Muggles the world over were quivering with excitement on Monday (April 18) when an alleged new “first peek” trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” debuted online. Just one problem: It was a fake.
After the trailer was picked up by several sites — from fan blogs to legitimate news gathering organizations — Warner Bros. had the footage yanked off YouTube (though it’s still available elsewhere) and issued this terse statement:
“Warner Bros. is not pulling the ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ trailer. The alleged ‘trailer’ is not a trailer. It’s a fan-created piece that uses the studio’s intellectual property in an unauthorized way.”
Since the movie hits theaters in July, we expect a trailer for *real* fans — you know, the kind that don’t get so excited about a hyped-up blockbuster that they take the initiative to create a tribute of sorts — soon.