Harry Potter release date moved to 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceFans eagerly awaiting the release of the sixth Harry Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, will have to wait a little longer to see Harry, Hermione and Ron waving around their wands and fighting all that is evil. The film was originally scheduled for a November 2008 release, but has been pushed to July 2009 to capitalize on the lucrative summer movie-going season. “We know the summer season is the second-highest window for a family release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film,” explains Warner Bros. President Alan Horn. Looks like making even more money from the Harry Potter franchise is much more important than pleasing millions of fans.

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  1. LT • August 19, 2008 @ 10:43 AM

    NO FAIR!! I waited this long and now i have to wait another 8 months

  2. jake kon • August 19, 2008 @ 11:02 AM

    What the F#@K, I was so excited to see this movie this fall. Now I have to wait, that’s not cool.

  3. face • August 19, 2008 @ 11:04 AM

    Someone should start a facebook group, see how many people join, who want the original release date.

  4. Anonymous • August 19, 2008 @ 11:09 AM

    someone should start a petition online i bet they would get a million signuters

  5. PS • August 19, 2008 @ 11:36 AM

    this is pathic! suppostly every year a new harry potter movie comes out.. that was the normal plan but they keep moving it, making it to more months to wait. and something else going around (i dont know if its true or not but its just bs) suppostly the actors are growing up.. and are getting to the age where theyre too old for their part.. like thats total bull sh!t its not their fault that its taking so long and birthdays are every year!

  6. Joshua • August 19, 2008 @ 11:47 AM

    Yeah id have to say I’m not to impressed myself.

  7. nat • August 19, 2008 @ 12:49 PM

    this is a total crock of %#&* i rushed to finish the book in time with a very busy schedule and they do this to cash in even more money. somebody should do something like petitions ,if i had the time id do it myself but i will definetly sign, i hate hollywood

  8. ke • August 19, 2008 @ 6:17 PM

    what is their problem? people are going to see it no matter if its released in November or next summer. Are there more people in the summer than in November? I don’t think so. I don’t get it at all. I understand that people are in a more outgoing, celebratory ‘mood’ in the summer but people would still see HP in the fall.

    I have to wait an ENTIRE year!! i bet this is just a bluff or a ploy – to scare viewers into REALLY seeing Harry Potter. Kinda like ‘ok ok we promise we’ll go see it as long as you release it NOW!’

    i’m in agony.

  9. Nancy • August 19, 2008 @ 9:28 PM

    They should release it as it was first scheduled. No one knows what tomorrow will bring so they shouldn’t prolong it. For all anyone knows and the way the world is going, there could be a World War by next summer and they wouldn’t be able to release the movie at all!!

    Could someone at Tribute please fill me in on what the h#ll is going on with this WORDPRESS thing? Like, what is wrong with my comment, really????

  10. Arezou • August 19, 2008 @ 11:53 PM

    I made a facebook group:
    Petition to change back the Harry Potter 6 release date

    Join it!

  11. Anonymous • August 20, 2008 @ 1:15 AM

    that sucks its stupid how they think they are going to to make more money in the summer then in the winter um the lord of the rings came out in the winter an i think they did okay at the box office

  12. Anonymous • August 20, 2008 @ 1:18 AM

    because of this i dont think i bother seeing it in the theaters

  13. severis snape • August 20, 2008 @ 1:19 AM

    I am the halfblood prince suckas.
    sectum sempra to you

  14. Anonymous • August 20, 2008 @ 9:22 AM

    What the hell?!?!? Why can’t it be the original date??? People have been waiting a long time for this and because you sons of b@^&%es want more money, people now want to kick your asses. Congratulations, you are hated by people worldwide!

  15. Anonymous • August 20, 2008 @ 11:34 AM

    Money hungry company, who made 11.7 billion USD revenue last year alone…

    They can keep their Batman and Star Wars movies then, I’m not going to see them now either.

  16. B P • August 20, 2008 @ 12:09 PM

    Money . . . all they care about. Well the only way we can show them is not see it in theaters period. They believe and I believe that HP fans will see the movie no matter what. Build up more hype and fill up the theaters more during the summer.

    I say we don’t watch it, waited this long and now will be waiting longer, we can wait till it comes out on DVD. That’s another what 2-3 months no biggie for a true HP fan.

    The only way to stop the media from bullying the public around is by taking a stand against this sort of action.

    Also if they change their dates back, they will lose their credibility with other companies, so they won’t change it back now.

    I say we boycott the movie in theaters especially opening weekend. Watch it on DVD instead.

  17. Nancy • August 20, 2008 @ 2:07 PM

    You wouldn’t be able to afford the dvd because they would have to jack the price of it to make up for the loss in the theatres!

  18. marvel man • August 21, 2008 @ 1:26 AM

    I heard that they pushed it back because of the writers strike. Apparently when the writers went on strike it cost lucrative time that would otherwise have been spent writing scripts for new movies and developing new ideas for movies and the like. Because they lost all that time they have very little as far as movies being released in the next 2 years. Movies that were supposed to be released next year are still having their scripts written. So they pushed back Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in order to compensate. They’re counting on it to be 09’s summer blockbuster.

