“It’s LeviOsa, not LevioSA!” If you’re familiar with this iconic quote (and meme), chances are you’re also a big Potter fan! So, if you are planning on doing a movie marathon with your friends or family to watch all HP movies, or you simply want to watch the epic series for the first time, you might be asking yourself where to watch the Harry Potter movies. Especially if you want to avoid those sketchy free but illegal streaming websites, that do nothing but bombard you with invasive ads. Luckily, there is an easy and safe way to do so! Let’s dive right in.
The Harry Potter Movies
The Harry Potter saga consists of a total of 8 movies. The first movie, “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in 2001, and took the world by storm. If you’re a Nineties kid, there’s a very good chance you went multiple times to see what is now the second best-selling Harry Potter movie and the thirty-fourth highest-grossing film of all time.
Back in the 2000s, kids and adults alike were eagerly waiting for the next Harry Potter movie. Almost a decade after the last one was released, people are still waiting in line at the Harry Potter Studios in London, as well as visiting Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross railway station. If you’re one of them, don’t worry: you’re in good company (us!).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Harry Potter, being such an iconic franchise, inspired two spin-offs. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a movie released in 2016, produced and written by none other than J. K. Rowling herself. With an amazing ensemble cast, this movie is a prequel to the Harry Potter film series. Its name comes from the fictional document mentioned several times in the J. K. Rowling’s books and movies.
The sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, was released in 2018. Both movies tell the story of Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who just completed his quest to find and document magical creatures. In the first movie, No-Majs (Muggles) open Newt’s magically expanded suitcase, letting some of the animals free. The second movie revolves around Gellert Grindelwald and his plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.
A third movie is in the works and could be released as early as November 2020.
How Long are the Harry Potter Movies?
This might seem like a weird question, but don’t worry: it’s not! If you’re wondering about the movie length(s), you’re probably planning a movie marathon. And, you might want to know if you can watch all of them in one go and how long that might take.
We got you covered!
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is 2hr 39min long;
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is 2hr 54min long;
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is 2hr 22min long;
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is 2hr 37min long;
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is 2hr 22min long;
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is 2hr 24min long;
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One) is 2hr 26min long;
- Lastly, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part Two) is 2hr 10min long.
This adds up to a total of 19hr and 54min! Let’s round it up to 20 hours. If you want to also take health into consideration, we very much advise you to divide the marathon into at least two rounds! And stay hydrated. 😉
An overview, for your convenience:
|Harry Potter movie||Movie sequence||Movie length|
|Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone||Harry Potter 1||2hr 39min|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Harry Potter 2||2hr 54min|
|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Harry Potter 3||2hr 22min|
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Harry Potter 4||2hr 37min|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Harry Potter 5||2hr 22min|
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Harry Potter 6||2hr 24min|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part one)||Harry Potter 7||2hr 26min|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part two)||Harry Potter 8||2hr 10min|
|Total: 19hr and 54min|
How to Stream Harry Potter on Netflix?
To watch Harry Potter in streaming is not an easy endeavor. Especially if you’re American. You might find yourself asking ‘when is Harry Potter coming to Netflix US?’ Even though your movie & series catalog is the largest available, the US Netflix has some hefty competition. HBO used to have the rights to stream Harry Potter on their GO/NOW platform. However, in 2008 NBC Universal purchased all the rights for the American market. This means: Harry Potter is nowhere to be found on American Netflix. Pretty strange, right?
Put your mind at ease, though! We have the solution for you. After some laborsome research, we found out that all the Harry Potter movies are made available on Netflix in a few countries outside of the US. Namely, they are all available in Switzerland, France and Belgium. If you’re worried about the language, worry no more! Netflix allows viewers to watch the original content without dubs! (You might also want to check out our in-depth Best VPN for Netflix article.)
While Netflix Switzerland and Belgium are not very easy to unlock, we discovered that some VPN providers can and will connect you to the French catalog with ease. Once you’re connected to a French server, Harry Potter will be available in your Netflix library. Accio Harry Potter!
