Harry Potter Film Leaked Online
First 36 minutes of Deathly Hallows on file-sharing sites, Warner launches probe
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2010 2:20 AM CST
Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which opens worldwide on Friday.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Jaap Buitendijk)

(Newser) – The first 36 minutes of the new Harry Potter movie have been leaked online days before its worldwide theatrical debut, and Warner Bros. officials are on a hunt to find the culprit. The footage made available for download on file-sharing sites like the Pirate Bay was watermarked, meaning it came from one of the prints that the studio has shipped to theaters, critics, and advertising partners around the world, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Warner Bros. is working to remove the illegal copies and says it will "prosecute those involved to the full extent of the law." The studio firmly denies suggestions that it may have leaked the footage deliberately to gain some extra publicity. "This was not leaked by the studio,” said a spokesman. “Harry Potter is the most successful franchise in film history.”

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Nov 23, 2010 10:07 AM CST
Deal with it. B)
Nov 18, 2010 11:29 AM CST
Fortunately, the 9 year old kids and the 40 year old women couldn't figure out how a torrent works, so nobody actually got to watch it anyway.
Nov 18, 2010 7:20 AM CST
As a girl who spent 8 years of her life totally obsessed with and wrapped up in the books, I say that these movies aren't very good. I'm not excited about it, but they have two more chances to get it right. I really hope these last two don't suck.