A week on from my day trip to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two at Palace Theatre in London, and I can now finally put into words just how spectacular the show experience was.
From start to finish, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was everything I and the hundreds of other Harry Potter super-fans in the audience around me had been waiting for since the moment we put down J.K. Rowling's final novel of the Harry Potter series 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'.
With my utmost loyalty to this spellbinding show, and awe at its ability to transform my childhood dream of seeing Harry Potter on stage into a reality, I must #keepthesecret and take a different approach to my typical show review style. Regardless, there are some aspects of the production which I can share with you: my main motive for this being to convince you that, if any, this is the one show you must see before you die.
So, if you've already visited Harry Potter World or read the series over and over like I have, I guess you could say that you're a minuscule step of the way towards your ultimate Harry Potter experience.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child combines a selection of J.K. Rowling's magical innovations with a geniusly refreshing storyline written by J.K in collaboration with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Meanwhile, the plot grips tightly to our most loved (and most despised) characters, favourite spells and dialogue we've heard too many times to forget.
The execution of the play is beyond magnificent. With a cast of 42 of all ages, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child truly celebrates the notion that when it comes to believing in magic, age really does have no limit.
The entire cast gave a faultless performance across the four hour and 40 minute total running time. Nonetheless, it would be senseless not to recognise the outstanding performances by Jamie Ballard, Thomas Aldridge and Franc Ashman who played the famous three. Likewise, Jonathan Case and James Howard also gave incredibly realistic (and unique on Jonathan's part) performances as the Malfoy males.
The extreme popularity of the play, typically requiring fans to purchase tickets up to a year in advance, implies that the current actors will have performed the show hundreds of times for both parts. Nonetheless, their effortless talents and theatrical expertise, with all actors also participating in set changes in the slickest manner, was enough to convince audience members that the actors were indulging in every magical moment and conquering every injustice for the first time.
Another of the unforgettable qualities of the production included the impressive characterisation adopted by the actors. They took into account the most intricate of details to accurately reproduce J.K. Rowling's initial creations; notably use of accent, mannerisms and costume choice. Equally, the production's set design and special effects contributed enormously to the show experience. Needless to say, there were countless awe-inspiring moments which left viewers mind-blown and truly captivated by the magic of the show; so much that during the intervals, I didn't hear a single person question 'how' a trick was done.
In every dimension, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stuns, satisfies and surprises- giving Harry Potter fans a memorable and sensational audience experience. If I haven't said already, I highly, highly recommend this show- you're in for a treat.