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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has entertained audiences for decades, extending to the page, stage, and screen. The eight-film franchise made history, and has a special place in many moviegoers' hearts. It was just revealed that Harry Potter was coming back to HBO Max, and fans online definitely have some thoughts.
In the midst of the streaming wars, the Harry Potter movies have had a unique place. They've been available on a few different services, previously pivoting from HBO Max to Peacock. The news of Harry's adventures returning to HBO Max definitely thrilled certain subscribers, who posted hilarious responses like this:
Our love for Harry, Hermione, and Ron do be like that sometimes. And for those Potterheads who are eager for another re-watch of the movies, the news has the potential to be very exciting. This is especially true given the delay of David Yates' mysterious Fantastic Beasts 3. Luckily, there are other opportunities to engage int he world of Harry Potter, including theme parks.
Harry Potter fans who want to be able to stream the franchise at their leisure will need to use HBO Max. You can use this link to sign up (opens in new tab) for the streaming service.
Since J.K. Rowling started releasing the Harry Potter novels, the Boy Who Lived's adventures on the page and screen have thrilled audiences. Generations were brought up on the Wizarding World, which is why the franchise has such staying power. As such, the film adaptations once again being available on HBO Max resulted in a big response from the fandom. As you can see below,
The response to Harry Potter's move to HBO Max was thrilling for certain fans, while others aired their grievances on Twitter. Mostly because the movies had already moved to a different streaming service. One fan reacted to this viral news about Daniel Radcliffe's franchise, saying:
Touche. With so many streaming services currently vying for supremacy, most consumers have to pick and choose which ones to subscribe to. That decision making process is often informed by what content is available, both new original and beloved classics. Harry Potter certainly falls into the latter category, so it should be interesting to see if it stays put on HBO Max. After all, that is Warner Bros.' streaming service.
The news about the Harry Potter franchise apparating back to HBO Max was fodder for a ton of memes. Because this is the internet we're talking about. You can see one thrilled reaction about the films getting a new streaming home below:
Say what you want about Harry Potter fans, they take the Wizarding World very seriously. It's likely because J.K. Rowling's stories are tied to feelings of childhood and growing up. Many of those fans have been closely following news about the movies, specifically which streaming service ultimately gets ownership. As another fan put it,
With the rise of streaming service, so has the concept of binge-watching. Folks all over the world love to power through popular shows or film franchises, including (you guessed it) Harry Potter. And with the franchise moving to HBO Max, some folks are preparing to hunker down and watch all eight of the blockbuster movies. As you can see below,
Clearly emotions surrounding Harry Potter are high. As such, it should be interesting to see if the franchise has found its final home on HBO Max, or if it'll pivot to another streaming service sometime in the future. What's more, I'm eager to learn what type of numbers the films do once returning to Warner Bros.' application.
The Harry Potter franchise will return to theaters with Fantastic Beasts 3 on July 15th, 2022. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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