Harry, Ron and Hermione will be doing a bit of magic away from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In December, the DVDs and Blu-Rays of their popular movie series will be vanishing.
That’s right, vanishing.
Warner Brothers announced at the end of October that the Harry Potter movies would be disapparating off store shelves and apparating in the Warner Brothers vault for a while.
Digital downloads of the films and the games will still be available.
However, for hardcore Potter fans, a void will be opened. And because no one is sure when the movies will reappear, some fans are eagerly taking inventory of their Harry Potter collections.
“I’ll be buying ALL of the movies on Blu-Ray before some balding, noseless Voldemort-esque figure hides my movies in a vault guarded by dragons and goblins,” said University of Illinois student Kyle Deininger. “That VHS copy of the Sorcerer’s Stone definitely needs to be replaced.”
Some fans are saving their money and asking mum and dad for a special holiday gift.
“[I’m] asking for them for Christmas as a fail-safe,” said Brigham Young University sophomore Lindsey Larson. “I’m missing the last two: I thought they’d be releasing Deathly Hallows as a two-disc set, but I guess not.”
The final chapter of the Harry Potter series, “The Deathly Hallows Part 2,” will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray November 11. This will give fans only 49 days to purchase the final installment of the series before they go into the vault.
“I don’t think this is fair. Lots of people with kids want to watch these movies, and many of them don’t have incomes that leave them with lots of extra cash…” said West Jordan, Utah native Angela Decker. “I also bet there will be an increase of pirated versions of the movie selling for cheap online …They might as well just keep them out of the vault.”
Some fans are sad because they have yet to see the whole series.
“I still haven’t seen all of the movies so this stinks,” said Merced, Calif. native Michael Rowan.
Though this announcement has taken fans by surprise, Warner Brothers also indicated in a press release that there would be Harry Potter DVDs released in 2012.
“Hard-core Potter fans will be pleased to know that 2011 is not the end of the Harry Potter film franchise on DVD and Blu-ray. Warner Home Video plans to release a comprehensive Harry Potter film collection, with even more extras and collectible premiums in 2012. More details about the collection will be available at a later date,” The release read.
Harry Potter has made Warner Brothers over $12.1 billion, and this announcement seems to indicate that the recently completed Harry Potter movie series will be making them even more.
“The Potter saga was built upon its fans always desperately waiting for the next book or movie to come out,” said Deininger. “It is fitting that the movies might be released in this manner again, so that new generations can feel that same sense of excitement and desire that fans sometimes painstakingly anticipated with the original release of the books and movies.”
Though fans are excited about the upcoming release of the eighth movie, they’re still upset about the movies disappearing for a while.
Larson put it this way: “Warner Brothers just pulled an Umbridge!”
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