I was fortunate enough to fly to London this summer and see The Cursed Child. Here are my thoughts on both the screenplay and the book. I am so grateful to be able to see this lovely play. It was so fun to be surrounded by other Potterheads!
I read the book when it came out a few years ago. When I got it in the mail I was confused at first because I didn’t realize that it was in a script format. I’m not going to lie, the first time I read it I had no idea how to read a script!
Pro tip for script reading: make sure to read everything on the page, the play and the script move pretty fast. It can be hard to keep track of the story of you miss even a few details. So the first time through I was definitely confused.
This time I had more experience and I was ready to read! I had no problems whatsoever following the story line. I was immediately engrossed in the story. One nice thing about the script is that it is short and it doesn’t take a lot of time to read and you move through scenes quickly.
I really enjoyed hearing the characters voices in my mind and being able to visualize the characters.4.5 stars for the second time through.
I am only rating it 4.5 stars because it isn’t an actual book. It doesn’t have as much detail as a regular Harry Potter book would but otherwise it was pretty good.
Review of the play!
- Some of the things I am discussing in this review might just be applicable to the theatre in London because it is an old theatre.
Please note I will be talking about some things that happen in the play. I’m not going to be spoiling the play though.
I am a scaredy cat and I’m very sensitive to loud noises like music, blasts or other sounds.
- My seat was quite close to a speaker and it was quite loud. I found that I had to cover my ears a lot throughout this play. (I forgot my earplugs). If you are sensitive to noise (or even if you aren’t). I would recommend bringing some earplugs just in case.
- There was a part where the dementors came off the stage and they floated above the audience. I found that particular scary as dementors are not my favorite creatures in the Harry Potter world. If you are like this too just be aware.
- There is use of flashing lights
- There is use of stage smoke, but it’s not too heavy.
Ok, let’s talk about what I enjoyed.
The transitions in between scenes went quickly and smoothly. Wizards would come on the stage and dance and flap their cloaks around as they promptly set up for the next scene while music played. (It sounds weird and dorky when I describe it to you but it was good).
Good use of lighting and special effects to really make the magic happen. Fire, blasts, steam etc.
The cast was very good and I felt they all played the roles very well.
The jokes were good and I liked seeing Ron mess with Hermione, who is now minister for magic!
I have to admit the dementors where cool.
Just note: the theatre in London is an old theatre. The seats are small with limited leg room. I would recommend an aisle seat for anyone concerned about leg room. My seat was an aisle seat row g seat 29 and I really enjoyed it. I had extra leg room. I was near a speaker so it got loud at parts but that’s really my only complaint.
I had seen reviews of people saying that the theatre has no air conditioning. I didn’t find it not in the theatre so they might have gotten AC.
When you are at the theatre they will do a bag check. You are not allowed to bring food in. I would assume this is the same in different theatres too. So if you were thinking of bringing a doughnut to snack on maybe wait till you get home. You can always purchase food inside, though 2 pounds for water is expensive! I would recommend using a reusable water bottle so you don’t have to buy your own.
The play is quite long, about four hours long but, you will get intermission and after the first part you have a few hours inbetween before the second part. We just walked around the city and went in some shops. Depending on the time of your show this a great time to have some lunch/dinner before the next part.
I really enjoyed my experience. It was really good.and I’ll definitely remember it for a long time. I wouldn’t recommend this play to anyone who hasn’t read the books or seen all the movies because the play moves quite fast. If you don’t wish to travel all the way to London I believe they are also showing it in San Francisco as well! If anyone has seen the play in San Francisco tell me about your experience!
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Have you seen this play? What did you think?