Harry Potter reported to be leaving Freeform in January
Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family, will be making some huge changes to their scheduled programming.
The Harry Potter weekends fans have grown to love will be no more starting January first. The reason is simple: Freeform will no longer possess the ownership rights of the series.
The rights are reportedly being transferred to Home Box Office. HBO will air the series on their channel, so fans with HBO do not need to worry. The signed deal is expected to last from 2018 until 2025, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Harry Potter films are owned by Warner Brothers. HBO and Warner Brothers are both owned by Time Warner. Because of this fact, it might surprise some that this change in ownership has not happened yet. HBO already has the rights to Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them which means Potterheads might get to watch all 9 movies during the HBO series marathons.
According to Collider, “HBO is kicking off its new license on January 1st with Sorcerer’s Stone starting at 9am ET/PT and ending with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the early hours of January 2nd. The whole marathon starts anew on January 2nd at 8pm ET/PT, airing one Potter film a night through January 10th.”
The sequal to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will premier on the big screen November 16th, 2018. This gives HBO plenty of time to add this film to their marathon line up as well.
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