  19. Nancy • August 21, 2008 @ 6:32 PM

    Well, even still, the writer’s strike falls on their backs too because if they weren’t so damn cheap with all the $BILLIONS$ they make and give the writers some. I mean, we pay top dollar to go see a movie in the theatre, top dollar to rent the movie, top dollar to buy the dvd, etc. The stars get paid millions, millions are spent on advertising…so why are the writer’s always on strike looking to be paid enough to put food on their table?

  20. marvel man • August 22, 2008 @ 5:50 PM

    Well it’s for the same reasons that you stated Nancy. The writers are upset that they’re not getting paid enough. As you said the actors are paid millions to star in the movie, millions are spent for advertising and promotion and even more millions are spent on the actual movie and costumes and such. It’s disappointing to see that the writers, the people who create the movies that we love, are being left out when it comes to the big payout. It seems to me that everyone is being taken care of except the writers. Hopefully the new deal worked out between the writers and the production companies will keep them satisfied.

  21. Nancy • August 22, 2008 @ 10:21 PM

    Yup, until the cost of living goes up again! 😀

  22. sk8tergirl • August 24, 2008 @ 4:42 PM

    Screw you WB…

  23. tiffany • September 8, 2008 @ 10:55 PM

    I am so freakin’ pissed i been waiting for this movie to come out ever since i finished reading the part 6 book. It’s bad enough that the last part doesn’t come out for 2 more years when the characters are in their 20s but this is rediculous. We should sign an online petition I will definately sign. Hope its a hoaks and the movie comes out the original release date. I mean I did not here the anouncement of the release date being change on the news, i saw it at a website. well lets see what happens with this crock of #@$~!

  24. Math • September 9, 2008 @ 7:52 AM

    The last sentence says it all

  25. Anonymous • September 25, 2008 @ 12:10 PM

    agree, the last sentence says it all.

    this is so unfair

  26. umar • October 24, 2008 @ 3:20 PM

    Omg this iswrong. they clearly care about money and not much about fans … Make The pention !!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Terri • November 2, 2008 @ 6:05 PM

    Oh my gosh, I’ve been thinking about it since Sept., Come
    OK now it’s her daughter,
    I feel bad 4 ma mom, I may not B a fan, I no, I’m Cray-z, but SHE IS ON DA VERGE OF CRYIN’!!!! She’s callin’ her friend now 2 cheer up, THEY R SO MEAN!

  28. james • November 5, 2008 @ 4:49 AM

    total horse #$@& i hope first we get screwed 4 the trailer and now this.
    there’s still 2 movies u greedy b%$^%$s whats another couple of million when ur making billions. this people is whats wrong wt the world, d*&*ch bags getting money hungry. eat #@$% warner bro

  29. Jaret • November 5, 2008 @ 9:21 PM

    I’m so mad right now! Someone told me it was this month till i saw this and now i waited for nothing! And the worst part is I’m still going to wait and see it in theaters…. GRR you WB!

  30. rocky • November 10, 2008 @ 9:08 AM

    i am not wait longtime plz relase in nov.- dec.
    accept my request

  31. erin • November 12, 2008 @ 10:17 AM

    they can get stuffed!

  32. Beejay • November 15, 2008 @ 11:22 PM

    I heard a rumour in August that the movie was actually being pushed back because of the release of the twilight movie and that they WB was worried that their sales would decrease because of the release of two fantastical movies around the same time.

  33. Anonymous • November 19, 2008 @ 10:51 PM

    Looks like making even more money from the Harry Potter franchise is much more important than pleasing millions of fans.

    that is absolutely ridiculous, i hope that when the movie does come out that wb doesn’t make as much money by that comment! like honestly shove it up your…

  34. Anonymous • November 19, 2008 @ 11:47 PM

    Not impressed. Not impressed at all. I was very excited to see the new HP movie and now I am angry. Like many HP fans I was eagerly awaiting the November release date and now I have been let down. It would have been nice to have something to look forward to in the dreary month of November. Summer time I want to go to the beach not waste a sunny day in a dark theatre. There are so many entertaining things to do in the summer. It would have been nice to see the movie in November – it likely would have still been playing at Christmas. Kids could have gone to see it over Christmas holidays. It’s a real shame the release date was moved back from November 2008 to July 2009.

    Boycotting the movie in theatres sounds like a good idea to me….I will be on the beach instead enjoying real life.

  35. :) • November 20, 2008 @ 3:51 PM

    My sister is gonna be SO mad, me not so much i couldn’t care to tell the truth but it was my sis’s birthday and she was gonna go see it tomorrow so it looks like shes going to Madagascar 2 instead. lol

  36. Cassidy Dalry • November 25, 2008 @ 5:31 PM




  37. Anonymous • December 1, 2008 @ 1:26 AM

    you are all dumb, they don’t care about petitions or facebook groups, they care about money.. and get over yourselves, its just a movie, relax

  38. shamia • December 12, 2008 @ 12:59 PM

    I’m the craziest fan of harry potter and i’m eagerly waiting for the release of harry potter half blood prince because Ihave rea harry potter’s sixth novel and its really very interesting

  39. agatha • January 15, 2009 @ 5:10 PM

    hey i was excited for the sixth movie to come out but hey as long as they let it out this before my birthday please! And I hope that they don’t delay the seventh movie 🙂

  40. Anonymous • February 21, 2009 @ 2:44 AM

    harry potter sucks

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