News: Harry Potter DVDs and Blu-rays on moratorium

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Blu-ray boxWarner Home Video is taking a page out of Disney’s marketing playbook and locking up all the Harry Potter movies back to its vault as of Dec. 29, 2011.

The final movie in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, debuts on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 11, as well as a collection containing all eight films, the Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection — just seven weeks before Warner’s moratorium goes into effect.

Now, the deadline does not mean Harry Potter DVDs and Blu-rays won’t be available after Dec. 29. It just means that after that date, when stores run out of stock, they won’t be able to order more. So if you want a copy, make sure you buy it before they run out.

All Harry Potter discs will be affected, including special editions and limited editions of all the fantasy films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the two Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies.

The moratorium is only for the DVD and Blu-ray copies sold in the U.S. Canada and other international territories will continue to get future shipments.

The films, which are based on the novels by J.K. Rowling, will still be available on video-on-demand and for digital download. The Harry Potter videogames won’t be affected by the moratorium either.

The Harry Potter franchise will be inducted into the Variety Home Entertainment Hall of Fame on Dec. 5, 2011, the first time a franchise has been inducted.

About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.