In light of today's announcement that the release of Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince will be pushed to July 2009, many Snape fen are wondering if the film is cursed. How are we supposed to survive the winter without our Snapey fix?

The official movie web site reflects the change and a rationalization for the move can be found here.

But there is a silver lining on this pair of graying underpants: the new release date coincides with Azkatraz, HPEF's 2009 conference in San Fransisco. The organizers have arranged tickets at a nearby IMAX for the first midnight showing. For more information check out the announcement here or join the Azkatraz LJ community.