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Harry Potter no more

July 11, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
I love the Harry Potter books, and I have enjoyed the movies based on the book series. I watch each movie when it’s released on television.

It follows a pattern: when it’s time for a new movie to be released in theaters, the previous movie starts airing on ABC Family, usually in a “Harry Potter Weekend” event. ABC Family has aired all the movies through No. 5, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”.

Since “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is one of my favorite books of the series, I’ve been really excited to see it on screen. I thought that when they released “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part 1 in theaters that “Half-Blood Prince” would soon appear on TV.

I waited and waited, even well after “Deathly Hallows” Part 1 was released, checking out every HP Weekend, but “HBP” never showed up. Then I started thinking they’d release “HBP” when “Deathly Hallows” Part 2 was released, so I was waiting for that.

A few weeks ago, I discovered that “Half-Blood Prince” has been airing on HBO.

What the .....?

I was talking (read: complaining) to some friends about it being aired on another network. Why would they put them all on ABC Family and then switch to another channel with just a few movies left? This will cut off access for a lot of viewers who can’t get HBO.

One friend mentioned that it might be that “Half-Blood Prince” has a more grown-up rating than the previous movies and that the increasingly more adult themes and more intense action scenes could be too much for ABC Family’s format.

I say ABC Family should have taken that into consideration when they obtained the earlier movies. The books have all been out for quite a while and what’s in the movies is no surprise to anyone who’s read the books.

But I had to agree with her there is a difference between reading the books and viewing the movies. I’ve seen the promos and photography stills for “Deathly Hallows” Part 2 and I never imagined the Battle of Hogwarts the way it’s portrayed. So I can see her point about the movies being more distressing for youngsters than the books were.

I still don’t think it is necessary to air them on HBO, though. If the contents were too much for ABC Family, it could still have aired on the regular ABC channel, I think. The networks air disaster movies and crime shows that have the same content every day of the week with no problem.


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