If you follow me over on Twitter, you will know that I recently went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End. There are 2 main things which I love and they are Theatre and the Harry Potter series. So what could be better for a Harry Potter Theatre geek like myself?
I loved the 2 part show and here is a review of what I thought. I will try and keep this as spoiler free as possible as I know many of you are planning on going to see the show.
A Little Bit About Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
If you want to keep this review completely spoiler free, please skip this section. I won’t say much though, promise.
As many of you know, the story of The Cursed Child follows Harry & Ginny’s son, Albus Severus Potter; Draco’s son, Scorpius and their friendship. As you can guess from Harry’s and Draco’s past, they aren’t necessarily keen on their sons being friends. Especially as Albus doesn’t live up to the Potter name.
Here is where I could potentially spoil the plot for you. Albus & Scorpius find out that there is a Time Turner still in the Wizarding World (they should of been disposed of) and Albus want’s to travel back in time after he overhears a conversation his Father (Harry) was having.
I will leave it there and #KeepTheSecrets.
My Thoughts on the Show
As this is my review of the show I am going to be honest. Part 1 up to the interval kind of dragged for me. I thought the pacing was a little bit off. One second they were in year 1 and the next going into year 5. It was just a little weird for me. I understand the principle was to set up the story, and it did exactly that. It was needed for the show, so I shouldn’t moan.
The second part of the first part had me so excited to see Part 2. So much that over dinner in a local Rossopomodoro, myself and my boyfriend were trying to guess what would be happening in Part 2. I have to say though, I spotted what the twist was and I was very happy.
I loved the effects in the show. The magic was great and the whole feel of the show was, well, magical (how cliche). It was though. It had magic throughout, it left you baffled and wondering how they did certain things and it was really like watching a film.
The set was brilliant. It is simplistic and it lets you fill in the blank area’s with your imagination. The way they used the moving stairs on the set was brilliant and was a real throwback to Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.
The thing I was upset about was that there was no live Orchestra. One of the main things I love about the Theatre is the sound of a live Orchestra, the music build up to the show and the whole feel of the Orchestra being there. Also, where was the Harry Potter theme tune? All I asked for was the theme tune to be played by an Orchestra.
The Relationship between Albus & Scorpius
From the beginning I loved the friendship that Albus and Scorpius formed. Even though know-it-all (like her Mother) Rose Grainger-Weasley tried to sway Albus from speaking to Scorpius, the two of them instantly became friends. You could say it was love at first sight…more on that in a bit though.
Albus & Scorpius are nothing like their parents. Albus is defiant and wanting to get away from always being compared to Harry and his reputation and Scorpius is effectively a geek with his love of books and school. The two of them are set to make a new path for themselves, leaving their Fathers behind.
Back to what I touched on earlier. In the Potter-World with all the fans, it has been compared that Albus & Scorpius could actually be approaching to be in a relationship rather than just a friendship. The way that they are together, their Fathers trying to keep them apart and their overall love and care for each other just perfect. Even if the two are just Best Friends, I do think they are just perfect together. Either way, I think we have 2 very worthy and strong role models for the Potter fans.
My Overall Thoughts
I loved Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and am excited that it has been announced that it is going to be coming out as a Film too. The show is full of twists, magic, fun, excitement and in some instances pure evil.
I thought I would struggle with seeing Part 1 and 2 on the same day, but surprisingly it only felt like a normal show length. I think I was just lost in the Wizarding World and escaped reality for those 5 or so hours.
If you are a fan of Harry Potter, It is a must see! You won’t be disappointed!
OTHER INFORMATION AND REVIEW
Review Score – 5/5
Location – Palace Theatre Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 5AY
Date Seen – Wednesday 26th January 2017
Running Times (including 20 mins interval) – Part 1 – 2pm-4:40pm // Part 2 – 7:30pm-10:10pm
Top Tips – Get to the theatre 1 hour before as the queue to get into the show goes around the outside of the Theare.
Where to Buy Tickets – Good Luck – On the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Website
Where to eat between the shows – The Website has some great recommendations. I would suggest booking prior to travelling to London as we didn’t and struggled. The running times are above to give you an indication on when to book for.