50 Things Jamie Parker Could’ve Done While Sitting on the Delayed Train

Most of us have been there. After a long day at work, all you want to do is get home – and of course, the train is delayed. Sometimes it is only 10–20 minutes, or in the case of Jamie Parker (Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), 3 hours and 22 minutes. If you aren’t a night owl or living in the United States, you likely missed his “remarkably restrained” tweets this evening.

We wanted to help Jamie out and give him some ideas for how he can spend his time should this happen again. Some are definitely more feasible than others…


  1. Sing the entire cast album of Hamilton (2:29)
  2. Watch the Lord of The Rings: Return of the King (with one minute of post-credit discussion)
  3. Binge watch 10 episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy on Netflix
  4. Compete in a Great British Bake Off Showstopper challenge
  5. Get a coronary bypass
  6. Assemble an IKEA dresser
  7. Wash, dry, sort, and put away several loads of laundry
  8. Put on a full face of zombie makeup
  9. Change at least 100 diapers (practice makes perfect!)
  10. Get a minimum of 6 root canals
  11. Sing through 99 bottles of beer on the wall 5.25 times at 105 words per minute at a tempo of 150
  12. Research, perform, and write an “I did the HP Workout/HP Drinking Game and here how it turned out” article
  13. Read a 200–450-page book
  14. Inflate around 200 balloons
  15. Write a 2,500-word Harry Potter fan fiction story
  16. Ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey 3 times (assuming the average wait time)
  17. Play Ed Sheeren’s “Nancy Mulligan” or “Galway Girl” nearly 68 times
  18. Binge watch 9 episodes of Boy Meets World
  19. Dance through the entire Macarena song 47.5 times
  20. Switch to a train that is actually moving and get all the way to Paris
  21. Listen to the first six chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – plus the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  22. Knit an abundance of socks and hats for Dobby
  23. Fly from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California
  24. Run a 10K
  25. Paint your nails and allow them to dry fully
  26. Watch a US Presidential debate and then have time to stare at the wall wondering what this world has become
  27. Cook a 14 lb. turkey
  28. Learn how to speak Klingon (or Sindarin, your choice)
  29. Practice throat singing or yodeling
  30. Write a love story better than Twilight
  31. Sit a university exam in a medical/science course
  32. Capture an Erumpent with your BFFs Newt and Jacob at least 3 times (we are going to assume they got that whole thing accomplished in an hour)
  33. Take a tour of the S.S. Minnow
  34. Play an entire game of Monopoly (if you’re lucky…)
  35. Watch A Very Potter Senior Year in its entirety
  36. Lead the train in a performance of RENT
  37. Take 20 online quizzes to find out if you are a Samantha or a Carrie, are you more red wine or white wine, and if he’s really just not that into you
  38. Write and perform a one-person show
  39. Create an Excel Sheet to properly plan out a Disney vacation with flights, hotel packages, meals, and park tickets
  40. Bake a loaf of pain de mie
  41. Walk nearly 12 miles at a leisurely pace
  42. Paint a complete still life featuring a nude model named Brian who oddly reminds you of a teacher you once had
  43. Watch the “kids walk in on their dad’s BBC interview” 400 times
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ktsl6_Rpg
  44. Complete a 300-piece puzzle
  45. Crawl under the seats and quietly tie passengers’ shoelaces together (to themselves, or their neighbor – your choice)
  46. Work on your Australian accent with never-used catch phrases like “shrimp on the barbie”
  47. Play “Flight of the Bumblebee” on the piano 166.5 times
  48. Watch all three Mythbusters Ducktape Specials and debate the probability of all of their builds
  49. Give birth (yeah, we know)
  50. Read this list 101 times


Kat Miller

I am a 40-something Ravenclaw/Slytherin from Massachusetts. I've been lucky in life and can attribute a lot of that to Harry Potter. Without it, I wouldn't have at least 80% of the things I do today, including my career & closest friends. I truly despise Sirius Black.