Harry Potter movies to disappear from stores after Dec. 29

Warner Bros. Entertainment seems to be following in the shoes of the marketing master Disney and will not be shipping any more Harry Potter movies to stores as of Dec. 29!

From Entertainment Weekly:

“Harry Potter said his last goodbye this summer, with the release of the franchise’s final chapter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, and Warner Bros. seems determined to prove they really meant it. As of Dec. 29, no more Harry Potter theatrical film titles (including Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection) will be shipped to stores, initiating a profitable home entertainment model not unlike the one at Disney, which periodically re-releases its classics for home purchase. (Warner Bros.’ moratorium on Potter will not include digital — Electronic Sell-Through and VOD — or games).”

“Since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in 2001, the Harry Potter franchise has grossed more than $12.1 billion for Warner Bros. Entertainment — $5.1 billion of which came from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It’s fair to say that figure will grow even larger this holiday season, as children and young adults who grew up with the books and movies feel the pressure to snap up the Complete 8-Film Collection — at around $60 — while they still can.”

I totally understand the marketing angle but as a parent that aggravates the sin out of me!

We rarely buy movies (library, Netflix) BUT when your child gets stuck on a movie (like “101 Dalmatians”,” which Rose watched every single day when she was 2 after our sweet neighbors bought it off of Ebay for her!) it’s nice to be able to buy them. Also when you have three kids and you know they are each going to have a Harry Potter phase you want to be able trot the movies out when they have read the book and are ready.

I hate to give in to this marketing blackmail, but somebody in my family is probably going to be getting an 8-DVD Harry Potter collection for Christmas. (Maybe they should just give it to mom!)

Will you cave as well and purchase Harry Potter movies before they are put into the vault?

12 comments Add your comment


October 25th, 2011
10:37 am

I don’t see it as caving. If you like HP and your kids do (like mine) or may down the road, then go ahead and buy them already. The 8-disc set sounds great if you’re a fan. If not, well like anything else you won’t care if they are in a “vault” or not. Honestly I don’t even know which Disney movies are available or not at any given time since we don’t buy many DVDs in the first place.


October 25th, 2011
10:58 am

This will surely make the kids more violent, according to the latest study, by the venerable, “Let’s Make Stuff Up and Scary the Hell out of People Association”.


October 25th, 2011
11:31 am

I would have assumed most true fans already had each movie as they came out. But some people of course have to have the matching box set. But no HP fans here so we won’t be buying it.


October 25th, 2011
11:49 am

Well now I know what Santa is bringing on Blue Ray!

(yes I already have most of them…..but they are showing age/wear/use and I have not replaced them on Blue Ray).

They still talk about visiting Hogwarts (Universal Studios) last summer and want to go back.

shaggy you are so funny! My kid had to read Tangerine….and the violence in that was way worse than Potter.


October 25th, 2011
12:55 pm

Great – this will be a Chrismas present we weren’t plannjng on! Our boys are still too young for the books and movies, but in a year or two the oldest will be there. He’s already showing interest. I think I’ll buy it and stash it away. It can be a great gift next year!


October 25th, 2011
1:44 pm

TWG, maybe it will be like Star Wars rather than Disney.
Star Wars is always available. They just repackage it ever few years.


October 25th, 2011
3:39 pm

Whoa! Don’t get your things in a wad. Calm down and take a breath. Amazon will be selling HP movies for many years to come. I buy all of our DVD movies from Amazon. I usually get them used, for pennies on the dollar, and have never been disappointed. Right now one can buy a new Harry Potter Gift Set – movies 1 – 7 – for $38 on Amazon. Also, one can buy a used Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire DVD for $0.77 (new $3.87); Order of the Phoenix is $0.56 (new $3.23); Sorcerer’s Stone is $0.89 (new $2.64); Half Blood Prince is $1.94 (new $2.94). I very rarely buy any retail item at a store without checking the price (and reviews) on Amazon.


October 25th, 2011
3:42 pm

My son isn’t there yet (it would scare him) and my daughter is just showing interest. But honestly, what those are going for.. I would probably go Sylvania’s route and buy as many as I could through Amazon even if they were used. However, it either of my kids were a hard core fan, I would buy them much like I did the NatGeo Planet Series.


October 25th, 2011
7:32 pm

Never liked any of the HP (stuff).


October 25th, 2011
8:20 pm

I always buy the movie as soon as it comes out, but I have the box sets for the first 6 and they don’t usually come out for several months after the dvd and they come out 2 at a time. When will the last 2 be available? Anybody heard, I can’t find any info on it.


October 25th, 2011
8:57 pm

Part 1 is available now, and Part 2 is coming out 11/11. We have the first 7 already, and as soon as they were available! Potter Fans abound here:)


October 25th, 2011
10:08 pm

No biggie. They’ll still be available on BitTorrent.