Let’s Discuss! Cursed Child + London

Hi everyone! As you may or may not know, I was lucky enough to find myself in London a few weeks ago to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. My boyfriend bought tickets for us to see it for my birthday, and the date rolled around a few weeks ago.

We saw both parts in one day which I’d definitely recommend! I think I’d lose such a bit of the connection to the story if I didn’t see it the same day, even though 6 hours in one day is a long time to sit in a fairly uncomfortable theatre seat. We got the cheapest tickets and ended up right at the back of the theatre (as to be expected), but for the price we still managed to see most of the play without being too uncomfortable. If you’re thinking of booking these seats, however, I will warn you that you could end up having a partially obscured view (like behind a pillar, for example)!

But despite the seats, the play does make up for it in atmosphere, sound and general effects. The visual effects were amazing, and so was the sound. The sound really brought some of the scenes to life, and we really enjoyed the dance scenes too! The sets aren’t too complex for most of the play (a lot of them are built out of old trunks/suitcases, e.g. the inside of the Hogwarts Express), but definitely do the job. There’s also a decent amount of time between parts to check in at your hotel and have a proper sit down meal (that’s what we did, anyway), so you feel refreshed for the second part!

I won’t say too much about the plot itself (especially as I reviewed the script here), but I will say the first half is better than the second (in our opinion). The story definitely isn’t perfect, but had some really interesting aspects and was very entertaining, while exploring heavier topics. Overall, if you’re a Harry Potter fan then it’s definitely worth a trip! If I was to go again, I’d probably aim for mid-range tickets, though.

On our second day in London, we met a friend and had some lunch, but also visited a few bookshops! We wandered around a few secondhand/rare booksellers, and Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, but our favourite by far was Foyles. I honestly nearly cried standing in there, just overwhelmed by all of the books I had never expected to see in real life. It’s definitely worth a wander round, I could have easily spent hours in there!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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