Back in August, a few friends and I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We’d been waiting over a year, as we had to book tickets well in advance, and it was difficult to get tickets for both parts on a day we could all do.
I had no idea what to expect as I had managed to avoid all spoilers. The Harry Potter fandom is the best! This review doesn’t have any spoilers, although this does mean that I’ve had to be really vague. If you’ve seen the show and want to talk about it with me, you should definitely DM me!
All I knew was that it was set after book seven. Honestly, I was a little hesitant because I was worried that the play would come across as really bad fanfic and that the writers were just reaching to make alllll the money. Fortunately, though, I ended up loving it!
My favourite part of the performance was the soundtrack. I’ve looked online and apparently I can’t buy a copy of the music just yet, which is annoying because it was phenomenal. The dancing and choreography that went along with it was also brilliant. I loved all the things they did in between scenes and with the cloaks and wands.
There was a lot of on-stage magic throughout, and I often found myself in awe and trying to figure out how they did certain things. Everything with the wands and potions and portkeys was great. It’s all really well crafted! I’m so impressed.
As for the cast, I thought everyone apart from one cast member was fantastic. This one cast member took me out of every scene they were in when they spoke, which was super annoying. There were a couple of standout actors that I absolutely loved, though.
I’m planning on going back next year, because while the original cast won’t be there, I really want to see the whole thing again. I think next time it won’t matter too much if I see parts one and two on different days, as I won’t have to put up with the cliffhanger at the end of part one if I go in already knowing what’s coming.
When I do go back, I’d like to get seats lower down so I can experience everything from a different angle. I was in the middle on the top tier, and while the show was still incredible, I was able to see a few things that the people lower down wouldn’t have been able to. This is both good and bad, as some of the things that the people lower down couldn’t see were really well done.