No, Harry Potter will not be coming to Netflix in September 2022
A viral Facebook post claims the Harry Potter movies are coming to Netflix. Will it happen though? Well, probably not if you’re in an English-speaking country.
The Harry Potter films are loved all over the world, adapting the famous books by JK Rowling. As a hot commodity, Harry Potter streaming rights are hard to come by and only become available when Warner Bros. licensed it to Netflix worldwide.
The Facebook page in question is Netflix Memes, created in May 2018. They pretty much do what the name suggests and post memes, but they also post links to news (mainly to Fansided’s NetflixLife on an affiliate scheme) and post news in the form of memes.
On August 29th, they posted an image of the Harry Potter covers that said, “Harry Potter will FINALLY be on Netflix,” stating that all eight films will be released on September 1st.
The post garnered over 100,000 likes and over 34,000 shares. Another post (believed to be from the same network of Facebook pages) has over 30k likes.
Unfortunately, however, this is not true as the movies are not coming to Netflix in places like the UK, Canada, or the United States. The schedules for these regions have been available for several weeks now, and Harry Potter is nowhere to be seen.
Rights are locked in the United States with Peacock and HBO Max. They are available exclusively streaming via Sky’s NOW service in the UK.
However, it is true for some regions. Netflix will receive the films in the Middle East on September 1st, but outside of those regions Netflix generally does not receive Harry Potter.
Back to school
— Netflix MENA (@NetflixMENA) August 30, 2022
The last time the Harry Potter collection was available on Netflix in a predominantly English-speaking country was in 2019 and 2020, but they subsequently left.
Aside from the Middle East, which is set to receive the films, only two other Netflix regions are carrying the films: Turkey (which received all eight films in June of this year) and Belgium (which received them in early August 2022).
This isn’t the first time we’ve been down this road. In late 2020, a viral post claimed the same, which was subsequently debunked. The same thing happened two years before that in 2018.
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