Galloping-freaking-gargoyles. HBO announced Thursday that it will be the only place to stream all eight Harry Potter movies starting Jan. 1, 2018. That’s all eight movies on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO On Demand whenever the heck you need them.
HBO currently has the streaming rights for the Harry Potter universe film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and has recently streamed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but not at the same time. Notably, whichever Potter film was streaming on HBO would be absent from Freeform’s famous Harry Potter Weekends to keep things fair.
As the press release notes, this is the first time that all eight Harry Potter movies will be available for streaming in one place. They will also air back-to-back on New Year’s Day – commercial free, this is HBO after all – to ring in the new year. HBO will air one film per night for the following week, ending with Fantastic Beasts on Jan. 10.
“We are delighted to welcome the Harry Potter films to our catalogue of award-winning original programming and crowd-pleasing theatrical films,” said Bruce Grivetti, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and President, Film Programming. “HBO has a long-standing reputation as the home of the best classic and recently released Hollywood movies, and having the Harry Potter franchise furthers our objective to bring quality entertainment to our subscribers across all of our platforms.”
HBO also happens to be owned by Time Warner, the same parent company that owns Warner Bros., which produced the Harry Potter films. Keep it in the fam.