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There has been mixed reaction to Harry Potter: Wizard’s Collection since Warner Brothers announced the price ($350 – after Amazon’s discount) and feature set (lots of already-released material).

We noticed today that fans are fighting back, providing very low reviews for the complete film box set even before they’ve had a chance to purchase it.

The Amazon listing shows a 1.5 star average rating with an astounding 210 reviews. That’s a lot of comments about a box set that not a single person has had their hands on.

The reason for all of the feedback is because fans are very turned off by the price. “Warner Brothers, stop punishing HP fans!,” writes a one-star reviewer. “What’s the Point?,” writes another.

The main issue for fans appears to be the fact that Extended Editions are not being offered. Moreover, most of the content within the set is already available on the DVD and Blu-ray sets fans have already purchased.

Are you interested in purchasing Wizard’s Collection, or do you have the same concerns as the Amazon reviewers?

  • Samuel

    They’re just going to keep stringing DVD/Blu-Ray releases along. Eventually they’ll release all the extended editions, individual editions, bonus content and bloopers. I just want a definitive collection of the extended cuts and loads of bonus content in one!

  • Trixie99

    lol, I think I agree with a lot of those comments.  I think I’m mostly upset because the last two ultimate editions probably aren’t going to be released.  WB is most likely putting the last two documentaries (that were suppose to be on the last 2 ultimate editions) on this ‘Wizard’s Collection’ which really sucks for people that have purchased that now useless and unfinished set.  WB is only doing that in the hopes that fans purchase this collection. They know that if they release the last 2 Ultimate Editions, less people will buy this set because they will already have that complete set.  However, I won’t be buying this set regardless.  If there are any extras I don’t have, I will watch them online just like I did with the Target special documentary.  

  • KristenKranz

    I don’t think fans would be so upset about the price of this box set if either of the following were true:

    A) The box was a nice wooden box & was a real talking piece for a diehard Harry Potter fan to own. As it appears to be a cardboard box with some well printed appliques, its severely disappointing.

    B) There was some impressive new content. If there were extended editions for movies 3-7 Part 2, REAL digital copies, and new extra content I’m sure that HP fans would be clamoring to pick up this definitive set.

    It’s just disappointing that this set is nowhere near as impressive as it could have been.

    • Heather

      This exactly. I don’t have many of the movies and I still don’t want to buy it. If the box was fab then I’d consider it, but for cardboard-no way!

  • Hermione Granger

    I almost didn’t buy the last DVD to wait for this–boy am I glad I did though! This is a total hyped-up ripoff by the greedy Warner Bros. executives.

  • katie

    What a great idea! I’m hopping over to Amazon to join the ranks of the 210. I suggest you do the same.

  • Brittany

    I want my ultimate edition 7 & 8…no way am i paying $350 for this. Though it looks awesome, i already have all of the movies with extended content so that much money for a few extras…totally not worth it

  • Jack

    I avoided the ultimate editions so that I could get this.  But the price is absolutely outrageous!  In my opinion, it should cost somewhere between $200(discount)-$350(actual)

  • Hp-Glee-Hunger-Games-Fan

    This is a great set IF someone hasn’t purchased any of the films, or has only purchased a few of them. I’m really dissapointed because I want the last ultimate editions and new bonus content, but have all the other ultimate editions and films, and can’t afford this! I think fans would be happier and WB would actually be more successful financially if they would release:
    a) The last two ultimate editions
    b) each of the films with ALL of the bonus content+exteneded editions
    c) A set of all the bonus content discs-I know studios like to package things together to make more money, but we’re talking about Harry Potter, not just another film. This would sell like crazy.

  • Jack

    Make that 211, I just posted my one star review. Maybe we’ll get some change if everyone reading this does the same.

  • Thegarbar13

    I hope warner bros listens! People cant really afford it. They should just release the bonus features/footage because mostly anyone who is a Harry Potter fan has bought the movies!

  • Alex654

    I’m just going wait a couple of years for it to become cheaper and get it then.

  • TheHamburglar

    Oh man, this is gonna make WB change everything! Just like how the internet stopped Kony! Wait…

    • katie

      Certainly it won’t change WB, but it sends a message–the right message. Much better than a “we’ll buy anything you put under our noses” slavish gratitude.

      • TheHamburglar

        Yeah, but what’s the point in sending a message if no one is there to receive it? If they were going to get this message it would be through the lack of sales, not ratings that they probably don’t even check (let alone for something that hasn’t been released) on Amazon.

