Ah, Hogwarts, the magical school of witchcraft and wizardry we all wish we could attend. If you’re looking to revisit the wizarding world, you have two options: crack open the original Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, or settle in for a movie marathon with your nearest and dearest.
Before you conjure up a batch of Bertie Bott’s jelly beans and hit play on your streaming service, you might be wondering: just how long is this marathon going to take? Can we really watch all the Harry Potter movies in one sitting?
Well, the good news is, without the credits, all of the Harry Potter movies combined are 1,179 minutes long. That’s 19 hours and 39 minutes of pure magic! That’s not even counting the spin-off prequel series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is three films long.
So, to answer the question once and for all: yes, it is technically possible to complete a Harry Potter movie marathon in one day. Just make sure you have enough chocolate frogs and pumpkin pasties to keep you going!
Keep on reading for a full list of the movies and their run times, with and without the credits.
Table of Contents
- 1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- 2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- 3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- 4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- 5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- 6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- 7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
- 8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
- Why Aren’t Harry Potter Movies Longer than 2 and a Half Hours?
- So, how long would it take to watch all of the Harry Potter movies in a row?
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1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Full Length: 2 hours, 24 minutes, and 7 seconds.
Without credits: 152 minutes long.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Full length: 2 hours, 31 minutes, and 40 seconds.
Without credits: 161 minutes long.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Full length: 2 hours, 9 minutes, and 46 seconds.
Without credits: 142 minutes long.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Full length: 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 44 seconds.
Without credits: 157 minutes long.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Full length: 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 24 seconds.
Without credits: 138 minutes long.
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Full Length: 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 53 seconds.
Without credits: 153 minutes long.
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7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Full length: 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 40 seconds.
Without credits: 146 minutes long.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Full length: 1 hour, 58 minutes, and 1 second.
Without credits: 130 minutes long.
Why Aren’t Harry Potter Movies Longer than 2 and a Half Hours?
Save for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, every film in the franchise falls short of the 2-and-a-half-hour mark. But any Potterhead would happily spend as much time in the wizarding world as they can get – the more magic, the merrier. So, why aren’t these movies longer?
The answer is simple. Warner Brothers, the studio behind the films, has a strict rule when it comes to movie length: anything longer than 2 hours and 30 minutes is just not worth the effort. You might be thinking, “But what about the plot development? The character arcs? The magical moments that could be added with just a few extra minutes?”
According to Warner Brothers, though, longer movies are simply not productive. They cost more to produce, theaters can fit in fewer showings, and audiences start to get restless when movies take too long to wrap up. If you’re dealing with a crowd of younger wizards and witches, their attention span is even shorter than a house elf’s stature. So, unfortunately, we must accept the fact that the magic must stay within a certain time span.
So, how long would it take to watch all of the Harry Potter movies in a row?
Picture this: you’re settled in for a cozy night with your owl on its perch and a mug of butterbeer warming your hand. The day is done, and you’re ready: it’s time for a full-blown Harry Potter movie marathon. But have you considered how much time it will take?
Excluding the credits, we’re talking a whopping 19 hours and 39 minutes. But that’s just the run time. You also need to factor in snack breaks, bathroom breaks, and the time it takes to load up the streaming service. Suddenly, we’re looking at a solid 20 hours of wizarding goodness.
So, what’s a fan to do? Well, you could try to shave off some time by skipping the credits (which are usually only 8 to 14 minutes long). Use those brief intermissions to restock your snacks or stretch your legs, and get ready for a magical journey that will take up nearly an entire day of your life – a day well-spent!