First Spoiler-Free ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Reviews Hit The Web

     June 7, 2016

For the first time since Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows arrived on bookshelves nearly a decade ago, the fate and future of J.K. Rowling‘s beloved characters has been revealed. Sort of. At least to a few. In London, at the Palace Theater, the very first preview audience caught a viewing of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: Part 1, the first installment in a two-part play that picks up with the adult versions of everyone’s favorite Hogwarts students and the next generation of witches and wizards after them.

So far, reactions to the play have ranged from wildly enthusiastic to outright ecstatic, so the good news is that Rowling seems to have stuck the landing on the narrative (at least on part 1, audiences don’t see the second half until later this week). I’ll just take a moment here for a huge sigh of relief. However, it’s a strange sensation that only about 1500 people in the world know this part of Harry’s story right now. Sure, the script will be released for wide audiences, and eventually, somewhere down the line there’s bound to be a movie, but as a reader of the books for most of my life, part of the fun was the shared experience of uncovering that next chapter of Harry’s tale together.

Exclusivity aside, I’m thrilled to hear the positive feedback from first audiences, who praise not only Rowling’s story, but the show itself including believable on-stage magic, live owls (who apparently still need some work), and a cast of actors who expertly inhabit characters scorched into the minds of millions as their film counterparts. Check out the first reviews below, and if you’re lucky enough to have seen it, definitely #KeepTheSecrets.


 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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