        • Emma

          The point is that even posts like this make no difference. The only way to get at WB is not through lessons of morality, the spirit of Harry Potter, or reasonable pricing, but by hitting them in the pocket. Clearly, we’re not doing making a big enough impact. Consumers win. 

        • katie

          The ratings will help with the sales (or lack thereof). I don’t want an unaware Potter fan to hop onto Amazon, see a fine review, purchase, and get scammed. Or someone buying a gift for a Potter fan. Over 200 negative reviews will show potential purchasers that this is not worth it–thereby possibly lowering sales. Whether or not this actually happens is up for debate. If you take Divination, let me know. But at least the fans aren’t just buying into it and saying, “yay another Potter thing!” THAT would be obnoxious.

  • hp7eduardo

    As pessoas que compram tem dinheiro e querem comprar, pq vcs estão incomodado com isso?

    • Jason

      No es eso. Es que los fans sienten que debería ser más barato que todo el mundopuede conseguirlo. Warner Bros., obviamente, sabe que los fans han estado pidiendo a gritos para conseguir este “Juego de Ultimate ’y está tomando ventaja de eso. Debería ser más barato para que cualquier persona puede conseguir, no sólo los que tienen dinero.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531808242 Courtney Gibson

    I already own the ultimate editions and am waiting for the final two to come out. There’s no point toget this, especially because of the price and the lack of new info.

  • something

    Apparently you guys didn’t read the list of features this collection will have because the last two unreleased Ultimate Editions are included in this set plus countless new features that they haven’t announced. This was all listed when it was first announced. Also, considering the set will have 30+ discs plus a ton of exclusive artwork and god knows what else, 300 bucks seems more than a fair price

    • PotionWillow207

      Actually, the only NEW footage included in this set (according to the description) is on the DH 1 and 2 discs. If they release those in Ultimate Edition format then we wouldn’t have to pay $350. The only other things you get with this is a cardboard box painted to look like wood and pictures of fake props. So $400 (NOT $300 after you add tax) does not really seem like a fair price.

    • Trixie99

      That’s the problem I have with it actually.  They have advertised for years that they would be releasing all the movies in Ultimate Edition form.  Each one of them is suppose to contain a documentary because there are 8 parts to these documentaries.  Now we haven’t even heard about parts 7 and 8 being released as an Ultimate Edition after many of us have purchased the first 6.  Instead, it seems to me they’re releasing the material that was suppose to be on the last two ultimate editions in this expensive set in an attempt for them to make more money.  They figure if they don’t release the last 2 ultimate editions, the fans that have bought the first 6 already will go out and spend a lot more money on this ‘wizards collection’.

    • Liderc

      Only 2 of these are the extended versions.  All the rest are normal editions. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    When I bought the full 10 seasons, 200+ episodes of Little House on the Prairie, it was $200.  This thing will come to $400 after tax.  No thanks

  • Mel823

    I recall something similar happening when the theatrical version of LOTR was announced for blu-ray instead of the Extended Edition. I believed once the movies were released Amazon just deleted all the one star reviews. 

  • http://twitter.com/hp_otaku Veronica

    I agree with the general consensus here… I have a copy of each of the films already, and I avoided the Ultimate Editions because I knew that as soon as the final film was released that they would do something like this.  I’d be all for replacing my current collection if it wasn’t so expensive…

  • http://profiles.google.com/jaredaronoff Jared Aronoff

    I held off on buying the DVDs with the intention of buying a box set of all of them. I just want all the movies and special features. I don’t want just the movies with limited features, and I don’t want all the features and a crazy cardboard contraption with all these drawers and maps floating around that costs me $400. Is it too much to ask for some middle ground?

    • Stephanie

       Same here. I held off because I knew they’d release them all together at the end. But if (and that’s a HUGE if) I ever intend to spend this much money on some movies, they better include everyyyyyythinggggg. And please leave out the enormous box. Who has room to store that? If it doesn’t fit in my DVD cabinet, then it’s a nuisance.

  • gcw07

    I bought all the Ultimate Editions, but have no intention on getting this. I got the UE because I was wanting to go from DVD versions to Blu-ray. I’m not going to re-buy them all again especially for this price. Even if they do extended editions, I’m not sure I would buy them.

  • Guest

    Why can’t Hypable (& everybody else) see the point here? The ONLY reason why this “Wizard’s Collection” has been released is so that WB can milk the HP cow as much as they can, even after she has stopped providing them with milk. It’s only about money for WB, and that is how it has always been. Why else do you think they even took up the films in the first place? The knew that these films would end up making a LOT (and I mean, a lot!) of money, and they simply wanted to cash in on it. Do you think WB has any genuine love for the series? Not one bit. I’t has always been about the money, and for them, it will always be about the money. Nothing else.

