AMC Hosting Pre-'Deathly Hallows' Harry Potter Marathon November 18

Though a good number of fans have already purchased their tickets to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 at midnight on November 19, most of us have not. Two weeks away still feels a little too early to make plans. Well, AMC has upped the ante with an event that's sure to sell out from coast to coast. They've announced a mini Harry Potter Marathon at over 140 theaters on November 18 leading up to the opening of Deathly Hallows Part 1. It'll begin at at 6 p.m. with a screening of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, followed by Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and then, at midnight, you'll be seated and primed for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. We've got more information after the jump.

The coolest part of the whole thing is that your ticket will only cost $20 and they are on sale now. Click here, pop in your zip code, and purchase tickets.

Harry Potter fans know that it's 100% necessary to be familiar with Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince before Deathly Hallows. The events in those two stories – the creation of the Order and Harry/Voldemort's discovery of the Prophecy in the fifth film, followed by Harry's discovery of Horcruxes and the death of a major character in the sixth one, are the four most important events leading up to Deathly Hallows Part 1. So, being able to watch those movies, back on the big screen with a bunch of devoted Potter fans, seems like the best possible way to get ready for the penultimate film. Plus, with the film not going to be in 3D, there's no need to worry about where you see the film.

The only major problem with this marathon is that if you have friends or family who work, getting to a movie at 6 p.m. on a Thursday and then not leaving the theater until 2:30 a.m. might not be feasible. If it is, though, it sounds awesome.

Do any of you already have your Potter tickets? Are you excited about this event or will you just stay home and watch the films on your own time?