AMC Theatres announces 'Harry Potter' movie marathon. Will you go, or watch them all at home?

AMC Theatres announced Tuesday that in the week leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, cinemas in 29 cities nationwide will screen the previous seven Harry Potter movies in sequence. The special event begins Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. with two movies screening each night through July 13. On July 14, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 will screen at 9 p.m., with Part 2 screening right on its heels at 12:01 a.m. July 15. (Click here for a full list of cities and participating theaters.)

This, of course, presents us Muggles without a time-turner with quite the dilemma indeed. I imagine many Potter fans were already planning to screen the movies back-to-back in the relative comfort and convenience of their homes. But the pull of seeing these movies again on the big screen is a powerful one, even for fans who don’t live close to one of those aforementioned 29 cities. So what will you do? Vote in the poll below, and then defend your choice in the comments! 

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  • Amy

    As much as I am a Potterhead I don’t have the time (or money) to watch all the movies again before June 15. It sucks being an adult sometimes. At least I have seen most of the movies at least a dozen times so they are always pretty fresh in my head.

    • PMD

      My first reaction was I need to do this. But then I realised just how much it was all going to cost and when exactly would I have time to do this. I feel like I would rather re-read the entire series – which I used to do before each movie. But have not been able to this time.

      • And…

        And then I realized that they were showing Part two in 3D, and I lost interest.

    • Meredith

      This. Unfortunately, I have to work, and I really don’t make enough to pay to see all of these movies in the theater again. And I can watch them for free, on my own schedule at home. Being an adult sucks royal hippogriff.

    • Brick

      So the marathon before DH Part 1 (7 months ago) doesn’t count?
      I will only be watching again DH part 1

    • C’mon now

      Not only that, but if you do the last night with Hallows 1 and 2, you HAVE to see the 3D version of Hallows2 from what I can see. At least they’re “only” charging $20 for the double-feature, but still, I don’t want to see the 3D version.

      • asher

        Did they film Part 2 in 3D, or convert? That will help me decide.

    • asher

      @Amy – Totally agree with you. I don’t have time to watch them at home, much less in the theatre! But I will definitely be at the theatre for the final movie!

  • JC

    The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin is playing all 8 movies in a row… My wife and daughter bought their tickets as soon as they went on sale. I, however, don’t think I could deal with 16+ hours of kiddie wizards, even WITH beer to help me through

    • AltDave

      Talk about a Butt-numb-a-thon!

  • Dave

    Went last year when they screened Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows part 1 as a marathon. It was really fun. One guy came dressed as Hedwig with a 10 foot wingspan that collapsed.

  • michelle

    totally remember my father taking me to see a marathon of all the Planet of the Apes movies in the 70′s. Pure camp and not even close to the “artistic” level of the Potter movies but what an experience, sitting in the theater for hours watching the movies back to back on the big screen!

  • kate middleton

    I’ve been saying for a while that some theaters should do this. If it wasn’t at 6pm on weeknights, I would be all for it. But the theater near me doing it is 30 minutes away, and there’s no way I could make that.

    I wish they would have done 4 movies Saturday and 4 movies Sunday….I would totally be down.

  • Marc

    Would love to see part 1 and 2 on the big screen but the closest theater is an hour away. I have an AMC 30 about 15 minutes away, hopefully the will do this too

  • Makeith

    Whenever there is a ABC Family HP weekend, I pretty much shut it down and watch them again. If this was a weekend, I’d do it.

    • PNK

      Me too! But they won’t put Deathly Hallows 1 on that yet, so the theatre or dvd it is!

  • Karate Pants

    The only time I can fathom going through a 20+ hour movie marathon (even spread over a few days) would be during a blizzard.

  • Sarah

    It’ll have to be a marathon at home for me and my daughter. But hopefully I can see HP 7 Part 1 & 2 in the theatre.

  • Karin

    They’re doing all 8 movies back to back in four cities in the netherlands, 3 out of 4 are already sold out. the events take over 24 hours, as there are breaks for food and even a fitness hour with instructor. excluding food and drink the event costs €35,- per person. will personally watch the first 6 movies at home,as the theatre near me shows 7 and 8 back to back as well. 8 starting at midnight of course

  • Jelly

    While the “thought” of going to the movies to see all 8 of them back-to-back is intriguing, the reality is those of us who started out with the books/movies are now adults and don’t have the time. Also, we true fans own the movies so it would be a waste of money. I have already spent hundreds of dollars on the books, seeing the movies at the theatre, and buying the DVDs. I have loved the franchise since the beginning, but will definitely just rewatch HP 7, part 1, and finish book 7 before it comes out.

  • Richard

    I am reading the books now. Currently on book 4 and will watch the movies the week of leading up to the new movie!

    • Darlene

      Unless someone has already spoiled it for you. You will a little shocked, surprised, and sad by who dies throughout the series.

      • tvaddict

        I already have read all the books and seen all the movies. I am just re-reading them all to refresh my memory because the movies have left out so much!

  • Ashley

    $45 to see 8 movies! Heck yes I’ll go. Besides, I was late to the party and have only seen movies 5-7 on the big screen. I want a chance to see The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Order of the Phoenix in their full glory.

  • Darlene

    I’d love to see all the movies on the big screen before the new on comes out, but I’m going to drive an hour-and-a-half one way to see them when I have to work the next day. I’m just going to have to enjoy them on my 50″ plasma and surround sound system.

  • Christy

    My friends and I do all day marathons before each new movie comes out(we call them Potterfests), but we do it from the comfort of a couch in our sweats. And we can drink.

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