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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Warner Brothers "Apologizes" for the Harry Potter Move

Though Harry Potter fans have expressed deep feelings against the move of the sixth film, Warner Brothers wants you fans to know that they ruv yoo! Alan Horn, of Warner Brothers, has sent this (hysterical) apology to the fans. In it he lets them know that they're taking great care with the movie, but doesn't explain how moving it does that. Next he tries to sugar coat it by telling fans that the wait between the sixth and seventh film will be much shorter. Cute. Here's his message:

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.

Alan Horn
President, Chief Operating Officer
Warner Bros.

I'm not nearly as outraged as many Harry Potter fans, but reading this I feel like an infant being talked down by a war veteran grandfather explaining why its better to have a banana than a cookie. The message offers no comfort. Horn steers away from the fact that this decision was based on money (even though we all know) and gives us a "Christmas will come earlier" argument by pointing out the time span between the next two movies. Thank you. I can do math on my own.

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