If your first thought upon seeing Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was that what the world really needs is a supercut condensing all eight “Harry Potter” movies into a single 90-minute narrative, allow Vimeo user Tim Stiefler to grant you that wish. The arrival of “Wizardhood” is timely, as the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” spinoff is now in theaters. Catch up on the franchise that preceded it below.
The first several minutes are all from the scene-setting “Sorcerer’s Stone,” of course, but Stiefler uses the movie magic that is editing to seamlessly transition to both “Chamber of Secrets” and “Prisoner of Azkaban” via a series of quidditch matches. (The reason I instantly remembered which film these scenes were lifted from definitely isn’t because I re-watched all eight movies a couple weekends ago. Hey, it was for an assignment, okay?) He moves forward throughout the series from there, crafting a surprisingly cohesive (if rough around the edges) narrative.
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Stiefler naturally leaves out the vast majority of what actually happens to Harry during his six years at Hogwarts and beyond — taken together, the eight films run for more than 17 hours. But if you like hanging out in this world and feel like getting the gist of it, this is as fine a way to do so as any.