    For those who will counter my point, and say that it’s not about the money, tell me something – What was purpose of releasing this ‘Wizard’s Collection’ (containing all 8 films) even before the Ultimate Editions of DH1 & DH2 have been released? And that too, releasing such a collection which contains plenty of previously-viewed material? We’ve seen it all before, so what’s so special about this ‘Wizard’s Collection’, besides its pricing? Can you spell that five-letter word: M-O-N-E-Y?

    • chantal

      WOW you are so right. I’m pretty sure Hypable (& everybody else) NEVER realized that WB was milking us for our money until you made your point very clear, even though they did write that in their article already, before you went on your rant. But thanks for letting us know, really helped out a lot! 

      • hpatdh33

        I was just thinking that! 

    • Plat
    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKZIG7MXV2IMZZ3JDKGSNMJ2RE Chris

      Yes, obviously they were in it for the money. They are a business first and foremost, so I don’t blame them for wanting to rerelease the film sets. That doesn’t mean I have to support it until they release the extended editions that the fans are clamoring for.

  • hpatdh33

    Haha, I know this is a rip off and there is sooo much more they could offer to make this a true Definitive collection, but I STILL WANT IT!!! I know it’s a whole lot of cash, but I feel like I can save up for it.  

    • Josh

      You are the type of person WB tries to ‘scam’ with these repackaged material in a shiny new box. 

      • hpatdh33

        I don’t see it as a scam, I haven’t gotten any of the ultimate editions and I want a complete collection so Im going to buy it.

  • Tomas

    I WANT IT, IT’S AMAZING! I simply cannot understand, how can you NOT want this if you’re a real Harry Potter fan? It IS too expensive though, I don’t have that kind of money :(

    • RussellTurner

      Give me all 8 extended films, then i would buy it. 

    • Andrew_ww

      I have to spend money every time WB repackages the films with a couple new tiny features or a cheap box? Never.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690341156 Andrew Davies-Land

      you dont have to spend money to be a real harry potter fan douche bag

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCJSDSEDKYOBEKWGIXCDB2QPYA Henry

    for that price… With no extended cuts…. No thank you.

  • RussellTurner

    I would only buy it if they were all extended editions

  • Plat

    Well its really nice, and I love all of the cool memorabilia that it comes with (telling by the pic), however, the price is kind of ridiculous.  If only it were real wood. 

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    If the box was wooden, I would be all over it. Then when people yell at me for over-spending on Harry Potter, I can simply yell “THAT IS MAHOGANY.”

    • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

      Now THAT I would love! :D

  • Andrew_ww

    Unless there are extended versions of all the films (and NOT just the deleted scenes added in but never-before-seen scenes) then there is no point to this collection. This wont be the end of it either because they will keep repackaging and adding in new content. Everything should have been in the Ultimate Editions as they advertised and I will go to any length to get my money back if they do not give us Ultimate Editions for Deathly Hallows.

    • http://twitter.com/MowTheFrontLawn Juan Pedia

      You said it!   ”NOT just the deleted scenes added in but never-before-seen scenes”  I totally agree.  We know there are many deleted scenes they haven’t released yet.  What’s keeping them?

      • Josh

        They will have to waste cash on making the visual fx, adding sounds, fixing the color, etc. They don’t want to bother doing all of that. Especially if the scene was cut because it disrupts the flow/pacing of the film. 

        • http://twitter.com/MowTheFrontLawn Juan Pedia

          They don’t have to add visual effects, sounds, or color correct. A lot of Harry Potter’s deleted scenes have been released with original sound and without color correction or visual effects.  Take Dudley’s handshake as an example.

          I’m also not asking that the deleted scenes be placed back in the film.  I’d just like to view them separately as additional material.

  • http://twitter.com/dreamfall31 Kevin Slechta

    There are extended cuts of all the films?  I though OotP was the only one with a longer Director’s Cut.  I’d love to see the extended cuts, so long as they are similar LotR in that they fit in the story and flesh it out more.  If it’s just deleted scenes then that’s dumb!

    • http://twitter.com/MowTheFrontLawn Juan Pedia

      Every Harry Potter film has more deleted material that what’s been released to us so far.  Order of the Phoenix (which had a 3 hour rough cut) is not the only one.  
      Only a fraction of deleted scenes from each film have been released. 

