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Angry Fans Petition Against 'Half-Blood Prince' Delay

August 20, 2008 05:14:15 GMT

Expressing their disappointment for the delay of 'Half-Blood Prince' theatrical release, 'Harry Potter' fans rally up petitions and bring their protests to the street.


Angry Fans Petition Against 'Half-Blood Prince' Delay
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Boiled up by the recent announcement of the moving back of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" release date, the fans of the boy wizard fight back the decision by any means they know of. In their effort to make sure Warner Bros. understand they don't want the delay release, many of them have been rallying to persuade the studio's executives to change their mind.

Doing every way they can, some made petitions both online and off. One of the online petitions reportedly has collected about 35,000 digital signatures, while a campaign by Dumbledore's Army prompted fans to write down their concerns. Another form of protests is also offered as the fans plot to take the protest to the street outside Warner's corporate headquarters in New York. A Facebook group named The Delay of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Has Ruined My Life has gone even further by planning a nationwide boycott of the movie.

Upon the announcement of the pushing back of the release date, fans quickly let out their disappointments. A user named Ocean on MuggleNet wrote, "Totally disgusted by WB's decision. I'm totally convinced that the decision was motivated by money and only money." Meanwhile, another user Savannah wrote on Leaky Cauldron, "This is a huge let down (sic). I can't believe that they are moving it back by nearly eight months!"

In his response to the storming complaint from "Harry Potter" fans, Warner Bros.' President and Chief Operating Officer Alan Horn has issued a statement explaining deeper on the decision of changing the date. The statement read, "Many of you have written to me to express your disappointment in our moving 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' to Summer 2009."

"Please be assured that we share your love for Harry Potter and would certainly never do anything to hurt any of the films. Over the past 10 years, we have nurtured and protected each film, and the integrity of the books upon which they are based, to the best of our ability. The decision to move 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' was not taken lightly, and was never intended to upset our Harry Potter fans. We know you have built this series into what it is, and we thank you for your ongoing enthusiasm and support."

"If I may offer a silver lining: there would have been a two-year gap between 'Half-Blood Prince' and the much-anticipated first part of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,' which opens in November 2010. So although we have to wait a little longer for 'Half-Blood Prince,' the wait from that film until "Deathly Hallows" will be less than 18 months. I am sorry to have disappointed you now, but if you hold on a little longer, I believe it will be worth the wait."

"Half-Blood Prince" is the sixth installment of "Harry Potter" adaptation series. Originally slated for November 21, 2008 release, it is now set to hit theaters on July 17, 2009. The David Yates-directed movie is starred by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter.

