Supposed New Marketing for Half-Blood Prince Comfirmed Fake

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Apr 07, 2008

Posted by SueTLC
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UPDATE: Thanks to WB who confirmed to us that indeed, supposed early marketing and a new photo of Dan Radcliffe from the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as seen on this website, is indeed fake.





92 Responses to Supposed New Marketing for Half-Blood Prince Comfirmed Fake

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sweeeeeet!!!!! hahah 1st

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Woah. He looks a lot less like Harry and a lot more like James.

1st comment?

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Well, if that is Dan, he looks a lot older in the picture.

I’m still surprised we haven’t been bombarded with HBP images yet. Do you think they want to wait before the teaser is released to start releasing new images? I think it would be kind of neat to make the teaser the first thing we’ll see.

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Hopefully this means we’ll be getting more pictures now but i keep saying that so we’ll see….

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I think he looks the same as always =/ And that that pose is getting lame. Come on WB, be creative!

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I can’t see it!

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Cool!

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Are we sure thats actually a new photo? It looks the same as Ootp, same pose, same outfit. Kinda looks like they just superimposed the pictue to a new background. I could be wrong of course!

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very cool i want it!!! even though its in german, but i do have to agree with Amy S that pose is over used, but even so its cool, and yah he does look like james, but would that not be noprmal as he gets older? except for the eyes Lily’s eyes…...

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Bad photoshop, WB!!

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Aha, as I suspected, I have absolute proof that I am indeed , ..wrong…as usual! Just made a comparison with OOtp posters. yeah this looks new but as Amy points out, same pose. Except, I like the pose. Its a cool pose.

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Honestly, some fan posters look better. WB needs to give us the good posters like they have done in the past. Still it isn’t a terrible poster and Dan does look a lot older! It’s going to be great!

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actually harry must be old because ron,twist,seamusidean and neville do look old.

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Well, I like it- I’m not one to complain about poses, so I’m pretty content with this odd (but great!) bit of news. :D

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A simple marketing promo poster.Nothing special.I can’t wait for the official teaser poster, actually.I hope it’s something satisfying.Anyway, yeah Dan looks older and anyway…I’m curious if that pic of the castle is new or old.

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By the way, I didn’t mean anything by saying Dan looks older. Obviously at some point he will no longer look like a 15 year old. I just meant he looked like he was in his mid-twenties because he was so polished looking.

I expect that the Dan part is indeed a new photo, but that company created the “poster.”

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Yea! He can pose however he wants as far as I’m concerned! Can’t wait for more HBP pics.

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Aw he looks.. fuller. Which is great! Makes him look a little older than in OotP. I wish they had posters for Ron and Hermione too though.

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Yeah, it’s not really a movie poster, it’s just for toys and stuff like that. I’m also more interested about the castle. By the way, you can see it’s a new pic of Harry, because of his hearcut. It’s a bit different from the one he had in OOTP.

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Obviously a fake. The German title says “Halbblutprinz”, not “Halbblut Prinz”, in two words – I think WB would be able to spell the title correctly.

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Lol PP ^^

I think it’s kinda cool that they’re using the same pose quite a lot, because now it is a big feature of the HP features. I agree that it’s not a very exciting poster though.

That’s if it is real. Like Vic said – I’m sure WB would spell the title correctly before they released anything like this so maybe it is a fake idk.

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His wand looks different. I think it is merely a bad manip

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It seems to me they just took the picture from OotP and “aged” it a little bit.. I don’t think it is a real one..

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Heh, I love masterofmystery’s comment (on the LJ community) that you can always tell which movie a picture is from by simply looking at Dan’s hair. LOL. It’s so true.

I do kind of agree with Amy S that the same old pose is becoming rather yawn-worthy. I do wish they’d try to shake things up a bit. Still, at this point, I’m just happy to have a picture, ANY picture, from HBP.

Now, bring on the trailer and the hi-res images! Please please please!

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Yeah, his wand looks different there. I’m not usually one to make negative comments, but that Photoshop job made my eyes kind of hurt. ;p

I’ll take some of the yarn though, it’s pretty!

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Actually vic in some languages it is just one word. In my native language swedish for example it’s “Halvblodsprinsen”. One word, just like that.

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German is my native language, sparkling – it IS one word in german, that’s what’s my point. The cardboard stand spells it in two words (“Halbblut Prinz”) and why should WB do that? They’d be checking if the title were correct before releasing any merchandising ;)

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Okay I get it now. I thought you were talking about the title on the poster

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Am I the only knitting dork who wants to know what the connection is between HP and Opal Yarn?

