7:07 am - 11/17/2010

Did Harry Potter Leak on Purpose?

A much-anticipated movie is leaked on the Internet prior to release. So, what else is new?

Not this suspicion: That the leak was planned, if not authorized.

When it comes to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, is this cynical hunch dead on—or dead wrong?

Let's put it this way: Not even the competition thinks the boy wizard is, as sorta suggested by TorrentFreak, out for (more) publicity.

"I couldn't think of anything more absurd," Fox exec Chris Aronson said via email Tuesday.

Fox infamously suffered its own security breach when a feature-length, yet incomplete version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine found its way online a month before the 2009 film's opening.

Then as now, suspicious minds wondered if a studio had "gotten a little bit lucky." Fox, meanwhile, fumed at how it had gotten so unlucky.

"There was a major concern about box office," Aronson said.

By comparison, the Deathly Hallows leak, per TorrentFreak, concerns "only" the film's first 36 minutes. Still, Harry Potter's minders at Warner Bros. don't sound any more pleased than Wolverine's did.

The "stolen" and "illegally posted" footage, Warners said in a statement Tuesday, "constitutes a serious breach of copyright violation and theft of Warner Bros. property…[W]e are vigorously investigating this matter and will prosecute those involved to the full extent of the law."

If it's any consolation to the studio, Wolverine, leak or no, ended up clawing its way to a big, fat opening weekend. Exhibitor Relations box-office analyst Jeff Bock told us in an email he expects Deathly Hallows to do the same—and then some.

"[Deathly Hallows] is on track to have the biggest debut the series has ever seen," said Bock, who was calling for a whopping $125 million Friday-Sunday gross. "Not even the dark forces of Lord Voldemort could stop the spell that [the film] will cast on Muggles far and wide."

Harry Potter best hope that thought applies to the dark forces of conspiracy theorists, too.
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x3raindropsx3 17th-Nov-2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
There is just no way I'm watching those 36 minutes when we have less that 40 hours left.

Who's dressing up and what time are you guys planning to line up?
x3raindropsx3 17th-Nov-2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
comalies 17th-Nov-2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
I'm not dressing up but my friend and I are going to wait in line for 16 hours, just because we can. :D
tkylem 17th-Nov-2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
rly bb? 16 hours?

x3raindropsx3 17th-Nov-2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
are you guys bringing lawn chairs? what will you do while you wait? I'm just planing to bring a deck of cards, tbh.
vehiclesshockme 17th-Nov-2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
I'm dressing up! I just need to get a sweater and I'm all set. I was thinking about getting there around 8:00 PM.
x_butterfly19_x 17th-Nov-2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
There is just no way I'm watching those 36 minutes when we have less that 40 hours left.

yami_no_hoshi 17th-Nov-2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not watching them either. I can wait!

I'm going as Hermione :) It was my Halloween costume so I figured I can recycle, lol. We're going to a matinee and we'll probably line up about an hour before?
mollysmiles 17th-Nov-2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm dressing up! Only 22 hours left for me wooo!
zoostation 17th-Nov-2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
just an HP shirt for me, possibly my plastic cheapster wand as well.

i'll probably draw on myself though. or take my wizard chess set, but none of my friends can play. :(
ncsujen 17th-Nov-2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm not really dressing up, but I have a Ravenclaw-colors sweater and I'm wearing that. I'd dress up, but I'm taking my husband as a surprise, and I'm preeetty sure that'd tip him off lol.
ohkkrista 17th-Nov-2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I've got a Slytherin shirt + tie and a necklace of felix felicis.. my mom's got her Gryffindor scarf and harry glasses.

I'll prob get to the theater around 10?
78 17th-Nov-2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I don't want to sound stupid but what's point of line up? Do they sell tickets just before the movie or is it something else?
Is it fun to stand in the cold for hours?
I never got it.
joc_strap 17th-Nov-2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
we've waited over a year
you can' wait a few more hours
verdhandi 17th-Nov-2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'm wearing a short pink wig and my Hufflepuff robe, being a younger version of Tonks :> Best Hufflepuff ever!

We've got tickets for a pre-premiere, 8.30pm. So I'll be there an hour earlier. In Germany you don't have to come early to get good seats because all the seats are numbered and when you buy or reserve your ticket you specify where you want to sit.

I hope it will be good :> And that I don't get a headache from the wig.
victorialupin 17th-Nov-2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
I'm wearing my Tonks costume. While I've got a pink wig, I've decided that when DH part two rolls around, I'll actually dye my hair, since I won't have school or work at the time. :)
erraticxemotion 17th-Nov-2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
srsly fuck that
improved 17th-Nov-2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Wearing my full Gryffindor outfit and getting there at 10 or 11 am to get in line for IMAX
yukishiido 17th-Nov-2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not dressing up, but I'll be wearing my hooded Gryffindor shirt. :D
xvmorganalefayv 17th-Nov-2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
My girlfriend, boyfriend, and I are going with some of my other friends (whom my BF has met but doesn't know well, and GF doesn't know at all, haha, awkward convos ho!) and we're dressing up by houses. I promised GF I'd be Ravenclaw with her, I bet Boyfriend is gonna be Slytherin because he loves green (he doesn't give a damn about the houses themselves), and I'm guessing another friend of mine is gonna be Gryffindor because she's a follower not that big a fan and it's well-known.

We already bought our IMAX tickets online, so we're getting to the theater an hour early to get good seats. XD

We're all "adults" with 9-5-type jobs or early classes/school stuff, so we're going Friday night, though. I'm gonna have to go from Thursday afternoon till Friday night without LJ just to avoid spoilers (not that I haven't read the book, but YKWIM, ONTD).

