My first-grader has recently taken an interest in the Harry Potter franchise. Since her reading skills are not quite up to tackling the HP books yet, she wants to see the movies. Yesterday she especially wanted to see Chamber of Secrets.
A survey of our dvd collection found a legit copy of Sorcerer’s Stone and a pirated copy of Goblet of Fire. A coworker duped that film and gave it to me. I’ve always felt guilty about it. Piracy is theft, and the FBI might just come after me now.
I mostly rent movies from Netflix, but Little Bit likes to see her favorites over and over. I can’t tell you how many times the Lindsey Lohan version of The Parent Trap has aired in my living room. **shudder** So I decided to go out and buy Chamber of Secrets.
We went to the local discount emporium, which claims to sell everything. “You’ll find it at Freddy’s!” is their tag line. Ha!
I scoured their dvd shelves and found no Harry Potter movies whatsoever. Not one. I went to the boy at the counter. “Do you guys lock up the Harry Potter movies or something?”
“Oh no,” he replied, “we haven’t had any Harry Potter movies in months.”
“Because The Order of the Phoenix comes out on dvd on Tuesday, and they’re releasing boxed sets of the first four movies.” He did at least sound apologetic.
“I don’t want a boxed set next week. I want Chamber of Secrets right now.”
I took Little Bit by the hand and marched over to the Hollywood Video store across the parking lot. I scoured the for-sale shelves. No Harry Potter. I went to the boy at the counter. He gave me the same story.
Apparently there is a world-wide blackout on Harry Potter until Tuesday, when you WILL buy those products in the exact configuration in which the producers want to sell them.
We went home and watched the pirated copy of Goblet of Fire. I no longer feel guilty about it.
Tangential remark: Tigger was highly amused by the Republicans for Voldemort bumper sticker we saw recently.
The bumper sticker makes perfect sense if you consider this viewpoint.