“The Cursed Child” is Anything But Cursed

Renee Stein, Staff Writer

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The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child first appeared on Broadway on the 22nd of April, 2018 at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway. This play is based off of the book of the same name by J.K. Rowling, which was published in July of 2016. Not surprisingly, considering the popularity of the Harry Potter series, NYC is not the only place where the play is shown. The play has been performed in Britain at the Palace Theatre in London July 30th, 2016. 

I had the opportunity to see this wonderful play on the 5th and 6th of this past December, and oh boy do I have a lot to say about it. Tickets for this show can cost up to $1,000 for orchestra seats. Just like I did for Beetlejuice, I won these tickets and only paid $80 for both days and I got orchestra seats. It was an amazing seat for the price I paid, so my experience was off to a good start. 

Right when you walk into the theatre you could already feel the magic. Everywhere you look there are Harry Potter references, such as H’s on the carpet to represent the title character. Since I went near the holidays, there was a christmas tree and at the top of the tree was Hedwig, which was magical by itself. When you walked to your seats, the stage was huge. In my opinion, there were no “bad seats” because you could see the stage from everywhere. 

The show itself is very magical. Right off the bat when the play starts, magic is used when a hat is in the air and a man places it down on his head. “Magic” is shown in almost every scene of the play when they are doing spells and having duels. I feel that the play shows the Cursed Child way better than the book does. Some people do not want to see the play just because the book was not the best, but I believe people should give it a try. The actors and actresses that were chosen to play each part were chosen perfectly, like Bubba Weiler playing Scorpius. Weiler is an AMAZING actor and he played his role perfectly. There are lots of plot twists and turns and it is appropriate for children, which is also a plus. Anyone who is a Harry Potter fan should see this play immediately.