After an incredible run at the Palace Theatre in London, the original cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has followed the show to Broadway. I was lucky enough to score tickets to see the show over the weekend.
I’ve been reading Harry Potter since just after the third book came out. I was in middle school. I immediately became obsessed and read each subsequent book the night they were released. The seventh book I read with my two month old daughter in my arms. I was already sleep deprived, may as well read my favorite book. Movie releases were midnight events, usually in costume. So, when the opportunity arose for tickets to the play, I agreed without thinking.
For those who don’t know what Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about, the website description reads:
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
So, What Is ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Like?
When I first walked into the Lyric Theatre, I was shocked by how beautiful it was. Covered in red and gold, seeing the Hogwarts H in the carpeting emphasized just how much thought was put into, not just the show but the theatre itself.
With the hashtag for the show being #KeepTheSecrets, I won’t go into what happens in the actual story. There are only 3 places in the world were it is possible to see the show and going into detail would be messed up. Imagine travelling a few thousand miles only to have someone tell you the ending. Messed up right?
As an adult, there were moments I sat there groaning under my breathe, muttering, “No, no, don’t do that.” The wisdom of 14 year-olds with something to prove was on full display. The story answers that adult frustration though. The struggle of knowing the difference between doing the right thing and doing what you think is right is a major question in the show. It examines whether the adults’ actions are any smarter than the childrens’ just because they’re adults.
The effects were amazing, the magic looked believable, and the dementors were properly menacing. Then, when the villain’s motives are revealed, you can’t help but stare around the theatre in amazement. The audience groans and cheers with the characters.
The show is presented in two parts, each part running over two hours long. It was an all day event. While I saw it all in one day, it is possible to split the show into two separate days.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was an amazing experience. It was over five hours of theatre that felt like it was over far too quickly. I hope to go see it again, soon.
In the end, the biggest problem is going to be getting tickets. With shows only in London, New York City, and Melbourne, getting to a place to see the show is hard. Getting tickets makes it even harder. If you are planning a trip to one of those three cities next year, however, go and see it. If you buy the tickets now, you should be able to get an amazing deal for 2019.
Do you want to see it? Let us know in the comments!