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Harry Potter Fans Not Too Happy with Warner Bros.

HollywoodNews.com: Harry Potter fans had a lot to be excited about this weekend, when Warner Bros. presented new footage of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at Comic-Con, the first time a Potter movie has ever been previewed at the four-day conference. Fans who were unable to attend the event were kept up to date via live updates from fan sites Mugglenet, The Leaky Cauldron and Snitchseeker, and anticipated seeing video of the footage, which we were all expecting would be released later on.

However, fans were informed a few hours later that Warner Bros. would not be releasing any of the new footage outside of Comic-Con, a decision that has left many fans feeling angry and jilted. Tweets like the following could be found online even today:

Retweet if u want to see the new Harry Potter and the deathly hallows footage from Comic Con! *ALL AGAINST WB!*
That’s so mean .. We want finally see new pics of #HarryPotterandtheDeathlyHallows !
Will you be releasing the Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows footage shown at Comic-Con on Saturday? PLEASE DO!!
Please, please, please! We want to see the Harry Potter footage shown at Comic Con!
Am I the only #harrypotter fan who feels slighted by WB’s decision not to release the Comic-Con footage? It feels like a slap in the face

One fan has even set up a Twitition – an online petition in which supporters can sign in to add their digital signature using their Twitter account – asking Warner Bros. to release the new footage online to fans.

I think the biggest question Potter fans have right now is why Warner Bros. made the decision not to release the footage. They have not responded to any inquiries about the decision (including my own) on their official Harry Potter Twitter account, @harrypotterfilm, nor has any other mention been made of the decision in the press.

This does seem like a slight towards the fans, who have been loyal to Warner Bros. and the films, even though the movies have sometimes failed to meet the expectations of the more purist of fans, who criticize the sometimes unnecessary changes that are made between canon (book) and screen. Still, because of the love of the story, fans have always supported the studio, the films and the actors who portray our beloved characters.

Not to make comparisons in the whole “which is better” debate, but my personal opinion is that Warner Bros. should take some notes from Summit Entertainment. I believe one of the main reasons the Twilight franchise is so successful – no matter if you like or don’t like the films – is that Summit centers everything that they do in regard to this franchise around its fans. Even as they promoted Eclipse, the third installment in that franchise, they never changed their formula for how they dealt with the fans. Whether it was sneak peeks of clips, merchandise, or cast appearances, Summit made sure their fans knew how important they were. They understand that the fans are what drives the franchise and makes it bigger. Warner Bros. seems to take for granted that of course, we will all go see the films, and that they don’t need to make the same kind of effort. How I wish we could prove them wrong.

Were you disappointed that the Comic-Con footage wasn’t released, or do you think the fans are being unreasonable? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • July 26, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hate to say it but Potter fans should just deal. WB sees them as Lemmings. WB doesn’t have an incentive to keep fans interested in the movie, so they don’t have to spend so much on promotion, which includes releasing extra footage or paying for the stars to go to conventions to promote the movie. The fan base is more than committed and WB knows that.

  • July 26, 2010 | Permalink |


  • July 26, 2010 | Permalink |

    We HP fans sure aren’t happy with WB right now!! But what makes us even more mad is when we are compared to those twitards!! What the heck!! Twilight is awful and comparing the genius of Harry Potter to twilight is like a bullet through the head.

  • July 26, 2010 | Permalink |

    we are not going to sit around watching them betray us. for that i present to you a quote from Tropic Thunder

    (here’s to WB’s)

    “First, take a big step back… and literally, FUCK YOUR OWN FACE! I don’t know what kind of pan-pacific bullshit power play you’re trying to pull here, but Asia Jack is my territory. So whatever you’re thinking, you’d better think again! Otherwise I’m gonna have to head down there and I will rain down in a Godly fucking firestorm upon you! You’re gonna have to call the fucking United Nations and get a fucking binding resolution to keep me from fucking destroying you. I’m talking about a scorched earth, motherfucker! I will massacre you! I WILL FUCK YOU UP! ”

    – Les Grossman/ Tom Cruise

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    what is the reason because WB dont present online the footage?
    when WB tell as the true?

