Harry Potter DVDs and Blu-rays on moratorium

Chris Janota, Mx123.com

Warner 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, debuted 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. If you own a copy expect the secondary market price on it to rise some in coming months/ years. Check mx123.com price history of Harry Potter here.

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.