Wednesday, January 17, 2001

First 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' teaser to run during the Super Bowl

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Potter fanatics will get their wish later this month when the first Harry Potter trailer hits the screen, that is, as long as they're American. Yes, those lucky, lucky folks across the pond will see Harry strut his stuff in glorious technicolour in a planned screening of the trailer during Super Bowl XXXV on January 28.

The 30 second spot will join promos for The Mummy Returns, Hannibal and possibly even Jurassic Park 3 in spots throughout the sporting event. As America’s most-watched programme, the Super Bowl will draw an estimated 90 million viewers who will all get the chance to see Harry in action. Meanwhile his countrymen will have to toil away the time until its inevitable Internet release. No fair.

EDIT: The BBC can confirm that this is false information.

Despite frantic speculation across the internet over the past week that American fans would have their first glimpse of scenes from the Harry Potter movie next Sunday. Newsround can exclusively state that the speculation isn't true.

According to many websites, a 30 second Harry Potter trailer was due to be shown during TV coverage of America's biggest sporting event - the Superbowl.

But production staff working on the Harry Potter movie confirmed to Newsround that a trailer is still weeks, if not months, off. And that one definitely won't be shown this weekend at the Superbowl.

The production is still filming at Leavesden Studios just outside London. And a trailer is expected to surface some time after filming finishes in March.

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