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    “This does seem like a slight towards the fans, who have been loyal to Warner Bros. and the films, even though the movies have sometimes failed to meet the expectations of the more purist of fans, who criticize the sometimes unnecessary changes that are made between canon (book) and screen. Still, because of the love of the story, fans have always supported the studio, the films and the actors who portray our beloved characters. ”

    The changes made in these films are MINIMAL compared to other film adaptations of books. These are very, very faithful adaptations.. Much more so than, say, Peter Jackson’s film trilogy of the Lord of the Rings. (I enjoy Jackson’s films but their faithfulness to their source material is often over-estimated in fandom circles and even by the critics.)

    My worry about the Deathly Hallows film(s) is that WB is spreading this story too thinly. The trailer contained a great deal more Part Two material than Part One. I hope that is not significant, i.e. that Part One won’t have enough to satisfy either the HP audience or, perhaps even more crucially, the non-HP contingent (whose numbers can’t be over-estimated either).

    DH would have made an awesome final film. The story is naturally cinematic. It doesn’t feel right to finish with HP8 rather than HP7.


  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’m all for exclusive sneak peeks, but it’d be nice if they’d say so in advance so that fans can decide where to spend their con budget.

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    Trust me when I say that a lot of fans are deeply disappointed with WB right now. If you go to the Harry Potter fan site ‘Mugglenet’, you can even see that the news story about the DH comic-con footage got more than 2000 comments. And thats rare(really rare) in Mugglenet. As much as I hate to say it, they really do need to follow what Summit does for its Twilight fans.

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    As a Potter fan myself, I am very disappointed in the studio. As this is the finale, this is the last chance they have to ‘wow’ us, and leave their last impression on us. That impression could decide whether the Harry Potter fans (which are a large number of their supporters) will continute to follow the movies that Warner Brothers puts out. In my opinion, they’ve never gone above and beyond to appease the fans like Summit Entertainment does. One of the biggest examples I can think of is pushing Half-Blood Prince back from November to a July release. The fans have been nothing but dedicated to both the series, and the studio that produces and puts them together for us. All we ask is that we get a five minute clip, in exchange for all the time, loyalty, and money that we have given Warner Brothers.

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    Lol, my tweet is featured in this article. “Will you be releasing the Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows footage shown at Comic-Con on Saturday? PLEASE DO!!”. @PurplePadfoot

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    Really, WB is biting the hand that feeds them. If they hadn’t released the “exclusive” footage of the other movies they showed at Comic-Con, I wouldn’t be as upset. If they released the footage for “Sucker Punch”, then why not “Harry Potter”? Not everyone could be at Comic-Con to see this, and someone somewhere has cell phone footage trying to leak it to the internet. WB, please release the footage. Pretty please?

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    @colby First off, don’t mention Twilight for no apparent reason.

    Second, well I’ll let this quote do the talking.

    “The Warner Bros. executives have sent us a message. That they can do whatever they want. That no one can stop them.

    Well, we will send them a message. You ride out as fast as the wind can carry you. You tell the other fans to come. Tell them the Chosen One calls to them!

    You run now, with me! My brothers! Sisters! And we will show the Warner Brothers People… that they can not take whatever they want! And that this… this is our footage!”

    Seriously though, its disgusting the way they are treating us right now. They don’t even acknowledge what we are saying. Wheres the so called ‘Aggressive Advertising Campaign’, Warner bros.

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    The footage will no doubt be released eventually, because the films is still 4 months away. And WB did say the footage was exclusive to Comic-Con. However, it’s not really fair that everything else (Sucker Punch, Green Latern, etc) that was shown at Comic-Con was released online and the Harry Potter footage was not. I’m not mad at them. I’m just a really MASSIVE Harry Potter fan and it’s really hard to read all these amazing things about this footage, but not be able to see it. It’s TORTUROUS!!!

