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Freeform Will No Longer Host ‘Harry Potter’ Weekends, So My Childhood Has Officially Ended

I don’t know about you, but I’m struggling to remember to call what was once ABC Family by its new name Freeform. I know it’s been about a year since the name change, but old habits die hard. A tradition that carried over to Freeform was the frequent and beloved Harry Potter weekend marathon, aka a chance to binge-watch all of the HP flicks throughout the weekend. But soon, we won’t even have this sweet reminder of ABC Family days. Hello Giggles reports that starting Jan. 1, Freeform will lose the rights to air the Harry Potter movies. Well, goodbye childhood.

While this deadline still means we’ll have one last Harry Potter marathon over the holidays (Happy Christmas, Harry!), it marks a crucial change in the network’s content and audience appeal. The channel made the transition to Freeform to maintain older, millennial viewership, and shows such as The Bold Type have emerged as a result. So the changes haven’t been all bad, right?

However, there’s still hope for those who want plenty of access to the Harry Potter franchise. HBO has acquired the rights to all eight films, allowing its subscribers to access them at any time and watch whenever they actually air on the channel. This may not be the same as marathoning the movies on a chill weekend and having built-in bathroom breaks, but I certainly can’t complain. 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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