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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third film in the prequel series to the Harry Potter saga, starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, and Alison Sudol among others, was released in North American theatres by Warner Bros. Pictures on Friday, April 15, 2022.
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The film is now available to stream in Canada on Crave, the Bell Media premium TV / streaming service. Crave confirmed on May 24 on social media that The Secrets of Dumbledore would be available on Monday, May 30, 2022, just 45 days after its theatrical release.
This announcment was foreshadowed by schedules published for Crave's linear cable channels indicating that The Secrets of Dumbledore will premiere on Crave 1 and Super Écran 1 on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.
This release is consistent with the handling of Warner Bros.' other theatrical release in 2022 so far, The Batman, which became available to stream on Crave in Canada, and on HBO Max in the United States, on Monday, April 18, forty-five days after its release in cinemas on March 4. Crave has a long-term deal with Warner Bros. for first pay window (or "pay-1") rights to its films, on a similar timeline to their U.S. pay/streaming releases on HBO, and more recently HBO Max.
Crave is available for direct subscription starting at $9.99 per month for the single-stream "Crave Mobile" plan which allows for maximum resolution of 720p on a single mobile device or desktop computer. (All prices in this article are in Canadian dollars and are before applicable sales taxes.)
If you want to watch this movie on a regular TV, you will most likely need the "Crave Total" plan, which allows for higher-resolution streaming (up to 4K, which we understand is available for The Secrets of Dumbledore) through multiple devices including smart TVs. This plan costs $19.99 per month via direct subscription, with equivalent plans being available at similar prices through most conventional TV service providers (such as Bell Fibe or Rogers Cable).
Either Crave plan should allow you to stream the movie, without commercial interruptions, in either English or French.
Is there any way to watch The Secrets of Dumbledore at home without subscribing to Crave?
Yes. As with The Batman, Warner Bros. released The Secrets of Dumbledore for premium digital rentals and sales in Canada on the same day as its streaming release on Crave, on May 30.
However, at least initially, the film is generally available starting at about $24.99 to either buy or rent. If so, you will probably be better off simply paying for a month of Crave and watching it there, unless you know with certainty you'll want to watch this movie again. That said, these purchase and rental prices will likely come down over time anyways.
The Secrets of Dumbledore is now available to rent and buy (or should be shortly) through the following digital retailers:
- Amazon Prime Video Store
- Apple TV / iTunes Store
- Cineplex Store
- Google Play Movies & TV
- Microsoft Movies & TV
- Cable or fibre TV service provider video-on-demand services (on set-top boxes), with providers including Bell, Rogers, Cogeco, SaskTel, Shaw, Telus, and Vidéotron
We also expect The Secrets of Dumbledore to be available on physical media, i.e. DVD and Blu-Ray disc, in the coming months.
Is there anything else I should know before watching this movie?
Harry Potter book series author J.K. Rowling, who co-wrote the film's screenplay, has been outspoken in her views about the transgender community, particularly in the years since the release of the previous Fantastic Beasts film. Those views have caused many fans of the franchise to distance themselves from Rowling and her opinions on the matter, which they consider contrary to the messages of inclusion they see expressed in the Harry Potter books.
Needless to say, Rowling will be among the many principals who will benefit financially from the production and distribution of this film, which may be a consideration for those considering whether to rent, buy, or otherwise watch the movie.
- May 30, 2022 – updated availability
- May 24, 2022 – updated to reflect Crave's confirmation, and to note some additional background