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Angry Fans Petition Against 'Half-Blood Prince' Delay

August 20, 2008, 5:14 am 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.



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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