child. Give the devil his due and let them express their right to vent. They’re standing on principle which is not a bad place to stand. More people should try it and maybe we could make a difference in this world.

Dragonmyth

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Oh!! That’s not fair!! I have been waiting for many time and now thay have decided to change the date.. July it’s too late.. We will have to wait another year!! This has disappoint me too much. :(

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