Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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The time is one o’clock and it is the hottest day of the year so far. I am just getting onto a train to London Paddington and my show is supposed to start at 2pm. Public transport is not my friend today, I am definitely going to be late. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is the single most anticipated show of the year and I may miss it.

Harry Potter has been a big part of my life and I definitely fangirled when this play was announced. I had strategically planned getting tickets, my route to the performance, what snacks I would take; I was not taking any chances. However, fate was not on my side.

I finally arrive an hour late to the performance. My ticket clearly states: ‘LATECOMERS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED’ so I am hoping I’ll be let in to see some of the show. Thankfully the staff were really welcoming and understood the problem with trains. Whilst buying my programme the attendant fills me in on what I’ve missed so far and my god it sounds good. We get sat in front of a screen allowing us to watch until intermission where we can then enjoy the rest of the play. It’s not until you get into the theatre where the real magic begins!

The stage is simple and every aspect of it is used in the show. During every scene a new surprise appears on the set and I’m wowed every time. The rolling stage is used brilliantly throughout, and the special effects within the show are amazing. There were some points where I couldn’t tell if it was real or if they actually used magic. They also made sure to include every section of the theatre (being sat in the balcony this was highly appreciated).

The actors portrayed the characters perfectly. Jamie Parker plays the famous Harry Potter who is still the same wizard who trouble always finds. Paul Thornley plays a hilarious Ron Weasley who is still the most oblivious and yet hilarious character. Noma Dumezweni excellently portrays Hermione Granger who after all these years is still the brightest witch of her age and the glue that holds them together. I really believed I was watching an older version of the golden trio. Other cast credits include Poppy Miller who plays Ginny Weasley and Alex Price who plays Draco Malfoy.

The true stars of the show were the younger cast and I must congratulate them on their performance. Anthony Boyle plays Scorpius Malfoy and Sam Clemmett plays Albus Potter. They stole the show away with their humour and confidence. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these young actors.

It’s when the curtain call begins the tears start to fall. The show was flawless and really brings me home to Hogwarts. The original characters that are favourites of mine take me back to my childhood and my new favourites in the play make me excited for the future of the wizarding world. I’ve never laughed, nor cried so much at the same time in my life and I don’t think I will again. I was so excited to return to the wizarding world and now it’s all over again I don’t know what to do with myself. Well done J.K you have done it again. #Keepthesecrets

 

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