10 reasons you need to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London
Any self respecting Harry Potter fan has probably seen the West End’s ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ at least a couple of times by now.
But if for some mystical reason you haven’t yet experienced the play that continues the story of The Boy Who Lived, we have a bottomless bag of reasons to jump on your broom as soon as possible.
Here’s 10 reasons to see ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ in the West End...
1. It features a LOT more of your favourite characters than you might think
Even if you haven’t seen 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', you’re probably at least aware that the play features Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger as adults.
But you might not know that the story also features Hagrid, Dumbledore, Dolores Umbridge and centaur Bane as well.
2. Fans are being tight lipped about the story
If you want to know what happens, don't expect that friend who queued at midnight for every 'Harry Potter' book launch to tell you anything. Fans have been explicitly asked to #KeepTheSecrets, so you have no choice but to go to the theatre to find out what happens to Harry after the events of the book/film series.
Well, if you REALLY want to know what happens, you can read the whole plot on Wikipedia. But c'mon, you wouldn’t go hunting for spoilers, right?
3. It’s darker than the books and films put together
Not too much more we can say about that without incurring the wrath of the aforementioned anti-spoiler brigade...
But the story does pack some emotional gut punches that are liable to set off the waterworks. You have been warned.
4. It’s now a global phenomenon
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' opened on Broadway (Manhattan, NYC) in April 2018, causing a surge in global Potter-fever once again.
And the popularity of the play is set to grow even further when the Australian version of the production launches in early 2019.
5. There’s rumours of a 'Cursed Child' film adaptation
I’m in a meeting with Warner Bros and I can’t really concentrate because look pic.twitter.com/KMpqRVsNMQ
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 23, 2018
J.K. Rowling whipped PotterHeads into a frenzy when she announced on social media that she was on her way to a meeting with Warner Bros. (the studio that produced the other 'Harry Potter' films).
While the writer of the original series was likely referring to the next ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ film (due to her holding a LEGO Niffler - a creature from the Eddie Redmayne-starring franchise - in the image), she could have been teasing fans about a cinematic version of the hit play.
However, Warner Bros have registered ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ as a film title, which suggests they are at the very least considering it.
If a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child film does happen, the release date would likely be in 2026 after the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ series come to an end.
6. It's won more awards that you can shake a magic stick at
The London play was nominated for a record 11 Laurence Olivier Awards and won a record nine.
And despite the fact that ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ has only been on stage in New York since April 2018, it has already won six Tony Awards including Best Play.
7. It’s an epic story spread over two parts
Director John Tiffany said, "It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories, so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts."
It is recommended that theatregoers see each part in the same day (which is possible on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm or on Sunday at 1pm and 6.30pm) or over two consecutive evenings (which you can do on Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm). There are no performances on Monday or Tuesday.
8. The story was co-written by JK Rowling herself
The ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ script was written by Jack Thorne, but the fantasy series author JK Rowling played a big part in shaping the story.
The writer assured audiences that the story would be true to its origins and that a theatrical performance was the best medium to tell it.
9. VERY MILD SPOILER WARNING: It picks up right after the events of ‘The Deathly Hallows’
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ takes place 19 years after the events of ‘The Deathly Hallows’, but picks up right where the last book/film left off with Harry, Ron and Hermione seeing their children off as they board the train to Hogwarts.
10. Critics and fans LOVE it
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ has been praised by critics, with many publications awarding the production five stars.
Daily Telegraph reviewer Dominic Cavendish said, “British theatre hasn't known anything like it for decades,” while The Guardian’s Michael Billington applauded the “thrilling theatrical spectacle".
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