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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — Review

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by Lillian Nejad (subscribe)
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A magical marvel in Melbourne

The Wizarding World has come to Melbourne's Princess Theatre in the enchanting production, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! The Princess Theatre has been meticulously transformed to immerse audiences into the fantastical world of Harry Potter. Presented in two parts, the award-winning play is able to capture the hearts and the attention of audiences for over five hours!

This is a production that both Harry Potter enthusiasts and newcomers to the genre will enjoy. Premiering in London in 2016, the play by Jack Thorne was based on the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, "The Cursed Child" written by Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling, and John Tiffany. The story takes place nineteen years into the future and centres around Albus, Harry Potter's son, and Scorpius, Draco Malfoy's son as they attempt to right a wrong of the past.

The outstanding cast includes Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter and Sean Rees-Wemyss as their son Albus Potter, Gyton Grantley as Ron Weasley, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger and Manali Datar their daughter Rose Granger- Weasley, Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy and with an absolute standout performance, William McKenna, as his son, Scorpius Malfoy.

The play is enchanting and mesmerising with magical elements that will delight young and old. The producers have asked audiences to "keep the secrets" wanting to ensure that everyone who comes through the doors will experience the magical elements of the show with fresh eyes; therefore, no spoilers in this review. Time to find out for yourselves!

Find out more about the production go to and to access tickets

Given you have to shell out for two plays (seen on the same day or on consecutive days), the cost is prohibitive, $290 per person. No worries, you can score seats through the Friday Forty lottery. Every Friday, they release 40 tickets for some of the very best seats in the theatre at $40 ($80 for Part One and Part Two) for every performance for the following week. For more information go to

To enter the lottery, go to and submit your entry between Monday at 12:01am to Friday at 1:00pm. Winners will be notified between 1:00pm and 5:00pm on Friday and will have one hour to claim tickets from the time of notification.

Part One: 2 hrs. and 40 min.; Part Two: 2 hrs. and 35 min.
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Where: Princess Theatre
Cost: $290.00pp for two shows, $80pp for two shows in lottery
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