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I’m not saying one way or the other if the picture is fake, but I do think it’s interesting (not in a snotty way, but in an observational way) that people are so QUICK to assume something is fake.

What I really find intriguing is that they usually base their belief on whether or not they personally LIKE the picture, or the scene, or whatever. I.e., “I don’t like the picture, so it’s a fake.” Remember a while back when the infamous “leaked scene” featuring an attack on the Burrow surfaced? Lots of people insisted, very loudly, that it HAD to be fake, and the vast majority of them seemed to be convinced it was fake because, basically, THEY JUST DIDN’T LIKE IT. Again, “I don’t like that scene, so it’s a fake.”

Once again, I’m not saying one way or the other whether this picture, or the “leaked scene”, is fake (I wouldn’t be surprised either way). I’m just observing that we’re awfully quick to assume that “I don’t like it” automatically equals “fake”.

So, um, the picture itself. It’s… okay. Kind of boring. Dan’s hair does match the other pics we’ve seen from HBP.

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Oh well. So when are we actually going to see some new pics then?

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Yeah come on WB! I mean sometimes it feels like you all are just sitting back enjoying all the forgery being created. If you want to make the fans happy instead of gunning for you give us the good stuff before the fakers get a chance to pull one over on everyone. This is so frustrating.

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lol it even looks fake…

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Okay, it’s fake.

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OMG if it’s fake it’s good fake It seems that WB prefers say that all stuff who come on web is fake that show us something real. What they do ? Ice Age 3 have 3 posters and one trailer and it’s coming summer 2009. For me despite why WB claim it’s a true picture and WB are not happy that came on web .

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WB, why are you acting like this? D:< Please, throw us a bone (not a fake one!).

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Yes TLC why you don’t ask WB when they intends to begin promotion from the movie because there that becomes tiring

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Ha! I am so totally PWNED.

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“Am I the only knitting dork who wants to know what the connection is between HP and Opal Yarn?”

LoL! Good point.

I’m glad they said it was a fake. Honestly, who spends all of this time making fake posters and trying to pull them off as real? A fan doing it for fun wouldn’t try to mislead people.

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well, you cant blame people for making fake hbp stuff, it isn’t like we’ve had anything more than two lousy pictures released. (yeah, WB, i’m talking to YOU!)

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like webmaster of master of mysteries say : ” I know what WB and the fansites have said about it being a fake poster, but if any of you can find that promo shot of Harry in anything we’ve seen in the first five films, I’ll give you a million bloody dollars. I can pretty much guarantee that the promo shot used in this piece of merchandise is indeed real and new. The only thing WB is denying about this is that it’s an official poster, and I will agree that it’s obviously not, but it’s a new photo.” and you know what I’m TOTALLY AGREE WITH HIM

How Opal can make this fake promotional poster if they don’t have an official picture ,

Think of this

WB its when you want

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I commented earlier and I must say, this IS a fan Poster and I was off. It did look a bit funny though, so it is not much of a surprise that it is a fake. It looked like one that you could find on a sticker book for OOTP.

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People can say what they want, but I don’t think that looks like Daniel Radcliffe anyways. More like a stunt double. shrugs

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I have the sticker book and yes harry stand like this but it’s not these harry sorry

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Hmm, I would have passed that off as real, but now that I know it’s fake, it looks fake. :D

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That’s Dan’s hair in Ootp, and they could easily fake this things, so yeah, glad that’s fake cuz it’s pretty weird…

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Despite what WB may be claiming, I believe it to be a genuine image released to the German Yarn Co. for promo purposes, and they are just back-pedalling because they didn’t expect that it would surface on the fan sites.

Dan definitely looks different than OotP and close to the 2 (ONLY 2, WB—c’mon!) official images we HAVE seen.

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I’M totally agree with Hagiographer Casting Call pro annonce lot of news actors , WB= NO WORDS! ZERO. A fan site annonce a news poster , WB (quickly)= It’S FAKE!!

Hum hum suspicious!!!

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That makes sense. I have to laugh at those who say “Oh I knew it looked fake, blah blah blah.” Whatever! I looked very real to me and I believe that it’s a new one that WB didn’t know would be released as a POP.

It’s real!

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Hagiographer13, I completely agree. I think this picture is real and it wasn’t meant to be seen by the public (the fans) yet.

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Ha ha, I think Leaky should have brought back Professor Trelawney for this and make it a vision of her inner eye. Aww, I miss her already!

