How to watch Harry Potter movies in order

Harry Potter movies in order
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If you want to watch the Harry Potter movies in order, there are two ways to get to  Platform 9 3/4. Yes, the good news, at least for the original eight films based on the seven Harry Potter books, is that there are two streaming services that can get you to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to see the adventures of Harry, Hermione and Ron. 

These movies, which brought in billions of dollars at the box office and made stars of a young cast, have often jumped between services, and forced people to think about how to follow from from one House to the other. The popularity of the books and movies led to the Fantastic Beasts spinoffs (Fantastic Beasts 3 is now out on streaming).

The Harry Potter franchise starts with the eponymous hero at the age of 11, who discovers he's actually a wizard. He receives an invite to attend Hogwarts, under the guidance of kind Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. There, he makes friends, enters his teen years and hones his powers before facing off against the Lord Voldemort, the dark wizard who killed his parents.

As the Harry Potter-verse has grown, so too has the number of streaming options. It can be confusing to figure out where to find the Harry Potter movies and whether to stream them by release date or by the chronological timeline. That's why we've put together this guide on how to watch the the Harry Potter movies in order — and you can also watch the Harry Potter reunion Return to Hogwarts.

Where to watch the Harry Potter movies

As of January 2022, you can find all eight original Harry Potter movies on HBO Max (opens in new tab) and also on Peacock (opens in new tab). But only HBO Max has the Fantastic Beasts movies.

Due to various rights issues, the two streamers have traded the Harry Potter movie collection between them. Now, they appear to be sharing for at least a period of time.

The three Fantastic Beasts films are now available on HBO Max. In order, they are:

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (opens in new tab) 
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (opens in new tab) 
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (opens in new tab)

Harry Potter movies in order of release date

Watching the Harry Potter movies in release order is easy. The eight original movies came out first, then the Fantastic Beasts spinoffs. 

Here's the list of films and the year of their theatrical release:

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) 
    Stream on:HBO Max (opens in new tab) |Peacock (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
    Stream on: HBO Max (opens in new tab) | Peacock (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    Stream on: HBO Max (opens in new tab) | Peacock (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
    Stream on: HBO Max (opens in new tab) | Peacock (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
    Stream on: HBO Max (opens in new tab) | Peacock (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    Stream on: HBO Max (opens in new tab) | Peacock (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010)
    Stream on: HBO Max (opens in new tab) | Peacock (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)
    Stream on: HBO Max (opens in new tab) | Peacock (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)
  9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
    Stream on: HBO Max (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)
  10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
    Stream on: HBO Max (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)
  11. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)
    Stream on: HBO Max (opens in new tab)
    Rent/buy: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Apple (opens in new tab) | YouTube (opens in new tab)

Harry Potter movies in order — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

(Image credit: EA/Warner Bros.)

Harry Potter movies in order of chronological events

Now, here's where things get slightly tricky. The Fantastic Beasts films are prequels, so they take place decades before the events of the original Harry Potter movies. 

Those take place during Harry's time at Hogwarts, so each book/movie corresponds to a school year. The final two movies split the final book and school year.

Here's the list of Harry Potter movies and the year in which they are set:

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (1926)
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (1927)
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (1930s)
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1991-92)
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1992-93)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1992-94)
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (1994-95)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (1995-96)
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (1996-97)
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (1997-98)
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (1997-98)

Are the Harry Potter movies on Peacock or HBO Max?

The answer, in short, is: Yes.

At times, Peacock had the Harry Potter movies as an exclusive. Then HBO Max had them. Currently (as of January 9, 2023), both services are streaming all Harry Potter movies (but not the Fantastic Beasts movies).

HBO Max streamed the Harry Potter movies when it launched in summer 2020. See, WarnerMedia owns the Harry Potter film franchise. However, the corporation sold the broadcast and cable (and streaming) rights to NBCUniversal, which owns Peacock. But WarnerMedia borrowed them back — likely for a hefty fee — so that its new streaming service could launch with some big titles.

Then, the Harry Potter movies moved back to Peacock, where they streamed on and off through 2021. They returned to HBO Max over the summer. In October, both streamers have them. 

And then who knows what will happen in 2025, when NBCUniversal's TV rights lapse. Will they ever become the best Netflix movies? Only time will tell.

As writer Jess Mason joked on Twitter (opens in new tab), "Harry Potter is like the child of a divorce where the parents are Universal and Warner Bros and the franchise just keeps being pulled to different homes."

So many streaming services, all fighting over the same valuable IP.

Kelly Woo
Senior Writer

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.