Let’s be honest. If you haven’t watched every Harry Potter movie consecutively, then are you truly living? The answer is no. But jokes aside, the holiday season is here, which means it’s time for a major network to air Harry Potter weekend. However, before you skip on over to Freeform to relive your childhood years, you should know the franchise officially moved cable TV rights in 2018. So if you’re wondering how to watch the three-day Harry Potter marathon on Thanksgiving weekend in 2019 — which includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — then stay tuned.
Where to watch the three-day ‘Harry Potter’ marathon on Thanksgiving weekend in 2019
For those you who you didn’t know, Freeform hasn’t aired Harry Potter weekend since 2017. On Aug. 8, 2016, NBCUniversal bought exclusive cable TV rights to the eight Harry Potter movies and all the Fantastic Beasts films. This moved the franchise from Disney — who owns Freeform — to NBC, starting in July 2018 until April 2025.
“J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World has captured the imagination of fans of all ages, from all walks of life, all over the world,” said Bonnie Hammer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman, per The New York Times. “I’m thrilled that our networks will be the home for this brilliant storyteller’s magical creations for years to come.”
Meanwhile, NBCUniversal planned to release the movie franchise on Syfy and USA Network. That said, the three-day Harry Potter marathon during Thanksgiving weekend in 2019 will only take place on USA.
The 2019 ‘Harry Potter’ Thanksgiving marathon schedule
The Harry Potter three-day weekend will begin on Thanksgiving Day in 2019. And the marathon will play through every film back-to-back in chronological order. The event will start with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at 9 a.m. ET and end with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 on Saturday evening.
Thursday, Nov. 28:
9 a.m. ET — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
11:52 a.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
3:19 p.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
7 p.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Friday, Nov. 29:
6:30 a.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
10:11 a.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
1:10 p.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
4:35 p.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
7:35 p.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Saturday, Nov. 30:
10:30 a.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
1:31 p.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
4:58 p.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
8:10 p.m. ET — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
How to watch ‘Harry Potter’ online
As of this write-up, subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime don’t have the eight Harry Potter movies or the first Fantastic Beasts film available to stream online. Previously, fans could watch the Harry Potter franchise online through HBO. However, the films left HBO in June 2018.
That said, in October 2019, Forbes reported popular Warner Bros. movie franchises, such as Harry Potter, will be added to HBO Max — owned by WarnerMedia — when it launches in May 2020. Meanwhile, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — the only film not airing during the 2019 Thanksgiving weekend Harry Potter marathon — is currently available to stream online through HBO.
But until then, you can still purchase each Harry Potter film online through services like iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and YouTube.