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When a fake image or story comes out WB denies it fast but when it is a real story (like a split of the DH movie) WB does not try to deny it they just don’t say anything until they are ready. If they came out fast to deny this then I think it is a fake.

Also, during OOTP everyone was complaining that WB released to many images and to many clips and now they are holding back and the complaining is that WB is holding back images. I really don’t think any think the HP people do will make you guys happy.

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The Harry looks like he’s from the HBP era, but the flames exploding behind him look kind of amateurish. If you look at it, it kind of looks like he just said “Pull my wand” to somebody and then lit a fart.

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I totally knew it was fake. we would have gotten an official press release and it would most likely appear in England first.. as it should. Plus I think they would try to do a lovely dovey poster with Ginny and Harry Snogging while Ron is on his broom trying to impress hermione (but a tiny tiny Lavender Brown in the corner looks up lovingly) while Hermione does one of her knowing smirks “Boys” too bad we don’t have moving posters that would be freakin awesome. I’d like to see John do it

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It looks more like a pic from OOTP publicity or character shots in my opinion. I wonder what WB will do about this? hmm?

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first leaky rickrollsme on april fools day now anf i biteon this fake, a very good fake but a fake none the less

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Looks like an amateurish version of this:

http://idealmind.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/harry-potter-and-the-order-of-the-phoenix-20070504003244352.jpg

But without the cool windblown effect. And the hand looks really weird (like a pack of sausages), the wand looks like a pepperami and the face looks like the result of a photoshop merging of someone else’s face with Dan’s!

So I sincerely hope it isn’t real as some are suggesting!

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claire has a point it could be that WB is trying to throw us off the scent so to speak it could be that Opal yarn is getting and earful for releasing this cardboard cut display too soon as we speak. and i stillthink the hair is slightly different from OOTP

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LOL! that’s the exact same pic as OOTP with fire in the back!! LOL! that’s horrible looking!!! LOL! LOL! LOL!

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Yeah that doesn’t even look like Dan’s face.

I’m still wondering what that explosion is supposed to be, LOL. It looks menacing, like something behind him just got gunned down by a tank.

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I have to disagree with those saying it is the same image as from OotP. I work with these images EVERY DAY and I guarantee you it is not. Also, as a fair photo-manipulator, I don’t think it looks like an OotP image that has been “aged”. For one thing, why? I stand by my “oops, you weren’t supposed to see that yet” stance. Also—this is NOT a poster, but a stand-alone promo for a product tie-in. We saw tons of them for OotP.

Regarding the flames and smoke, I seem to recall kind of a big battle and conflagration at Hogwarts near the end of HBP. :D

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Hey Leaky, how about a fan contest to see who can make the best Fan Teaser poster for HBP? It’s looking more and more likely that we won’t see anything until the teaser trailer is released.

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wow that is definitly fake you can tell because his head looks foto shopped, and his robes are a bit too red

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Hagriographer13 said: “Regarding the flames and smoke, I seem to recall kind of a big battle and conflagration at Hogwarts near the end of HBP. :D”

:snickersnort: I know, I had the same reaction. Flames and smoke and battle and destruction?! Why, surely that’s never ever EVER happened during any Harry Potter book, and certainly not in HBP! :p

I tend to agree with those who’ve said the poster is fake, but not necessarily the picture. I just hope we get some Official Images soon. C’mon WB!

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Just think about it logically – why would a yarn company have the first promo poster. It just seems to be such a strange match-up – Harry Potter and yarn? It is for the little House Elf hats that Hermione keeps knitting (and I’m blanking here because the movies screwed with that whole thing anyway – was that a plot in Ootp or HBP)?

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i agree with Professor Potter. it looks like someone pasted a picture of harry from OOTP in front of a new background.

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tsk-tsk, WB.

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It’s not a fake picture, it’s a fake promotional poster, because it is not a promotional poster! it’s the Harry Potter themed yarn. Look here: http://www.oclumencia.com.br/galeria/displayimage.php?pid=6218&fullsize=1 is a high res pic where you can discern the different styles with harry potter character’s faces on them. It is another HP franchise-themed product.

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I think he looks a little older than in the OotP shots, but the pose is getting a bit boring. But, I’m not one to complain bcz I like any pose as long as the picture is of Dan/Harry. I think the poster is a fake but a new pic.

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Not a poster (though the site that is linked doesn’t call it a poster to begin with), but pretty clearly not a fake. That is a brand new pic of Harry – you can tell, as usual, from the hair. And the hi-res version that others have mentioned above includes what appears to be pretty obviously new pictures of Ron, Dumbledore, and Draco.

