Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review by Stephs World

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child // West End Review

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.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

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.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

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.
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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!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

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.

 

 

 

  • I am so jealous that you got to go! I am a massive Harry Potter fan! I’m waiting to go back to the studio tour again for my 3rd visit

    Tasha x

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  • PIA PHILLIPS

    I can’t wait till Harry Potter and the Curse Child is out in a movie. I’m such a potterhead and I live with Harry as far as I possible could remember.

    What’s your house, wand and patronus charm?

    Sophia x

    http://www.sophianeve.com/

  • MissBeautyEmily

    This sounds like it was so much fun and I really want to go watch this now. I’m excited to hear it’ll be made into a movie so I’m more convinced to see it now. (For me HP was never going to be the same without the trio but this storyline sounds so good!)

  • Serena Reidy

    I really want to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I’m surprised there was no live orchestra, that’s one of the best things about going to the theatre!

  • Sian…

    I realllllly want to see it but I haven’t actually read the book yet! I actually didn’t know what it was about so thanks for spoiling it for me haha! I’m sure it was an amazing experience and let’s face it, who doesn’t love Harry Potter and London?!

    Sian x
    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Tania Ribeiro

    This sounds like such an amazing experience for anyone that loves Harry Potter!

    Tania || http://www.taniaalexandraribeiro.com

  • Lucy

    I feel like I need to jump on the Harry Potter hype… I need to watch the films! Great review and in depth. I would find the jumping of year 1 to year 5 confusing too. I haven’t read the book or seen the film though xxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

  • I’m so excited to see this layer in the year, I have tickets for both bits and I couldn’t be more excited x

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  • Amy Eade

    I’ve read the script so know what happens but I really want to see it on stage! Theatre and Harry Potter are two of my favourite things too so it’s just be perfect! Just need to try and get tickets!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

  • Oh I read the script and loved it so I would of loved to see this! When I read it I agree with the skipping part at the start, it was a bit confusing aha!! Thanks for sharing xox

  • Aqy✨

    I’ve yet to read Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, I didn’t know they have a play! Idk if it will be shown where I live but I would love to go. Thanks for sharing!

    Skinny Decxf Latte xo

  • Tasha Louise

    I’m still yet to read any of the Harry Potter series xxxx

  • Thank you for the review! I quite enjoyed the book, but I know many people were disappointed. It would be nice to see it in theatres!

    http://www.lovefrommaira.co.uk

  • Food & Baker

    Ugh so jealous you’ve seen it. Loved your review and we hope we’d be able to see it at some point but if not, hopefully in the cinema when it comes out as a film.

    Defo meet up next time you’re down in london pls!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

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