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HBO Max Surprises ‘Potter’ Fans With Full Collection of Harry Potter Films at Launch

Jason Gurwin

To the delightful surprise of Harry Potter fans, all eight films in the Harry Potter film franchise and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald are available on HBO Max at launch. The movies weren’t thought to be available as part of the service, since the digital rights were sold to NBCU in 2016 through 2025.

While exact details of the deal were not disclosed, the agreement will make HBO Max the exclusive streaming home for the films, while they’ll still be available to NBCU on their cable networks.

It has been known for a while that WarnerMedia had been trying to bring Harry Potter back into the family. At the Television Critics Association panel in January, HBO Max’s Content Chief Kevin Reilly said “At some point, you can’t have our experience without having Harry Potter be a part of it.”

In total, HBO Max will feature a library of more than 2,000 films within the first year. Joining the Potter films at launch are The Lord of the Rings, Citizen Kane, Gremlins, Crazy Rich Asians”, A Star is Born, Aquaman, Joker, the Alien franchise, the American Pie series, Anastasia, Babe, Die Hard, The Flintstones, In Bruges, The Indian in the Cupboard, Jaws, Moulin Rouge! and Teen Witch.

The company also acquired the rights to The Criterion Collection and the Studio Ghibli, which is streaming for the first time ever in the U.S.

HBO Max, which launched today for $14.99 a month, also includes new original series like Anna Kendrick’s “Love Life”, as well a the library of past seasons of TV series like “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “South Park,” “The West Wing” and more.

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