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Take cover, Warner Bros.: Muggles everywhere are furious

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Maybe they can send boxes of Weasleys Wizard Wheezes’ Puking Pastilles over to the studio in protest.

After Warner Bros. announced Thursday afternoon it was pushing the premiere date of the next Harry Potter film “Half-Blood Prince” from November to July 2009, a petition of outrage immediately went up.

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And just an hour after it launched, nearly 1,500 signatures had already been collected.

“I support this petition. I also support a movement to boycott all other Warner Brothers releases until they change it back,” wrote Tim Thurmeier.

Over at mega fansite MuggleNet.com, more than 400 angry fans have already complained about the longer wait.

Wrote hpninjaskills: “Someone better open up a cell in jail because I`m ready to murder. Just when we were under 100 days, we are back to over 100. I am angry ... totally shocked. I am in tears right now. I can’t believe it.”

To be precise, fans that were expecting to see the film in three months will now have to wait 11. As in nearly a year. Needless to say they’re none too happy.

Jessica D on cinematical.com warned that “They better not try to milk the penultimate movie in the series for too long... else people are just going to forget the enthusiasm over the movies, since the books are already over anyway.” And Chad speculated that “the one and only reason for this move is The Dark Knight. Unimaginative WB bosses think Harry Potter is their best chance at replicating that success so clearly it should open on the same date.”

Over at slashfilm.com, Hunter Stephenson surmised, “Hmm, maybe Warner Bros. [thinks] T4 will underperform?” But most, like emily, were just plain upset: “I’m seriously angry. First [they] move back Star Trek and now HP? Why are these studios tormenting me???”

-- Denise Martin

RELATED Click here for all ‘Harry Potter’ coverage at Hero Complex and the latest on the ‘Great Muggle Rebellion of 2008'


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