I should probably let it be known that I am not a Harry Potter fan. The running joke amongst my movie-going friends is that I refuse to see them in theater even when we organize group events to do so. To this day, my record holds and I’ve not seen any Harry Potter film on the big screen. It’s not that I dislike the films (I enjoyed them on DVD), it’s just that I haven’t felt motivated ever to see these. There are many reasons why and you could probably find some of them by reading the comments in previous Screen Rant threads on the topic.
However, there’s a good chance I’ll see at least one of the next three in theater though (remember, Harry Potter 7 is two movies) since I want to start reviewing movies and these are probably important ones to see.
With each installment in the franchise, the films seem to be turning more and more into a visual spectacle loaded with intense special effects. From the trailer, this film is clearly no exception.
Take a look for yourselves and see what you think:
The film appears action-packed and more mature-themed then ever as we see Harry, Hermione and Ron along with the rest of our familiar residents of Hogwarts growing up into young adults. The trailer shows Ron and some girl (Lavender Brown) making out(!), Harry trying to be a playboy and lots and lots of fire. I guess these are the three key marketing points this time around.
Harry Potter 6 was originally scheduled for release on November 21st but Warner Bros. pushed the date all the way back to next summer for it to act as a summer tentpole event. This caused a big stir amongst the fans because it was very last-minute and even though the film appears to have been completed (or very near completion), we won’t see it in theaters until July 17th, 2009. To me, this makes no sense because this film will make an insane amount of money and everyone who wants to see it, will see it whether it be November or July, but I suppose studios want to vie for the title of "biggest summer box office."
Interestingly, the trailer ends by stating “this year.” So does that mean it still is coming soon in the U.K.? That’s extremely doubtful since it was announced to come out there on July 17th, 2009 like everywhere else. Unless of course they want this to be the most pirated movie of all time. Maybe this trailer is older and just wasn’t released till now. But even that is strange because the text at the end is the easiest and quickest part to fix.
What do you think of the trailer?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is due out July 17th, 2009.