• Mary Harrison

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ opens on Broadway

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the eighth chronicle in the "Harry Potter"f series by author J.K. Rowling, opened on Broadway in New York on the night of Sunday, April 22, 2018. The play, divided into two individual shows labeled Part One and Part Two, totaled $68.5 million to produce, making it “the most expensive” nonmusical ever performed on Broadway, according to the New York Times.

Picking up where “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” ended," Cursed Child" begins with an adult Harry dropping off his son, Albus, at a train station on his first day at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The boy goes on many time-bending adventures during the storyline, which is not confined to one school year like the previous tales, according to the Chicago Tribune. Along the way, the play conveys to the audience themes on growing up, parentage, and parent-child relationships.

"Cursed Child," which debuted in London in 2016, was written by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany, and features a story by Rowling, Thorne, and Tiffany. It was written originally as a play, not an adaption on a book as the Harry Potter movies have been. However, the script is available in book form for Potter-heads who would like to continue the series' literary tradition, or who don't have an opportunity to see the show.

Part One lasts for 2 hours and 40 minutes, while Part Two docks in at 2 hours and 35 minutes. Separate tickets must be bought for the two different performances, each costing from $20 to $199 dollars, according to the Broadway show's official website.

However from the stunning reviews by

multiple sources, it seems the price is well worth it. One Tribune reviewer dubs "Cursed Child," “a feast of epic theatricality,” while the Times says the show, “raises the bar for Broadway magic.” One 9-year-old boy, interviewed by National Public Radio after viewing a performance, said the wizarding theatrical tricks are “really cool”:

“I've never seen special effects like that, only in movies."

A 40-member cast performing at the recently renovated Lyric Theatere features title characters from the original London crew, including Jamie Parker as 37-year-old Harry Potter, Poppy Miller as Ginny (Harry's wife), Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger, Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, Alex Price as Draco Malfoy, Sam Clemmett as Albus, and Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy (Draco’s son).

The "Harry Potter" fantasy series by English author Joanne (J.K.) Rowling features a young wizard of the same name and the adventures he and his friends have at Hogwarts. The first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone," was published in 1997, followed by “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (1998), “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (1999), “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2000), “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2003), “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2005), and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (2007). Each has been adapted to film.