How Warner Bros. Should Have Responded To Harry Potter Leak
from the seriously? dept
Not this again. With the news that the the first 36 minutes of the new Harry Potter movie have leaked online, Warner Bros. has gone the traditionally braindead, clueless path of demanding the heads of the leakers:
“Last night a portion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was stolen and illegally posted on the internet,” Warner Bros. said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “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.”
This is, of course, reminiscent to the leak of Wolverine last year — except even more ridiculous on the part of Warner Bros. As we noted when Wolverine leaked, there were plenty of ways that the studio could have responded to this that didn’t involve acting like overprotective children, but instead got fans excited. I came up with a “suggested” response at the time, and I’ll do the same for Warner Bros here (no charge!):
Hey Harry Potter fans! We know how excited you all are for the next installment of the Harry Potter movie series this weekend. We’re pretty excited too. Obviously someone here was so excited that they went and leaked the first 36 minutes of the film online. We didn’t authorize this, and really wished it didn’t happen, but it’s out there. We’re sure many of you will probably want to check it out, but we think that the full movie experience in the theater is really something quite special. If you really must watch the leaked clip, be forewarned: you’re going to have to wait until the end of the week to find out what actually happens, and you’re going to be dying in suspense, so we’d suggest you hang on and see the whole thing in the theater this Friday…
Or something like that. Once again, can you imagine how much better fans would respond to that sort of thing than to the chest-thumping silly threats? Besides, this is only 36 minutes of the movie. A bunch of movie studios have already released the beginnings of various movies to try to get people interested. If I remember correctly, all the way back in 2000 or so, the movie Chicken Run released the first 30 minutes or so to get people to go to the theater and other films have done that as well. So I’m having a really hard time figuring out exactly how this could possibly be bad for Warner Bros.
Well, unless the first 36 minutes absolutely sucks… But if that’s the case, it shouldn’t be about running to the authorities, but to the folks who made the bad movie.