Damn, this comment is long. Sorry. :D
nsyfials552 17th-Nov-2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
im not going to watch it either, even though i really really want to, haha.

i want to dress up but i dont really have a full costume... i have a maroon and gold scarf but other than that i dont have much really.
im going with 7 other people, so we want to get there pretty early to get seats all together. the show is at 310, so we will probably get there around 130 or 2 and then hang out talking and playing cards and eating the harry potter treats were going to make beforehand (cauldron cakes, licorice wands, cockroach clusters, butterbeer, etc.)
so excited!!
callistabella 18th-Nov-2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Tomorrow is my birthday, but I'm studying in London atm, and they don't have midnight showings ):

xo_purity_ox 18th-Nov-2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Usually I dress up as Luna, but no one I'm going with is dressing up this year and I don't want to be alone. Next year I will for sure though.
tkylem 17th-Nov-2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
It seems like everyone in music and now movies are releasing things "early" and calling them "leaks" because they think people will be more interested or something... it's annoying. iLeaks.com releases music that is authorized and calls them 'leaks'.
turi 17th-Nov-2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
I agree. I think the current business model for new albums is to leak a low res, basic album for free to get the music out there. Then offer the full album with artwork, multimedia, remixes and album-only material on iTunes.
tkylem 17th-Nov-2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
I can't stand it... I miss when an artist would disappear for a while, then come out full swing (like Britney does) with a new image, CD, performances, etc. I feel like there are no "Era's" anymore.
victorialupin 17th-Nov-2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
I think they're releasing too much stuff in advance in general. I love HP, but 3-4 trailers is enough. I don't need to have seen half the scenes in advance.
vulva 17th-Nov-2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
idk, I think most people who care enough to download it will be seeing the movie anyway.

That said, the first 36 minutes that leaked were definitely released by WB.
cigarettelover 17th-Nov-2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
x3raindropsx3 17th-Nov-2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
flawless icon, and I am too!
lroche_nf 17th-Nov-2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Waiting for the big screen! Not watching.

I'd say no spoilers but I read the book so whatever
green__desire 17th-Nov-2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
SPOILER! they ruin the books and hermiones hair is sleek and blonde
lroche_nf 17th-Nov-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
victorialupin 17th-Nov-2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
fatpeopleeatme 17th-Nov-2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
leak the rest plz
andres01234 17th-Nov-2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
morrbido 17th-Nov-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
this! i need something to watch when i get home from the cinema haha
sketchinglife 17th-Nov-2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
lol ikr? I'm already planning my second trip
victorialupin 17th-Nov-2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Lol, yes. Movie studios don't account for the fake that sometimes people watch movies online because the cinema isn't open; after I saw Toy Story 3, I watched it online again in the middle of the night because it's not like I could go to the theatre then.
vehiclesshockme 17th-Nov-2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
In most situations I would say so but... really does Harry Potter need any help publicity wise?
nuravecunt 17th-Nov-2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
ikr, it would have topped the BO regardless if it leaked or not. We crazy.
vehiclesshockme 17th-Nov-2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
I hope there are a lot of people dressed up at the midnight.

I'm bringing my wand. I want to duel.
cre8ive_license 17th-Nov-2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Of course it was planned, its like the comic con footage never made its way online because WB were determined to take it down asap.
sparkfactory 17th-Nov-2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
the leaked version of wolverine was waaaaaay more entertaining than the real version. everyone was still attached to their wires and it'd randomly switch between a real scene and green screen omg it was amazing
xvmorganalefayv 17th-Nov-2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
The entertainment value of seeing the behind-the-scenes was worth sitting through the "plot" and "dialogue"? (I only saw a few seconds of the Wolverine leak.)
ben_superdetka 17th-Nov-2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
seeing it tomorrow. hope it's not as abysmal as the last movie was.
nuravecunt 17th-Nov-2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Did they cut Krum from the final cut? I swear I saw a still with him and Hermione at the wedding
karinette001 17th-Nov-2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
omg I hope not, he's one swell guy.
joaniemaloney 17th-Nov-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
I sure hope not! He looked really cute from the stills. Like, seriously.
teawithnoddy 17th-Nov-2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Just back from seeing it, and yes, he's not in it at all.
elschmo 17th-Nov-2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
What! That sucks.
nuravecunt 17th-Nov-2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Nooooooo! They're better be an extended cut DVD like LotR has.
jhestia85 17th-Nov-2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
victorialupin 17th-Nov-2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
I don't really like movie!Krum at all anyway. He guy's a fine actor and he's easy on the eyes, but he's nothing like I imagine Krum to be.
devon_carrots 17th-Nov-2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
i am trying to get a bunch of people to change their names and profile pictures on fb thursday-saturday to hp characters
lucky_smarms 17th-Nov-2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
I tried doing this and it was denied...fucking fb
zoostation 17th-Nov-2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
i currently have the undesirable no 1 with my face in it as my profile pic.
foofbunny 17th-Nov-2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Does anyone know where I can get animated icons of the movie? I just want one of Ginny. THOUGH IT SOUNDS LIKE SHE'S NOT IN IT MUCH. :(
x3raindropsx3 17th-Nov-2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
The only one that I know of would be improved. You might want to ask her, she makes lovely icons.
foofbunny 17th-Nov-2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks bb! I went and grabbed one from her.
andres01234 17th-Nov-2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
I duncurr about 36 minutes, I want the whole damn movie to leak!
mollysmiles 17th-Nov-2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
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