Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to Have A Harry Potter Movie Marathon In One Day

The FreeForm channel is well-known for holding Harry Potter marathons. If you've ever participated in one at the theaters, or at home, we all know they are too much fun.

Back in the days when there were only four or five movies in the series, it was pretty easy to squeeze all of them in one day. Now that all 8 movies are out, and there's only so much time dedicate hold it in one day - it made me beg the question. Is it possible to watch all the movies in one day? Ultimately, could you survive?

I did the math to find out!

Sorcerer's Stone =152 minutes =2 hours 32 minutes
Chamber of Secrets =161 minutes =2 hours 41 minutes
Prisoner of Azkaban =142 minutes =2 hours 22 minutes
Goblet of Fire =157 minutes =2 hours 37 minutes
Order of the Phoenix =139 minutes =2 hours 19 minutes
Half Blood Prince =153 minutes =2 hours 33 minutes
Deathly Hallows pt 1 =146 minutes =2 hours 26 minutes
Deathly Hallows pt 2 =130 minutes =2 hours 10 minutes

19 hrs and 40 minutesWhich gives us a total of: 1180 minutes

There are 1440 minutes in one day, so can it be done? Mathematically, YES! 

But it would be a very long day. And for the marathon to be worthy of a true Potterhead's dedication, the rules would include very minimal breaks and no-fast forwarding through your least favorite scenes.

What time could you start? 4:00 AM
What time could you end? 11: 40 PM

Extended versions / deleted scenes possible? NO

Bathroom breaks? Unless you take breaks to refill on snacks/drinks/go to the bathroom during the movies, you can take breaks in-between each movie but they must be very limited.

You can shave off a whopping extra 1 hour and 26 minutes!! How? Almost every movie's end credits are 8 to 11 minutes long. So you could cut to the next movie early or use the credits as time to stretch and take a breather. Use a stopwatch or alarm clock for breaks to make sure you don't go over.

UPDATED: Can you include the Fantastic Beasts series into the marathon? Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is 2 hrs and 13 minutes long. You might just be able to squeeze the first film in, but you'd be cutting it incredibly close under 24 hours. With the upcoming sequels such as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a one-day Harry Potter marathon will eventually turn into a two-day marathon if you want to include the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

The marathon and timing truly depends on keeping track of how you use your breaks, start each movie without pausing a lot, and still having fun!

Could you survive the Harry Potter One Day Movie Marathon?


  1. Thx, I was wondering if I could have a Harry Potter marathon, sleep over, this helped a lot in planning it.

  2. Awesome! I'm doing this with my friends soon


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