Monday, 8 August 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Spoiler Free Review

Anyone who has spoken to me for more than 5 minutes know that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. From running around Orlando to get my hands on the final book to hole punching old, battered copies to use as wedding confetti, I am obsessed. So, there was no question that we would be going to see the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" play when it came to London. Thanks to my gorgeous twin sister we were able to get tickets for one of the first shows on Saturday. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I received my copy of the script on Tuesday but insisted Andy hide it so that I wouldn't ruin any of the surprises and I'm so glad I did. Without ruining anything (#KeeptheSecrets) the twists and turns were absolutely amazing and so worth being kept in the dark for a bit longer. Yet again, JK Rowling (alongside Jack Thorne and John Tiffany)
 proved she can still write an amazing story and surprise fans right until the end.

We arrived at the beautiful Palace theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue on Saturday and whilst I knew it was just a happy coincidence I loved the synergy of the play and the seventh book where Harry, Ron and Hermione hide out on Shaftesbury Avenue when the ministry falls. The staff the Palace Theatre were all so, so friendly and I'm pretty sure they were all Harry Potter fans because we were able to talk about Hogwarts Houses and Hedwig! 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

and then the lights came down, phones were put on silent and we were transported to Platform 9 and 3/4s and I was hooked.

The staging was completely amazing, there were honestly some bits I still can't fathom, it was like genuine magic. Obviously, the famous three were present throughout the story but so was a whole new generation of fantastic characters, stories and dramas! 

The story allowed for a lot more humour than is present in the original books and films, in fact, I spent a lot of the show laughing out loud with the rest of the audience. Of course, there were times of tears and whilst there were some bits I figured out ahead of time (although from the reactions of the audience I was in the minority) for the most part I was shocked by the revelations which came out - after all this time (sorry), I can still be surprised by JK Rowling. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildMy only complaints were that some (in my opinion), key characters were missed, I won't say who but it would have been lovely to see some more familiar faces and also, the new pronunciation of Voldemort, with a silent t, was used throughout, which just wound me up a bit!! - that's not a spoiler, right? Y'all knew he'd have to be mentioned somewhere. But these were minor things, for the most part, I was totally and utterly in love and couldn't wait to get home so I could read the script. Now I'm just desperate to go again (but I'll wait, because it'd be selfish not to let other people get tickets!) - and of course, I came away with a T-shirt. 

Are you going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

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