Rumor Alert: A Second Test Screening Held for Half-Blood Prince?

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Mar 11, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Hang on everyone, as The Sun is reporting tonight a second “secret” test screening for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was held yesterday. In true tabloid fashion, the paper declares that “the handful of devotees came out blasting film bosses for making key
characters and plot-lines from JK ROWLING‘s best-seller
disappear…as if by magic.” As such, the article contains only negative reactions to this supposed screening, with no details provided on where and when these comments were made. One example of reactions as the paper writes ”
the Half-Blood Prince of the title barely features. Worse still the
film was slammed as too SOPPY.”

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167 Responses to Rumor Alert: A Second Test Screening Held for Half-Blood Prince?

Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: Awwwww!Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: I don't know whether to be disappointed or not...:0Avatar ImageGryffindorGarstang says: dude that sucksAvatar Imagemollywobble says: Well we knew a lot of flashbacks were cut, so that shouldn't be a shock. Got to love The Sun stirring up trouble.Avatar ImageAttolia says: I think they're probably being overly critical. It looks fantastic and I prefer to keep believing it'll be great, no matter what other people say - whether it's true or not.Avatar Imagesnapealicious says: I'm going to try and not pay attention to this press. Hopefully, they are just stirring up trouble.Avatar ImageAmy Darlene says: was that a new trailer?? the voiceover seemed differentAvatar Imagemollywobble says: Amy, that was the international teaser. It came out this fall. I think people who don't like the film want every part of the book in the movie and that just can't happen. I have yet to see a bad review of it from someone who appreciates it as its own medium. So if you want everything, don't see HBP, I guess. I'll be there though.Avatar ImageRose-Mclane says: I hate The Sun. If there was a screening then that's most likely the extent of the truth that the Sun can seem to write. I'm looking forward to the film no matter whats said. I didn't even read the trash The Sun wrote.Avatar ImageIlzairspar says: Sounds like someone is trying to rile up the HP masses against WB again.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: not paying attention to this. i'll try. no i won't read the entire article! sigh.Avatar ImagePCC_Wizard says: Meh, won't believe it till I see it. I understand not everyone will be fascinated, I mean, when did that ever happen?! But still, this critisism itself is SOPPY and looks more like an exagerated collection of negative reviews of some people on the trailers... It doesn't critisize something we don't know of the film. All it states, are comments allready said by some fans to the trailers... Anybody think the same?Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: Oh no, that's awful! I hope it's not true, the movie looks so good.Avatar ImageAutumnWizard says: Oh no.... If this is true, I hope it doesn't mean more filming and then pushing the film back further.Avatar ImageGinevra86 says: I'm going to hold my opinion until I read a report from someone who actually went to the screening... THEN I will freak out :)Avatar ImageLeo_Lovegood says: It's The Sun who is well known for faking stories like this so I'm not believing it at all.Avatar ImageHarry89 says: Say it aint so! I hope this is a fabrication.Avatar Imagemobellatrix says: Let real HP fan decide.Avatar Imagerohdepainter says: There's nothing in that article that the fandom didn't already know about. We already knew about the cuts that were made. The Sun is just trying to make news... I guess if you didn't know about the changes that were made it might be a bit of a shock, but anyone who regularly visits Leaky or listens to Pottercast would know about most of these changes. I also find it hard to believe that everyone who viewed this screening had the same exact negative reaction... Negativity sells, I guess.Avatar Imagemobellatrix says: Let real HP fans decide.Avatar Imageeruanna317 says: I really think this is a publicity stunt, standard tabloid kind of thing to do, trying to rile up Potter fans like this. We've seen the previews, which look AWESOME, and I like many others here am just going to wait and enjoy the film and form my own opinion of it then. Avatar ImageProfKnight says: Well thats too bad. I'm not too worried. Movie making's a tough business and they've done wonderful with the first five. I just hope they dont push back the release date again or else we'll be able to see all three movies back to back within the same month :) Oh and Slughorn does not look like I thought he would. Avatar Imagedianap00 says: Good or bad, it'll be out soon and I am looking forward to some seriously fun Potter frenzy this summer...Avatar Imagecheekysnake09 says: it's the Sun. FAIL. i bet it's all lies. Avatar Imagerobb says: i wouldn't place too much importance in this.Avatar ImageGreat Uncle Algie says: don't believe a crappy taploid like that, please.Avatar Imageselene21 says: I really hope this isn't trueAvatar ImageHPNAIV says: I don't know ... the comments in the article actually DID seem like someone would say it. Especially about Dumbledore..Avatar ImageKalin says: From memory the first test screening had more positive things to say despite of the things we already know didn't make it into the movie. Ah well, it's the Sun after all... Avatar Imagenddulac says: Why do I find myself thinking, "Lighten up, Francis!"Avatar Imagedcrazmo says: I'm sorry, but the Half-Blood Prince barely matters in the book itself, what did these moviegoers expect? I always felt that the title and the whole Half-Blood Prince sub-plot were completely gratuitous. With all due respect to the genius of Rowling, the book should have been called something else...Avatar ImageJeffHpFan says: I am not listening to the Sun, sorry XDAvatar ImageTheCrogePodge says: Well, it is The Sun, so we can't completley trust it....but why would they make up about a screening of HBP? I mean, it doesn't make any sense! It's one thing to have streakers and such, but a screening? That's not even real news! Why would the Sun lie about it? Hmm. I want proof.Avatar Imagestary82 says: Ya know... I have to say that I was extremely disappointed with David Yates during OOTP. I had HOPED that this film would make up for the tragedy that was that. I know that people will argue with me about this... but I felt that they left out a TON of things from the movie. I understand that they only have