That’s right folks, Warner Bros. has announced that it is pushing back the release of the newest Harry Potter movie by over 8 MONTHS!!!! The new release date will be July 17, 2009. They have given a myriad of reasons (the writer’s strike, giving families a big summer release, kids being out of school, etc.), but I’m fairly certain that the one & only reason is that they looked at next summer’s projected new releases & saw that the offerings were pretty slim, so they want to capitalize on that & make the max profit. If there is nothing else out there worth seeing, then people will see Harry Potter. Again. And Again. And Again. Smart move by Warner Bros., but they will have to be bracing for the angry backlash by Potter fans.
Warner Bros. wants to assure fans that the movie is actually on schedule for the original Nov. release & the final two movies (Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2) are still on track for their original release dates of Nov 2010 & May 2011, respectively. As WB put it "now fans won’t have to wait so long" between HBP & the first installment of Deathly Hallows.