In 2011 the world was reaching the apex of its Harry Potter mania. The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was about to drop while you and several of your friends sweatily camped outside the theatre with tickets that were easily bought two months in advance. For many fans, memories like this are bittersweet. They represent both a brilliant and unifying moment of peak fandom, and the last time they got to share in their love with a group of people—until now. In anticipation of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, certain theatres across the country will be streaming all eight of the Harry Potter movies.
The Fantastic Beasts series isn’t exactly a prequel to the original Harry Potter films, but instead follows the exploits of the famous wizard Newt Scamander— a guy who’s named dropped more than a few times in the original series, primarily as the writer of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is a required textbook for first-year students. To ensure these new movies do not undo her delicate world-building, J.K. Rowling has been working with the movie’s writers at every turn, just to make sure that they nail down the particulars of the universe.
The screening of the original films is called Wizarding World XD Week and will take place at all 141 Cinemark XD locations from August 31 through September 6. The XD simply signifies that Cinemark will be screening the films for a premium label large-format experience, (a fancy way of saying you can watch them in an IMAX). But, unlike seeing IMAX movies, an experience likely to bankrupt you and everyone you know (let’s not even get started on bringing ALL the kids) you can catch them for just $5 each, or buy a festival pass for just $25.
Should you find yourself binging Harry Potter movies at a Cinemark location, chances are a weird cocktail of nostalgia and adrenaline will be coursing through your veins. Which only makes it better that Wizarding World XD Week is the same week as the twentieth anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. Not a bad way to spend a few days.