Opens Apr 22

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Epic
88
Critics
87
10 reviews
Members
94
1 review
 

Harry Potter, the boy who lived, comes to Broadway all grown up in this two-part story that picks up with Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermoine nineteen years after the events of the final book.

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.  While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

 

Cast & Creatives (45)



Reviews (11)

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87
Avg Score

90
The New York Times

for a previous production “A kind of magic that is purely theatrical yet somehow channels the addictive narrative grip of Rowling’s prose…I was amazed at how naturally what I saw on the stage seemed to flow from the page…This production captures Rowling’s sensibility even more persuasively than did the films…The word for these imaginative leaps of faith is empathy. That’s the magic practiced so affectingly and entertainingly in ‘Cursed Child,’ and it turns everyone in the audience into a sorcerer’s apprentice.” Full Review

85
Variety

for a previous production “The Show That Lived Up to Expectations — and Then Some…A captivating story given a spectacular staging and — Rowling’s specialty — a big, big heart…Where it retreads old ground, the ‘Cursed Child’ sometimes stutters…Theater butts up against its limitations too...That holds back Part Two of this five-hour-plus epic. When plot kicks in, it doesn’t yield the same wonder as the world that’s pulled together in Part One…Its every element pulls together…It’s total theater. And, yep, it’s magic.” Full Review

85
The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production “A thrilling theatrical spectacle…I got as much pleasure from the staging as from the convoluted story. Tiffany and his designer, Christine Jones, have created magic out of the simplest ingredients…Any danger that the effects would upstage the actors is overcome by a set of strong performances…While it helps to be a paid-up Potterhead, Tiffany and his team stage the piece with such dazzling assurance that I finally began to see the point of being wild about Harry.” Full Review

85
USA Today

for a previous production “Smashing storytelling and layered but accessible emotional life…The spectacle is delivered, in good British fashion, with discretion and without ostentation, in service of a substantive tale...‘Cursed Child’ concerns itself with a very topical dilemma: the limits and dangers of righteous retaliation…Paul Thornley's Ron Weasley is convincing as a lovable goofball, while Noma Dumezweni. gives Hermione, Ron's wife, a gravitas befitting her inevitable high stature, but also a delightful wit.” Full Review

90
Los Angeles Times

for a previous production “It delivers the old-fashioned delights of traditional fable in the rapturously inventive terms of timeless theater...Being a relative neophyte in the ‘Harry Potter’ world, I no doubt missed many of the subtleties…But the emotional clarity of the tale saves the day…The philosophical dimension of the work is as rich as its emotional substance…The luminous power of Rowling’s storytelling soothes the jangled soul while urgently reminding us that the future ultimately rests in our own hands.” Full Review

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The Telegraph (UK)

for a previous production “It’s a triumph...In all key respects, it grips, it stirs, it delights…You can’t stop watching. That’s partly down to the thrill-a-minute nature of the stage-craft…The leading performances also forge a sense of journeys meaningfully undertaken…There’s a universal, relatable emotional core to the show…There are reservations, but to labor those failings would be to miss the point. The big news is that this is just what was needed, will raise the benchmark for family entertainment for years.” Full Review

90
The London Evening Standard

for a previous production “For once the so-called theatrical event of the year really is just that…Packed with pathos, dazzling choreography and moments of pure enchantment…John Tiffany’s finely orchestrated production is often gorgeous…If explaining the story’s more ticklish details sometimes stalls its momentum, the characterization is richly convincing…For the legions of Pottermaniacs eager to be reunited with the characters they adore, this will be a magical experience." Full Review

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Express UK

for a previous production “A wholly authentic HP experience…Revelations about events...in the past bring gasps from the audience. It helps...to have a working knowledge of the stories…The play is so packed with incident that it barely matters. You can just sit back and enjoy the ride. And what a ride!...The tale unfolds with the speed of an express train. If the opening is a bit hard to follow it soon settles down...There are moments when you simply cannot believe the evidence of your own eyes.” Full Review

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Daily Mail (UK)

for a previous production “Galloping goblins, it’s long. The Harry Potter stage show, watched with breaks in one, bot-rotting day, is an eight-hour marathon memorable mainly for its special effects...Potter addicts will love it…But as the hours passed and the cloaked figures crouched with much penumbral melodrama, there were moments I could have done with a glug of gurdyroot infusion to keep me alert…If you have a chance to see only one show, go for Part Two.” Full Review

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Time.com

for a previous production “This enchantment will turn even the most doubting Muggles into true believers…It’s a fiendishly complex narrative, and moves at a lick…This is a story that feels made for the stage. Yes, it’s packed with effects…But Thorne and Tiffany also conjure up moments of intimate drama…One legacy of the Potter books is the way they turned a whole generation on to reading. ‘Cursed Child’ will perform this same service for theatre...For that alone it deserves the unending run it will surely now receive.” Full Review

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94
Avg Score

94
For a previous production
Enchanting, Epic, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in Harry Potter.

Don't see it if you don't like "fan-servicing" productions and "filler scenes"

Also From the London production, it was a great day-long experience. The mu... Read more Read less