America’s favorite Federalist is about to be theatrically big-footed as Harry Potter has taken the stage in London. The blazingly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play, in previews since June in the West End, has opened its show to reviewers — and they are gushing. And, in case you didn’t know, theatre reviewers are not the type to gush unless it’s warranted. (We’re not spoiling anything here plot-wise, so read on.)
Says The Hollywood Reporter: “[The play is] an entrancing theatrical event that generously serves fans and newcomers alike. While purists might grumble about the colonization of yet another stage in the West End by a property that originated in another medium, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has originality, craft and charm that will help to hook a new generation of mainstream theatergoers.”
That’s good, more fans. Because, you know, the Potterverse was really lacking in devotees there.
The notoriously crusty British reviewers are fawning, too.
The Daily Telegraph: “British theatre hasn’t known anything like it for decades and I haven’t seen anything directly comparable in all my reviewing days.”
The Times: “It’s not the movie of the book. It’s the real deal, live in front of you, so much better than any film could be.”
The Guardian: A “thrilling theatrical spectacle.”
The Independent: “It’s quite apparent this isn’t written to be either a book or a tie-in film; it’s a spectacle for the theatre, one that is filled to the brim with fan service and magical imagery that will amaze.”
And possibly the most important review is from actress Emma Watson: “I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING. Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift.”
In true Rowling fashion, the play clocks in a 5 hours and 15 minutes. Yes, you read that right. THR called it a “two-part” show; we’re assuming they mean two-act. Still, that’s the equivalent of two plays. Regardless, if you ever get a ticket, you won’t be able to say you didn’t get your money’s worth.
The play’s script is due to be released this Sunday, July 31; book stores are planning a multitude of special events on magnitude with anything they did for the latter Potter releases. The movie’s film rights have been sold, but not news on to whom.