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    It’s kind of a slap in the face. We’ve all heard how amazing this footage is and WB needs to release this to us die-hard fans! I am a fan of Twilight (though it will never be as great as the Harry Potter franchise) and it’s true that Summit gives a lot of clips to it’s fans. It’s obviously very important to us, so please give us the footage!!

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |


  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think that you are completely right about the way Summit Entertainment is doing things. I’m a fan of both of the franchises and I was one of the people scouring the internet after the footage was released at comic con and was very disappointed to find out that WB wasn’t going to release the footage online. I know they think that just because this franchise is such a staple that they don’t need to put out as many promotional images and videos, but, not doing so can hurt them. Like you mentioned above, fans are angry that they aren’t going to release the footage online and while people will still go see the movie when it releases it can decrease the likely hood of some people going out to the movie. They need to cater to what their fans want if they hope to keep them on good terms. Fans are what make this franchise and it would be nowhere without them. WB needs to remember this especially when they make a decision like this without any further explanation.

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    Give me a break. They don’t HAVE to release the footage. Most stuff at Comic-Con is exclusive anyway. Stop acting like they owe you stuff. They’ve given plenty in return, what with 6 movies already released. You’ll probably see a lot of this stuff when they release more trailers, anyway. I’d like to see the footage too, but to call their behaviour ‘disgusting’ just because they aren’t releasing a sneak-peak that was made for Comic-Con attendees is a complete exaggeration.

    And, to the person who pointed out that the HP films are quite faithful to their source material compared to other book-to-movie adaptions, THANK YOU. It amazes me because all so many fans ever do is complain about every little change made from book to movie (even though this is the way it is with all book-to-film adaptions. Some stuff just don’t work on screen, get it through your head), and then act this way about the upcoming film.

    Look, I’d LOVE to see the footage just as much as you guys, but I really think you’re coming across as whiny and ungrateful just because they’re not releasing ONE sneak preview.

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    I understand that many fans are upset with WB right now but I won’t forget that there were many Twilight fans upset with Summit a few months ago because they felt they weren’t getting enough footage. Fans get upset and the studios have to deal with it. That’s the way it is.

    To be completely honest though, I would take WB’s handling of the Potter franchise over the way Summit has handled the Twilight franchise. Summit continues to make the Twilight movies on a cheep budget and I feel it really shows in their movies. Their special effects and cinematography aren’t up to par with that of the Potter films. I think they may be putting forth more money towards Breaking Dawn though…so that may change. However, I would far rather have to wait to see the footage and have it be well done than have something slapped together in a mere few months and have it be less than what it could have been.

  • July 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thankyou so much for writing this article, hopefully Warner Brothers will notice how upset it’s Harry Potter fans are. On http://www.mugglenet.com there are almost 2500 comments about the footage that was shown at comic con. However most of the comments are not about the footage (which Im sure is great EVEN THOUGH I HAVENT SEEN IT!) the comments are comlaints about the footage not being released by Warner Brothers. I really think Warner Brothers takes it fanbase for granted. Without the fans they would have nothing, the fans have been loyal and dedicated from day 1 and I seriously think Warner Brothers has forgotten that..

    In conclusion……….RELEASE THE FOOTAGE!!!

  • July 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    Go Harry Potter fans!!!!!!! We can do this, WB suck. We are their fans but they just do THIS to us.

  • July 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    OMG Come on! So san diego HP fans got to see the footage! What about the rest of the country or no im sorry HP is international so what about the rest of the world. Threre r millions of harry potter fans and only a few hundred get to see the footage. BULLSHIT! WB get off ur asses and do something for everyone who have been loyal since harry’s first day of hogwarts!

  • July 29, 2010 | Permalink |

    I am both a Harry Potter fan and a twihard and am very offended by that comment. What if I said Twilight is the best Harry Potter Sucks!!! How would you feel? I don’t think we have to have this constant rivalry between HP and Twilight. It’s just stupid. They are both forms of entertainment. Live with it.

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