HBO Max is running out of magic, as after only a couple of months of its launch, the Harry Potter film series is moving to Peacock.
To fans who were drooling over the thought of watching Harry Potter on HBO Max, the film series being removed from the platform might break your heart. Though the Harry Potter series is being removed from HBO Max, it will soon get listed on Peacock. However, you might need to wait for that to happen. Or you can just do – expecto patronum – and watch them all magically.
- Why is Harry Potter is moving from HBO Max to Peacock?
- NBCU owns the rights of Harry Potter.
- Harry Potter and beyond on Peacock.
HBO Max is a streaming platform from WarnerMedia Entertainment, which also has Warner Bros., Turner, and HBO under it. The streaming service was launched internationally at the end of May this year.
With various original series and content like Legendry, Love Life, Looney Tunes Cartoon, and the content from BBC, The CW, etcetera, HBO Max also had various major WB movies.
With the Harry Potter series, other WB movies like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight will also be moving to Peacock from HBO Max, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Why Harry Potter is moving from HBO Max to Peacock?
The streaming war is intensifying day by day with the launch of several new streaming platforms like HBO Max, Disney+, Peacock, this year. When HBO Max was launched, all the eight Harry Potter movies were added to it at the last moment with other WB movies.
However, the magic didn’t last for long. Only within three months of HBO Max launch, the Harry Potter series will be shifting to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock.
For a fact, Warner Bros. Pictures, a sibling to HBO Max, is the production house and distributor for the Harry Potter franchise. This does confuse the fans.
How Warner Bros. could possibly let such a valuable series drift off from its home streaming platform? Well, the answer lies in digital rights, which is a term that’s getting complicated day by day.
NBCU owns the rights of Harry Potter.
The film series debuted with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001 and concluded with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011. They marked a milestone for Warner Bros. and Hollywood itself for fantasy cinema. The series churned over $7 billion on the worldwide box-office.
However, in 2016, WB signed off the digital and TV rights of the entire franchise to NBCU for $250 million. As per the contract, NBCU has the respective rights of franchise till 2025.
When HBO Max was to launch, WB begged a short-term deal from NBCU to list the entire Harry Potter franchise on the platform. A similar deal was made for various other WB movies as well. Thus, as the contract period ends, most of those movies will be moving back to NBCU.
Harry Potter franchise will be going back from HBO Max to NBCU’s Peacock on August 25th. However, only by October this year, the franchise will be listed back on Peacock.
Harry Potter and beyond on Peacock
With the Harry Potter franchise, the listing of various such titles on Peacock is making the streaming service viewer’s favorite. According to THR, Peacock president of content acquisition and strategy Frances Manfredi stated:
“The Harry Potter franchise is beloved by people of all ages and represents the caliber of quality entertainment customers can expect to find on Peacock,” he continued, “We’ve built a world-class collection of iconic movies and shows, and we will continue to expand the film library with treasured titles from NBCUniversal and beyond.”
With Harry Potter now moving from HBO Max to Peacock, which of these streaming services will you prefer?