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.