It’s a new 12 months and with it comes the top of an period and the start of one other one. For time immemorial, Freeform, formerly called ABC Household, has been recognized for one factor above all else, its Harry Potter marathons. Seemingly each weekend was Harry Potter Weekend on the channel and your complete collection would play again to again. This ritual stored many a Potterhead glued to his or her sofa for complete weekends, however now that has come to an finish. The boy who lived has discovered a brand new house, one that’s no stranger to beloved fantasy and is aware of a factor or two about magic and dragons. Certainly, all eight Harry Potter movies have formally hit HBO as a part of the brand new unique deal that casts a killing curse on Freeform’s cherished marathons.
I think about it is a bit devastating for followers of Freeform’s Harry Potter Weekends. The frequent marathons all the time stored the wizarding story recent within the hearts and minds of Potter followers. However this transfer marks a significant change for the way followers will get their Potter repair. It is a big get for HBO, which announced that it will be the brand new house of Hogwarts simply a few months in the past. Not solely will the movies be enjoying on HBO itself, however they may even be accessible via HBO On Demand and thru the community’s streaming companies HBOGO and HBONOW. Sadly as Freeform is a primary cable channel and HBO is essentially the most premium of premium cable channels, the Harry Potter franchise is probably not as extensively accessible because it as soon as was on tv. However ought to HBO do occasional marathons, the expertise could show significantly better.
Being on premium cable, the magic will not be interrupted by commercials. That is anecdotal however I recall Harry Potter weekends stretching every movie to Lord of the Rings‘ prolonged version lengths because of fixed breaks for the highest fifty commercials in all of the land. I as soon as requested a Potterhead, who owned the entire movies on Blu-ray, ‘Why are you coping with commercials and decrease high quality if you personal these movies?’ She might give no reply, her reasoning misplaced someplace within the Division of Mysteries. Such was the ability of the Harry Potter marathon.
Now HBO is packing a critical fantasy punch. HBO is a premium community so it does get to air a ton of newer movies along with its lauded authentic collection. However Harry Potter is evergreen. Regardless of the competing content material when Harry, Ron and Hermione are on-screen, followers will present up. So for these cord-cutters on the market debating the varied streaming companies, Harry Potter could add a critical worth proposition to HBO.
As for Freeform, this leaves a critical hole of their lineup. The marathons have been a significant staple of the community’s lineup and identification. Although, as a Disney-owned property, you must think about the channel is poised so as to add all sorts of consolation meals to get you thru a lazy weekend. However for now, followers can pour out a butterbeer for Freeform’s Harry Potter marathons. Potterheads searching for a recent entry in J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world can sit up for one of many biggest films of the 12 months, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, apparating into theaters on November 16th.