I Survived: Watching All The Harry Potter Movies Back To Back

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Yesterday I decided to embark on the journey of watching all eight of the Harry Potter Movies in one sitting. Combined, without the credits, all movies amount to a whopping 19 hours and 38 minutes. However, due to bathroom breaks and the time it takes to put in the DVD it ended up taking me and fellow BFS writer Anthony 19 hours and 44 minutes to watch. We started at exactly 9:54 a.m. yesterday morning and finished at exactly 5:38 a.m. this morning.

This was also my first time watching the Harry Potter movies (I know, I am so late to the game) as I finished the book series about five hours before beginning the marathon.

My favorite movies in the franchise were definitely a tie between Harry Potter and the Prisonor of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which are also my two favorite books. I loved Prisoner of Azkaban because Gary Oldman as Sirius Black is my favorite thing, and Deathly Hallows Part 2 just felt exactly how I imagined when I was reading which I loved.

Now, I really want to relay this experience the best I can just in case you are planning to do it yourself.

First of all, it really doesn’t feel as long as it sounds. Honestly, I got in this headspace where it felt like my whole life was just watching Harry Potter and I was one hundred percent okay with that.

It is also fun to see how much not only the quality of the series evolves, but also the tone. Because in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets it feels like just this cute family friendly franchise. But then by Prisoner of Azkaban the tone starts to get darker with each movie. Which makes sense because that is how the story goes, but because of the change in quality and the change in coloring the difference is even more evident. This is seen by the colors changing from brighter to more dull and dark in the later films.

Going into this experience, I was a little nervous about being able to stay up long enough to finish. But the movies are so good, and I was so immersed in the story that for the most part I had no issue with this.

The only point where I was ever struggling to stay up was during parts of Deathly Hallows Part 1. But drinking cold water helped me stay awake, and by the time I reached Deathly Hallows Part 2 stuff was so intense that I had absolutely no problem finishing out (even though it was 4 in the morning).

Overall, this was a great experience that I would definitely recommend to anyone even if you are a first time watcher like I was. The movies will keep you engaged so you won’t fall asleep and you get to see all the ways the series changes over the years.

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