The latest installment of the Harry Potter franchise premiered in London last night (June 7) to an audience of 1,400 lucky fans who’d managed to get their hands on preview tickets.
Stage play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is the first outing for the Hogwarts regulars since 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and such was the excitement surrounding opening night, fans started gathering outside the theater hours before it was due to begin:
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) June 7, 2016
Until eventually the queue snaked right around the block:
— Time Out London (@TimeOutLondon) June 7, 2016
Those of us who couldn’t be there should not despair, however. The production team took pity on us and posted this photo of the stage version of Hogwarts as the curtain went up:
— Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) June 7, 2016
So what do we know about the play? Well, not much—we know it takes place 19 years after the events of the final book, when Harry, Ron and Hermione have all grown up, married and become parents. In particular The Boy Who Lived (played by Jamie Parker) has become the father of young Albus Severus (Sam Clemmett), who wants to step out from under his father’s wand-wielding shadow.
But that’s all we know, and it’ll stay that way if creator J.K. Rowling has her way. She recently implored fans not to give away any spoilers, using the hashtag #KeepTheSecrets.
And, in the main, they have. Audience members shared photos of the program and the badge that came with it, with some of them expressing shock and delight at the play’s surprises without giving any of them away.
I just saw the best thing I've ever witnessed on stage, I would pay the full price of a ticket just to experience that one bit again
— Aislinn (@Ginger_Pig) June 7, 2016
Aww, c’mon Aislinn—give us a break over here.
Those of us without tickets are unlikely to find out more than that any time soon. The show is sold out until May 2017, though the script is due to be released in book form on July 31—Harry’s birthday. Until then we’ll have to wait.
So how about the big question… what did the fans think?
— Natasha O'Neill (@natashaoh) June 7, 2016
— Rebecca Holbourn (@2cajuman2) June 7, 2016
second intermission update:
have cried about 3 times
— ellie bate (@eleanorbate) June 7, 2016
…we think they liked it.
Even those fans lucky enough to procure tickets don’t know how the play ends, however. That’s because it’s in two parts: They won’t learn what happens until the first preview of the second part, on Thursday night… a.k.a. plenty of time to hop on a plane.Read More