Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to Take the 24 Hour Harry Potter Movie Marathon Challenge

24 Hour Harry Potter Movie Marathon
One of the most popular ways to visit Hogwarts is to re-read J.K. Rowling's books. While loves nothing more than to dive deep into wizarding world on the page, another joy of being a Potterhead is the adaption series that came to life by Warner Bros., production team, and cast.

Back in the day when the early movies were being released, it was easy to fit three or four movies into one day. Even now, you can catch the Harry Potter films airing on television with marathons on SYFY and USA. If you've ever participated in one at the theaters, or at home, we all know that the movies offer a magical way to return to our favorite fantasy series.

With all eight films now officially released into theaters, I wondered if it would be possible to survive a 24-hour Harry Potter movie marathon challenge. Is it possible to watch all the movies in one day? Ultimately, could you survive? I did the math to find out.

All Eight Harry Potter Movies

To figure out if a 24 hour marathon was possible, I broke down each movie into its approximate running time from the beginning of the famous WB logo to before the end credits started.

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 minutes gives us a total of: 1180 minutes

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

Harry Potter Marathon Rules

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

To be honest, it would obviously be a long day but a magical experience for you (and your friends!). 

For the marathon to be worthy of a true Potterhead's dedication, the rules would include minimal breaks in-between movies and no-fast forwarding through your least favorite scenes.

Extended dvd versions possible? No. The extended dvds include deleted scenes that extend the theatrical versions. The extra scenes run the risk of breaching the 24 hour time limit.

Is there any way to save time? 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, refill snacks, take a breather or restroom break.

When can you take a break? You can 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. Make sure you're break doesn't last longer than the end credits play.

Fantastic Beasts Marathon 

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 squeeze the first film into the day if you start earlier than 4AM.

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, which will total five more movies to the wizarding world.

The marathon and timing truly depends on keeping track of how you use your breaks, starting each movie without skipping 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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