Well Potter fans, it may be time to adjust your holiday wish lists. Warner Bros. has decided it wants to be a buzzkill by locking away every Harry Potter movie ever. Yes, this is for real. The company has decided that if people don’t buy physical copies of the eight movies before December 29, 2011, they won’t be able to buy them at all. After date, they’ll stop being shipped to stores.
It’s quite ridiculous and seems like Warner Bros. has planned this in an attempt make people scramble and buy the physical copies of the Harry Potter movies so the company can make a quick buck. It’s also probably a way to guarantee sales for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and that massive Harry Potter: The Complete Collection Years 1-7. Both come out on November 11, 2011 and neither of them are exempt from this edict. Which means people who want either will only have That gives people only around 48 days to buy them, give or take a few since I’m sure some stores will have a few copies left on shelves after December 29.
This cutoff date doesn’t apply to digital copies of the movies, video on demand copies or the Harry Potter video games. So people can still find them on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video or whatever service the cool kids are using today. So it’s not there’ll be absolutely no way to purchase the movies after the cut-off date.
Just watch, a year or two from now, Warner Bros. will act like it’s doing everyone a favor by rereleasing the movies in some overpriced, special edition. The company will probably even make that release limited as well.