Harry Potter leak causes controversy
As an avid fan of the Harry Potter franchise, I have been patiently awaiting the arrival of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” for months. The movie was finally released last Friday, but the first 36 minutes of the film were leaked to the internet three days before the premiere. This isn’t the first time that a movie has leaked before the release-“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was released in its entirety a month before the premiere! Some are saying that Warner Brothers purposely leaked the footage, but Warner Brothers strictly denies this, claiming “a serious breach of copyright” against the company. Industry insiders have also dismissed this claim, making the point that the movie did not need any additional publicity. The Harry Potter franchise has millions upon millions of loyal fans who were going to see the movie regardless of whether the clip leaked or not. On the other hand, one might argue that the clip was leaked to increase attention to the movie. If people saw the first thirty minutes of the film and loved it, it would force them to buy a ticket to the theater if they wanted to see the remainder.
As a Potter fan that waited what seemed like an eternity for this movie, I was disappointed when I heard about the leak. Personally, I wouldn’t have watched the leak even if I had come across it on the internet. I would much rather use self-restraint and wait the three extra days to sit in a comfortable theater and see the movie on the big screen. I can’t even imagine seeing the first 36 minutes and then having to wait 3 more days to find out what happens-talk about suspense! What I question is how anyone was even able to get their hands on the movie and why they would want to post it. Warned Brothers has subsequently removed all copies of the leak from the internet. I can’t wait to go see the movie-in the theater!