Leaked Harry Potter Footage Incites Minor Studio Freak-Out

Thirty-six minutes of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has been leaked online before the film hits theaters tomorrow. Cue the hysteria!

The footage, which is remarkably easy to find thanks to detailed reporting by the Wall Street Journal, is fairly grainy and has the Warner Bros. watermark splashed across it. Despite the fact that no one, repeat, no one expects the leaked pixelated minutes of the film to actually ruin or impact box office numbers, a spokesperson for the studio is outraged and says the company intends to "prosecute those involved to the full extent of the law." But seriously, as ONTD commenter x3raindropsx3 writes: "There is just no way I'm watching those 36 minutes when we have less [than] 40 hours left." Even less than that now! Shows start at midnight!

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But if you don't give a shit and want some spoilers, here are three random minutes out of the 36 leaked:

Warner Bros. Probes Online Leak of 'Potter' [WSJ]
Harry Potter Film Leaked Online [Newser]

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DISCUSSION

Okay, I enjoyed the books very much—they started right when I was 11, I was the target age and of course, I've read every book. The entire series is a wholly enjoyable and exciting and JK Rowling did a wonderful job in making Harry's world come to life. I've also seen all the movies and plan to go the see this one...

That being said, I really don't understand why the world is obsessed. Major fans, please don't take this the wrong way, I legitimately want to know why people are so consumed with Harry Potter. The books were great but they were no where close to great literature. I really don't understand how this series has been able to not only infiltrate the film business, but to influence sports and politics, as well. There have been so many powerful books that have not gotten the same reception. What is it with Harry Potter?