Harry Potter Play Review

October 5, 2018

The recently added play to Broadway, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out on July 30th, 2016. It came out in London and played at the Palace Theatre. Around a year later it moved to New York and opened up on April 22nd, 2018 at the Lyric Theatre. The play was written by Jack Thorne and is based on the original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. The play has two parts to it, lasting around two hours each. “Ticket prices ranged between $20 and $199, even more for premium seats.” Claims marketwatch.com. “If those numbers keep up, the two-part show is poised to make $2 million per week. That’s hot on the heels of the $2.6 million that “Hamilton” wrangles weekly.” said moneyish.com.

The Cursed Child has been very successful so far. The play has many special effects in it that you would only see in a movie. The effects are ineffable and outstanding, and they elicit much enthusiasm and excitement from the audience. They show many examples of astounding new technology by having many shocking surprises during the performance. But those are for you to see on your own, because at the end of the play, the people who work at the theatre pass out pins that have written on them, #KeepTheSecrets. They do not want the people who saw the play to tell their friends about the play, so they have the pins to remind them keep the secrets.

Before the play came out, people read the screenplay. “I think that the screenplay was underwhelming and feels kind of like fan fiction,” says Daisy Ryan, a fellow Xlll. Roly, another Xlll, said that he read the screenplay and did not enjoy it. The screenplay is meant to be the script, although it was published for people to read. Since he did not like the screenplay, he had low expectations of the play before he saw it. “I thought it was really good,” shared Roly when we asked him if he was entertained by the play. The play made him appreciate The Cursed Child more. “I was surprised, even though I knew what was going to happen, it felt like a different story.”

Part of the reason why the Harry Potter series is so enthralling, is because they are mystery books disguised as fantasy. However, Daisy Ryan believes that the play is not a good mystery, and some of the roles of the characters do not fit into the plot well. Although J.K. Rowling had a small part in the play, Daisy feels like it is completely different than what she believes the audience would want to see. She assumes that the play would be better if it was about Harry Potter, and not about his son. If someone who has never seen or read the original series saw the play, they would probably think it was really intriguing, but if you have context and know the background, the play might not be as appealing. The Cursed Child seems more suitable for an audience who is new to the story.

If you are a hardcore Harry Potter fan, I would not recommend the play to you. Although it has some creative and magnificent effects, the plot would doubtfully please you, similarly to Daisy. If you are a casual fan of Harry Potter like Roly, you will probably be entertained. If you have heard of Harry Potter but have not seen the movies or read the books, the play will surely be a phenomenal experience. What kind of fan are you?




 

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