a certain amount of times, but they cut out crucial elements of the story. The HBP is my favorite of the series, and I hope they didn't butcher the storyline. I am nervous, and have been a bit skeptic after watching David's portrayal of OOTP... but I hope that my skepticism will be rectified, and I will LOVE this movie. I don't know... I can see them cutting out a lot... and I have been nervous when I read "Lots of new scenes have been added". Here's to hoping!!!Avatar ImageSilverDoe817 says: this does seem a bit too general... "Another warned The Sun: “Anyone who has read the book will be severely disappointed.”" (is any movie as good as the book...ever?) good to know that they will show some of the ginny/dean/harry triangle... after they moved the kiss i thought that would be cut out at well...though i still wont take to heart info from an article that uses the word "dumblebore"... Avatar Imagerealspace says: Puhleeze! Since there were nothing but negative comments, then that was the purpose of the article...to be negative. A REAL news article would have had a mix of comments with a background about how the movies have always differed from the books and fans should not be surprised by that. Avatar Imagestary82 says: Hmmm... I forgot to add at the end of my post.... That is not going to stop me from seeing it, or probably enjoying it... my new outlook is to take the movies for the movies, the books for the books... Only 127 days to wait!Avatar ImageKiralay says: I can't believe that it's that bad. It looks really good from the trailers.... Avatar ImagePineappleCrush says: Oh, The Sun :/ Always trying to stir up something.... I'll wait until I definitively hear from someone who went and saw it. Avatar Imagelau399 says: I don't trust "The sun" at all!!!!!!!!! I'll wait for the movie!!!!Avatar Imagefantasylover12001 says: A "secret screening test"? One screen test sure, but two? Sorry if I find this hard to believe but it IS the Sun..I'll be seeing it regardless of anyone else's opinion.Avatar Imagehufflepuffrox says: La la la la la la la!!!!!!!!!!! Not listening!!!Avatar ImageEeyore says: Wow, I read the article then re-watched the trailer. It's like they are talking about two completely different movies. Maybe the people who saw it hadn't heard there were changes? Like someone else said, we knew that already. While it works well in the book to have seven different memories, it would likely become tedious in a film. And the teen romance is all over the novel. Perhaps they just skipped over it when they read the book. As for Snape, we don't see him much in the book either - at the beginning in DADA class and in the conversation that Hagrid overhears and TELLS Harry about - so we still aren't seeing him. Harry sees him at the Slughorn's Christmas party. Oh, and in detention. And then at the end. That's the part I was hoping they'd get right, but I'll wait to see. The movie still looks good to me and I can't wait for it to come out.Avatar ImageRosalie says: It's from The Sun, that's your first source of how truthful it is lol.Avatar Imagecliff62442 says: I'm not going to take this news seriously. I mean honestly, last time there was a 'secret' screening, someone, somewhere was a fan, and notified the hp community. And have there been multiple screenings with any of the other movies when it was so far away? I've only heard of the on thats normally in Chicago. I'm not worried one bit! :)Avatar ImageGertie Keddle says: The Sun is a bit of an odd paper. The seem to break true stories alongside total rubbish...I never know what to think when it is reported by the sun. While the trailers look wicked I do fear that the movie is going to follow more of its own invented plot line (to sell tickets) than the one presented in the books. We all know that HBP isn't the most straight forward of the books, with it's flashbacks and memories and internal musings, so it wouldn't surprise me one bit if this one is off.Avatar ImageSarabi says: I'm wondering how reliable this is.....Avatar Imagebella vita says: Screw the Sun. The media just wants to see the films fail now. They've been insinuating it ever since DH was released with their speculations on the shelf life of the fandom and comparisons with Twilight. They're bored with HP's success. Another HP movie/book becoming a record breaking hit isn't really a story anymore so what's next? The same thing that always does when something or someone reaches that level of success. The negative press takes over of course. Its quite the true statement when people say that the media builds you up just to break you down. You see it all the time which is why I'm going to save my opinions on HBP until I've seen it myself. I'll believe this story once we have confirmation there was in fact two more screenings and hear from an actual fan. Besides its not like we didn't all know already that they'd cut out a lot of things we didn't expect/want cut.Avatar Imageharrmione55 says: Helooo..has anybody paid attention to the word "secret" screening. When did it happen and where, what theater. It's annoying if the Sun is trying to stir up some trouble and give the movie a bad publicity, that's why I DON'T READ THE SUN. And no matter what they say, I will still go to the PREMIER showing and regular screening 3X, hah!Avatar ImageSidish_black6 says: Wo wo wo. . . . . don't believe everythin they says. . . . . Keep ur finger cross. . . :) Avatar Imageravenclawguy1972 says: well until i see more concrete proof this "secret" test screening happened, ill be take the comments with an entire bag of salt, the source of this is a bit dubious in my opinion any way Avatar ImageBradyboy says: Ok, the book is soppy. So anybody against those romances clearly didn't read the sixth book. Avatar ImageBradyboy says: And If its soppy isn't that a good thing? Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: well i for one refuse to condemn this film until i have seen it myself. i think that it looks amazing, and its already my favourite movie, and i understand that they cant have everything and everyone. ive got to say, i will be disappointed if they dont adequately explain the whole Half Blood Prince thing, but i still think it will be a wonderful movie, and the sun sounds like something that horrible skeeter woman would write =DAvatar Imagesakuranbo07 says: Did anyone here actually go to the screening???? Everybody is already agitated from the late release & now this!!!Avatar Imagebuthagrid says: Somehow I find it difficult to put that much into something a tabloid is saying... I mean, what would get more people to read it? Saying that the new Harry Potter movie looks to be really good, or that it looks to be awful and disappointing? They are just loooking to disrupt things.Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: If this is true, then I won't be surprised - but I will be very disappointed if they've dramatically cut Snape's role :(Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: I don't really trust The Sun so much. :P So I guess I'll wait for a more accurate information about this. :DAvatar Imageneopolitandreams17 says: hahah they wrote ''dumlebore''Avatar Imageserp says: I trust the Sun as much as I'd trust Mundungus Fletcher to sell me a real solid 24ct gold cauldron. From what I've seen from the trailers, they've got a nice mixture of everything, and so what if they cut out bits? They always do that. Just the media trying to cause a stir.Avatar Imageanne1 says: hmmm, well one look at the cheesy headline should be enough to tell those of you who don't already know, what kind of newspaper we are dealing with here. On the other hand, it all sounds plausible to me. I've been worried about the overemphasis on the romance in this film. The book itself overdoes it, but at least the memory scenes and the cave and battle scenes make up for it, so if those are missing or reduced from the film then it doesn't bode well from my point of view, as someone who isn't remotely interested in Ron and Hermione's love triangle. There has been a lack of info about casting of characters we know featured in the memory scenes. All I can say is that if they have emphasized the sloppy romance at the expense of the important part of the HP story, which is meant to be Harry's journey, and what Dumbledore can teach him, then it's a travesty.Avatar ImageJaymie Brooks says: Lol, they got half of the "comments" from the reviews by Eric and Rachel, who both loved the movie. What idiots.Avatar Imageele0206 says: Well, I hope that's just press. Anyway, I'm sorry to say I'm not expeciting much from this movie. As HBP and DH are the final, most important movies,I think people will be disappointed because, in my opinion, for the first films it was easy to cut something, but here's another thing. We're talking about 6 adn 7 book? Wouldn't you want to see EVERYTHING? I do.Avatar ImageNundu says: Codswollop. Believing 'The Sun' as a reliable source is equivalent to believing 'National Enquirer'. They've been filming ONE MONTH, I highly doubt they're going to do a 'screening' at this juncture. Avatar ImageNundu says: *smax forehead* I misread what film! Even so, I wouldn't trust 'The Sun' for any sort of reliable news!Avatar Imagemouse68 says: Quite apart from the fact that The Sun is a disreputable tabloid, the fact that they won't say where or when the screening was, or name the people making the comments makes this all very suspicious. There is also the fact that nobody let any of the HP sites or sites like AICN know they had seen a screening, which is really odd if the screening in fact happened. Is The Sun owned by Rupert Murdoch? As I have seen this article, or parts of this article turn up in all the Murdoch owned Australian newspapers online. Murdoch also owns Fox. I'm not usually a conspiracy theorist but is this a sly attempt by the Murdoch owned newspaper and film empire to discredit HBP and hurt it's box office? Just a thought. Avatar Imageele0206 says: No, I don't think it's a kind of conspiracy. It's just a tabloid thing, they always write what they want.Avatar Imageharrypotterbookpurist says: I too am going to hold my opinion until I see it. I would have to say I was disappointed with the OOTP and how everything was messed up. I just think they have to make the trailers look more appealing; so more of us Harry Potter films are going to see it. I did lose a little faith in them making my favorite bookseries(Harry Potter) into movies right when I saw GOF and OOTP: There was so much I was disappointed with in those movies of how the plotlines were messed up and it sounds like they are doing this again. I mean "Come On", only two past memories when there are a lot in the book and which two memories did they choose to portray on the screen? I am just so upset with how WB is butchering our favorite bookseries adaptations and they expect us to wait, well they should make the movies more faithful to the books.Avatar Imagedecarus says: Nothing is going to hurt HBP's box office. Everyone who sees harry potter films is going to go see this one. This is just one of the things that these kinds of magazines write. I think i would be disappointed with some of the things in the film if i wasn't aware, like the fact that the memories are cut, which in my opinion is the best part of the book. I am still hoping that the story works well, but it probably won't. I will still like it because i am a fan, but that is what harry potter is. Avatar Imagemollywobble says: Yeah, I think The Sun grabbed comments from the Chicago screening last summer. If there was a second screening, someone would have posted it somewhere. Avatar Imagegrey_nightshirt says: I'd be disappointed if Snape really hadn't more screen time than in previous films. Especially because he won't be in Deathly Hallows at all (well, not "not at all" but "hardly" => not at all for me ;-)Avatar Imagemouse68 says: HarryPotterbookpuriist, if you think WB have butchered this series you haven't seen many book to film adaptations. HP has been far more faithfully realised on film than most books are, you are never going to get everything on film you get in a book, or in the same way they are presented in the book. They are very different mediums and the story needs to be tailored for the different medium. I'm not saying they have got everything right, they haven't, but overall they have done a far more faithful job of adapting the books than I think they get given credit for. I get annoyed everytime I read fans using the word "butchered". They have not butchered the books. The main parts of the storyline have always remained intact, even if some of the subplots that we as book fans love don't make it to the screen. The only way all the things that some fans want to see would make it to screen was if Jo had agreed to 8-10 hour min-series on TV for each book. I really think a lot of Potter fans need to get out there and see book to film adaptations of a lot of other works, and how badly they have been handled, how distorted and yes "butchered" they are and maybe they would realise how hard David Heyman, all the directors, cast and crew have tried to remain true to the spirit of the books. If you really want to see "butchered", read Rilla of Ingleside, the final book in the Anne of Green Gables series, set during WW1, when Anne was a middle aged woman with five children who are teens to young adults going off to war, or in the case of Rilla, keeping the home fires burning. The very arrogant Kevin Sullivan