Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London Experience

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You have no idea how happy I am to finally be able to write a review of this show. I’m sure most fans appreciate this struggle but I bought mine and Becca’s tickets on 23rd January in 2017 and we finally went on Wednesday 7th March 2018. Let me tell you though, it was worth the wait. I wanna make it clear before I go in that I will do my best not to spoil any aspects of the show – I’ll talk about the plot a bit but I won’t ruin anything that makes the show amazing. Be prepared for a long post, here we go!

Because we’d had the tickets booked for so long we almost got to a point where we forgot we were going. We didn’t book our hotel and train tickets until less than a month before we left and I just kept forgetting that this was something I could look forward to. The year felt like a lifetime but when the day arrived it felt like I’d booked the tickets just yesterday. Me and Becca caught the train at 10:08AM and tried to pass the time on the two and a half hour train journey. Mostly by messing around on Snapchat, updating Becca’s Instagram story and then moaning when there wasn’t any data.

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We got to London Euston, wolfed down a sandwich from Sainsbury’s and then headed to the theatre because me and Becca are absolute lovers of taking photos and we wanted as many outside the theatre as possible. It’s just as well we headed to the theatre early because I had it in my head that the show started at 2:30PM but once we’d finished taking our photos I saw that actually the show started at 2PM. It was an absolute panic but we grabbed the tickets and joined the back of the queue which had snaked around the entire theatre.

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Becca began to worry we wouldn’t get inside on time but luckily the queue moved quite fast. Security were strict and like I can understand why ‘cos it’s a popular show but they were extremely strict. Me and Becca had to bin about £5 worth of uneaten snacks between us because you can’t take in any outside food or drink. I mourned the loss of those snacks for the rest of the day. Security checking our bags was a bit awkward because we hadn’t had time to run to our hotel so all our personal stuff was in there and it was an intense bag search, they don’t just have a quick feel I mean they proper go through your things. Then you have a metal detector across your body and then you’re let in!

When we booked the tickets I was earning minimum wage and working one day a week so I had to borrow money off my Mom meaning I could only afford the £15 tickets right at the top. I’d been a bit worried about the view and when we sat down I was even more worried. Becca sat down first and I was like “How’s the view?” to which Becca replied “Awful, I can’t see anything.” Because we were so high up there was a railing to stop people falling which blocked the view a bit and then also the lighting blocked it too. Luckily when the show started we realised the view wasn’t too awful, it just meant doing a lot of head moving and not being able to see if anything happened in the bottom left corner of the stage. But to be honest I’d been waiting so long to see the show that I was just grateful to be inside the theatre at that point.

Inside the Theatre

I want to point out that I had read the book before going to the theatre and although I’d enjoyed some aspects (reading about Albus and Scorpius’ friendship being the best part) I really didn’t like the overall story. I feel like other than completely ruining some aspects there were also a couple of plot holes (which I’ll talk about later) so I just didn’t really like it. However, I was still super excited about seeing the show because I’d heard from my friend that it was absolutely amazing and I just generally love being at the theatre. So I went in with an open mind and pushed aside my negative thoughts about the book.

Guys, it was amazing. I’m so glad I went with Becca ‘cos I feel like we turned to each other every other minute like ‘Oh My God!’ and just generally freaked out about everything together. The cast were amazing and I honestly just loved every second. In the interval we had so much to talk about because it’s just so good that you want to discuss everything you just saw in detail. I remember moaning in the first interval about how before we knew it the whole thing would be over and I knew I’d be sad.

We watched the second half of Part One which was just as amazing and came out of the theatre at about 4:50PM. I’m so glad we decided to watch both parts on the same day because I wouldn’t have wanted to wait an entire day to see Part Two. I’m also actually really glad it’s in two parts instead of just one because it spreads the magic out for longer.

Because Part One had finished a bit earlier than we’d originally thought it would we decided to head to our hotel to check-in which was about twenty minutes away by tube to the theatre. It wasn’t the greatest hotel we’d ever stayed in but it also wasn’t the worst. My only complaint would be that we booked a twin room but for some reason ended up in a double room and then it was boiling hot in there for most of the night. But it didn’t matter because we were only there a few minutes before heading back to the theatre.

We grabbed dinner at a fast food place right across the street. We picked it for its convenience but unfortunately although the place even sold some food specifically for dogs it had little to no vegetarian options so Becca ended up ordering two portions of fries for her dinner. I had a chicken burger which was tasty but not very big. The fries portions were massive though and their milkshakes were good. Still quite pricey but at least it was close to the theatre.

Food

We took more photos outside the theatre in the evening because we’re absolute trash but these didn’t come out quite as well since it started to get dark. We joined the back of the queue which again had snaked around the theatre but went quickly again and we’d also dumped our main bags in the room so now we only had handbags which meant we got through quicker this time.

Dark Theatre

Once inside I knew it’d be a mistake but since we were earlier we decided to take a look at the merchandise. I had the quickest glance and decided to buy a t-shirt with the show name on it since I was enjoying it so much. Becca said she wasn’t gonna get anything so I queued up and bought it for £19.99 – by the time I’d got back she decided she needed to buy a program so she got one for £12. It was really pretty so we spent time looking through that before Part Two began. We were so far back that we didn’t really know what people’s faces looked like so actually getting to see them up close in the book was interesting. And then Part Two began!

