If you’ve just come out from under the rock you’ve been hiding under, you might not know that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets are some of the hardest seats to get in London right now (and have been since they were released). If you’ve been paying a modicum of attention, you’ll know that you need to book multiple months or even years in advance to get tickets.
We bought tickets in October of 2015 for a showing late last year. OVER a year in advance. And I was on the list for priority booking the day the first wave of tickets were released, so you can imagine what it’s like getting tickets now.
I didn’t spoil myself on the story by reading the screenplay ahead of time, so I went in with no real clue what was going to happen. The only thing I knew was that I loved Harry Potter and if Harry Potter really loved me, he would deliver a show that was worth my effort and also worth seeing the show from miles up.
Seriously, you guys. We got our tickets for 15 pounds each (PER SHOW BECAUSE SOME GREEDY EXECUTIVE DECIDED TO TURN IT INTO TWO PARTS). So overall it costs us only 60 pounds all together, which is not bad at all, but in return we had to take Willy Wonka’s elevator up to the top of the freaking atmosphere. Sorry, mixing worlds here.
We didn’t have a huge problem seeing most of it, except for when they were at the front of the stage and to the left and then all bets were off. But they generally made full use of the stage and of the theatre, so it turned out fine and our frugalness paid off.
Of course I don’t have pictures of the production itself, as I would have been attacked by a dementor right then and there, but it’s safe to say that the show itself was well worth a watch for any Harry Potter fan. The special effects were really clever and interesting to watch, and the acting was good enough to not take you out of the Potter world.
Some people had mixed opinions on Hermione being black just because it’s not the same as in the movies, but you go in not really expecting to see a continuation of the movie anyway so it wasn’t really a problem for me. Like, unless Emma Watson herself is up on that stage, no one is Hermione anyway so I’m glad they went the direction they did.
The screenplay, however, was not my favorite. And by not my favorite I mean, JUST WHY. It was like poor fanfiction that was only written to make more money. For me, the Harry Potter series ends at the end of the 7th book and doesn’t include the epilogue. The whole “Albus Severus” thing is so cheesy, I have chosen to ignore it completely.
That being said, I was still swept up in the whole thing and would highly recommend you go and see it. The only other complaint was that it was two shows in one day of 2.5 hours long each, which was a LOT of theatre for most people. When we go to the end, I was sad and also relieved that I could finally stand up and move my limbs again if they hadn’t fallen off while I was contorting myself into various viewing positions.
Outside the theatre, it was an absolute madhouse with people trying to take pictures of the sign. I would have stuck around until people cleared out, but I think I would have been there until the next batch of tickets were released in 2018.
Have you read the screenplay or seen the production? What’d you think?