It’s the end of an era. Grab your wands, your butterbeer, and settle in for the final Harry Potter Weekend.
Time to bid farewell to the best weekends ever. Starting Thursday, December 28, Freeform will air its last Harry Potter Weekend. Earlier this fall, it was announced that HBO would take over the rights to all the Wizarding World films beginning January 1, 2018.
Sounds good, right? I disagree.
The best part about Harry Potter Weekends are that they are chosen for you. You cannot control when you will flip through the stations and see that your favorite (or at least watchable) films are on for an entire weekend.
With so many options for streaming, downloading, and binging available, sometimes its nice to not choose. If you missed Sorcerer’s Stone, sorry! Wake up at 7:00 a.m. to catch it again!
I enjoyed the built in breaks — thanks, commercials — and the flow of the movies. You could always catch me in front of the television for Prisoner of Azkaban, Order of the Phoenix, and Half-Blood Prince.
Personally, I cannot count the hours I have spent watching Harry Potter weekends. They are the perfect companion for cleaning — have you ever folded socks when Dobby receives his? — putting on in the background as you catch up with old friends, or cuddling up with a blanket and watching your favorite installment when the weather is nasty.
Brain: "Let's get all the things done this morning"
ABC Family: Harry Potter Weekend pic.twitter.com/vDHsMlpjH5
— Brittany Lovely (@britlovely237) December 27, 2015
I use these weekends as an excuse for cancelling plans and as an incentive to make them.
The Harry Potter Weekend went through some changes of its own. When ABC Family rebranded to Freeform, the public outcries were not about the name change. No, the looming questions revolved around two things — Would 25 Days of Christmas continue, and what is happening to the Harry Potter Weekends?
Ok, but will Freeform still air Harry Potter Weekends? This is all I care about. https://t.co/ILmJHnwpzQ
— Brittany Lovely (@britlovely237) October 6, 2015
The answer was, yes. And all was well.
For a while, the network lost the rights to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but we made due with films 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8. Then, in 2017, a huge announcement from the network: ALL EIGHT FILMS WERE BACK! The people rejoiced!
— Brittany Lovely (@britlovely237) August 28, 2017
Until the fateful day when it was confirmed that NBCUniversal would be bringing the films to HBO. Nothing good lasts forever.
But let’s take this weekend to settle in one last time. Let a network dictate your snack breaks, coffee refills, and trips to the bathroom.
Raise your wands, Potter fans.
Note: HBO will air every Potter movie starting with the Sorcerer’s Stone and ending with Fantastic Beasts on January 1. Too soon, HBO. Too soon.
Harry Potter Weekend Schedule
Thursday, December 28
3:00 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
6:30 p.m. – Movie Night with Karlie Kloss: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Friday, December 29
12 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
3:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
7:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Saturday, December 30
12:40 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
3:50 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
11:00 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Sunday, December 31
7:00 a.m. – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
10:40 a.m. – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
1:50 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
5:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
9:00 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2