Is Harry Potter leaving HBO Max again? June 2021 departure has fans frustrated

Eve Edwards June 27, 2021
Is Harry Potter leaving HBO Max again? June 2021 departure has fans frustrated

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If you’re both a Potterhead and an HBO Max subscriber, then you will have been pleased to see the Harry Potter franchise land on the streaming platform this month. However, this is just a short-term stay, as the eight-film franchise is set to leave HBO Max the very same month it arrived.

Since news broke on social media, Harry Potter fans across the US have been reeling as their fave flicks are taken down from the streaming site.

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Is Harry Potter really leaving HBO Max in June 2021?

  • Yes

The Harry Potter franchise is set to leave HBO Max on Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

All eight films of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding epic will be removed from the platform, just thirty days after they arrived. This, understandably, has been met with surprise and frustration.

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HP fans react to the film’s departure

Besides feelings of frustration, it seems there is a general trend among Harry Potter fans to binge-watch all the films in the franchise.

Upon realising that there were just four days to watch Harry Potter on HBO Max, one mega-fan tweeted that the “challenge” to binge-watch them all in that timeframe had been “accepted.”

Another wrote: “apparently all the harry potter movies are leaving hbo max in like 4 days so now i gotta have a hp movie marathon”

With a total running time of nearing twenty hours, if you want to watch all eight films, you better get started! A reasonable Harry Potter movie marathon should take between two and three days.

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Do we know why Harry Potter is leaving or where you can stream them next?

This, unfortunately, remains unknown. The films were available to stream on HBO Max until 25 August 2020. After this, they were available to stream for free on Peacock from October 2020. Peacock retained the rights to the film throughout the earlier months of 2021, before returning to HBO Max this June 2021.

It is unclear as of yet whether you will be able to stream the HP franchise on Peacock throughout the rest of the year.

What we do know is that the first film’s twentieth anniversary is approaching. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (or Sorcerer’s) Stone was released in November 2001. Something special then might be in store to mark the event.

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Eve Edwards is a staff writer for The Focus who has been with GRV Media since April 2019. Having gained a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol, Eve joined GRV starting out as a writer for Reality Titbit before making her way over to HITC. With a passion for music, TV, and cultural news, Eve eventually found a home at The Focus. Eve spent 2021-2022 freelancing for GRV Media while she completed a Masters in Music Performance, and brings her wide array of interests to the company in her written work. In Eve's spare time you'll find her working her way through the day's Wordle, Heardle, and Quordle, or struggling to complete The Guardian's cryptic crossword.