Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to Have A Harry Potter Movie Marathon In One Day

J.K. Rowling once said, 'Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home'. While it's pretty popular to do a re-read of the entire series, it's also pure joy to return to the adaptations that brought the movies back to life. Back in the day when the early movies were being released, it was easy to fit three or four movies into 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.

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! 

It would be a very long day. For the marathon to be worthy of a true Potterhead's dedication, the rules would include 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 dvd versions possible? No. The extended dvds which includes deleted scenes into the theatrical versions adds too many minutes into the schedule and adds the risk of running over 24 hours.

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.

Bathroom breaks? You take breaks to refill on snacks/drinks/go to the bathroom as the movies play as well as taking breaks in between each movie but they must be limited.

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'll just barely be able to squeeze the first film into the day if you start earlier than 4AM. But you'll be cutting it incredibly close under 24 hours.

With the 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, starting each movie without pausing your least favorite scenes, and having as much fun as possible!

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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