How to Stream the 'Harry Potter' Movies Right Now
All aboard the Hogwarts Express (on HBO Max).
With Harry Potter, author J.K. Rowling created an endlessly fascinating hit. The ever-expanding wizarding world in her books has already inspired web hubs, theme parks, and, probably most important, movies. When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone got the big-screen treatment in 2001 with director Chris Columbus, writer Steve Kloves, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, it was like the story of the boy with the lightning-bolt scar got a second, somehow more potent life. Sorcerer's Stone grossed almost $1 billion worldwide and created a hunger for more, more, more, more Potter experiences, justifying several more successful adaptations (including a two-part finale!).
Maybe years ago, you bought coveted DVD collections, but those might be lost somewhere at your parents' house. In the age of streaming, you'd probably much rather watch the movies somewhere online anyway. Here's where you can get your Potter binge (or re-bingeing) fix right now.
Because the Harry Potter movies were distributed by WarnerMedia-owned studio Warner Bros., the Hogwarts Express has officially left the station with each one of the original movies and arrived at the new streaming service, HBO Max. Now, that will be the forever home for all things Harry Potter. Meaning, don't wait around to see if Harry, Ron, and Hermione will be available on Netflix or anywhere else anytime soon.
For some time, it was unclear whether the franchise would be available on HBO Max at launch, due to a a 2016 deal WarnerMedia made with NBCUniversal that gave them the TV and digital rights to the films until 2025, but nevertheless, they did become available for the late May 2020 launch. So, that means you can stream Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone all the way through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ASAP to your heart's content. If you were already an HBO Now subscriber, including as a Hulu add-on, you'll be able to apparate over to HBO Max automatically for no additional charge, and if you get HBO through certain cable subscriptions, you may also be eligible for an account. Regardless, see how you can sign up here and binge away.
Rent the Potter movies on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, etc.
As we said, since HBO Max is now home to the boy wizard titles, you'll have to pony up for individual movies if you need to shoot Hogwarts straight into your veins. That means none of the major streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon) will be able to offer them as part of their subscription lineup, which is a bummer, but that's what happens when a movie or series is in high demand. A la carte it is. You can "accio" them by renting any installment on all major platforms including Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube.
Watch all the Harry Potter movies on TV
Since NBCUniversal owns the rights to air the series on TV, watching them on one of their channels is the next best place to find Hogwarts adventures. While you may remember FreeFrom (a Disney-owned channel) used to have Harry Potter weekends, you won't find them there anymore. Now, they're on USA and SyFy, and the networks have Potter marathons fairly frequently. If you have a cable subscription that includes those channels, here's where you want to go to see when they'll be on USA next, and here's SyFy..
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