Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Play

On the 7th April 2018 I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London. As someone who is a huge lover of Harry Potter, including everything and anything that involves the series, I was extremely excited to see the play. I have been trying to get tickets ever since they were first released and it’s taken so long to get them. I managed to get 4 tickets for my family about a year ago so I feel like I’ve been waiting ages to see the play.

I was pretty excited from about a month before the show. I would probably have been a lot more excited if I wasn’t seeing Hamilton: The Musical just under a month before however, going to London for that really had me looking forward to the play. We left early on the Saturday morning so that we could spend basically a full day in London.

Before going to the play I wanted to visit the House of MinaLima. I’ve been wanting to visit for about a year now but haven’t had the chance to. The House of MinaLima is in the same area as the Cursed Child. In fact, when we came out of the House, the theatre which was to the left had people queued up around it! It’s all very close.

The House of MinaLima is the perfect attraction if you’re going to the play and want a Harry Potter filled day! The house is full of the designs by Mira Mina and Eduardo Lima who are the graphic designers that worked on the Harry Potter movies. There are several floors to the exhibition full of many designs. I took so many pictures, it was ridiculous but it’s just so cool! Entry is free so there’s no reason not to visit!

After visiting MinaLima, I had a quick pitstop at Foyle’s bookshop where I picked up a copy of To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. It’s been on my radar since a little before it’s publication this year and so I thought that I would treat myself to it whilst in London. I’ve been doing pretty well with my book buying, or lack of it rather, so I rewarded myself with one book.

Onto the play! We had tickets to see both parts on the same day which is great but also works for a long afternoon/evening. We had balcony seats and paid the cheapest price for them (£20 per part, working out at £40 per person). The price of the seats are so good, but it felt that we were up in the skies. When we first sat down, I genuinely felt that if I fell forward, I would go splat onto the stage. The seats were also a little uncomfortable after a while and as we were sat at the top where the heat rises, we ended up boiling. Despite our constant view of the tops of the actors heads throughout the show, I really enjoyed it.

I already knew that the story line of the Cursed Child wasn’t the strongest as I had read the play when it was released. The plot was not the best part of the show. The acting was quite good and I particularly liked the acting of Scorpius Malfoy. One of the bits I loved the most though, was the special effects and the transitions between scenes. For a live action play, the special effects were so good and very unexpected.

Between shows, we went for dinner at Pizza Express. If you’re going to the show, I’d recommend booking one of the restaurants in the area. There are plenty to choose from and there are other things you can do in the area to pass some of the time between shows.

I don’t want to talk too much about the play as I want to ‘keep the secrets’ but I will just say that I did really enjoy myself and I went into it knowing the story line already which helped. My parents both said that they didn’t think it was as good as the movies were particularly in regards to the storyline, but both agreed that they might have felt a little more into it if we’d have had a better view of the stage!

In conclusion, I had a great weekend and I’d say it’s definitely a must to see the show for any Harry Potter fans. If you don’t mind spending the money, I’d recommend getting a seat in one of the lower levels rather than the balcony so you have a better view! I don’t think I’ll go to see the show again but I did fully enjoy myself!

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