All eight Harry Potter movies are finally coming to Netflix, but don’t grab your invisibility cloak and butterbeer for a marathon just yet. As it turns out, only Netflix users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to return to the Wizarding World as of now.
Netflix announced last month that the entire Harry Potter series will appear on the streaming service on Jan. 15, 2019, for both locations.
Calling all witches and wizards, on January 15th it's time to go back to Hogwarts pic.twitter.com/7seUpggEkR— Netflix ANZ (@NetflixANZ) December 18, 2018
While Potterheads outside of Australia and New Zealand won’t gain access to the movies on Netflix, this probably means that the service is closing to gaining the rights to the classic films all around the world.
Netflix in France and Belgium gained the Harry Potter films on Nov. 1, 2018, while Canada recently added Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is a movie about wizards, witches and fantastical creatures and also the title of my memoir about all my exes.— Netflix Canada (@Netflix_CA) November 16, 2018
Potterheads worldwide have wanted Netflix to add the films to the service for some time, but the rights are currently owned by other networks. In the United States, SYFY has the rights to air the movies, and previously, Freeform had them.
When networks like SYFY are looking to pass on the rights, hopefully Netflix will be there to swoop in (maybe on a Nimbus 2000?) and bring the rest of their customers to the Wizarding World.
For now, at least United States Netflix users have Bird Box and the new interactive Black Mirror: Bandersnatch to obsess over.