SYFY is Hosting a Harry Potter Movie Marathon


​It was a sad time when it was announced earlier this year that Freeform was canceling their Harry Potter Weekends. The TV marathons allowed us to push all responsibilities to the side and enjoy some classic Wizarding World movies. We were then left scrambling for ways to (re)watch our beloved series, from buying them all on DVD or Blu-ray to subscribing to HBO.

Thankfully, SYFY wants to help solve our problem; since acquiring the television rights to the films, they've hosted occasional marathons. And their next one just happens to be taking place tonight. Beginning at 11 p.m. ET, the network will show all eight Harry Potter films back-to-back. Here's the schedule:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 11 p.m. ET
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 2:31 a.m. ET
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 6:25 a.m. ET
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9:25 a.m. ET
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 12:54 p.m. ET
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 3:56 p.m. ET
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 7:25 p.m. ET
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 10:38 p.m. ET

It's not a proper holiday without Harry and the gang, and now your family members have no choice but to watch the films with you as you pass the turkey and mashed potatoes. Who needs football when there's Quidditch?

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.

While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]