Theatre-goers in London’s famous West End district have Harry Potter fever. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” began previews at the Palace Theatre on June 7th. Now it is playing to packed houses ever since its official opening on June 30th.
This play was a combined effort between J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. After they came up with the general storyline together, Jack Thorne wrote the final script.
This play picks up nineteen years after the last book in Rowling’s famous series of magical novels. Harry Potter is now a grownup, a father of three children, and an employee at the Ministry of Magic. The central relationship in this play is between Potter and his youngest son Albus. Through various new trials and adventures, Harry Potter and Albus have to confront the legacy of the Potter family.
The famous roles of Harry, Ron, and Hermione are played by Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley, Noma Dumezweni respectively. This play was directed by the award-winning John Tiffany.
For anyone planning on seeing this show, you should be aware that this production is four hours long and it takes place over two nights.
Most critics from around the world have given this new play positive reviews. Critics Jack Shepherd for Independent, Matt Trueman for Variety, and Dominic Cavendish for the Daily Telegraph all gave this play five-stars. Critics hope that this play will make younger people interested in live theatre, much like the books turned a generation on to reading.
As even the most casual Harry Potter fan knows, the new play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is about to take the London theater scene by storm. The show is currently running previews and will open officially on July 30. Recently, one of the stars of the Harry Potter films, Emma Watson, saw the show and had a fun bonding moment backstage.
Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the films, shared a hug and a chat with Noma Dumezweni, who portrays Hermione in the play. The two had nothing but kind words to say about their meeting, sharing heartfelt photos and sentiments on their social media accounts. Watson said that meeting Dumezweni “was like meeting [her] older self and telling [her] everything was going to be alright” noting that the meeting was “emotional.” Dumezweni couldn’t stop tweeting about the moment, sending out numerous blessings and thanks to Watson.
When asked what she thought of the play, Watson admitted she had no idea what to expect but was blown away by the story. She noted that the play was “beautiful” and that she “felt more connected to Hermione . . . than [she] has since Deathly Hallows came out.”
If you can’t make it to London to take in the play in real life, have no fear. The long anticipated script will be available for purchase the day after “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” opens on stage.
These days, you don’t have to wait for much of anything. In a world of fast food and even faster phones, instant gratification reigns supreme. Fans of the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter, however, seem to have the corner on the patience market. The last book of the multi-billion dollar franchise arrived in 2007, and it wasn’t until 2010 that “The Deathly Hallows Part 2” debuted on the big screen. For Potter fans, six long years have passed without any addition to the major canon. This wait, however, drew to a close last night at London’s Palace Theater.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” held its first preview Tuesday night, picking up the story of the now-grown Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, alongside their families and children. For those uninitiated into the theater world, previews do not technically begin a production’s official run; think of a preview more akin to a series of final dress rehearsals.
Beginning right where the epilogue of “Hallows” ended, the play sees Harry’s son Albus struggling in his first year at Hogwarts. Never fear, the original three friends see plenty of stage time. The New York Times reported happily that the “three main characters remained true to their younger selves.” Plot details of the play remain strictly under wraps: after the show Tuesday audience members received buttons displaying the hashtag #KeepTheSecrets.
The final word? The telegraph claimed that the “audience came wanting magic and they got in spades.” “Cursed Child” will officially open on July 30.