How to watch Harry Potter reunion online and stream Return to Hogwarts where you are

Cast of Harry Potter in Return to Hogwarts, 20th anniversary special
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Cosy up in the Gryffindor Common Room and stream the Harry Potter reunion now where you are as the Golden Trio come together to reflect on 20 years since the first film was released. One for Potter fans old and new, we've got the details below on how to watch Return to Hogwarts online with a HBO subscription (opens in new tab) in the US, and through other platforms elsewhere around the world.

It's now been 20 years since Philosopher's Stone hit the silver screen and Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint became the living embodiments of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, capturing the hearts and minds of children and grownups alike across the wizarding world.

Watch Return to Hogwarts online

Release: Saturday, January 1

Streaming options: HBO Max (US) (opens in new tab) | Crave (CA) (opens in new tab) | Binge (AU) (opens in new tab) (free trial) | Sky (UK) (opens in new tab)

Last seen looking digitally (and dubiously) aged as they waved off their kids on Platform 9 and 3/4, Harry, Hermione and Ron return to the warm and cosy confines of Hogwarts, the school we all longed to go to, to show us how the magic happened.

The one-off special welcomes back scores of stars from the beloved franchise, including Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), and promises to provide the comforting embrace we all need right now.

Wands at the ready, here's how to watch Return to Hogwarts online wherever you are.


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How to watch Return to Hogwarts in the US: stream Harry Potter reunion on HBO Max

watch Return to Hogwarts exclusively on HBO Max (opens in new tab)

You can watch Return to Hogwarts exclusively on HBO Max (opens in new tab) in the US now after it dropped onto the streaming service as the clock struck midnight on New Year's Day.

- Head to the HBO Max website to sign up now (opens in new tab)

There are two different HBO Max price (opens in new tab) plans to choose from. Its basic package costs $9.99 a month (opens in new tab), while the commercial-free package costs $14.99 a month. You'll be able to watch the Harry Potter reunion on either plan and benefit from a whole host of incredible entertainment, including every Harry Potter film, And Just Like That, the entirety of Sex and the City (opens in new tab), Succession (opens in new tab), Girls, Mare of Easttown, and much more.

The 7-day HBO Max free trial (opens in new tab) is long gone, but if you're a current HBO Now subscriber or pay for HBO through your cable provider, you might actually be entitled to HBO Max at no extra cost.

Devices compatible with HBO Max include iPhone and Android devices, Apple and Samsung TVs, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, Chromecast and Chromebooks (opens in new tab), and laptops and PCS. HBO Max on Roku (opens in new tab) and Amazon Fire Stick (opens in new tab) is also available.

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How to watch Return to Hogwarts online: stream Harry Potter reunion in the UK

Sky Max (opens in new tab)

The Harry Potter reunion is aired on Sky Max (opens in new tab) and Sky Showcase on Saturday, January 1 in the UK at 8pm GMT, and is now available to stream on-demand on Sky Go whenever you like.

If you don't have Sky (opens in new tab) and can't find a Sky TV deal (opens in new tab) that fits your needs, you'll also be able to stream the Harry Potter reunion revival with a Now Entertainment pass from £9.99 a month.

Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliff in Return to Hogwarts

(Image credit: HBO Max)

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How to watch Return to Hogwarts online: stream Harry Potter reunion in Canada for free

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Harry Potter fans in Canada can catch the reunion on streaming platform Crave (opens in new tab) now, arriving on the platform on New Year's Day.

There are two plans available and each offers a 7-day FREE trial (opens in new tab) to new customers. Both plans provide access to classic HBO series, on-demand movies, Crave originals and Showtime content, including addictive TV shows like The Gloaming, Dexter, and 30 Rock, in addition to the latest HBO Max releases and Hollywood blockbusters, such as Zack Snyder’s Justice League (opens in new tab) and the Sex and the City follow-up, And Just Like That (opens in new tab).

Crave Mobile is the cheapest plan at CA$9.99 a month (opens in new tab) (plus tax). It provides one stream to one registered device via the web or the Crave mobile app, so it’s ideal for individuals or small households. However, for just an additional $10, Crave Total allows for four simultaneous streams to five registered devices. That, plus you get the best video resolution available.

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How to watch Return to Hogwarts FREE: stream Harry Potter reunion in Australia

Binge (opens in new tab)

Harry Potter fans Down Under can watch Return to Hogwarts on Binge (opens in new tab) now.

Better still, the streaming service offers new subscribers a 14-day FREE trial (opens in new tab), which means you won’t have to pay a thing if you've never used Binge before. 

After that it’s only AU$10 per month (opens in new tab) for the Basic plan, which provides a single stream in SD quality, and you can upgrade for a few extra dollars to get additional streams and better video quality.

Once subscribed, you’ll get access to 10,000 hours of content: reality shows, dramas, comedies and documentaries including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Big Little Lies, Modern Family, Mayans, and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, and plenty more from HBO, FX, and Warner Bros. It also offers more than 800 movies.

Alternatively, Foxtel Now (opens in new tab) provides a mix of Live TV and On-Demand programming, with plans starting from AUS$25 a month after a 10-day free trial (opens in new tab).

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.