Thursday, August 14, 2008
WE ARE BUMMED! BUMMED! BUMMED! Sixth Harry Potter Film Is Delayed!
Being the Harry Potter fans that we are, we've been counting the days until the release of the sixth installment of the popular and magical films, due out around Thanksgiving (November 21, to be exact). I tried to put a Half-Blood Prince countdown application on my blog sidebar, but it was too wide and didn't work. We rejoiced when the number of days until the release slipped below a hundred earlier this week.
Then today E. found out the depressing news on Mugglenet: Harry Potter and the half-Blood Prince will not be released until JULY 17, 2009! The decision was made mostly for financial reasons -- summer blockbusters make more money for the studios who have been hard hit by the writers' strike. The vaguely silver lining in the story is that the release of the two-part final films of Deathly Hallows will not be affected; filming starts in February as previously planned.
Still, when we have been SOOOOOOO excited about seeing the film -- the Mugglenet countdown for the HBP release was at 98 days, 9 hours and 40-some minutes when we heard the news of the delay. We much prefer non-summer Harry Potter releases so we can see them as matinees on the very day of release when all the other kids are in school -- definitely one of the perks of home education. We've lost that wonderful little benefit as well with a July 2009 release, besides the fact that we will have to wait an additional 240 DAYS! I'm sure that the countdown will be taken down at Mugglenet, unless they want to start up where we are now. 338 days from today to the release of Half-Blood Prince! Utter disappointment.