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You know, I wish WB would stop outrright LYING to us and telling us things are fanmade…I remeber several posters from The OOTP era being labeled as made by fans, and they now are being sold at several national music stores and such.WB insigna and all.

The fact that there are never before seen pics of ron, draco and dumbledore on those little balls of yarn tell me otherwise. I say its legit, and they just wern’t expecting this leak so soon.

but seriously…YARN? oh lord.

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I don’t understand any of this, and I especially don’t understand why someone (WB?) is tyring to sell HP yarn.

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THE TEASER-POSTER: http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/3199/postercc4.jpg

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I have to say, it is looking more and more like the WB has been caught in a fib. Well, not technically a fib: They did only say that it wasn’t an official poster, which it obviously isn’t. But they were still obviously trying to misdirect us.

Regarding the bad photoshopping of the pic: I agree that it’s very poorly done, but it’s not enough to convince me that the picture is fake. Remember that pic that came out several months ago of Ginny/Bonnie riding a broom? When I first saw it, I was certain that it had to be fake, because it just looked like a really bad fan manip. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was really an enlarged picture of Ginny taken directly from the back cover of the OotP DVD!!! My mind, it boggled.

So the bottom line is that the WB isn’t above putting a badly photoshopped pic out there. The fact alone that it’s poorly done isn’t enough to convince me it’s fake.

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The spelling on the poster is wrong…LOL…and the fact that the pose is the same as in OotP. There’s nothing wrong with the hair, it’s the same hair as in the HBP official picture Leaky recieved, but they could very well have used the OotP picture and just superimposed the head and put it in a new background! It’s definitely fake!

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Ok, I just realised that it’s actually in German. But it still looks a bit strange. And I agree with people who’ve wondered why WB would give this promotional picture to a Yarn Co.? It doesn’t make sense. I still think it looks fake…

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Prenz said: ”...but they could very well have used the OotP picture and just superimposed the head and put it in a new background!”

I doubt it. I agree that the stances are very similar, but they’ve had Dan pose in that same basic stance in official promo shots for at least three previous movies (CoS, GoF, and OotP). The marketing department at WB seems to really, really like that particular pose (either that, or they’re just not very creative). So it’s not like they make it a point to have Dan posing in a completely different way every time. Just because they used that stance for OotP promos doesn’t mean they’re not going to use it for HBP promos, too.

Also, here are the official promos from OotP, where Dan is in this similar pose:

http://gallery.the-leaky-cauldron.org/picture/124828 http://gallery.the-leaky-cauldron.org/picture/166390

As you can see, the poses are similar, but clearly not the same. His body position is markedly different in certain ways.

I say it’s real.

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And I agree with people who’ve wondered why WB would give this promotional picture to a Yarn Co.? It doesn’t make sense.

Heh. I’ll admit that my first reaction was, “Yarn? YARN?! Eh buh wha?” LOL.

But the WB sends out promo material to all different kinds of companies to incorporate into their own advertising. My guess is that Opal Yarn simply set out their promo display before they were supposed to, it was spotted by an HP fan who wasn’t supposed to see it, and WB is now trying to cover.

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well its already confirmed a fake, but there’s nothing about that photo that says “new” or “oops you werent supposed to have seen that yet”. i saw the same photo in one of the latter OOTP promo releases but this has obviously been tweaked a bit. this is what some people in the industry would call a “frankenstein” where they take one photo of an actor and manip it with another photo of his, coming up with a “new” image but in truth its just two old photos tweaked together.

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Does anyone else think it’s odd that in the picture here…

http://www.wolle-grotz.de/seite213-Dateien/image001.jpg

...NONE of the pictures on the skeins of yarn are of the female characters? No Hermione, who is a third of the Trio? No Ginny, who is Harry’s love interest and future wife? No Lavender, who from the sounds of it spends half the movie with her face attached to Ron’s? No girls at all. (Well, there IS Hedwig, but you know what I mean.) And yet Harry and Ron both get two pictures each. Even the owl gets a skein… but not Hermione!?

I’m torn about whether or not the picture is fake. I know WB has denied it, but I have a feeling they’re fudging things a bit. The picture IS badly PSed, but… I dunno… it looks enough like the pics of Dan we’ve seen so far in other HBP pictures that I can believe it’s a new and genuine pic.

But the fact that NONE of the skeins feature pictures of female characters makes me wonder. It just seems so odd. It makes me think that, if it is indeed a fake, it was perhaps created by someone who is a big fan of Harry, Ron, and Draco, and didn’t want to bother with the girls. ;)

Eh, I just don’t know.