VPNs that unlock Harry Potter on Netflix
NordVPN: NordVPN is one of the most well-known providers of the market. This is due to its massive marketing efforts (mainly by enlisting YouTubers), but also for its outstanding number of locations and servers. In our testing, NordVPN was able to effortlessly connect to the French Netflix catalog.
Cyberghost: Cyberghost is a beast when it comes to unlocking streaming services. Its many French servers are able to unlock the French Netflix catalog. But if you really really value your privacy, you might be better off with a different option.
Stream Harry Potter for Free
Finding out how to stream Harry Potter for free can entail many things. We passionately discourage the use of illegal IPTVs or illegal online streaming platforms. First of all, they are against the law and you can be fined or even put in jail for using them. Second, you get bombarded with invasive ads and, often, trackers and malware. Their goal is to acquire as much information on you as possible and sell it to the highest bidder.
If you just want to know what free VPN to use, there is still bad news for you. None of the free VPNs available online are capable of circumventing geoblocking. This means that each time you’ll try to access a different Netflix catalog, you will get that dreaded “Netflix Proxy Error”.
If you are already paying for Netflix, you just need to spend a few bucks on a professional VPN, and you’ll be good to go. If you don’t have a Netflix account, you can always use the free month Netflix allows all its new users!
Here are some of the questions that people ask us (a lot) about watching Harry Potter online:
Q: Where can I watch all the Harry Potter movies online?
A: You can watch Harry Potter on the French catalog on Netflix! So, if you already have an account, you’ll only need to connect to a VPN with a server in France! We recommend either NordVPN or Cyberghost.
Q: What order do the Harry Potter movies go in?
A: The first movie is “The Sorcerer’s Stone”. The second movie is “The Chamber of Secrets”. The third movie is “The Prisoner of Azkaban”. The fourth movie is “The Goblet of Fire”. The fifth movie is “The Order of the Phoenix”. The sixth movie is “The Half-Blood Prince”. The seventh movie, part one, is “The Deathly Hallows (Part one)”. The eighth movie, or seventh movie part two, is “The Deathly Hallows (Part Two).
Q: Is Harry Potter on HBO?
A: No, the movies are not available on HBO.
Q: Is Harry Potter on Hulu?
A: Nope, Harry Potter is not on Hulu.
Q: How to watch Harry Potter on Hulu?
A: At the time of writing, the Harry Potter movies are not on Hulu.
Q: Is Harry Potter on Amazon Prime Video?
A: This is a more complicated question. HBO and Hulu are available only in the US, whereas Amazon Prime Video is available in many countries. As far as we’re aware, Harry Potter is not available on any of the local (country) versions of Amazon Prime Video. But Amazon might end up acquiring the streaming rights in one or more countries in the future. If it does, we’ll update this question with the country/countries!
Q: Is Harry Potter on Disney Plus?
A: The rights to the Harry Potter franchise currently belong to NBC Universal which is a long-standing competitor of Disney. So, no, Harry Potter is not on Disney Plus and we think it’s safe to say that it won’t appear there in the foreseeable future.
Q: Is Harry Potter on Netflix USA?
A: It is not. However, it is available on the Belgian Netflix, the French Netflix and the Swiss Netflix. The French catalog, according to our tests, is easily reached with a VPN!
Q: When Is Harry Potter coming to Netflix?
A: If you’re asking specifically if it’s coming on the American Netflix, the answer is: not anytime soon. The streaming rights in America for Harry Potter are held by NBC Universal, which is a Netflix competitor.
The Harry Potter movies are not available in the US on Netflix, Hulu or HBO GO/NOW. This means that there is no easy, legal and safe way to watch them online until NBC Universal releases its online streaming platform, which is still work in progress. But if you already have a Netflix account, with the right VPN you will be able to unlock the French catalog and binge-watch all movies whenever & wherever you like! As mentioned, we tested which VPNs work best with the French Netflix: NordVPN and Cyberghost allow you to effortlessly connect to Netflix France.