Harry Potter may be on track to defeating his nemesis Lord Voldemort down at your local cinema but a more dastardly foe is hitting the boy wizard where it really hurts, the wallet.
Two nights before the latest celluloid instalment of the Potter juggernaut hits our big screens some 36min of the 2hr adventure have appeared on the internet.
The leak has embarrassed Potter’s Muggle overlords at Warner Bros with the franchise being one of their most lucrative.
Users of sites such as www.thepiratebay.org have been able to obtain the illicit taster in advance of its midnight release, casting a deathly pallor over Warner’s lawyers.
A Warner Bros spokesperson said: “This constitutes a serious breach of copyright violation and theft of Warner Bros property. We are working acrively to restrict and/or remove copies that may be available.
They added: “We are vigorously investigating this matter and will prosecute those involved to the full extent of the law.”