On October 28th last year, I cracked my fingers, stretched my neck and attempted to get Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets. I knew it was a long shot, but I was also sure that if I got these tickets, my 2016 would be infinitely better. So I joined the queue.
That’s right people. I was number 29150th in the queue. The long shot of getting tickets was beginning to look like an impossibility.
So I waited.
And waited. (You get the picture.)
Two hours later…
BTW, it took me TWO MORE HOURS to find suitable (AKA tickets that wouldn’t bankrupt me). But later that day, I was the VERY happy owner of 3 Cursed Child tickets. Fast forward to last Thursday and I was SO excited. I had avoided ALL spoilers, theories and synopsis’s for the last two weeks and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened.
And, without saying ANYTHING spoiler-y, It was amazing. I was blown away, not only by the story and the acting and the staging, but by the humour. I spent quite a large portion of the play in tears–because it felt like reading Harry Potter for the first time, and that’s a feeling I’d never thought I’d experience again. It was MAGICAL. Utterly, utterly magical.
The plot was unexpected, twisty and action packed. The actors all NAILED their roles. Jamie Parker as Harry Potter was heartbreakingly good, capturing Harry at his most fearful. Paul Thornley was hilarious–he just was Ron. But I have to say, Noma Dumezweni was just the stand-out in my opinion. I was completely swept up by her Hermione, completely enamoured by her flawless portrayal of a character that means so, so much to me. Noma IS my perfect Hermione. I can’t picture her as anyone else.
Anthony Boyle and Sam Clemmett, as Scorpius Malfoy and Albus Potter, carried the show. Scorpius is my new favourite character and needs to be protected at all costs, and Antony played Albus in such a multi faceted way that means even when he’s acting in not a great way, you can’t help but feel empathy with him.
BASICALLY, everyone was great! And when you think that they’re pretty much doing a five hour show every two days/day, it’s pretty astounding.
The staging of the Cursed Child was spectacular and, at times, unbelievable. There were audible ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from the audience throughout the show. Speaking of the audience, I have never ever been in an audience with such an electric atmosphere.
So finally, The Cursed Child was brilliant. I do wish that certain characters had a little more focus, and I’m pretty sure my new OTP isn’t going to become canon (Thank goodness for fan fiction), but overall it was amazing. It was an experience that I’ll never forget, a memory that I will treasure forever, and I am SO glad I spent those hours in the queue for tickets, because it was 100% worth it.
If you get a chance to see it, GO.