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posted by anynomous on Nov 21, 2008
I signed that petition. Everyone should. I hate warner bros right now...
posted by SurfSilver on Oct 07, 2008
Gracious me, what a fuss. I find the words "get a life" springing irrestibly to mind...
posted by iqbl on Sep 21, 2008
come on.. i can't wait any longer..
posted by Mel on Sep 13, 2008
posted by Jenna_Lourdes on Aug 20, 2008 I'm boycotting Warner Brothers until they release Half Blood Prince, whenever that may be. They've chosen money over fans, so I'm choosing to keep my money over watching their films or purchasing their merchandise. You reap what you sow, Warner Brothers. Amen.
posted by gauger7 on Sep 11, 2008
I am an older fan of HP. As such I have heard this BS from corporate management and government officials many times over the years. It is insulting that they think we cannot see the lies they are telling. The time between the Order of the Phoenix and the HBP is going to be longer than 18 months. The thing that bothers me is that with the Deathly Hallows [DH] being split into two movies what would keep them from expanding the time between the releases? We now have July 2009 for HBP does that mean HP1 would be in November 2010 and HP2 in November 2011 or would it mean HP2 would be delayed until 2012? Not to sound too bitter, but they did The Lord of the Rings three movies at the same time why could they not do HBP, DH1, and DH2 at the same time as the characters are 16 and 17 during these books? While the younger actors can delay starting college for the filming, the older actors might need to be replaced as did Richard Harris. At this time can you imagine replacing Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, or Robbie Coltane?
posted by DJ Four Ty on Sep 11, 2008
come on,, if Warner Brothers do that what in the world would says, If it hold until next year maybe the 8 book of Harry Potter would come earlier before the 6 film. You are just so devilish and selfish holding that film next year for just a popularity,, oh enough maybe I live in Indonesia but I have a same rights to get mad of this insanity, please WB don't hold it if you still want your HP fans watch the movies,,
posted by zay zay on Sep 09, 2008
OMGGG WBs and their moneyy...they just cnt get enough!!!!! i hav been counting down for so long to see this movie and u guys just wreck it for millions of fans !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! U SRSLY HAV NOT GOT A GOOD ENOUGH REASON TO POSTPONE IT!!!UV'E ALREADY FINISHED FILMING THE MOVIEEE JUST PUT IT ON N DW ULL GET PLENTY MORE MONEY !!!HOW TIGHT!:@
posted by Mar on Sep 08, 2008
Yeah that was not a smart move with the movie. Two reasons the holiday weekend and mainly us the fans.
posted by MONEY MORE MONEY! on Sep 07, 2008
OMFG MONEY they forget we are the oens who give them money IV wrote 4 feedback complaints already and wont stop... WB U are so dead il boycott all of ur merchandise and you will feel your rep goin DOOOOWN! FKIN MONEY ALWAYS SHIT!
posted by hpfan101 on Sep 04, 2008
omfg they're only doing this to build up anticipation!
posted by vivienlyle13 on Sep 03, 2008
I say we all make a pact right here and now to only watch the movie as a free download and never see it in theatres or buy the dvds. That'll show 'em.
posted by Xenobia on Sep 03, 2008
That's so uncool! I've been looking forward to the release for freaking ages! My friend was supposed to come in from Texas (I live in the nothern panhandle) as a reunion group special! That's bull! If they've already finished filming, then release it! Hell...even if they just give us a midnight premiere in November! One airing of the movie and then they can hold off until July of '09.
posted by cdg81 on Sep 02, 2008
i cant believe this crap..ive been planning a harry potter party for a while now..now i gotta delay it 8 months? its bs! im boycotting all warner bros product and what its affiliated with..hope u all go broke u son of bs!
posted by warner bros sucks! on Sep 02, 2008
warner bros sucks! i hope u guys lose so much money u greedy jerks..look im warner bros i wanna upset millions of fans! including me! i hate u warner bros! i hope u guys all go homeless in california!
posted by derbil on Sep 02, 2008
Keep signing the petition to release Harry Potter 6 in 2008 at petitionspot. We have almost 45000 signatures and still growing. Warner Brothers has underestimated HP fans!!!
posted by Warner Bros Stink on Aug 29, 2008
this sucks balls we want to see it ass holes
posted by cher on Aug 29, 2008
I am also going to boycott all things to do with warner brothers until the movie comes out. This has been the biggest disappointment of my year i have been waiting for this since the last movie. Sucks! I am also going to sign the petition and send about a million howlers to warner brothers.
posted by baby_jamie21 on Aug 28, 2008
