HBO Max is no longer under Harry Potter’s spell.
The streaming service has announced that all eight films in the “Harry Potter” franchise will be leaving the platform in August, Warner Media said in a press release.
As of Aug. 25, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Parts 1 and 2, will no longer be included on HBO Max.
This comes after the streaming platform launched on May 27th and touted the inclusion of the entire film series.
According to Variety, HBO Max only had the streaming rights for a three-month window and the films’ departure have nothing to do with controversy stemming from recent comments on transgender indentity made by “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.
Other films being removed from the service this month include: “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Dumb & Dumber,” “Full Metal Jacket,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Love Actually,” and ”Kill Bill: Volume 1″ and “Kill Bill: Volume 2.”
To make up for the losses, the platform will be adding hit films such as “Batman,” “Blade Runner: The Final Cut," “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Wedding Crashers.”
As far as original content, this month HBO Max will also see the launch of “Selena + Chef,” a ten-episode unscripted cooking series starring and executive produced by Selena Gomez.
Last month, the streaming service received controversy after pulling “Gone With the Wind” off the platform.
Two weeks later, the classic film returned to HBO Max with the addition of introductory videos that gave historical context to the movie’s racist depictions.