Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

February 5, 2022
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Last weekend, a couple of girls from work and I headed into London for a day full of magic! We had booked tickets to see both part 1 and part 2 of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was something none of us had seen before but desperately wanted to. 

I’d seen mixed reviews about this show but had no idea what it was really about. So, I pretty much went in blind and ready to form my own opinion. Here, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the show, which will be completely spoiler-free, so don’t worry! And whether I would see it again or not.

The Palace Theatre, London

The show is held in the Palace Theatre. If you’re a regular London-goer, you’ve no doubt seen it with its huge Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sign. It really stands out and is a great picture opportunity. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Stage Show Review

The first show started at 2pm, so we arrived at the theatre about an hour early and headed straight in. There were mask restrictions in place here, but they didn’t ask for a COVID pass which was different as other theatres I’d been to recently had asked. 

We wandered around the lobby, looking at all the merch. From t-shirts and hoodies to wands and magnets, they had quite a lot of decent items. As much as I wanted a hoodie and a wand, I didn’t want to go overboard on the spending. So, I settled on a magnet instead haha. I also got both programmes which is always a must for me at every show!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Stage Show Review

The theatre itself inside was very pretty. And it definitely has all the Harry Potter vibes. We were sat in the Royal Circle and had a great, full view of the stage. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Stage Show Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Stage Show Review

The Cursed Child Story

The play started off really strong as we meet Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione and their kids on Platform 9 and 3/4s as they head off to Hogwarts. As soon as it started, I was super excited to be transported right back into the magical world of Harry Potter.

The story predominantly follows Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy as unlikely friends at Hogwarts and all the trouble they end up getting into. I was a big fan of these two characters. Their friendship was absolutely adorable, and they were so different to their parents. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Stage Show Review

Of course, we also got an insight into Harry and Ginny’s marriage and a few extra details of Harry’s past with the Dursleys and his parents too. We also saw what Ron and Hermione were doing after Hogwarts, and to be honest, I was pretty disappointed in Ron’s character development. It just wasn’t there, and he definitely didn’t feel like the Ron we all knew and loved. Apart from that, the rest of the characters were great and really believable. Even Draco had somewhat of a redemption storyline which was so nice to see as I felt he always deserved that!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Stage Show Review

It wasn’t a perfect storyline though. It definitely had quite a few holes, and quite a major reveal was a little lacklustre and not all that believable. To really enjoy it, you kind of have to ignore all of these things and just be in the moment with it, rather than point out things that couldn’t have happened. 

I also feel like it was dragged out. It definitely could’ve been shorter with some scenes cut completely. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure if it even needed to be two parts. But, it was still an enjoyable show, and I’d actually love to see it translated to the big screen. I think it would’ve worked amazingly well as a movie, and I’m sure many Harry Potter fans would love to see it in that way.

The Magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Now, what really makes the show special, and what makes up for the questionable storyline, is the magic. It was truly incredible, and we were all sat there completely stunned at points wondering how on earth they did it. From disappearing through the telephone box and using the polyjuice potion, to being eaten by a cursed bookshelf and duelling. It was definitely a treat for the eyes!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Stage Show Review

I was completely mesmerised by the magic. So much so that at one point, I completely forgot that it wasn’t actually real – I was so wrapped up in it all. There were also a few jump-scares, and the dementors were also featured and were creepy as hell! 

Final Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Would I see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child again? Definitely. Sure, the storyline wasn’t the best, and it dragged at some points, but it still completely sucked me in. I even teared up at one point as we revisited the death of Harry’s parents. 

The magic, the characters, the humour, the experience, and the nostalgic feeling of it all had me wanting to go back and see it again. And I think it was worth a visit for all Harry Potter fans.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Stage Show Review

I couldn’t resist getting a picture of my new Harry Potter tattoo!

Looking for more Harry Potter experiences to try? Check out our recent visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tours in Watford!

Also, take a look at our potion-making cocktail class in London, which was so much fun and perfect for fans of magic.

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