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Okay, Ashley makes a really good point when she says: “So the bottom line is that the WB isn’t above putting a badly photoshopped pic out there.”

Everyone, have a look at your OotP DVD cover – you will more than likely see this image: http://www.pagesandpages.com.au/images/ebility/9325336036815.jpg

If you look carefully at the right side of Dan’s head behind his bangs, you will see that someone forgot to erase the little bit of Harry’s scar left over from the previously reversed image. It’s a pretty obvious mistake… Even so, WB plastered it ALL OVER their official OotP merchandise. ;)

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Except it’s not fake. A friend of mine writes professionally for a crafts blog and knows the German guy who saw the entire display at a trade show (the one that’s pictured on his flickr account). If it’s a fake, then someone at Opal spent a hell of a lot of time and money creating a promotional display (not a poster—a display) that was professional printed and diecut on cardboard stock for a trade show. And the products are legit.

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I want to explain something for those who say that like there an mistake in title its because it’s a fake:

In France the past year on the OFFICIAL website and the first OFFICIAL poster there were an error. Occured because WB translate without pay attention of the OFFICIAL TRANSLATION FROM THE BOOK. French websites and fans wrote to WB to say to them that OFFICIALLY the title was with Phénix and not PHOENIX like they translate. So WB de do the same they translate for their own Half Blood Prince without take an look of the OFFICIAL title

and that BECAUSE WB own the name but they aren’t involded in book translation

For me and lot of fans in the world WB can say want they want this pictures and the other from Opal are official Half Blood Prince pictures

ANd yes they came in german first and what ??

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Okay, so, this isn’t an official WB promo. Obviously—it’s selling sock yarn. But the product itself looks absolutely real. Opal is a respected yarn company. The product is being marketed on several websites (almost all in German, alas, which I do not speak).

As to why the WB would license HP for yarn—why wouldn’t it? There are lots of HP fans who knit. In fact, a goodly number of people learned how to knit because of HP, including myself (I wanted to make a Ravenclaw scarf). The book Charmed Knits has been a good seller in knitting circles. Many people who knit also knit socks, so making a sock yarn in a colorway reflecting a certain character is a great idea.

It’s not meant to appeal to HP fans in general, it’s meant to appeal to knitters who are HP fans. And believe me, it DOES. drools over idea of Ron socks

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Wow jeez claire calm down. It puzzles me why some people get so worked up over a POSTER! Personally I think they are fake (dan’s face looks wierd). What would WB gain by denying that they are? Its not like they reveal some big secret. But, you now what, maybe its a conspiracy… or at least thats how some people act anyway.

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^ LMAO. You rock, Wahlee.

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I believe what some of you are saying – that this poster is fake, but the promo pic is real. There’s a whole bunch of reasoning behind it, but mainly it’s just a gut instinct I have. :D

What’s bugging me though is that on one of the yarns of Ron – the right one – his hair looks more ‘Rupert’ than Ron. It’s a shaggier style that Rupert adopted during OotP promo, rather than his brutally short haircut for HBP. Well that’s what it looks like anyway, it is very small. Bloody WB, give us more!

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IT IS NOT A POSTER! It IS a product tie-in that was released too soon for WB’s comfort (I believe) and thus the denial. Just as Wahlee said, LOTS of HP fans are knitters and vice versa.

And, I think Dan looks great in the image. He is older and more mature in this part of the story, and his face should show that. IMHO, of course.

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Any knitters out there? That photo is clearly of a marketing display for Opal yarn’s new “Halfblood Prince” line of yarn in Harry-Potter themed colors! So it’s not a poster for the movie at all, and was never intended to be. Calling something ‘fake’ makes it sound like the creator intended it to be passed of a movie poster, when it wasn’t.

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I think it’s fake. Some old OoTP photo + photoshoped hair

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the ad itself may be fake, but the owner of that site says its DEFINETLY a recent photo.. i believe her. i havent seen that picture of him ANYWHERE before, AND he looks the oldest he’s ever looked. theres even a picture of alan that i’ve never seen before, without-a-doubt professional photoshoot, and it appears to be the same new/longer wig seen in the HBP galleries.. i believe WB about the ad being a fake, but it would appear some promo shots got out, and they’re attemps to cover it up are NO MATCH for the attentive HP fan!! _

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The pictures are real. I won’t go into details (don’t want to get in trouble with TLC!), but they are definitely real.

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