Warner Brothers' Alan Horn Responds to Harry Potter Fans
by Alex Billington
August 20, 2008
In an attempt to calm the angry fans, Warner Brothers President and COO Alan Horn (pictured above) has released a public statement regarding the surprising release date change of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. As we all know, Warner Bros moved the release of Half-Blood Prince from November this year all the way to July 17th next summer, causing outrage amongst Harry Potter fans. We ran a follow-up article last Friday that outlined the anger that the fans, and myself, were experiencing in response to the move, and questioned whether Warner Bros might end up moving it back in fear of protests or boycotts. This obviously shows they're not going to budge, but does show that they're at least responsive.
Straight from Warner Brothers in Burbank, CA, here is Alan Horn's official statement in response to the fans who have written in expressing the anger towards the Half-Blood Prince delay.
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.
President, Chief Operating Officer
Not that I would expect this kind of response to satisfy any of the upset fans, but I'm glad they at least responded publicly and have acknowledged that the fans are angry. It's worse to just ignore them and thankfully they didn't do that. But unfortunately, this statement says that they're not moving it back at all. We're all going to have to accept the cold hard truth and buckle down and wait it out. It's only an extra 8 months to wait and I think there is a fine line-up that should hold all of us over. And I don't believe his statement about the shorter wait between Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows is going to make everything better either. Will the fans finally stop protesting this? I doubt it…