Sorry Potter fans, you’ll have to wait until next summer to watch Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  The movie was originally scheduled to open just before Thanksgiving (November 17), but because of the writer’s strike, there aren’t any good tent-pole films for Warner Bros. next summer.

“Like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films-changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of,” he said. “We agreed the best strategy was to move ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.”

The company had tried to get the Justice League movie into production before the strike so it would be ready next year.  Potter will now open July 17, 2009.

via Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Cory
    August 14, 2008 at 6:39 pm — Reply

    Harry Potter is so over.

    And from what I hear the conclusion went out on a whimper

  2. Josh P.
    August 15, 2008 at 7:19 am — Reply

    The Potter movies always felt like more of a Christmas time movie, not a Summer blockbuster. I think this move may hurt the movies financial performance.

    I enjoyed the final book, probably because I went in knowing that it was never going to meet the over-expectations put on it. It did leave me wanting to read more about the Potter-verse though, past or future.

  3. Brad Ball
    August 15, 2008 at 8:54 am — Reply

    Man this sucks, Christmas/Thanksgiving has always been the best time for Harry Potter movies to come out, typically we get hardly any good movies around that time period, and when a good one gets released it does gang busters…..

    I enjoyed the last book quite a bit, and the conclusion was anything but a whimper, while these books start out children’s stories they are anything but by the conclusion.

    I remember when the last book was coming out the big question was “who dies” after reading it I thought the better question was “who lives”

    Through and through great stuff.

  4. kayin
    August 18, 2008 at 9:26 pm — Reply

    Man, they better be already working on the final movies by that point, or these kids are gonna start looking thirty.

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