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A Tweenager’s Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play

September 17, 2016

Harry Potter Cursed Play

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The Harry Potter buzz climaxed on July 30th with the highly anticipated book release and stage premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The story was written by a team: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Curiously, the book was published in a play format – a rehearsal script, to be exact.

Even more curious, theater attendees view the play in two parts on the same day (with a three-hour break) or over two consecutive days. Each part is two and a half hours long. London’s Palace Theatre is home to the production with a company of 43 actors.

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Harry Potter venue Palace Theatre

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Today, my highly qualified reviewer is a 12-year-old with a passion (and talent) for violin, voice, and acting on stage. Thank you, Millie, for sharing your Harry Potter experience with us.

Lulu :: What is your favorite theater production? 

Millie :: Matilda was my favourite production, but Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now my favourite…with Matilda a close second!

Would you recommend reading the book before attending the play? 

I really enjoyed the book but the format took a bit of getting used to due to it being a script, rather than a typical fiction story. As for reading it beforehand, it depends if you want to know the ending before you go or not. Personally, I’m glad I read it first as it was great to see how they imagined it compared to how I imagined it.

If English isn’t your first language, then I would suggest reading it first as they talk quickly in the play.

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Harry Potter play

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Is it a play or musical? What age is it suited for? 

It is a play. The scene changes were not behind curtains, but instead, you could see everything that was being moved. They made it become part of the show by making it into a dance routine set to music.

They say the play is suited for age 10 +  probably because of the few scenes with dementors and Voldermort, which could seem scary.

Did anyone in the audience dress up?

Yes, there were several people dressed in robes as Hogwart’s students and HP t-shirts!

Would you suggest seeing the production in one day or over two?

I saw the play in one day, which I liked because I had a whole day of Harry Potter. That said, it would be good to see it in two days as it was a lot to take in. But personally, I preferred seeing it in one day, and I was very excited.

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Actors sign Harry Potter book

Actors signed Millie’s book at the stage door after the play – “They were amazing and chatted to everyone for ages”

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Out of 5 stars, how many stars would you give the play and why?

I would give it 5 stars because it was amazing.

The staging was very clever. For example, at the beginning, there was a flash and suddenly the children were in their Hogwart’s robes rather than normal clothes, and you couldn’t work out how it happened. This happened many times, and there were lots of things I was puzzled about.

I like how the stage moved. For example, if they were on a train, the stage would move to give the impression of the actors being on the train.

The acting was good, the costumes were great, the magic was incredible, and it was really entertaining. I would highly recommend it …if you can get a ticket!

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The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play sounds like an incredibly creative, must-see production. Thank you, Millie, for your review!

Ticket information here

Photos 1-3: Play’s official Instagram

Related: Seeking Harry Potter in Edinburgh, Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour

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