      ABC Family’s extended cuts, and even the Ultimate Edition extended cuts, aren’t the real deal, either.  The deleted scenes released on the DVD have simply been edited back into the film.  If WB released the currently-existing extended cuts, I would not be satisfied because they’d still be incomplete.
      If the Harry Potter team is unwilling to make extended editions because they prefer the theatrical cuts, I’m okay with that.  Just release all the deleted scenes and fans can put the scenes back in themselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    I don’t get why they don’t just release extended versions.  They got all this good stuff wasting away for nothing.  David Yates? said that they didn’t make an extended cut because the new scenes would not have added to the film. Well I say, do they take away from the films?  No. As an avid fan, I would love to see more movie and a longer version.   This whole ting is just pissing me off all over again.  They know what we want, they just refuse to give it to us.  

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    $200 seems to be a rational price for this. If it weren’t full of editions we already have then maybeeee $300. But, $350 is insulting and is making WB look terrible.

    • Isak

      To be frank, I’m not even considering 350$: The fact that 500$ is supposed to be the ACTUAL not-discounted price is even more insulting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690341156 Andrew Davies-Land

    i have the first 6 on DVD and all 8 on blu Ray, tis enough for me right now..i have been contemplating selling them on and obtaining the ultimate editions but i dont see if theirs any point, besides most of this extra content that’s apparently NEW will be all over you tube in a matter of weeks after its release

  • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

    I’m not interested in this at all, the prize is insane and the content is not all that interesting. However the box does look pretty.

  • Isak

    As I already said in previous comments in other related news stories, I’m in no way spending this amount of money for something this insulting and *NO ONE* SHOULD. It’s time to show them that Harry Potter fans know how to stick up for themselves.

  • Vantage

    I feel sorry for the people who designed and created this. I believe they weren’t the ones who set the price. Does Warner Bros. need more money, after what the Potter fans’ support, they should at least consider giving back?

  • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

    I do feel bad for the two obviously talented designers from the Potter team that helped create the box and the added goodies. It’s not their fault that WB have decided to milk the fans with such a big asking price. Now, if they were to release a box-set of extended versions with special features NEVER SEEN BEFORE, the price would be more understandable. Actually, scrap that last, the price would still be a joke.

  • Isak

    I just thought of something: all of this is particularly silly especially since WB’s decision to put the HP movies on moratorium à la Disney in order to re-release them singularly and make a big fuss about it.
    This strategy OBVIOUSLY implies that the “big stuff” is being held for those re-releases, isn’t it?

  • ErinAdrienne

    Yeeeeah you want me to pay 350$ for something I already have? It’s kind of hard to come by money these days, even for the essentials. Too expensive. 

  • Jsmithsalon

    I own all the HP movies in DVD format and some of them in Blue Ray. I want to purchase all the extended editions. IF (big if) this set included the extended editions, new materials/footage AND possibley some type of collectable (besides the box itself) I wouldn’t mind paying the hefty price. But like previous post. I don’t think consumers are willing to pay for something they already have.

  • Wolfeeh.

    Me = TOTALLY WANT THIS LIKE RIGHT NOW!

    Accio Wizard Collection!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_72TDYOGTQX5TPTA2B3HV55XCAQ Corin

    It’s an awesome box and I’m sure the added stuff is cool but that price tag is not happening.  I have other things like car payments, electric bills, and food to pay for. 

  • http://twitter.com/NokomisMidnight Gina Rae

    Ahhh Harry Potter suffers the same fate as the Lord of the Rings bluray set…

  • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

    so much money

  • Nick Roberts

    I just want the last 2 Ultimate Editions! I mean come on! I now have 3/4 of a movie set for what? If I would have known they were not going to continue I wouldn’t have bought them. Very poor WB. Now that I know everyone else is leaving bad reviews….I will too. I say we all boycott this and get our ULTIMATE EDITIONS!

    • Leila

       Same! I own the first through sixth Ultimate Editions and I really want the last two to complete my collection. Please release the last two Ultimate Editions WB!!

  • Dreamer

    I’d totally pay 350 dollars for a box set filled with already released stuff that’s probably on the internet! hahahahahahahahaha………..NO! that price tag is ridiculous. The box set looks pretty but it’s useless to any HP fan who has all the movies. I could see this given to a kid who’s only read the books and their parents decided to buy them the box set for their birthday/christmas. But even then, how many parents would spend money like that on a set of movies when they could buy a used (yet in good shape) copies of all of the movies for way cheaper?

