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Release of the Half-Blood Prince Moves to July 17, 2009!

Whoa! Major news, Harry Potter-heads: the much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will no longer be released November 21, 2008. Warner Bros. has pushed the release of the film to July 17, 2009. To find out why,


Warner Bros.'s President and COO, Alan Horn explains in a press release:

Our reasons for shifting Half-Blood Prince to summer are twofold: we know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers' strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films — changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. We agreed the best strategy was to move Half-Blood Prince to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.

Here's what struck me: the July 17 slot is the exact same weekend, one year later, of the release of Dark Knight which obviously proved beneficial for Warner Bros. Still, it's a huge disappointment for HP fans who have been waiting excitedly for the November release of the next movie.

In funnier news, the Fall movie preview edition of Entertainment Weekly (which arrives today) features Daniel Radcliffe on the cover.

Anyway. Thoughts?


cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Thanks for the news Buzz. I will try not to be angry at the messenger! lol. I can't BELIEVE we have to wait until next July. Waiting until November is bad enough! But you HP fans--this will give you time to re-read the series, and don't forget about that book being released 12/4/08! Well, I better order all of my harry potter candy this winter then so that they will send the chocolate frogs...they won't mail em in summer cause of the heat.
springfieldrocks springfieldrocks 9 years
UTTER BUMMER! i have already been uber bummed (over the years) about how far behind the movies are from the books (i hate feeling lost if i dont remember, so i tend to re-listen or re-read) so pushing the movie THAT FAR back means i'll have to re-read all 5 before it about 3 times. LAME. i would boycott if i weren't so obseessed. sadly, that's what they're counting on. they KNOW we'll all go see it, probably more so since it was delayed. i hate them. sad...
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Aww, this is so sad. I actually just watched "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" yesterday and they had the HP trailer. :(
peachy-thing11 peachy-thing11 9 years
wow im pissed im a huge fan and im sooo mad. WTF?
pinky23 pinky23 9 years
noooooooooo!! are they serious??
jennybop jennybop 9 years
i can't believe that crap.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
What am I supposed to do on November 21st now? Thanksgiving, instead of being thankful for Harry Potter, I guess I will be thankful for stuffing my face and waiting till July. THIS IS NOT FAIR. Can we sign a petition to have the date moved back up?!
tiffanyfuchsia tiffanyfuchsia 9 years
@#$%!!!!! Really, that's all I can say.
omgosh-dee omgosh-dee 9 years
THIS IS TORTURE! that's like waiting a whole other YEAR. does this mean part one and two of deathly hallows is being pushed back too? this is ridiculous.
SmuttyPop SmuttyPop 9 years
Darn it!!! I was so looking forward to seeing this movie in November!!!! I guess they have to do what they have to do to stay afloat. :(
sunny1intucson sunny1intucson 9 years
Boo, hiss to the studio. I think all the fans should start a petition to NOT see the movie until its 2nd open weekend because of this.
daisymay81 daisymay81 9 years
Its freaking Harry Potter, it going to roll in the bucks no matter when it comes out!
MissMimz MissMimz 9 years
When I read this on a Harry Potter fan site I was FURIOUS! And you know what?! I still am!! I can not believe they pushed the movie back for such petty reasons. I think we've been waiting long enough and we've already had to accept they cut Deathly Hallows in 2 movies...the wait is excruciating! All I can say is the films better DELIVER!
laurel9894 laurel9894 9 years
i cant believe this. unbelievable. i'm so upset.
lilprisci lilprisci 9 years
That is such a lame excuse. Translation: We believe we can make more money this way.
polrber182 polrber182 9 years
soooooooooooooooooooooooo sad I hope Twilight moves up to the Nov 21 spot to show HP what's what.... LAME WB..LAME.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
cost me like an eternity to write this... like geeksugar said, I'd write something... but the tears blind me... I am on shock, my brother is... teasing me, I think I need air...
boredatwork boredatwork 9 years
They are also adding a new big Harry Potter section to Univeral Studios Orlando - I wonder if that's somewhat involved. It should be opening in the later part of 2009 too. I'm so pissed over this. I was so looking forward to it finally getting closer to Nov.
jules0701 jules0701 9 years
This seriously ruined my day maybe even my whole weekend! I HATE you WB.
ohkate ohkate 9 years
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why must they torment us soooooooooooo?!?!?!!
redegg redegg 9 years
Aw, thanks Buzz!
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Hmm. . .Rupert Grint is looking pretty good these days, lol.
hmgp hmgp 9 years
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
ann418- the plan all along was to put the 1st part of the 7th book out in July 2010, so that will probably stay the same, if maybe pushing a few months or so. Then they'll probably put the 2nd part out in Summer 2011. So it'll be 3 years or so before we start to see the end of this franchise. Then there's always prequels...
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
Bummer! I was getting so excited about this too. Just today my friend and I were talking about how we were going to go to the midnight premiere.
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