Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater and its Stories to Screen program are bringing all eight Harry Potter films to the big screen on Saturday mornings beginning April 13. All eight films will be shown for free.
Based on the award-winning book series by J.K. Rowling, and starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ronald Weasley, the films tell the story of an 11-year-old orphan who lives with his aunt and uncle, the miserable Dursleys and their abominable son, Dudley. His room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs and he hasn’t had a birthday party in 11 years.
But then a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And there Harry finds not only friends, flying sports on broomsticks, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him — if he can survive the encounter.
Throughout the series, Harry learns the truth about himself, his family, and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. The Harry Potter films were some of the highest-grossing films of all time, a success among critics, and they received a total of 12 Academy Award nominations among them.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” rated PG, the first in the book and film series, will be shown Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m.
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” PG, plays Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” PG, plays Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” PG-13, plays Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” PG-13, plays Saturday, April 11 at 9 a.m. (please note the early show time for this film).
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” PG, plays Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” PG-13, plays Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m.
The final film in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” PG-13, plays Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m.
Reading the books is not required to attend and enjoy the films. More information on each film is available on the theater’s website at lcct.org or by calling the Lincoln Theater office at 563-3424 during office hours, Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.