HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD IS THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN THE LIFE OF HARRY POTTER BUT IS CENTERED AROUND HIS SON ALBUS.
The folks at the Curran Theater invited us to attend the opening night showing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. With showings in only four cities we knew this was our only chance to attend in the near future. Taking the long drive we arrived and were excited for the show. Entering the theater we made two immediate observations. The first was that the theater was gorgeous. The design speaks to years of history. The second observation was that the carpets and walls were adorned with the letter H. Speaking with my contact at the theater I was able to confirm that this H was for Hogwarts and was part of the transformation the theater underwent for the play.
The Cursed Child follows as Albus, Harry’s son, decides to try to go back in time to save Cedric Diggory, believing that his death was needless. The book is written as a full script which was intended to see stage instead of a screen.
The play was not only performed by a fantastic cast but it featured effects that made magic come to life on the stage. During the moments of time travel the effects team performed some lighting tricks that made the physical set appear to become liquid. Every time this happened I tried to figure out how it was done and could not.
The play was a stunning masterpiece that should be required viewing for all fans of the Harry Potter films or books. It is divided into two parts, each about two and a half hours long including intermission and as the world is changed by the actions of Albus the staff and decorations have shifted to a Voldemort theme and we’re greeted with “Happy Voldemort Day”. It’s touches like this that made the experience even better.