So, this is the most interesting topic I wanted to discuss with all the Potter heads, as HBO Max has announced Harry Potter Reunion: Return to Hogwarts, on the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series. But how long would it take to watch all the Harry Potter movies in a single sitting?
This 20th Anniversary Special features the whole cast, from our own Daniel Radcliffe to other cast members like Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, and more.
As a potter fan, I am very much excited to see my childhood superheroes again and you must be too, speaking of which we all would like to revisit the entire series once again, to get in the mood.
Let’s dive in!
How Long Would it Take to Watch all the Harry Potter Movies?
According to Alexa Answers and Mashable, it would take around 1,178 minutes (19 hours and 39 minutes), to watch the entire Harry Potter series without any breaks. And, if the breaks are considered, then it will take 1,200 minutes (20 Hours). That means it would only take a day to complete the series.
So, it would be very interesting for all the potter heads to plan an entire Harry Potter marathon, on a weekend with friends and family and get their weekend sorted.
Interestingly this Harry Potter Marathon was planned by the wonderful Prince Charles Cinema in London, on May 30th, 2020, but due to this Covid-19 pandemic, it had to be canceled.
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The Run Time of Every Harry Potter Movie are as Follows
- “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, released in the year 2001, had a runtime of 2 hours and 32 minutes.
- The second installment of the franchise titled “Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets” which was released in the year 2002, had a runtime of 2 hours and 41 minutes.
- “Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Azkaban” which was released in the year 2004, had a runtime of 2 hours and 22 minutes.
- Released in the year 2005, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, had a runtime of 2 hours and 37 minutes.
- The fifth movie, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, was released in the year 2007, which had a runtime of 2 hours and 19 minutes.
- The sixth movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, which was released in the year 2009, had a run time of 2 hours and 33 minutes.
- The seventh installment “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows” was released into two parts, which were released in the year 2010 and 2011 respectively. Part 1 had a runtime of 2 hours 26 minutes, whereas Part 2 had a runtime of 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Therefore, this kind of craziness makes it even more interesting to talk about the extras, which were either released on a DVD or never saw the sunlight again.
So, let’s talk about these extras in brief.
Extras that are not Meant to be Missed
After 20 years of the first Harry Potter movie, it is still the most loved and watched movie series, even after one has grown up. And the reason behind this madness is a gripping plot and a universe that takes you on a magical journey.
Therefore, it is very easy to lose track of time while binging to this magical movie, but many of the fans know that quite a number of scenes were trimmed from the movie and even extras were not shown in the theatrical release.
For instance, in the first part “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, the theatrical release had a run time of 2 hours and 26 minutes, while the extended version takes around 2 hours and 33 minutes.
So basically, we get an extra 7 minutes of the movie runtime, which also gives us seven additional scenes.
While, the second installment “Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets” had an additional 13 minutes of Footage, when compared to the theatrical release.
The extended versions of the first two movies were released with the Wizarding Collection. Though, the remaining parts had no extended versions but had many deleted scenes which were the topic of discussion among the Potter Heads.
Many fans had called out to release each of the movies with deleted scenes in the form of extended versions, but only a few of them were made available on the DVDs.
Most of the deleted scenes according to the Potter Heads, would have made each of the installments more binge-worthy, especially when it comes to the last installment.
The extended version would have featured Draco switching sides in the last move and running across the Hogwarts yard, once Harry reveals himself as living and throws him his wand.
Many fans wanted to see this scene, as it would have given a perfect closure to Draco’s in the entire series, as well as it makes the epilogue of the story much more sensible.
Similarly, there were many scenes that could have been included and made the movie more interesting, but alas it didn’t happen. These scenes are probably available on YouTube, so do check them out if you haven’t seen them yet.
Final Remarks on How long Does it Take to Watch all the Harry Potter Movies
So, with this brief discussion, we were able to point out some facts about the Harry Potter series, which are discussed by the Potter Heads for years. And myself being a Harry Potter fan would love to do a Harry Potter Movie Marathon, with the extras included.
Thus, to conclude, the Harry Potter series will take a maximum of 20 hours, if you are planning to watch it as a movie marathon with your family and friends.
Though, I will suggest you split the marathon into two parts, so that you won’t feel tired and sleepy in the middle of the movie marathon.