Almost a month ago, I speculated that Warner Brothers might push back Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince to next summer.

Specifically, I said:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Warner Brothers opted to move ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to Summer 2009 in the next few weeks. When you think about it, this makes perfect sense.”

Well, the studio executives must have read the article and had a light-bulb go off over their heads. That or it was a pure coincidence (nah).

Either way, Warner Brothers has officially announced that Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince has moved from its original November 21, 2008 release and will now be unveiled to the world on July 17, 2009.

And I mean that literally – the film is getting a “day-and-date” release which basically means its coming out in theaters all across the world on the same date.

Apparently, this move has to do with Warner Brothers’ overall lack of blockbuster tentpoles for next summer – aside from Terminator: Salvation, which is something else I suggested in my original article.

This gives the studio more time to build their markerting around the sixth Potter installment. Of course, I realize its a foregone conclusion that it’ll make a gazillion dollars because the previous films did.

Score one for Screen Rant.

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince will open in theatres July 17, 2009.

Source: Variety