Harry Potter Films Locked in Gringotts Vault
If you’re missing any copies from the Harry Potter film series, better ask for them this holiday season. Clearly that’s what Warner Bros. wants you to do, because they’ve ensured you won’t be seeing copies of those DVDs and Blue-Ray Discs again for quite some time.
(cue the folks at Disney pouting over W.B. stealing their idea)
This is how you milk the cash cow, ladies and gentlemuggles: You pull all the widely distributed and vastly popular films off the shelves to tip supply and demand in your favor, then in a year or two you release a Super Awesome Splediferic DVD set, which becomes the only way to buy the films. Oh yeah, and charge a few hundred dollars for it.
As someone who doesn’t own a single Harry Potter film (I just borrow from others or turn on HBO – it’s always on HBO), this leaves me in a bit of a predicament. Do I stock up on the 8-film series now, or do I wait until they come out in a Super Grand Supreme box set?
What about people who already own the other films? Are they even interested in throwing down however many galleons for the Super Duper Ta-Da Whoopee box set?
Is it worth the investment to see little Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson become teenage Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, and eventually young adult Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, set to a John William score and complimented by praising interviews with J.K. Rowling, British film royalty, and a bunch of dudes named David?
Cause that’s what you’re probably going to get.
But it all goes back to supply and demand. By removing the supply, W.B. is creating demand for something that otherwise may lose its commercial thunder.
So what do you think? Will you stock up on Harry Potter films before December 29th or wait until the vault is reopened?
And do you think standing outside W.B. studios speaking in parseltongue, with a small child dressed as a goblin, will release the films from the vault any faster?