Books, Live Performance

Dammit, the Harry Potter Play in London Is an Official Sequel



I damn this not because I don’t approve, but because I know full well that I’m going to have to make the trip to London and pay for two plays, and that’s not cheap. That aside, the notion of a Harry Potter story that involves the character finally being taken seriously in his world, and seen as the thing he has become rather than what he will become, is something that appeals to me.

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 one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

If you’re already in London, there are preview tickets which are quite reasonable. If you aren’t, I would assume that at some point down the line – probably long after any possible spoilers are known – Fathom Events or somebody like them will do something with it. Alternatively, unless J.K. Rowling can somehow say no to more truckloads of money, there’ll be a movie eventually.

I imagine the agent of the kid who played Albus in that one final movie scene is frantically praying to Mammon right about now…

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist