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"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," released in 2007, plays Thursday afternoon at two suburban theaters.

OnMedia: Marcus plans a "Harry Potter" marathon for us muggles

Marcus Theatres is offering moviegoers a chance to catch up on all seven "Harry Potter" flicks in advance of the Friday opening of the series finale, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2."

The marathon culminates in the midnight showing of the latest film.

The eighth film is certain to be one of the biggest movies of the summer the kids we were introduced to in the first film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" end a decade ago are now young adults facing unearthly dangers in the special-effects driven tale.

The marathon is running at Menomonee Falls Cinema and New Berlin's Ridge Cinema and a ticket for all eight films is $45. Tickets are available at the theater box office or at the Marcus website.

If you've already bought a ticket for the midnight showing, an upgrade to see the rest is $30, with tickets only available at the box office.

Here's the schedule:

Wednesday
3 p.m.: "Sorcerer's Stone"
6 p.m.: "Chamber of Secrets"
9 p.m.: "Prisoner of Azkaban"

Thursday
Noon: "Goblet of Fire"
2:55 p.m.: "Order of the Phoenix"
5:30 p.m.: "Half-Blood Prince"
8:20 p.m.: "Deathly Hallows – Part 1"

Thursday night/Friday morning
Midnight: "Deathly Hallows – Part 2"

Here's the trailer for "Deathly Hallows – Part 2:"

On TV: Time Warner Cable, the area's biggest program provider, has added six channels to its high-definition lineup: DIY (Channel 1157), Cooking Channel (Channel 1158), Lifetime (Channel 1211), truTV HD (Channel 1220), Crime & Investigation (Channel 1222), HBO on Demand (Channel 1601.)

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