Much of my childhood was spent watching and rewatching Harry Potter marathons on TV. I would get so excited when I’d scroll through the channel guide and see that the Sorcerer’s Stone was on, and that the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban, and others, were scheduled to play back-to-back. I knew that I would be cancelling whatever plans I had that day to kick back on my couch, eat junk food, and watch a movie marathon. And now, the new streaming service Peacock is giving Harry Potter fans the chance to binge watch the franchise in one of the best forms of movie watching: the marathon.
Peacock, which has sought to make a name for itself by being the only major streaming service with a robust free tier, just announced that it will be adding the entire Harry Potter franchise to its streaming service over the next six months and through 2021. But it looks like viewers won’t be able to watch all of the eight films in one weekend. The streaming service will make the movies available in “windows,” i.e., some of them will be available to watch at one time. It makes sense that Peacock is adding the films to its catalogue, since the franchise is the highest-grossing movie franchise in history. There doesn’t seem to be any word yet, however, on the exact date when the Harry Potter films will be available to stream, and how many at a time.
In addition to the Harry Potter films, Peacock is adding a slew of other popular titles to its collection, including Trolls: World Tour, Moonrise Kingdom, The Big Lebowski, Beetlejuice, Children of Men, The Dark Knight, and more. Frances Manfredi, the President of Content Acquisition and Strategy at Peacock, wrote in a press release, “The Harry Potter franchise is beloved by people of all ages and represents the caliber of quality entertainment customers can expect to find on Peacock.” Manfredi added, “We’ve built a world-class collection of iconic movies and shows, and we will continue to expand the film library with treasured titles from NBCUniversal and beyond that will surprise and delight Peacock customers time and time again.” Will you be tuning into a future Harry Potter marathon on Peacock?