Come this December, Warner Bros. will halt all circulation of DVDs and Blu-rays of the the entire Harry Potter franchise. Just like Walt Disney Classics, the #1 best-selling movie series will cease to be on shelves to purchase until further notice. You best grab your own copy of the beloved wizarding films before it’s too late! Do you think they’ll be going in Gringotts?
Even with the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II and Harry Potter: The Complete Set coming November 11, the date is set, December 29, every Harry Potter film will no longer be available. The beginning of the moratorium is such a short period of time after the release of the final film on home video that it’s almost unfathomable how many people will flock to stores to own the movies before they’re gone.
From a press release given to Deadline:
Burbank, CA – October 24, 2011 – Harry Potter, the #1 motion picture franchise of all time, will soon disappear from shelves, as Warner Bros. stops shipping all Harry Potter theatrical film titles (including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – Part 2, and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection) as of December 29, 2011 (moratorium does not include digital – Electronic Sell-Through & VOD – or games). The Harry Potter franchise has grossed more than $12.1 billion for Warner Bros. Entertainment – with $7 billion at the worldwide box office for Warner Bros. Pictures and $5.1 billion for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
This is stolen right out of The House of Mouse’s playbook and it is pretty straightforward and simple as to why they would be doing so. Supply and demand. With allowing such a limited time to own them, it just increases the theoretical value of the films so that people will want to buy each special re-release when they come out.
As someone who is broke poor and owns none of these Potter films, I am saddened and terrified what I will do come December 28.