Monday, December 21, 2015

A Merry Harry Potter Christmas on ABC Family

 ABC Family has been the home to our favorite kind of marathon in the summer - Harry Potter, of course! This Christmas be sure to check out a merry Harry Potter Christmas with an exciting new line-up.

Starting December 25th, you can catch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at 7:15 pm est.

Saturday December 26th, you can catch the first five movies starting with Sorcerer's Stone at 7am est, Chamber of SecretsPrisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, and Order of the Phoenix. There will be an intermission and 30-minute break from the programming at 10pm est with a look at ABC's new show The Shadowhunters.

Sunday December 27th is the final day of the marathon, starting with Goblet of Fire at 7am est, then Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2

The last three films  Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2 will play on Monday, December 28th at 11 am.

The Harry Potter marathon comes at a rather interesting time. The ABC Family channel will be changing its name and brand starting in the new year. Its new identity will be known as FreeForm. The channels focus which has been in the works for nearly a decade is an ongoing attempt at reigning in 'Becomers', the Millenial generation, to their young-adult centered programming.

Fans of the fandom usually participate in annual summer marathons of the movies.  There's no word yet if Harry Potter will continue to be apart of the scheduling. It is funny and strange to note that before their official switch, Goblet of Fire has been added to the marathon line-up - the movie was exclusively aired on HBO and excluded from past programming. The new addition could very well mean that ABC Family will hold onto their rights of the franchise in 2016, but it's all speculation right now.

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