Can you say, "Evanesco"?

Claire Harmeyer
Jul 21, 2020 @ 11:55 am
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When it comes to revisiting old franchises, Harry Potter is undoubtedly one of the most popular choices. Potterheads love rewatching the eight films, sometimes from beginning to end (like this editor's family does at Christmastime) or just with one movie spur of the moment. Regardless, Harry Potter fans never seem to tire of the magical series. So, losing access to conjuring the Wizarding World on their screens will likely be upsetting. Sorry, Potterheads, but all eight Harry Potter films will vanish from HBO Max this summer. Anyone have a cauldron cake we can eat while we cry over this news? We have enough tears to fill Dumbledore's pensieve right now.

On July 20th, HBO Max announced that the Harry Potter franchise will leave the platform on August 25th, 2020.

Although everyone knew Friends would live on HBO Max, the eight Harry Potter films were a surprise addition when the platform launched at the end of May. WarnerMedia owns the rights to the films, but a few years ago, NBCUniversal signed a deal leasing the movies for its various platforms until 2025. Last spring, both companies made a deal with HBO Max that allowed the service to stream Harry Potter for three months initially.

Although Harry Potter is disappearing from HBO Max in August, it's common for titles to leave and return to platforms, so this may not be the final goodbye. Harry himself rose from the dead in The Deathly Hallows, so anything is possible. However, for now, it would be safe to assume that the films will become available on NBCUniversal's on demand streaming service, Peacock. So, you will likely be able to catch up with the Hogwarts gang on Peacock soon. In the meantime, you can rent the Harry Potter films on Google Play, Amazon Prime, and Apple, among other streaming services.

But hey—we still have one month to watch Harry Potter on HBO Max, and with that much time, we might binge the entire series four times over. We just found our new weekend ritual.