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Harry Potter Blu-rays and DVDs to disappear from shops in December

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Story by Jack Foley

WARNER Bros. has announced plans to stop producing and shipping DVDs and Blu-rays of all of the Harry Potter films to retailers from December 29, 2011.

The move forms part of the distributor’s bid to encourage fans to snatch up the discs before they’re no longer available.

According to various trade publications in the US, the move forms part of the company’s “moratorium” on select high-profile titles over the past seven years, which began with The Wizard of Oz and was expanded to include classics such as Camelot and Lethal Weapon.

Films such as Casablanca, The Exorcist and Doctor Zhivago were then relaunched to celebrate milestone anniversaries.

The move is similar to that employed by Disney in 2001, when it decided to make sales of some of its classic animated titles available for only a limited time.

But the titles that Warner Bros will shelve include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection, which won’t even be available for the first time until November.

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