One Mighty Long Preview
Are Harry Potter fans skipping the lines & just watching Deathly Hallows online?
Let's face it. When it comes to Harry Potter, less is never, ever more.
So does it really matter whether the 36 minutes of leaked footage of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was accidental or malicious?
Apparently it does to Warner Bros.
"A portion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was stolen and illegally posted on the internet," the studio said in a statement. "This constitutes a serious breach of copyright violation and theft of Warner Bros property. We are working actively to restrict and/or remove copies that may be available. Also, we are vigorously investigating this matter and will prosecute those involved to the full extent of the law."
Oh, right. The law.
But in an era dominated by virtual word-of-mouth, who's to say the studio didn't hope to generate even more Howlers for the movie by accidentally letting a gripping teaser fly on, oh, BitTorrent, for example?
Never you fear that, mate. An insider told The Mirror, "It's not as if the film needs more publicity."
Well, la-dee-da. Aren't we full of ourselves?
To true wizarding junkies (and even mildly curious Muggles) with a little Veritaserum in the belly, 36 minutes might as well be a trailer.
What good is a Harry Potter movie without the beginning, middle, and end? Answer: It's no good. It's absolutely worthless. And you won't find us mudbloods crying over spilt butterbeer.
Despite the 36-minute jump some of us might have, we're still pretty confident we'll see you at 12:01 a.m. Thursday night/Friday morning. Or 12:37 a.m., for the illegally viewing crowd.
There's simply no pirated preview that has the power to break the Harry Potter spell. And it's all systems go for the full Deathly Hallows flick, enriched by 36 unauthorized minutes or not.