  • Guest

    You know what would be cool? A Build-Your-Own box set(kind of like buying a custom computer, really). You’d only ever have to buy one, and you could choose from all the various media they have available. Don’t care about the Director’s Cut? You don’t have to pay for it. Want some bloopers? Sure thing! DVD, Blu-Ray, or both? Hell, they could even give you a choice of covers. =D

    • Anne

      That would be nice.  My idea would be to be able to choose between blu-ray and dvd.  Since I’m unable to play blu-ray discs, buying this would be pointless/not worth the money, even if I didn’t already have all the HP movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1536644078 Mikey Tonkin

    I would buy it mostly for the content, but also to say that i have it, and to add it to my collection. However, this wont be occurring any time soon because of the high price. 

  • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

    Wow…I don’t support this set, but reviewing something (especially giving it bad reviews) before it’s even released is not the way to handle it. If you have an issue, email WB yourself or find some other way to express your concern to them.

    • katie

      I think it’s a great idea. I don’t want other Potter fans to be scammed. You also have to consider non-Potter fans that have no idea what this is. A grandma wants to get a super-awesome gift for her grandchildren…..if there are no reviews and she clicks “Purchase”, she has just spent an exorbitant amount of money on something they likely already own.
      BUT YES emailing Warner Bros. is a good idea. Unfortunately, people are a lot less willing to put forth this effort. You can get many more people to band together and post reviews. Don’t kid yourself, WB won’t care about a single fan’s emailed concern. However, if their product gets over 200 negative reviews on Amazon, they’ll have a harder time ignoring it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Gara/100000256399459 Josh Gara

    Maybe now Warner will stop being Aholes…. doubt it. Not buying until they just do the lord of the rings style extended editions if they ever do…

    • Xen

       The LOTR extended editions are available in a box set. They just don’t have any extra collectors junk to go with it. I got the extended editions bluray set for my hubby last Christmas from Amazon.

  • Bernardotriana

    no cause there is no extended edition!!! 

  • Bruce

    Why do people need an extended edition of the films to make a box set worth while? I don’t get it. MOST films don’t have extended editions. Just because scenes were deleted doesn’t mean the director wants them cut back into the film at some point. There are no extended editions of films 3-8 get over it.

    The real issue here is the price WB is asking for the WC.I routinely see the BD UE’s selling for $25 each. Assuming that films 7 and 8 will be released and also be found at $25, that would bring a complete UE collection up to $200. Does Warner Bros. really believe that the WC packaging and minimal extras are worth an additional $150?  Even with needlessly extended films included, $350 is way to expensive since you’d have 90% of what this set offers with the UEs. And remember $350 is the discounted Amazon price.  WB is really charging $500 for what fans can get right now for only $200. Reprehensible!WB needs to lower the WC price to $250 tops and release the stand alone UEs of films 7 and 8 right along side it. Stop trying to pull one over on the fans WB!

    • Gcp611

      hey, guess what your an idiot, the point is that the HP films they play on ABC family are all extended editions , therefore they should add it in, it only makes sense!!!

      • Tan_wei_lun

        Extended or special editions can also apply to films that have been extended for television and video against the wishes of the director, such as the TV versions of Dune (1984) and the Harry Potter films, and the DVD editions of Ridley Scott films Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and American Gangster.Wikipedia.

  • Cambriagrace

    I think if this was before the economy crashed, no one would say a word.  Now that everyone is broke, no one can pay the $350 for the box set.  I never bought any DVDs or Blu Rays because I’ve been waiting for this.  I even anticipated the $500 price tag.  So, I’m not surprised or upset.  I think realistically, when I look at other box sets I’ve bought, with the physical extras – art prints, maps, horcrux locket, etc – I’d pay $350.  Guess I’ll be the bad guy.

  • Viktoria Marcussen

    Yikes! I just want the blueprint! I’m trying to model Hogwarts in 3D, with as much detail and authenticity as possible, so I found this, which looks to be an official blueprint, not fan art. Looks like I’ll just have to read the books again and watch the movies and try to piece everything together myself, though. I think someone mentioned this before, but I would be completely willing to pay $25 (or more) for JUST the blueprint IF they offered all nine floors (including sublevels).

  • Luis M. Marrero Dávila

    I have been a Harry Potter fan since I was 4. When WB announced this set I got really excited. I thought it would be outrageous, but its really dissapointing. I mean, it should feature this things in order to recieve 5 star ratings and cost this much: A box made out of wood. All of the movies with extended version. All of the CD’s without Blue-Ray or DVD logos on them (these are collectibles people!) Now, in the future three more movies will be released (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Quidditch Through The Ages, and The Tales Of Beedle The Bard) and they should be included with the set, having also extended versions. THAT should be the set. Just like that.

    • Luis M. Marrero Dávila

      And also, fisical digital copies.

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