“This boy will be famous. There won’t be a child in our world who doesn’t know his name.”
– Professor McGonagall; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
At the time of writing, J K Rowling didn’t know quite how foretelling those words would be. However in today’s world, Harry Potter stands among many other literary greats and has inspired wave after wave of merchandise, costume parties and themed escape rooms in its wake. It should come as no surprise that the eighth story in the series; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has been met with excited roars of approval since its initial announcement in June 2015.
The previews of the much anticipated first instalment of The Cursed Child started last Tuesday, the 7th June. While the world Premier Box office does not open until 30th July 2016, a number of lucky fans have already been able to see the Cursed Child at The Palace Theatre in London.
The Lucky Friday Forty
Every Friday at 1pm, the Palace Theatre and the official Cursed Child website releases 40 tickets for every performance of the two-part play for the following week. These tickets are available at a severely discounted price but are quoted as “some of the very best seats in the theatre” giving the chance for a very few lucky fans to grab tickets at a great price.
As most performances are already otherwise sold out between now and March 2017, this is a fantastic way of keeping momentum for The Cursed Child. The tickets are only purchasable online and on the Palace Theatre Website.
The Story So Far
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.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set nineteen years after the conclusion of the first Harry Potter series and follows the journey of young Albus Severus Potter as he starts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Not much has been revealed about the plot of the play itself but Rowling has promised that the play will contain an entirely new story and will not be re-hashing any previously explored content.
Ticket Holders urged to #KeeptheSecret for other Fans
Rowling has asked premier ticket holders to refrain from spoiling the play for other fans who have not yet seen it in her new hashtag #keepthesecret. While this has been widely respected, the odd spoiler or two is no doubt bound to find its way onto a news site sooner or later. For now, though, it seems as if most first wave attendees have kept mum about the whole thing.
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