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How to Host an Amazing Harry Potter Movie Marathon

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We've recently completed our third annual Harry Potter Movie Marathon in our household, so I thought it would be a good time to reminisce on the experience and share my formula for success. Much like actually running a marathon, hosting this event is exhausting but worth every minute! Done right, it can be an experience that your family and friends will be talking about long after it's over. Below you'll find the full schedule I've perfected and some other tips and tricks in the paragraphs after it. 

Schedule

Day 1

8:30am

People can start arriving

9:00am

Watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

11:30am

Break (pizza lunch)

12:30pm

Watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

3:00pm

Break

4:00pm

Watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

6:30pm

Break (pasta dinner)

7:30pm

Watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

10:00pm

Bonfire with s'mores!

Go home for the night if you are not staying over

Day 2

8:30am

Breakfast (pancakes)

9:00am

Watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

11:30am

Break (sandwich lunch)

12:30pm

Watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

3:00pm

Break

4:00pm

Watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

6:30pm

Break (taco dinner)

7:30pm

Watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

10:00pm

You made it!!

*We are counting all the movies as 2.5 hours for the purposes of this schedule, while in reality some will be a little less and some will be a little more, so the end times of the movies will differ slightly from what is listed. The start times are what matters.

Timing

The timing of the event is key. While in theory this could be done over only one day- the total run time for the movies is about 20 hours- spreading it out over two days allows for hour long breaks and a full night’s sleep. The first year we had the marathon, I spread it out over 7 days, watching one movie every night (or two in the case of Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2). This worked out well, but the second year I switched to packing it all in two days. I like this because it truly is all Harry Potter all the time for 48 hours, giving it a magical feeling. Feel free to go with whichever plan you think will work better for you circumstances! We either have our marathon over Christmas break, when family is in town and everyone's off of school and work, or over summer vacation.

I find it works best to have the event be very informal. I tell people to come for as many or few of the movies as they want, and staying the night is optional as well. People are constantly coming and going, I've had three people over for one move and twelve for the next! It works very well to set up a google form for RSVPs, where people can check which parts of the events they plan to attend. This is helpful to get meal counts and have an idea how many people to expect at certain times.

Food

For food, as you can see on the schedule, I like to stick to simple meals that are easy to prepare and generally liked by everyone. I also request that each guest bring a snack to share on the invitation, though I have popcorn and ice cream on hand. In addition to this, I also like to provide some themed treats. There are so many fun Harry Potter foods and it's the perfect occasion to make them! I make a pitcher of butterbeer simply by mixing some butterscotch sundae topping into cream soda and spraying some whipped cream on top. This is my favorite method because it so easy, but I've tried many others including a warm version. There are many other recipes out there, so experiment and see which one you like best! I also buy a few packages of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans to put in with a package of regular jelly beans. It's music cheaper to mix them and there is a lower concentration of yucky flavors. The third special treat I make are chocolate frogs! I bought these awesome frog molds so it is super easy to make. Setting up the Harry Potter treats as centerpieces gives the table a magical feeling.

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Decorations

Another key aspect of the event is decorations. I really try to create a magical atmosphere for the event. It would be impractical to try to decorate the whole house, so I concentrate on our basement where we watch the movies. In the stairwell down I make a platform 9 and 3/4 entrance by hanging a piece of fabric painted to look like bricks from the ceiling. After they pass through, the guests enter into the magical world. Everything in our basement has something Harry Potter in it. In one corner there is a mandrake in a pot with some earmuffs, in another I reuse Halloween decorations as spiders from the forbidden forest, hand painted signs for shops on Diagon Alley are propped up, and there's a save Dobby sign with socks on it hung on the wall. I wasted an extraordinary amount of ink to print 5 posters from each movie, totaling 40 in all, that are plastered on every wall (I suggest just buying a poster book instead). Even the bathroom is decorated. I write "The Chamber of Secrets has been opened, enemies of the heir beware" on the mirror with lipstick in my best possessed handwriting, and put a sign pointing towards the Ministry of Magic entrance in the toilet. I also use my souvenirs from our trips to Universal Studios to give the decorations an authentic feel, and, of course, set up all the books on the mantle. There are so many great decorating ideas out there that I end up adding new ideas to my decorating repertoire every year.

Other things we do to get the full experience is play Quidditch in the backyard during breaks and everyone dresses in robes or other wizard apparel. It is truly an unforgettable experience. My family often talks about what a great time we have, and it's one of the highlights of our year. I hope these tips help you to have your own successful Harry Potter move marathon! 

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