decided he could tell a better story, and in the third Anne mini-series,set duing WW1, had Anne and Gilbert, still fairly young, recently married, and Anne running around Europe as a spy. THAT's butchering!!Avatar Imagejaiboi2 says: OK LISTEN TO THIS GUYS AND COMMENT IF YOU NEED TO. ok so im from england and know that the sun prints stories to sell papers and have been sued on a few occasions for printing rubbish that simply is not true. but heres my thoughts on what to expect. ok so i wasnt overly impressed with order of the phoenix as i thought david yates and the script writers left out vital scenes that were important to the movie the final battle was lame and way to short especially the battle between dumbledore and voldemort which lasted all of 1 minute 13 seconds. so the half blood prince movie theres been cuts such as the gaunts adult voldemort the dursleys moaning murtle etc i know theres more and im sure you avid potter fans such as myself know what they are. the best thing to do is not go to the cinema and see this film with high expectations and not look out for what has been cut but to try and follow the story and see if it makes sense, so we now know that dobby and bill weasly has been confimed for the final movie so they may make a reference to the wedding in half blood prince but as no fluer has been confirmed yet again dont get ur hopes up.i remember an interview with tom felton. (DRACO MALFOY) a while ago and he said he was suprised how close to the book that they have kept. ive never read the lord of the rings book and my mum has told me that they had cut quite alot from there movies so its hardley suprising that they cut things from this franchise to. on the other hand tho. jk rowling has alot of infleunce in these movies if you remember they were gonna cut kreacher from the last movie until she said i wouldnt do that if i were you. if she is satisfied with the way half blood prince has been made and is sure enough that they have followed the story as well as they can do with the cuts they have made who are we to argue. dont forget they only have a certain limited amount of time to do a movie and to keep every detail of a book would turn the movie into about 6 hours. i myself wouldnt complain but there ya go.dont forget of course there making deathly hallows into two movies and david heyman has said the reason of this is because theres to many key elements and they cannot cut anything from the movie coz if they do whats the point of the two movies they may aswell just makes one, so i quite confident that the weddin scene will be included as thats where there journey begins as they escape from there and end up in that cafe then at grimmauld place.theres always gonna be people who dislike these movies. i myself as ive said wasnt impressed with order of the phoenix but i didnt hate it i was a great potter film aside from the issues i mentioned,OK GIVE A WHISTLE IF YOU AGREE THAT THE FINAL BATTLE OF HOGWARTS IN DEATHLY HALLOWS SHOULD BE AT LEAST AN HOUR LONG. give the fans what they have been waiting for steve cloves and david yates. i only wish they looked at these harry potter sites and read what the fans were feeling they could then take note and improve things. phew ok im almost done. so go and see harry potter and the half blood prince with an open mind bearing in mind there have been cuts and just go with the flow.Avatar ImageaaTmaHira says: I don't know if any of you noticed it or not, but as I read this blasted article, I can't help but see a starkling similarity of it with Rita Skeeter's writing style.
How they kept the speakers' and witnesses' names secret. For a second there, I thought I was reading Daily Prophet!
Seriously, if there's one thing to look out for in that review, it's the fact how funny it was and nothing else.
Harry Potter was the best, is the best, and will remain the best...
Avatar ImageaaTmaHira says: Granted I don't like some of the parts of the director's ideas, but hey!- This is Harry Potter and no matter how it's made, it always ends up being very eventful!
So I don't think there's anything to worry about a srewed up report like that!
Avatar ImageLillylove says: Bottom line, I refuse to get worked up about it. I'll make my own call on the movie when I see it...like every other movie I see. Avatar ImageweB3now says: I don't know what to think. Personally, I don't think David Yates is the right director for these films--in my opinion he completely ruined OOTP. Just the fact that he is directing these last momentous moments of HP *really* makes me nervous. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.Avatar Imagerhadamenthes says: I'm holding off any comments until I can see the movie myself. I'm just REALLY hoping it's going to stand up to the previous films and that certain "scenes" were filmed with the intensity and emotion of the books and not as an after thought.Avatar ImageDolemite says: There is a lot of smoke of this film sucking.Avatar ImageTx Highlife says: I've never agreed with critics on any given movie. Also we have to remember the movies are always made for "movie goers" not the readers. I'll just wait and see for myself in July.Avatar ImageScottMan says: I've always felt the HBP movie was changing too much, but then again, this is The Sun we're talking about.Avatar Imagebudgie says: There are a lot of the plot elements in the trailers. None of the films, so far, have been page-by page the books. If this realy was a test screening, maybe some editing will be done to fix any real problems.Avatar Imagejenbabe705 says: This has me worried...Avatar Imagebudb says: One thing that strikes me this morning is the absence of any confirmation from a fan Leaky fans would have been quick to contact Melissa or Sue, or would have been posting in this thread already. The absence of any detailed eye-witness information makes me wonder if the event took place. Not impossible, but it seems implausible. but, we'll still go to the movie, and buy the dvd....Avatar Imageharrypotterbookpurist says: Well I change my opinion about the comments I posted before, because IA am a huge Harry Potter fan and I love to go see all of the films when they come out. It's just sometimes hard for me to enjoy the films with what they cut and change around. What I have to remember is that the books and movies are two different things, and that I should be happy they are making the books into movies at all. I also should enjoy the movie adaptations for what they are.Avatar Imageharrypotterbookpurist says: Yes Harry Potter is the best, will be forever and always will be my favorite bookseries. Harry Potter is the world to which I escape and when I am having a crummy day it cheers me up to read and see Harry Potter.Avatar Imageharrypotterbookpurist says: I have read all of the Anne Of Green Gables and saw the third AOGG movie and thought that it wasn't good at all and that was a totally butchering of AOGG.Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: It probably is an exaggeration. Avatar ImageCount Westwest says: "The Sun" is the muggle version of "The Daily Prophet" and its editor in chief is Rita Skeeter... take it with a truckload of salt.Avatar Imagecatearsandpockylove says: As others have said, the Sun is wubbish; more could be achieved by buying proper toilet rolls ;) That rag will print anything, it's the muggle version of The Daily Prophet.Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: Hey, it's the Sun. And I never listen to anyone else's opinion about films anyway. Only MY opinion counts. Avatar Imageathena024 says: Do people read The Sun? I've heard nothing but negative things on that paper so I'm gonna believe the opposite of whatever they report. HBP sounds amazing!Avatar ImageIthilien says: I hope it isn't real, the trailers look reasonably well, but if we think bout last movie.. my hopes aren't highAvatar ImageDeProfundis says: The day I trust 'The Sun' and its journalism will be a very sad day indeed. Maybe it's just me, but 'Half Blood Prince' was so hormone driven, that to exclude or hold back on the romance wouldn't do it justice. There is always a compromise that has to be made, some elements of the book have to be axed or the films would never get made at all. Personally I can't wait for this film and will not go in with subjective journalism influencing my expectations of the film, I urge fellow fans to do the same. Avatar ImageCapt Swing says: The Sun exists to make money out of the subliterate. It rarely has anything positive to say about anyone unless they are female and willing to take their clothes off to titilate its "readers". You can this article with a pinch of stuff that does not even closely resemble salt. Avatar Imagedianadavid95 says: nah i think they're lying. critics hate to admit they actually liked it. i still think that the movie will be the best one yet!Avatar Imagedehonestiss says: in that report on of the fans said "It partially blows what may be the biggest surprise of the entire franchise". i think that might be the whole "snape telling harry to be quiet" thing we heard about. maybe they did do it in a way that blows the whole shock of "is snape good or bad".Avatar Imageskiving snackboxes says: I'm calling shenanigans on The Sun. Avatar ImageCyrillus Van Helmont says: What the execs usually do is fire the composer, reshoot a couple of scenes and edit some more. Problem is: Yates is probably not the kind of director who manages to grasp the core of the story: seeing that he's focussing on lovestories, he's aiming to please at the box office. Imagine Cuarón doing this and the last two... Snape is VITAL in this installment and the next two and should be prominent! I cross my fingers but fear the worst...Avatar Imagecleber says: i'm hardly affected by somebody else's negative opinion about something i like but, man, it really annoys me sometimes. i do believe part of the film will feature romance but i hope the producers will know how to balance it all as it happens in the book. let's not pay attention to these rumors and feel disappointed even before we have a chance to actually see the film. Avatar ImageMuggleMan1 says: Please tell me you are not believing The Sun!!! They are the UKs National Inquirer!!! For heaven's sake they have an article on their home page about a horse eating privates!! Seriously, The Sun is the equivalent of The Quibbler before they started writing about Harry and how everyone should help if they see him! Besides, the reviews of these people are complete and udder lies! To say that the movie has none of the book in it is a complete and total exaggeration, mean to stir people up. This is also an attempt for them to try and get more readers! Just ignore it and it might go away!! Avatar Imageharrypotterbookpurist says: I didn't see that the Sun published this article at first, so I changed my mind about the post before. I am a Harry Potter fan like everyone else here and I will enjoy the movie for what it is. I also know that the books and movies are two seperate things and I enjoy them both because I am a Harry Potter. I love everything that has to do with Harry Potter which includes books, movies, figures, games and so much more.Avatar Imageron_lover says: they are just being negative to stir up trouble...Avatar ImageSorcererke says: I can hardly believe that there was actually a screening test for the film. Why in the world would WB need some feedback of a film that's already finished (edited and polished) and this close to the release. The point of a screening test is to get feedback from viewers so the company can edit the film and bend it a little more to the will of the spectators. I think The Sun made it all up to get some more readers which, I think, is pathetic. And if there was a screening test, as The Sun recalls, the so called fans, who were present, wouldn't be real fans of Harry Potter, because I reaAvatar ImageSorcererke says: Srry for the double post but I hadn't finished my comment XD I can hardly believe that there was actually a screening test for the film. Why in the world would WB need some feedback of a film that’s already finished (edited and polished) and this close to the release. The point of a screening test is to get feedback from viewers so the company can edit the film and bend it a little more to the will of the spectators. I think The Sun made it all up to get some more readers which, I think, is pathetic. And if there wàs a screening test, as The Sun recalls, the so called fans who were present, wouldn’t be real fans of Harry Potter, because I read a lot of comments where the true fans here and on other HP-sites really wanted to see the H/G and H/R and the other relations within Hogwarts. And if they were real fans, they should have known that there were only two memories, an added scene, no funeral (maybe) etc... So I want to say that nobody must belive this rubbish.Avatar Imagelgghanem says: Assuming the screening did take place, it seems to me that those comments are blown WAY out of proportion ("enraged fan"? That's a bit strong, don't you think?). It also seems as though some of the comments are copy-pasted from IMDb threads bashing the entire series. "The film is dominated by romance"? Well so's the book, which is why they added the Burrow scene and showed us the bridge's destruction to keep the mood dark and the film less, as they so professionally put it, "soppy". So I doubt anyone would call that addition unnecessary. The cuts (such as the memories being reduced to two) and the additions (Burrow attack) we know of, and I haven't seen any complaints around here, more of the opposite actually, so the comments in that article don't seem credible at all. And as for blowing away the surprise, I'm assuming they refer to Snape warning Harry to stay quiet. That actually ruins absolutely nothing. Let's imagine DH still hasn't been released, would it really have given away anything? In the book, Snape refuses to duel Harry, which gives away far more than a stay-silent gesture.