*Before I get into my thoughts on this two-part play, I’d like to say that those who watched both parts were sent an email with a video message from J. K. Rowling asking to #KeepTheSecrets, by refraining from spoiling the production for future audience members. With that being said, I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimum. *
For those who haven’t heard of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a two-part play, which was written by Jack Thorne, J. K Rowling, and John Tiffany.
The story takes place nineteen years after the end of the Second Wizarding War in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and it follows Harry’s middle child, Albus Severus Potter, and his life as the son of a famous war hero.
1. The Set Design
There was definitely a lot of thought and effort put into the set design from the moving staircases in Hogwarts, to the bedding in the Slytherin dormitories, to the church tower in Godric’s Hollow. Each element was remarkably intricate and reminiscent of the world in the Harry Potter films.
2. The Choreography
There was a bit of choreography throughout the play. The dance sequences ranged from cloak twirls to wand duels, and it helped with the transitions from scene to scene by having the audience focus on the dancing versus the set changes.
3. The Acting
I read the script when it was published back in 2016 and the characterization was lacking for me. I felt like I didn’t truly understand the motives of certain characters and I felt like some of the lines didn’t match the characters speaking. Seeing the play changed that for me because the cast members brought depth to the characters in the way they spoke and the way they moved around the stage.