With quarantine across the world in full effect, you may have seen many on social media beg Netflix to get the Harry Potter franchise streaming. Some regions of Netflix does stream Harry Potter and others have. Let’s take a look at the global picture when it comes to Harry Potter’s streaming rights and see whether they’re on Netflix or not.
Before we begin, here’s some context on what exactly Harry Potter is and who distributes it as this will be important later on.
Harry Potter is the Warner Brothers produced and distributed the set of movies based on the books by J.K. Rowling. The movie franchise spans eight movies and released between 2001 and 2011. It features Daniel Radcliffe as the young student who heads to Hogwarts.
The series has also spawned a spinoff franchise under the Fantastic Beasts name.
Where is Harry Potter streaming on Netflix?
Here’s a breakdown of every Netflix region currently streaming any and all of the Harry Potter movies. With thanks to Unogs for the data.
|Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone||Portugal, Spain|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Portugal, Spain|
|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Portugal, Spain|
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Portugal, Spain|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix||Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Spain|
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Canada, Portugal, Spain|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1||Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Spain|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2||Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Spain|
Other regions have streamed Harry Potter in the past. As you may know, Netflix will get the Harry Potter movies under a license which means it pays for the movies for a fixed amount of time.
In November 2018, Netflix in France and Belgium were recipients to the eight Harry Potter movies.
Calling all witches and wizards, on January 15th it's time to go back to Hogwarts pic.twitter.com/7seUpggEkR
— Netflix ANZ (@NetflixANZ) December 18, 2018
Why the Harry Potter movies won’t likely come to Netflix in the United States
Despite Netflix in the multiple regions above now streaming Harry Potter, the United States won’t be so lucky.
As you may know, WarnerMedia is currently prepping the release of HBO Max in May 2020 and although the Fantastic Beasts movies are lined up for the service, Harry Potter isn’t.
That’s because the rights currently reside with NBCUniversal so that could mean we see Harry Potter pop-up on Peacock but that’s yet to be announced.
That means Netflix US won’t be getting Harry Potter anytime soon. The Netflix DVD service is still in operation in the US, however, where you’ll find all the movies available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Harry Potter Movies on Netflix in the UK
The United Kingdom has never streamed Harry Potter either but unlike the US, it isn’t likely going to get the Warner Brothers streaming service, at least in the near future.
Instead, Warner Brothers quite often hands the streaming license over to Sky who operates its NowTV platform who rotates Harry Potter on and off the service. As of the updated publish date (April 2020) the entire franchise is available on NowTV.
ITV regularly runs re-runs of the movies on terrestrial TV in the UK too.
The prequel movies set in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts are also scattered around Netflix but we’ve made a separate guide just for that.
There you have it, the complete 2020 guide to streaming Harry Potter on Netflix.