(Just addressing a complaint from the first screening, which, unless I'm mistaken, is where the Sun got it from). The trailers and the previews are mind-blowing, and a Leaky user saw the first test screening (IF there was a second) and described it as the best one yet, so I'm not worried at all. Avatar ImageAmber.Cholewa says: To be perfectly honest, the review doesn't suprise me in the least bit. The last couple movies that I've walked out of I've been SO disappointed. Don't get me wrong I still love them and nothings stopping me from going to see them!Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: i HATE reviews, i don't care who gives them--"fans" or critics--they are the stupidest thing on earth...i usually don't have too much to complain about the WB versions and I am sure this movie is going to be great.Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: So I have to say that I've been disappointed about many important characters & storylines being cut from HBP *but* I find it very hard to believe that a movie that was due to be released last year will actually be delayed again, to add more scenes. To me, it sounds like a newspaper trying to get a reaction. Avatar Imageaymzie says: Never trust anything posted in the Sun. But if it is true, each to their own, i guess.Avatar Imagegaminette says: It's the SUN. They prolly made it all up. Until I hear from someone who was defintely there, I'll not believe a word. Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: Well I'm just going to believe what Dan and Rupert both said in interviews. They said it was a good script and that we would love it.Avatar Imageavrenim says: This article means nothing, and it doesn't mention anything we don't know. The movies are never going to do the books justice and we've all accepted that. I still have high hopes for HBP though!Avatar ImageJaymie Brooks says: Everybody, please read this. The article is complete rubbish. They say that there was a surprise screening for HBP, but none of those comments are new. As soon as I saw them in the article, I remembered reading them in reviews of the CHICAGO test screening last year. Many of those comments were taken from Rachel's review on Leaky. The Sun took them way out of context, though. She herself said that it was better than Order of the Phoenix, and she certainly wasn't THAT critical of the film. They are also hypocrites. They said that the film was too light, but then they said it was too soppy? How can anybody take this trashy tabloid seriously? Somebody said this earlier, and they got it 100% right. Every good thing is pushed by the media, made popular, but after a while they start to try to tear it down. Look at Michael Jackson and Britney Spears. The media had a field day trying to drag them both down, they're in the process of doing it with Miley Cyrus right now, and eventually they WILL do it to the Twilight Saga. It's the way things are.Avatar ImageJennaSaisPas says: Wouldn't surprise me if this were true. WB will only get the numbers that the film is successful, which it will be, in terms of ticket sales. They will not understand or care that more and more fans are only seeing the films grudgingly, having committed themselves long ago. Again, I hope for a Potterverse equivalent of Peter Jackson to come along and make these properly at some point. Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: JennaSaisPas wrote, "They (WB) will not understand or care that more and more fans are only seeing the films grudgingly, having committed themselves long ago." So, don't go to see them. You know how the story ends. Avatar ImageKaraDawlish says: im not even going to pay this any mind. Im still excited and im going to wait to see it myself before i judge it or overreacteAvatar Imagekira902k says: i hope its not trueeee. Avatar Imagejrivas1284 says: DUDE MY DAY JUST GOT RUINED, I AM SO DOWN RIGHT NOW IS NOT EVEN FUNNY. Avatar ImageCharlitaaa says: Is this true?!?! I hate The Sun!Avatar ImageCharlitaaa says: it doesn't mean anything to us, the fans, because we know the truth. The movie is going to be awesome, like all of them were. But is bad publicity for the movie because there gonna be people that will not see it because of the "critics"... I hope this is just a big lie... I'm very down right now because of this... Here in Puerto Rico, i heard the rumor @ the radio...so imagine it in other countries...Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Aye Carumba!Avatar Imagerebel says: lol "as if by magic"Avatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: That sounds like a typical sun newspaper article to me, i take everything i read in there with a pinch of salt!! Avatar Imagehermionegirl7 says: Even if the screening really happened and there's a bit of truth in that article, all the negative comments probably came from one or two viewers who would have had bad things to say no matter how good the movie was. So I don't think we should be too worried.Avatar ImageDaughterOfAvalon says: Well I for one will keep my hopes up! I think we should not go into the film already prejudiced against it, because it will make it harder to enjoy. I want to love the movie for what it is- an interpretation of a very moving, very complex, very popular book. Avatar Imagejaiboi2 says: ITS ALL OVER YAHOO.CO.UK NEW NOW. IF THAT DOESNT GET SOMEONES ATTENTION AT WARNER BROS I DONT KNOW WHAT WILL.Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: I hope they don't push back the film again! That would suck. I hope the Sun is just trying to stir up interest for the film. It's only 4 months away.Avatar ImageFereverto says: Oh mercy. I did not want to hear this after all this time. I feel like we've waited YEARS for this movie. Oh wait ... we HAVE waited years for this movie. :( Sad.Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: I just read the article on Yahoo.co.uk. I was mad that they cut Billl and Fluer from the HBP film. (That's why I'm happy Bill will be in DH and hope that Fluer will be as well. I would realy like to see the wedding in the film.) I hope it's not as bad as the individuals make it out to be. I'm looking forward to seeing the relationships grow in this film. From what I've seen of the film it looks great. I guess I'll hold my judgement until July 17 when I see the film!Avatar ImageCrown Victoria says: this is garbage. Dont ebleuve a word of itAvatar Imagewhisperstream says: Hey guys, I don't think I have ever posted on here, but I just wanted to let you all (and Sue) know that I believe the Sun article about a "test screening" is incredibly misleading. The article appears to reference an earlier Chicago test screening (September) that was reported on at www.aintitcool.com. The Sun article does not appear to actually attribute the comments correctly, as the comment “It partially blows what may be the biggest surprise of the entire franchise.” is ripped directly from the September aintitcool.com review. The Sun article neither credits aintitcool.com nor sources the quote to the September test screening. If you look at the enclosed link, you will see that imbedded in the ainitcool reviews from September are other "quotes" that show up in the Sun article, such as the praise of the opening Millenium Bridge scene, and this comment, "The last third of this movie is so incredibly mishandled that Dumbledore's death feels more like an unfortunate accident than genuine tragedy." I am not sure what the intent of the Sun article was, but it might be worth someone's time to investigate this a little further. There may have really been another screening, but this really seems kind of weird. Link:http://www.aintitcool.com/node/38251Avatar ImageZivlok says: I'm not sure why everyone is surprised. I had already decided that, as an adaptation of a book, this film was going to suck copious amounts of centaur droppings, based on the trailers and what people from the first test screening had said. Yet when suddenly the tabloids say that a bunch of people outright said it sucked we're all surprised? Granted, I still think it's going to be a very fun movie and the kind of blockbuster that WB needs to keep up their momentum from The Dark Knight. At this point, I'm entirely resigned to waiting for 50 more years until the REAL Harry Potter films are made.Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: Just my humble opinion, but one first has to "consider the source"...this is a TABLOID! Of course they are going to grab the first "disappointed fan" they can find. What THEY consider a "hand full" might actually be, oh I don't know, as many as two! I have been to these "screenings" for other movies. These guys hang out, waiting for folks to come out. If they get a "positive" answer, they don't print it! Did you notice, as was said here, that there were no positive feedbacks? Hmmmm. Makes ME wonder! Nope. I'm not going to jump on this as anything more than a tabloid story. Fodder, for the dung heap. If you please, I'll make up my mind, when I see it. I have seen ALL the trailers. And, yes, sometimes what you see in a trailer, may not actually make the "final cut". Trailers are made, before the film has been completed. We know the film has been completed. I might also add that the comments about the 'Half Blood Prince of the book is hardly present...just the "love storys"...well, considering how dark and painful this COULD be....they would break it up. But I'm sure that the Prince will be there, in all his sneaky glory. If you remember, all that was "seen" of the "Prince" was in a potions book....that we never saw into. And at the very, very end....calm down, folks. Again. It's only a TABLOID! JMHOAvatar ImageEcrof G says: Yes, leave it to the Sun to blow everything out of proportion, however even in inflamed half-truths there is probably an initial root of fact.Avatar Imagekerayze says: Best not to forget that The Sun is owned by News Corporation, who incidently enough own one of Warner's biggest rivals, 20th Century Fox. Not that Rupert Murdoch would allow his companies to use negative campaigns in his newspapers of course..........Avatar ImageBookworm_Weasley says: This doesn't worry me at all. The same paper showed the picture of the Harry/Ginny kiss last week and not only did they call it "The first ever sneak-peek"- which we know is NOT true- they also put a caption underneath that said "Harry is seen here with his girlfriend Cho". Reliable source? I think not. I doubt there is one single person who works for that paper who has actually even read the books.Avatar Imagejaiboi2 says: GO ON YAHOO.CO.UK AND ITS ON THE MAIN NEWS PAGE ABOUT THIS SCREENING HEADLINE IS HARRY POTTER AND THE DISSAPOINTING SCREENING, SURELY WARNER BROS AND DAVID YATES WILL FIND OUT ABOUT THIS. OH PLEASE DONT LET THIS BE TRUE. I JUST WANT IT TO BE BETTER THAN ORDER OF THE PHOENIX. I DONT SUPPOSE ANYONE KNOWS WHERE TO WRITE TO WARNER BROS OR DAVID YATES DO THEY TO VOICE CONCERNS ABOUT THE TERRIBLE CUTS IN THE FILMS THEY HAVE BEEN MAKING. ONE COMMENT I READ WAS ABOUT THE YOUNG KIDS THAT LOVE HARRY POTTER, THEY DONT WANNA BE BORED WITH STUPID RELATIONSHIPS AND SLOPPINESS THEY WANNA SEE ACTION AND MAGIC. THE ROMANCE SHOULD HAVE JUST BEEN A LIGHT RELIEF WITH THE MAJOR PLOT POINTS TAKING CENTRE STAGE. WELL DONE DAVID YATES, YOU DESTROYED ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, SOUNDS LIKE YOUVE DESTROYED HALF BLOOD PRINCE AND YOUR DIRECTING DEATHLY HALLOWS TO, GOD HELP UP US. NICE ONE FOR DESTROYING THE FRANCHISE YOU LOSER.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: Hmmm I don't know if I want to read the article then!Avatar Imagejaiboi2 says: I suggest you do read it and make up your own mind about it. but its all over yahoo uk news and the negative comments that people are making when u click on the story is unbelievable. im pretty sure with it making uk news and how many millions of us brits buy the sun paper im sure it will filter down to the movie makers and the saddest director of harry potter so far david yates. maybe they might just listen for once and not wreck deathley hallows coz i can assure you if these rumours are true and the half blood prince is as rubbish as there making out rest assured i wont be bothering with the final two movies ill borrow someone elses dvd coz warner bros wont be getting my money, oh how they have screwed things up and it all started with the decision to delay the movie. worst mistake in there movie history.Avatar Imagebella vita says: Is WB going to get off their ass anytime soon and make a statement regarding this garbage? I think the longer they wait to shoot these lies down the more it will spread to more reputable news sources and eventually it will get to their precious "average movie-goers" who may no longer want to see the film if they think its bad. True or not WB needs to hurry up and nip this in the bud pronto!Avatar Imagelemonade says: LOL, since when does the Sun get any facts straight? Have they had even ONE accurate article about HP ever? I