'Fantastic Beasts 3' To Stream on HBO Max in Time for Memorial Day

It won't be "free" to stream, since it requires a paid subscription.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore hit theaters -- and only theaters -- April 15. 

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When Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore hit theaters in April, fans already started eyeing HBO Maxto stream it. 

The COVID-19 pandemic upended how new movies are released, triggering an unprecedented wave of theatrical films being released on streaming services at the same time they hit cinemas. HBO Max streamed every Warner Bros. movie last year the same day it hit theaters, becoming synonymous with the practice. And HBO Max is the main place people associate with streaming the Harry Potter films. 

So when Fantastic Beasts 3 came out last month, HBO Max was the first place many looked. But like most movies this year, Secrets of Dumbledore opened only in theaters; it was guaranteed 45 days exclusively in cinemas. 

But that 45-day window is set to end next week, and it'll be landing on HBO Max in time for Memorial Day. 

When is Fantastic Beasts 3's streaming release date on HBO Max? 

HBO Max will be the first place that Fantastic Beasts 3 will be available to stream, starting early May 30. Generally, most other new movies become available to stream on Max at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET on the day of their release. 

Will it be 'free' to stream? 

Since HBO Max requires a paid subscription, nothing on the service is literally free. But HBO Max has never charged an extra fee to watch a movie on its service. It has two tiers, and when it was streaming movies the same day they hit theaters, those same-day releases were "paywalled" behind the pricier plan. However, Secrets of Dumbledore is expected to be available for all HBO Max subscribers. 

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