It was just as amazing as Part One but also quite sad because we knew we were nearing the end and that tickets are almost completely sold out until next year. Everything about it was just brilliantly done and by the end we knew we needed to see it again at some point. The moment the next batch of tickets is announced we are getting some more. I remember getting stressed when I bought them last year because I was in an online queue for forty-five minutes but according to some other fans that’s absolutely nothing compared to how long they waited. I also heard horror stories of people getting to the front of the queue and getting kicked out but luckily that didn’t happen to me. I will fight people for tickets next year, trust me.

I wanna give another shout-out to the cast because honestly they were amazing, so full of energy and played their parts absolutely amazingly. My favourite had to be Scorpius, Becca genuinely cried with laughter several times and honestly he was just amazing. All the cast were though, they were honestly amazing.

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Right, I’m about to talk about the plot ‘cos I assume that even if you haven’t seen the play you’ve probably read the book. However if you don’t want to read my spoilers about the plot, skip past and I’ll put a ‘Spoilers End Here’ line in bold so you’ll know it’s safe again!

First of all, I do not for one second believe that Harry James Potter would ever tell his son that he wished he wasn’t his. I don’t care how angry he was he just wouldn’t say it. After everything he went through as a kid he wouldn’t suddenly turn around and be a complete dick. Even Draco was running around like “My son! Clear his name! Won’t someone please think of my son!?” Also Harry literally stalking his son to make sure he couldn’t see his only friend was actually pretty abusive like really?

Secondly, the whole Delphi plot confuses me a bit because like other than the fact that Voldemort and Bellatrix having a kid is just absolutely ridiculous how on earth could Draco not have known about her if she was born in the Malfoy Manor? Did he not notice that Bellatrix was pregnant? I understand he was probably at school but nine months is a long time and he would’ve gone back home at some point and surely seen her? Also, when would she even have had the time to like be pregnant and give birth? Surely there was a lot going on at the time and she wouldn’t have- Whatever, I’m not getting into this.

Thirdly, do not even sit there and tell me that Cedric Diggory would’ve become a death eater under any circumstances. He got humiliated in a bloody competition and became a death eater? You really expect me to believe that? You can honestly piss off.

And now onto my fourth and final point. Scorpius and Albus are 100% a little bit in love with each other, they can push this whole ‘oh Scorpius fancies Rose and Albus fancied Delphi’ until the cows come home but I know the truth. Usually I’m the person that’s like “Do we need romance? Can’t we just let people be friends, not everything has to be about romance” but this is my one exception. I ship it so hard and I don’t care what anyone says I 100% believe they’re gay.

Scorpius and Albus

SPOILERS END HERE.

Basically, I am going to see this show again. I don’t care if I have to wait another full year, I am going again. Me and Becca wanted to bring Jess and Hirst with us but they’re not into Harry Potter as much as us so we’ll see. We’re also hoping to get slightly more expensive tickets next time so we could hopefully get a better view. But overall I wouldn’t change anything about our first time seeing the show. I was worried we’d be sat by annoying people who went on their phones or talked the whole time but we were very lucky. I think because everyone’s waited so long to see the show they do actually have some respect and put their phones away and shut up to watch it. I wish people were like that at every show!

The next day Becca came up with the idea of visiting Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station to get our photo taken again. We did originally go with Jess and Hirst back in April a couple of years ago and we each got an individual photo then a photo of us all killing Becca since the woman taking the photo ‘didn’t like Slytherins’ apparently.

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Me and my friends are quite sad and we all have our own houses and we actually each have matching merchandise that’s in our own house. Becca is Slytherin, Jess is Gryffindor, Hirst is Ravenclaw and I’m a Hufflepuff. But as me and Becca already had photos with our house scarves on we decided to go for different ones. She chose Ravenclaw and I chose Slytherin and we each got our individual photos before taking a double one. We were asked if we wanted friendly or duel to which Becca said “Duel!” so the man told us how to pose. The moment Becca put her arm above her head the people in the queue started cheering for some reason and it was super embarrassing but I’m so happy with how the photo turned out.

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We headed into the shop and that was our downfall to be honest, it’s even bigger than when we originally went in April and oh dear. To be fair if I’d really caved in I could’ve spent more but in the end I bought the professional photo of me and Becca, a Hufflepuff umbrella, a Hufflepuff pen and some postcards for my scrapbook. Becca bought the professional photo and a stuffed Hedwig. In just 24 hours I’d managed to spend £50 on Harry Potter merchandise.

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We got breakfast and we really wanted to do more Harry Potter related things (because it had reached that point where we’d just accepted our nerdiness) but we couldn’t find anything so we decided to go sight-seeing. We’d never been to Buckingham Palace together so off we went. Becca’s Mom loves the Royal Family so Becca knew a surprising number of facts about Buckingham Palace, it was actually quite funny she was like my own personal tour guide.

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After that we had to accept the trip was over and we caught the train back to Telford. You know when you get post-concert depression? I think I’ve got post-Harry Potter depression because it was honestly amazing and I’m just so sad it’s over. I came back to work and within minutes of going through my emails I was in a bad mood and just wanted to be back at the show. Me and Becca are going to make sure we have tickets for next year, it was that good! If you get the opportunity to see the show then I really recommend it. I’ve seen almost every show running in the West End and let me tell you, this is the best one I’ve ever seen.

I just beg that no one turns this into a movie. Put the stage version on DVD and I’ll be happy but please don’t turn it into a movie. The storyline is awful but seeing it on stage redeems it whereas I think a movie would just ruin it. There’s something about the theatre having limited resources compared to movies that makes it even more magical.

There we go, I wrote about this play in way more detail than anyone ever asked for. If you’ve seen the show then let me know what you thought in the comments, if you’re going to see it then let me know in the comments, just please talk to me! Thanks for reading.

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