Counterfeit Half-Blood Prince DVDs Seized in England


Jul 22, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Although not quite a week since the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in movie theaters, counterfeit copies of the film are already making the rounds. News today out of England brings word that a raid on a car boot sale in Stafford “resulted in the seizure of more than 10,000 counterfeit discs, including the new Harry Potter film, the Half Blood Prince. The paper continued:

“Officers from Staffordshire County Council trading
standards and the police swooped on the site at Brocton, near Stafford,
on Sunday and recovered the haul which also included other recently
released DVDs, music CDs and new games for the Nintendo Wii. The latest Harry Potter film was released at UK cinemas just last week and is not due out on DVD until December.

Readers will recall of course that as we have reported several times previously, the DVD for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is set to be released December 7th.

60 Responses to Counterfeit Half-Blood Prince DVDs Seized in England

Avatar ImageDanielBonnie28 says: First!!i'm looking forward to it!!Avatar Imagebeewell says: Can't wait for the DVD! Of course, I have already been twice to see it! Too bad those people had to create a counterfeit DVD. What were they thinking?Avatar ImageKayJay123 says: Comes out on DVD just in time for my birthday :).Avatar Imagecghambright says: Good Riddance. I hope those people go to jail. I can't wait to buy the REAL dvd in December!! I love this movie and I always get the dvds the day they're released. Avatar Imageacciodiana says: I know what I'm getting for Christmas... :DAvatar ImageAwakened says: Wow, that was fast. I hope all Potter fans will wait to have the *real* thing and not seek out fakes.Avatar ImageLadyCake says: It's a tad fast, but when you think about it not really. They've had a good bit of time to get things ready, because this movie has been ready to release for a while.Avatar ImageH.P.2009 says: its really not surprising the market for those is always there that sounds like forever away.Avatar Imagemuggleslovemagick says: You know, it took me a moment to figure out what a "car boot" was! I'm not surprised though. I have a friend, who resembles Mundungas Fletcher in more ways than one, offer me a copy of the "early release DVD" a week before the movie even hit theaters in the states! How insane is that? Incidentally, it took all my considerable will-power to refuse him.Avatar Imagesianletley says: Lookin 4ward 2 the DVD but want a proper copy not some bootleg rubbishAvatar Imagemegan_702 says: aww can't believe they did something illegal!! ahh...but i hope to get the DVD when it really does officially come out! Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Good that the were all taken I want the DVD as much as any other Potter fan. But I will wait my turn ---- even if that is until the 7th December. We've waited for other things a lot longer! :) (The carboot ones would have been a bad qualitly anyway!)Avatar ImageWicked_Lady says: If you really want to see it again, just go to the theater again! Avatar Image[email protected] says: I can't understand why so-called 'fans' of Harry Potter would buy pirate DVDs. How does that show support and appreciation to all the thousands of people it takes to make the films in the detail and accuracy that we've grown used to? My sister worked for a company that made one or two of the props for Dumbledore's office, and it took them months of hard work to create things that sometimes don't even make it to screen. These people all need paying. And pirate DVDs somehow don't help foot the bill. In this day and age the quality of pirate DVDs is usually incomparable to the real thing, so they need to stop using that as an argument against piracy, and start explaining to people the real effect on the movie industry when they buy these things.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: wow some one was that stupid?Avatar ImageScarStruck says: i want the dvd!!!!!!! i want it for christmas with a gryffindor scarf and another harry potter shirt. i luvvv christmas harry potter mania! yayyyyyy lolAvatar ImagePhylis says: If we could get criminals to put in the same effort they do to make counterfeit dvd's, money, etc. into finding cures and things to help mankind...could you imagine? The dvd is definitely on the Christmas list and will be purchased in December when it's released. Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Good thing that all the DVDs were taken.... those counterfiet DVDs are never of good quality anyways so why waste the time to make and buy them?! I'm super excited for the DVDin December.. YAY! Avatar Imagefinley says: Dont be so delusional and frankly, self righteous. If the market wasn't there they would not bother making them. Harry Potter fans buy pirate dvds cos they cant wait to watch the film repeatedly or their parents cant afford to take them to the cinema. Who's to judge? You lot apparently.Avatar Imageliv-wa says: Wow...that's a LOT of discs. Really? Why? I'm definitely going to be a patient and good little girl and wait till the DVD comes out [: I'm probably going to go to a few more showings in the theater though [:Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: hahahhahaha sucks for those peopleAvatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: i hate piracy, seriously... glad they caught them!Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: I'm looking forward to getting the DVD December 7th.Avatar ImageBellamont says: sad sad state of affairs, besides, bootlegs look horrible relative to the real thing.Avatar ImageEknedah says: That's ridiculous! You know, if everyone had illegal copies of the movie, nobody would have the need to buy the actual DVD, and they wouldn't make the money that they'll deserve! (They as in film makers and such..) But I know that good Harry Potter fans -like alot of you on Leaky and such- wouldn't dare snatching a fake copy of the New DVD.Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: i would never buy a pirated movie. Avatar ImageMadame Muggle says: Pirated DVDs are wrong...but for some of us, that is the only way we can get a DVD. When we lived in Africa, we had no movie theatres and no television. The only thing we could get were pirated DVDs. Now, living in China, we did get to see HBP in theatres, but we can't buy legit. DVDs because of government regulations. I never bought anything pirated before, but now, living in parts of the world where access is so restricted, most of us do buy the pirated versions. It's the only way we can see most movies.Avatar ImageVeinic says: i'm totally getting the DVD no matter what. bought the GOF dual disc deluxe edition for the special features. fandom level wasnt that high when OotP came out, so i didnt buy the DVD. now that fandom's skyrocketing again i'm totally getting the DVD!!! any ideas on what special features will be on the DVD? i hope they have exclusive interviews just like GOF again :)Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: What a bunch of idiots. How stupid can you get! I mean all of us want HBP on DVD but we shouldnt result to that .Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: Yes, I've already heard mention of a bootleg on the internet.....well, it's not surprising is it, this happens with every big film!Avatar ImageBriannaWazHere says: They suck, but I can't wait to buy the real DVD this December! I really hope they have a Deathly Hallows sneak peek inside!!! EEK!Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: Not good for all of us who do it the right way.. Wait for the real release!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I honestly don't care. I want the dvd now :DAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: Naughty naughty!!!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: A cousin of mine bought a Goblet of Fire DVD from a guy on the street years ago. When she started watching, she saw someone had taken a video camera into a theater and taped the movie. If she hadn’t paid the guy $5, she might have seen the humor in it a little better. I thought it was hilarious. You could tell the guy with the camera was slouched down in his seat. You could see the people sitting in front of him better than the movie and you could hear talking from the people with him. It was ridiculous. Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: That was really pathetic.Avatar Imagegot2lovme says: well with this economy it wouldn;'t shock me at all. But i don't know why i assumed they would have more copies. Avatar ImageMattOM93 says: dumbassesAvatar ImageWolfyWizard says: I can't believe that people try to do this, I'm just glad they were caughtAvatar ImageLavendergirl says: Those people are horrible. But of course, true fans of Harry Potter wouldn't buy those counterfeit DVDs anyways.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Disgraceful!Avatar Imagejediofthelost says: thank you so much for that for no one should have the illegal of any movie.Avatar ImageBritski says: What happens when I want to watch it at 1am in the morning... Response: "Severus..please." oh gawddd Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Wow. December rly isn't THAT far away... do they HAVE to resort to counterfeits? Avatar ImageKiwiBrian says: Well done to the police responsible for the seizure. I support anything that stops these criminals ripping off movies and the like.Avatar ImagePineappleCrush says: Geez, that was fast! But really? I think most Potter fans would wait and get a proper DVD. A friend of a friend had a counterfeit DVD of some movie (I don't even remember what it was) but it was AWFUL! I don't know why people pay money to purchase those--for the morality and simply for the sake of movie-watching! Half the movie I was listening to people's random conversations and babies crying.... I don't see why people even bother to create them, but whatever. I hope the makers got the justice they deserved for trying to steal the movie and con countless people out of money. Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: Wow. I heard that there were some before HBP was even officially released. Crazy. The wait to December really doesn't seem that bad, as long as I can watch it several times in theatres.Avatar ImageCatherine says: k, ive seen the movie twice, and i loved it...but seriously i can wait to get the movie on dvd for christmas, not illeglly! seriously people, we may not like warner bros. but Jo's affected by this too! at least think of her!Avatar Imagechanman says: figures, i want it on dvd!Avatar Imagebookishgal says: Wondering how many they sold before the raid took place?Avatar Imagedeadtree says: wow, that didn't take long. Avatar ImageJoost says: Jamie man! First growing your own pot, now making your own DVDs! How much community service do you want to do?!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: wow!!! that was a lot. people are stupid.Avatar ImageLeeann says: wow, that was quick.Avatar ImageGueniveree says: Does anyone know how to report websites that are allowing people to watch Half Blood Prince online free of charge?Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: wow, that didn't take long did it?Avatar Imagesakuranbo07 says: I agree, true fans wouldn't buy pirated dvds. Why should we support people who steal from our beloved author by patronizing those bootleg copies!Avatar ImagecrazyforSeverus says: 10,000 counterfeit DVDs, games, and CDs. That's crazy! I can't wait for the DVD. I love the bonus features and will go out to buy it December 7. WB were really smart with Half-Blood Prince. Pushing the release date to summer to make more money and letting out the DVD just in time for the Christmas rush.Avatar ImageHermioneGrangerWP says: Tha is pure rubbish! Nobody should be making counterfeit DVDs!

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