Harry Potter fans were overjoyed last month after the Facebook page Upcoming Movies announced that all eight movies were coming to Netflix. However, this rumor has since been refuted.
If that wasn’t enough bad news for Harry Potter fans in the US, here are some more: Not only are the Harry Potter movies not on Netflix, but they are not available for streaming at all in the US at the moment.
Currently the Harry Potter movies are only streamed on Netflix in the following countries (via uNoGS)
In the USA, the eight Hogwarts films ran until the end of October on Peacock, where they moved from HBO Max in the summer. In November, however, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone / Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One and Two left their streaming home.
In 2019, NBCUniversal (owner of Peacock) bought the rights to the Harry Potter films and the rest of the so-called “Wizarding World” films for allegedly $250 million. Originally it was planned to release the eight films for a six-month term starting in October. This means that the films were to run at Peacock until April 2020.
In the meantime, however, the plans have changed. If fans currently visit the Harry Potter site on Peacock, they will receive a banner saying “currently not available at Peacock” and links that will take them to the SyFy and USA websites.
This is because the two networks (also owned by SyFy and USA) will temporarily become the only place where viewers in the USA can watch the Harry Potter movies. This is due to what ComicBook.com calls “the intricacies of the contract” that NBCUniversal signed to obtain the rights.
At present, none of the films are streamed on SyFy or US websites, although it is expected that they will soon arrive there on a rolling basis, as they are broadcast on the two cable channels. On the NBC website, for example, all films from November 2 onwards are listed as streaming in the Films section of the USA network.
Prior to this, the USA had already aired at the Harry Potter Film Marathon on Thanksgiving, so they may follow suit this year.
Ultimately, however, the eight films are expected to return to Peacock sometime in 2021, although the exact date has not yet been announced.
Although Harry Potter will not be joining Netflix in any country in the foreseeable future, he is available to stream in other territories where NBCUniversal does not own the rights. In the UK, for example, the films are available on Now TV.