can't recall one.Avatar ImageGloria says: Why do they waste time on these test screenings? WB is NEVER going to listen to anyone. They only do what they THINK will get them more money -which is what they're after- with the least possible effort (why bother reading such a long book? What is it about, teenage wizards snogging? No problem.) and the lowest level of competence. They don't even KNOW that they're wasting a huge budget, a brilliant story and the best actors in the world. It doesn't matter anyway: the moviegoers are guaranteed whatever they do and whatever anybody says. And it's sad to confess it, but that includes me. In spite of everything I really want to watch it, imagining what a fabulous film someone with talent could have made, and trying not to blink in order to catch a nanosecond glimpse of the wonderful Half Blood Prince (if there's one thing about this test screening that I believe 100% it is that "the Half-Blood Prince of the title barely features". Now, there's a surprise...!)Avatar Imagebadger666 says: I'm going to wait to worry until I read something from someone who was actually there. Besides, we all know already that they're going to cut lots of stuff, so that's not really news.Avatar Imagemissskye says: It's probably not worth fretting about. We will all make up our own minds when we see it. Until then, we always know that some things will be cut for the sake of time, it's hard to turn 600 plus page book of such amazing depth into a two-hour movie. If we could deal with the mash-up that was PoA, we can deal with anything!Avatar ImageZoeRose says: The story has been confirmed by WB as false.Avatar ImageZoeRose says: " Warner Bros have confirmed that the report, which originated with The Sun, is false. It stated that many fans were upset with the film, giving many quotes. The information they gathered was actually from the Chicago screening that took place last September. This is the only screening of Half-Blood Prince that has taken place."Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: I'm sure they've dropped lots of important plot lines - but I hope they haven't made a simplistic teen romance out of this dark and complex story! Let's hold onto the fact that the trailer looks really promising until someone who was in the test audience actually speaks out about what they saw.Avatar Imageprats says: you just can't have all things Half Blood Prince in 2 hours, so the content would be compromised. Let's hope it doesn't seem so bad as this tabloid makes it out to be...Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: Other people's opinions are subjective. I will judge it on my own when I see it. The 'Half Blood Prince' wasn't even a huge part in the book itself, so it doesn't surprise me that it's not in the forefront of the movie. Just wait, wait and see.Avatar Imagedreampotter says: You'd think with the wait they'd do an awesome job with the movie.Avatar Imagezoltan42 says: A report (http://harrypotterspage.com/news.php/2009/03/12/half-blood-prince-screening-reports-false123.html) states the rumor is false.Avatar ImageLiampf says: This was allways going to happen. Order of the Phoenix was a terrible film and I can't understand why David Yates was allowed to direct HBP. All I can say is he makes good film trailers. I thought Order of the Phoenix looked amazing from the trailer but in reality it was very dissapointing, HBP alos looks great from the trailer but I think it will also be a dissapointment. We are all better of sticking to the books and our imaginations!!!!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Considering the source from which this information came, I am going to treat this news with a grain of salt. It is more than likely that the Sun just wrote this article with the malicious intent of provoking and instigating anxiety in Harry Potter fans. More often than not, that is the result of any articles concerning this fandom that it publishes.Avatar Imagegrandmabeth says: Go Sue! Find out the truth for us!Avatar ImageDeanie says: I don't go looking for reviews to read, and when I do (accidentally) read one, I take it as just one persons opinion. I think that as movies the first five are adequate. They all have something with which I am disapponted. I'm just hoping I am around in ten or fifteen years when Hayao Miyazaki or his creative heir makes these books into a comprehensive anime series. Even if they go straight to video, I would buy them. ;)Avatar ImageAccioCloak says: Hope this is just tabloid newpapers trying to make a big story out of nothing!!Avatar ImageDeanie says: Actually, in the book it was the absence of any candidate who could have been the Half-Blood Prince that caused any tension about him. The fact is that Snape would have caught on much faster if he had ever seen Harry in potions class during this year. I am sure that Snapes considered part, if not most, of Slughorn's praise as Sluggie wanting his "Slug Club" celebrity to be outstanding. After all, he would want his collection to have exceptionally talented people. He also would want to be the one who discovered or developed those exceptional talents. He also wanted Harry. And for Harry to be exceptional. ;) Avatar Imageginnywp says: O no !!! i really hope none of these reviews are true.... I really want it to be good!!!Avatar ImageDances with Dobby says: I'm going to try to ignore this bit of news and just hope it isn't true. Bear in mind that the Sun isn't exactly the most reliable newspaper around and, if the news is true, we can't just assume the movies horrible. I'm going to wait till I actually watch the movie before I build up any sort of critique based on someone else's opinion.Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I find these rumors highly frustrating. Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Probably just stiring up trouble. I hope . . . . . :(Avatar ImageMiss Smarticle says: Well, it's not really a 'secret' screeening anymore, is it? I do hope that they didn't cut out too much of the good stuff.Avatar ImageNuttyAsSP says: Born in 1963, I read the Lord of the Rings when I was in 4th grade, and again when I was around 24, and I am under the opinion that the movies were fairly true to the books. Why not with HP? So it looks like I wait for it to come out on DVD? So when the movies are eventually get remade in say 50 years to correct the travesty we have now, do you think any of the young actors like to be an older character? Don't laugh too hard, in 50 years movies will be three dimensional and there will be a desire to remake the series.Avatar Imagemissskye says: The Sun is SUCH a tabloid!Avatar Imagemewthree says: how do we get to go to a screening.

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