|The Harry Potter Weekend starts Feb. 3 on Freeform.|
Basic cable network Freeform (formerly ABC Family Channel) is the home of the popular Harry Potter Weekends .The network has been airing the Harry Potter movie marathons monthly, which is a treat for Potterheads. The reason for the monthly programming events (which formerly aired a few times each year) is that Freeform will be losing the TV rights for the fairy tale film series in July of 2018.
The movie rights had been going back and forth between ABC/Disney/Freeform and HBO/Cinemax ever since they became available for television. In 2016, however, ABC/Disney and HBO lost out to
NBC/Universal in a bidding war. That means that beginning in July of next year, NBC/Universal networks (which include Syfy and USA) will be the only networks that will be able to air the Harry Potter franchise. The TV rights deal supposedly also includes the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie series.
NBC/Universal also owns Universal Studios theme parks, the home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The company wanted to bring the Harry Potter movies into the family. NBC Universal says that they will have special content to share with fans when the movies air. They haven’t announced whether they’ll offer special programming events like the Harry Potter Weekends, or not.
Fans should enjoy the monthly Harry Potter marathons while they can. The Harry Potter Weekend begins Friday, Feb. 3. Here’s the complete schedule. Times are U.S. Eastern Time.
Harry Potter Weekend Schedule:
Fri., Feb. 3:
3:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
7 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Sat., Feb 4:
7 a.m. – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
10:30 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
5:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
9 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
12:30 a.m. – Tom Felton Meets the Super Fans
Sun., Feb 5:
7 a.m. – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
10:10 a.m. – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
1:50 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
5:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
9 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Mon., Feb 6:
1:30 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
5 p.m. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
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