‘Harry Potter’ stands as one of today’s most beloved film series, maintaining its popularity more than a decade since the release of the last movie and a whopping 24 years after the debut of the first book. It’s safe to say that the demand for both the book series and the movies has never waned. However, if you’ve recently tried to revisit the series, you may have discovered that finding a streaming service featuring the entire collection is more challenging than expected. Given the franchise’s massive success, your initial question after wondering why the series is elusive might be whether it’s available anywhere. So, where can you catch Harry Potter in 2023?
Editor’s Note: This guide was updated in October 2023 and presents the most up-to-date information on where to find ‘Harry Potter’ movies.
‘Harry Potter’ film series is not on Netflix for US viewers
If you are US-based and you’re looking for ‘Harry Potter’ movies on Netflix, you are out of luck since you won’t be able to find them there. The franchise is currently not licensed for US viewers but if you’re from UK or Ireland, you will be pleased to know that you will be able to watch the movies.
The availability of movies on streaming platforms like Netflix is often subject to licensing agreements and contracts between the content owners (in this case, Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise) and the streaming service.
‘Harry Potter’ franchise is highly valuable and lucrative and any deal involving the streaming rights would be hard to negotiate.
‘Harry Potter’ movies are not on Hulu due to licensing
Hulu, a popular streaming service, is often used in conjunction with other platforms due to its unique selection of movies and series not found elsewhere. Previously, all ‘Harry Potter’ movies were available on Hulu, but in 2020, they were removed. However, the series can still be watched through NBC Universal, which holds the rights and frequently airs it on SYFY, a channel focused on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. As of October, 2023 you can’t watch ‘Harry Potter’ on Hulu Directly.
SYFY has partnered with various streaming services, including Hulu, allowing users to access its content. Although Hulu offers a one-week free trial, other platforms like FuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV, and YouTube TV also provide similar deals. The subscription, priced around $65 a month, may offer access to popular content in those genres beyond the trial period.
Is Harry Potter on Disney+?
Disney+ is currently the most popular platform for streaming content made for kids, this is why it’s shocking that ‘Harry Potter’ franchise is not available on Disney+. Although it does seem like a match made in heaven, it once again boils down to rights to distribute the movies and Disney+ doesn’t have them.
It also doesn’t seem likely that the streaming service will soon pick up the rights from Warner Bros. due to Disney being a competitor.
Is Harry Potter on Max?
‘Harry Potter’ movies are available on Max formerly known as HBO Max. This is likely due to a licensing agreement between WarnerMedia (the parent company of Max) and Warner Bros. Entertainment (the studio that produced the Harry Potter films).
Max, being a WarnerMedia streaming service, has access to a wide range of Warner Bros.’s content, including the ‘Harry Potter’ films. Streaming services often compete for exclusive rights to popular content, and the availability of the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise on Max could be part of a strategic move to attract subscribers by offering iconic and highly sought-after titles.
Is Harry Potter on Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime is one of the rare services that still offers the complete ‘Harry Potter’ film series. While the process is a bit intricate, all eight movies are accessible if you have a Prime account.
However, it’s important to note that streaming the movies directly is not an option; instead, they are available for rent at $3.79 each. Renting provides 30 days to begin watching and an additional three days once started. For a more permanent solution, purchasing the movies starts at $12.99, ensuring they stay in your library indefinitely for nostalgic viewings.
Amazon Prime is also one of the few places offering extended versions of the films, a rarity. Additionally, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can obtain a digital copy of the books for free through the Kindle Lending Library. For a reliable and enduring option, a set of all eight movies can be purchased directly from Amazon.
Is Harry Potter on Peacock?
All 8 ‘Harry Potter’ movies are on Peacock. With a deal between NBC Universal and WarnerMedia for the film rights, all eight ‘Harry Potter’ movies are now available on Peacock TV. Although the movies’ fate on the platform remains uncertain, it is likely that they will either stay on Peacock TV or rotate between Peacock TV and HBO Max. Peacock TV offers a free base package, and individual movies can be rented for $3.99 or purchased for $14.99. For a more cost-effective option, the premium plan is available for approximately $5.99 per month Premium Plan is available for $11.99 per month, providing access to Peacock TV’s extensive movie library.
Where else to watch ‘Harry Potter’ movies?
If none of these streaming services seem like a good solution for you, and if you’re really not okay with the idea of subscribing just to watch the movies, you will be pleased to know that the movies can be outright bought or rented from a variety of digital marketplaces. Harry Potter movies can be either rented or bought on Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, or on Microsoft Store.
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