Harry Potter to disappear from home video on December 29th

If you haven’t purchased your copies of the Harry Potter films on DVD or Blu-ray yet, you only have until the end of the year.

In a move similar to Disney’s periodic shelving of their classic titles, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has announced that they will stop shipping new copys of the Harry Potter series to stores on December 29, 2011.

In a press release, the company announced:

Harry Potter, the #1 motion picture franchise of all time, will soon disappear from shelves, as Warner Bros. stops shipping all Harry Potter theatrical film titles (including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – Part 2, and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection) as of December 29, 2011 (moratorium does not include digital – Electronic Sell-Through & VOD – or games). The Harry Potter franchise has grossed more than $12.1 billion for Warner Bros. Entertainment – with $7 billion at the worldwide box office for Warner Bros. Pictures and $5.1 billion for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

The latest (and final) entry in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, will arrive on store shelves on November 11.  A complete set, featuring all 8 Harry Potter films, will also be released that day.  With their disappearance guaranteed only a month later, Warner has virtually assured both releases – along with the back catalog – become hot sellers.  That is, until they release another set next year, I’m sure.

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