Harry Potter Weekend is no more, as the rights to the movies are no longer held by ABC and Freeform.
The broadcast rights to the Harry Potter movies went to Disney and the Disney-owned broadcast channel, ABC, back in the aughts when the films first came out. Once all eight were released, Disney moved the marathons to what was then known as ABC Family. By the time the channel changed its name to Freeform, so-called Harry Potter Weekends had become a fan-created institution with plenty of Tumblr memes and Potterheads tweeting along with the hashtag.
Fans can give thanks some traditions will be preserved. Though the films have moved house from ABC to NBC and been christened Harry Potter Wizarding Weekend, everyone knows when Potter marathons are supposed to air. SyFy, the NBC Universal channel which airs the films, is planning accordingly.
Harry Potter WeekendOriginally, ABC only owned seven of the eight films, with HBO hanging onto Harry Potter & The Order of The Phoenix. In short, Harry Potter Weekend might have been a beloved institution, but it wasn't really a marathon, as much as it was an awkward airing of most of the movies across four days.
Put down the paperNBC Universal has changed all this. First of all, it has all eight films in one place. Second, nothing mandates Syfy must air a particular show daily in specific slots. The channel is free to run all eight films back-to-back, starting with Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, Nov. 21, 2018.
It's happening!The rest of the Syfy schedule is as follows on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018:
- 2:31 a.m. ET: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets
- 6:25 a.m. ET: Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
- 9:25 a.m. ET: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
- 12:54 p.m. ET: Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
- 3:56 p.m. ET: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
- 7:25 p.m. ET: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1
- 10:38 p.m. ET: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2