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Daniel Radcliffe must be a bit disappointed; all he wants to do is take his clothes off and stab a load of horses in the eye with a metal stick, but he keeps getting told to keep making those flipping Harry Potter films.
Even though the new Harry Potter film – Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix – has only just started filming for its release next year, Warner Bros has announced a release date for the Harry Potter film that'll come out after it. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince will be released on Thanksgiving weekend 2008, by which time you'll have forgotten that Dumbledore dies at the end of it, so that'll be a nice surprise.
In theory, this should be one of the quietest times for Harry Potter news. The next Harry Potter film, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, won't be out for another year and JK Rowling is trying to find the time between getting angry at skinny models and upsetting Stephen King to finish writing the final Harry Potter book. But every day it's Harry Potter this and Harry Potter that.
Lately we've learnt that Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix will star Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestange, whoever she is. We've learnt that JK Rowling is getting ready to kill off two big Harry Potter characters and we've learnt that Daniel Radcliffe likes nothing more than partaking in a little naked horse-eye stabbing in front of a crowd of strangers. And now we've learnt that the movie of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince has a release date even before the film before it finishes shooting.
According to reports Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, the book of which sold 250,000 copies in its first hour of publication, has a release date of November 21 2008 – Thanksgiving weekend. Harry Potter regular Steven Kloves will write the screenplay, although there isn't a director attached to the movie yet.
But why the quick turnaround between Order Of The Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince? Simple; the quicker the Harry Potter movies get made, the less ridiculous Daniel Radcliffe looks dressed up as a wizard. Although – let's face it – by the time JK Rowling has finished writing the last Harry Potter book and its been adapted into a screenplay and a director has been found and the thing's been filmed, Daniel Radcliffe is going to be a 38-year-old man anyway, so there's probably no point rushing so much.
[story by Stuart Heritage]