HBO Max Just Dropped A Big Surprise For ‘Harry Potter’ Fans

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Warner Bros.

In a surprising last-minute maneuver, HBO Max worked some serious
magic for Harry
Potter
fans by locking down all eight of the original films and
making them instantly available for subscribers just before the new
streaming service launched on Wednesday.

According to TVLine,
the deal wasn’t as simple as just waving a wand. Despite both HBO
Max and the Harry Potter films being Warner Media properties, the
new service still had to navigate notoriously convoluted streaming
rights, which in this case, involved ponying up some serious cash
to get another studio to relinquish its hold on the franchise.

Universal back in 2016 inked a deal to secure exclusive rights
to the franchise, including on-air and digital dibs on all
Wizarding World films (including two Fantastic Beasts and Where to
Find Them flicks). That means that Warner Media had to actively buy
back what it once owned, for many a shiny galleon. (As industry
analyst Matthew Ball put it on Twitter, it was a “big, costly,
and important move” for the newbie streaming service, akin to how
Disney+ has made it a mission to accumulate as many Marvel films as
possible.)

But the deal wasn’t an entirely clean break where Warner Bros.
flew off into the night with the beloved franchise. As of this
writing, the second Fantastic Beasts film, The Crimes of
Grindelwald is only available through HBO Max if you already have
an HBO cable subscription. (It’s complicated.)

The acquisition is still a major win for the streaming
service’s first day though. Knowing that the entire Harry Potter
series is available is sure to entice new subscribers, which is why
HBO Max content chief Kevin Reilly made it a point to cite landing
the massive franchise as a “high on our priority list” during a
lengthy interview with
Business Insider
just a few days ago. However, it’s notable
that just that recently, Reilly couldn’t confirm a timetable on
when the films would be available on HBO Max, so it sure sounds
like the ink isn’t even dry on this surprise addition.

(Via TVLine)

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