In December Alex and I hit six years together. SIX YEARS!!
We always do something for our anniversary to celebrate and on this occasion I’d actually planned it a year before…because that’s how far in advance you have to get tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Trust me, waiting in that online queue for a couple of hours for tickets, and a year to be able to see the play was totally worth it!
For those who don’t know, the play portrays the latest story in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter Collection, the first made for production. The story follows Harry Potter, now at the Ministry of Magic, a husband (to Ginny of course) and a father to three, and his son Albus who is struggling under the weight of the family legacy.
In two parts, the play can be booked for both parts in one day, or on consecutive days – we went on two consecutive evenings which I think worked well. The excitement builds not only for the first night, but then again for the second as you can’t wait to find out how the story continues to unfold.
At first, I wasn’t sure how J.K Rowling would build on the Harry Potter films with success. There are so many examples of when a film has been overdone, but this truly isn’t one. It’s new and refreshing, with some of the past entwined with the current times, all brought together in one fantastic, enthralling plot which keeps you engaged from start to end.
I also wasn’t sure how the ‘magic’ and wizardry side of things would be portrayed or whether that aspect would be lessened for the play, but how I was wrong. I was wowed, left open mouthed and fully astounded at some of the magic and action scenes. From coming down and out of the fireplace into the Ministry of Magic through to spells and scenes at Hogwarts, the magic was something else.
You can tell that the cast was very carefully chosen. Those who played characters from the books/films/first seven stories had the personalities, habits and the way they carried themselves down to a tee. You’d usually feel a bit uneasy shall we say, when the actor of a particular character changes, but Alex and I did not feel at all disappointed by the choice of Jamie Glover, Rakie Ayola and Thomas Aldridge for Harry, Hermione and Ron.
The new characters were fab too, and we fell in love with Scorpious, son of Draco Malfoy. He was bubbly, hilarious and you could almost relate to some of his embarrassing moments – he really did add something to the production!
We sat in the Grand Circle in Row B so not far from the front and had a superb view. Each row above us also seemed to have a good view as the tiering was pretty steep. At £62 per seat for the Grand Circle, per performance (part), it wasn’t too expensive for a London theatre production.
Each part roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes with an interval flew by through being totally absorbed and loving it! I was hooked and didn’t see any of it coming. I don’t want to give too much of the story or secrets away, so I hope this has given you just enough info to help you decide that you if you’re a harry potter fan, even if you’re not the biggest fan, you NEED to see this!
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is sold out until the end of January 2019, with the next release of tickets happening this Spring – to keep up-to-date with release dates and the ‘Friday Forty’, be sure to sign up to the newslettter (find the link here).
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you been to see the play? What did you think?
All photos are taken from the official Harry Potter Play London website, as as you know, no photography or videography is allowed during the production.