The best way to return to Hogwarts is, undoubtedly, to either read the original, eponymous novels by J.K. Rowling or to rewatch the Harry Potter film series. Since this film series is great for a movie marathon with friends or family, many fans have been wondering; how long are all of the Harry Potter movies combined? Is the Harry Potter movie marathon even possible to do in a day?
Without the credits, all of the Harry Potter movies combined are 1,179 minutes long. In other words, combined, the movies make up to 19 hours and 39 minutes. That is, without including a spin-off prequel series that is planned to consist of five films (starting with the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 2016). So, to answer your question: yes, a Harry Potter movie, if correctly planned, is technically doable in a day’s worth of time!
If you’ve been wondering about the full list of Harry Potter movies, and how long all of them are combined – you’ve come to the right place. Keep on reading to find out this film series’ running times with and without the credits!
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, this movie is the first one of the series, and it is based on J.K. Rowling’s eponymous novels.
The full length of the movie: 2 hours, 24 minutes, and 7 seconds.
Without the credits, the movie is 152 minutes long.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
The full length of the movie: 2 hours, 31 minutes, and 40 seconds.
Length of the movie without the credits: 161 minutes.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The full length of the movie: 2 hours, 9 minutes, and 46 seconds.
Length of the movie without credits: 142 minutes.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
The full length of the movie: 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 44 seconds.
Length of the movie without credits: 157 minutes.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
The full length of the movie: 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 24 seconds.
Length of the movie without credits: 138 minutes.
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
The full length of the movie: 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 53 seconds.
Length of the movie without credits: 153 minutes.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
The full length of the movie: 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 40 seconds.
Length of the movie without credits: 146 minutes.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
The full length of the movie: 1 hour, 58 minutes, and 1 second.
Length of the movie without credits: 130 minutes.
Why aren’t Harry Potter movies longer than 2 and a half hours?
The longest Harry Potter movie is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets from 2002. It is the only Harry Potter movie that goes beyond 2 hours and 30 minutes, but why is that?
Well, this is something that’s not uncommon. Warner Brothers, which has distributed the Harry Potter film series, along with the majority of other Hollywood productions, have a standard that they rarely shy away from. It seems like movies that go above and beyond the 2-hour and 30-minute mark are unproductive; the longer the movie is, the more the production costs go up, the theaters can squeeze in fewer showings, and the audience becomes restless. Especially if the audience is younger – their attention span is way smaller, as they lose interest more quickly than their older fellows.
So, how long would it take to watch all of the Harry Potter movies in a row?
If you were to have a movie marathon, excluding the credits, it would take you approximately 19 hours and 39 minutes. However, factoring in breaks, and the time it would take to even change the movies, the whole movie marathon would probably equal about a little more than 20 hours, which also marks the length of the full Harry Potter movies combined. So, to effectively shave off extra hours, it would be better to use the credits (which are usually 8 to 14 minutes long) as little breaks to refill on the snacks or maybe even stretch a little. The other possibility would be to try and cut to the next movie early!