im a huige fan of harry potter im now 24 and have been reading the books and watching the films since they first started....im mega pissed off that warner bros have done this....i was anticipating the release of hbp more than i have any other film...whats worse is they have done this to us after releasing the teaser trailer and pics from the film....all my friends and i have been planning our november month aound this releaee and have all planned pre hbp parties and everything...wb dont care about anything other than money and feeding there greedy directors asses...i call out to all harry potter fans to boycott thwe movie and not watch it at all see how they like it when they hold back the release and then nobody turns up to watch the movie because of the self righteous greedy ways.....DONT WATCH THE FILM MAKE WB SUFFER HUGE FATAL LOSSES TO THERE POCKETS.....
posted by shilpa on Aug 28, 2008
you've gotta be kidding. i mean there is no point at all harry potter is always the best. i am utterly shocked that WB is so delaying the movie. i have been looking forward to see the movie since march. i have read the book 7 times and i was in complete shock that WB have delayed the movie. its the same if they release the movie this year or the next. i am so disappointed in this.
posted by FuckWarnerBros on Aug 28, 2008
Howler Campaign This is a Howler Campaign against the WB. If you have not heard, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been moved from it's November release date to JULY 2009! Bottom line reason - they think they'll make more money that way. They say another reason for doing so is the writer's strike... THEY'VE ALREADY FINISHED FILMING! THEY'RE GOING TO START FILMING PART 7 IN FEBRUARY!!! So that's just a BS reason. There are plenty of on-line petitions against this popping up. Reality, on-line petitions don't really work. However, millions and millions of Harry Potter fans sending two or three or ten red enveloped letters to the WB Headquarters, just might actully catch there attention. Here's their address. Warner Bros. 4000 Warner Blvd Burbank CA 91522 818-954-6000 OR Warner Bros. Studios 4000 Warner Blvd Burbank CA 91522 818-562-3062 Write HOWLER at the top of the page.
posted by FuckWarnerBros on Aug 28, 2008
Howler Campaign This is a Howler Campaign against the WB. If you have not heard, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been moved from it's November release date to JULY 2009! Bottom line reason - they think they'll make more money that way. They say another reason for doing so is the writer's strike... THEY'VE ALREADY FINISHED FILMING! THEY'RE GOING TO START FILMING PART 7 IN FEBRUARY!!! So that's just a BS reason. There are plenty of on-line petitions against this popping up. Reality, on-line petitions don't really work. However, millions and millions of Harry Potter fans sending two or three or ten red enveloped letters to the WB Headquarters, just might actully catch there attention. Here's their address. Warner Bros. 4000 Warner Blvd Burbank CA 91522 818-954-6000 OR Warner Bros. Studios 4000 Warner Blvd Burbank CA 91522 818-562-3062 Write HOWLER at the top of the page.
posted by MKK on Aug 27, 2008
Fuck you WB! This isn't fair!
posted by Anthony on Aug 27, 2008
I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and yes, I was upset when I heard that the movie was to be post-poned. But come on people, it's not that big of a deal, I want to see the movie too, but when I've seen it, I will then want to see the next movie, which as of now is still to be released on time. So, all you out there, get over it, we all know that all of us (Meaning us die hard Harry Potter fans) are not going to be totally satisfied until all of the movies are out on DVD so we can watch all eight of them straight a couple of times. So, Warner bros. can make their decisions, but all I ask is that they do not delay the release of the final Harry Potter movie.
posted by Mithrandir_nick on Aug 26, 2008
Eh, WB made their decision. It's a movie. It'll be out soon enough. When it does all the HP fans including myself will be in line at midnight to see it. Keep your composure and suck it up.
posted by Noodle on Aug 26, 2008
Could it be they just don't want fans asking questions about little Harry on Broadway naked with a horse while the movie is at its debut..?
posted by derbil on Aug 26, 2008
Many of us have signed at petitionspot to have The Half Blood Prince released in Nov 2008. As of Sunday nite there were 42871 signatures. The petition has been down since then. I emailed them and they responded that they were currently upgrading their site and the petition would be able to add more signatures by Monday morning. It is now Tuesday and it is still not working!! I have tried contacting them numerous times with no results. These are our signatures and our voices. Please send them emails and tell them to fix their problem now!!
posted by mad over potter on Aug 25, 2008
I just found out that the date has been pushed a whole eight months, I am out-raged about this. This really sucks. I will be sending Howlers on a weekly basis and will be boycotting WB until they released HP. I will also petition. My kids and I are die hard HP fans and have been since the beginning. It's not fair to get our hopes up and lead us on this way!!!!
