For Harry Potter fans, the ride is nearly over. The book series started in 1997 and concluded in 2007. The first film was released in 2001, and now ten years later the film franchise is nearly complete. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is due out July 15, 2011, and so it’s exactly four months away from release. And starting this week ABC Family will be airing behind the scenes footage, comments from director David Yates, and snippets from the last installment of the series over the course of showing the first five films in the franchise.  Details follow…

ABC sent out a press release announcing the dates and times for their five film festival, which promises lots of tidbits. Likely these are minute-long blasts, but as any die-hard has read the books, these moments could give a sense of what’s coming. And for completists, there’s no evidence that all of this will eventually end up on the DVD or Blu-ray. This could be the only time this footage airs, which means it may include shots or effects that won’t make the finished film. Of course, Warner Brothers has been pretty thorough so far, with every Potter now getting at least one double dip to date for home video. From the press release:

Faithful Potter fans will also be given a chance to go behind-the scenes with never-before-seen interview footage from the cast and filmmakers which give insights on key scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 & 2, as well as revisiting important moments from the previous films to prepare for the final battle that takes place in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The never-before-seen footage that will be airing throughout the weekend includes a look back at Harry and Ginny’s relationship, director David Yates’ take on Harry and Hermione’s relationship, the origins of The Marauder’s Map and a look into the very last shot of principal photography of the film franchise with producer David Baron. ABC Family will also be airing exclusive sneak peeks at some of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, most exciting moments, including Harry & Draco’s fight in the Room of Requirement, the hair-raising dragon sequences and the final courtyard battle between good and evil. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opens in theaters on July 15, 2011.The Harry Potter weekend schedule is as follows:

 

Thursday, March 17th

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Friday, March 18th

3:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Saturday, March 19th

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Sunday, March 20th

7:00 AM – 10:30 AM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

10:30 AM – 2:30 PM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET/PT –Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

When exactly those clips play is unknown, though it is likely they will be online – officially or unoffically – shortly thereafter.

How excited are you for the new Harry Potter?