I am a total Potterhead. I read the books the second they came out, I’ve had an active account on Pottermore since 2011, I threw up from excitement during the first movie, and I own several different wands. When I heard word there was a Harry Potter play in development, I screamed. The play opened in London the same day as the play script was released. When I read the script, I was curious as how it would be translated to stage.
I’ve been fortunate enough to seen the show twice. Once in the orchestra and the other in the second to last row in the theater through the Halloween $20/part special. I contend there is not a bad seat in the theater. The play was built for a large theater. Sitting in the upper upper balcony, we didn’t miss anything.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens the next chapter of the HP universe to perfection. The play is a gorgeous marriage of storytelling and live theater. The company is absolutely spectacular. The main characters have been in their roles since 2015 through development and the West End. They truly inhabit each character. They’re so comfortable their roles that there was an improvisational layer to the dialogue.
The show starts with groups of suitcases dispersed across the stage. Right before the show started, a stage manager appeared and moved three suitcases back an inch. Then, the show started. The show is gorgeously executed to technical precision. I will #keepthesecrets but every effect added such depth to the show and showcased the brilliance of the creative team. The distinct music transports you to another world and now that it’s on Spotify, you can visit that world whenever you please.
You don’t have to be a Harry Potter fanatic to love the play. It stands alone as a theatrical achievement.
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