posted by R.A.B. on Aug 25, 2008
i'm a harry potter fan.i love book6 so much.that's why i'm so disappointed when i learned that WB moved the playdate to july next year.i felt really bad...but boycotting is not my thing.it's nonsense...and i i know for sure that even a lot of HP fans (for sure millions of fans) are so pissed off, they'd still want to see the film no matter what the date is.i know cause i'm a HP fan myself.let just wait for the anger to subdue...if i may suggest, try to read another book, 'twilight' by stephenie meyer, and watch its movie version on the 21st of november.it's a good read :) to my fellow HP fans, let's not try to dwell on the movie delay too much. it won't do any good for us...but of course, i wont stop you from sending howlers to WB ;)
posted by why!!!!!!! on Aug 22, 2008
if you gonna delay the movie till next year could you at least premiere the movie at an earlier month like march.
posted by Save Harry Potter on Aug 22, 2008
look Alan Horn i know there are some disappointing fans out there but your just being selfish you got that so can you please be generous.
posted by Mark on Aug 22, 2008
I'm a big harry potter fan you can't do this back to original date please!!!!!!
posted by Mark on Aug 22, 2008
I'm a big harry potter fan you can't do this back to original date please!!!!!!
posted by b\'day girl on Aug 22, 2008
I'd have my birthday in 21st November. And I though my first present would be this movie. But , look now ! I'm not going to have my dream birthday present !! Please WB,release Half Blood Prince in my birthday !!
posted by :( on Aug 22, 2008
My B-day is also in November 21st and I'm now dissapointed...
posted by Amy on Aug 22, 2008
The so called "silver lining" speech doesn't change anything. Warner Bros is using Harry Potters MASSIVE fanbase as competition at the boxoffice and we all know it. It wouldn't matter if it were released in the summer or not-- WB would still make billions (not millions, BILLIONS) because the fans are going to see it opening day and three times afterwards. So why piss us all off and make us wait another year? They must have known we'd all freak out and fight back. I wouldn't call myself a die-hard fan (my weakness is mainly Ron) and the sixth book isn't my fav, but even I am beyond furious. WB says it's sorry, but we all know they're not. If they were, they'd stop looking at Benjamin and move the release date back to Novemeber where it belongs.
posted by Andrea on Aug 21, 2008
I really don't give a crap if there's going to be less of a wait between Deathly Hallows and Half-Blood Prince. All I want is HBP to be moved back to the original release date. If it's not, I'll boycott all of Warner Brothers' films until HBP finally comes out.
posted by dave on Aug 20, 2008
Please dont do this to us warner bros
posted by WoOp on Aug 20, 2008
how can they say that when they messed number 3 and 4 up really badly!!!!
posted by abc on Aug 20, 2008
ok...they moved it back so what. atleast twilight won't have to compete with harry potter. don't get me wrong i love all the harry potter movies, eight months is a little too much.
posted by I\'m fine on Aug 20, 2008
ok I'm not into boycotting and such stuff. Yes I am disappointed and please if someone is not angry at this desicion does not means that he/she is not a fan. I am a potter fan. I am not boiled up but I would like WB to at least provide us with another half-blood prince trailer.
posted by annette on Aug 20, 2008
I say we keep fighting we cant let WB do this to us lets keep doing the HOWLER LETTERS AND WRITE HOWLER IN TOP OF THE PAGE KEEP IT SIMPLE AND TO THE POINT HERE IS THE ADDRESS: Warner Bros. Studios 4000 Warner Blvd Burbank CA 91522 818-562-3062
posted by lets keep fighting! on Aug 20, 2008
Howler Campaign This is a Howler Campaign against the WB. If you have not heard, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been moved from it's November release date to JULY 2009! Bottom line reason - they think they'll make more money that way. They say another reason for doing so is the writer's strike... THEY'VE ALREADY FINISHED FILMING! THEY'RE GOING TO START FILMING PART 7 IN FEBRUARY!!! So that's just a BS reason. There are plenty of on-line petitions against this popping up. Reality, on-line petitions don't really work. However, millions and millions of Harry Potter fans sending two or three or ten red enveloped letters to the WB Headquarters, just might actully catch there attention. Here's their address. Warner Bros. 4000 Warner Blvd Burbank CA 91522 818-954-6000 OR Warner Bros. Studios 4000 Warner Blvd Burbank CA 91522 818-562-3062 Write HOWLER at the top of the page.
posted by Jenna_Lourdes on Aug 20, 2008
I'm boycotting Warner Brothers until they release Half Blood Prince, whenever that may be. They've chosen money over fans, so I'm choosing to keep my money over watching their films or purchasing their merchandise. You reap what you sow, Warner Brothers.

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