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See all your favourite characters, glide on ice skates
Harry Potter on Ice, Harry Potter, sorting hat scene, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Slytherin
See Harry Potter on Ice at Penrith Ice Palace. Image supplied.


This December, take the family to Harry Potter on Ice at Penrith Ice Palace for a fun afternoon of lively entertainment.

Produced by Blue Mountains creative and Ice Skating Coach, Linda Aubrecht (Disney on Ice, We Will Rock You), the show is a unique rendition of a renowned story, combining elements of figure skating, dance, and theatre; which makes a great escape on a hot summers day.

Harry Potter on Ice, Harry Potter, spell class scene, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter spell class
Spell class in Harry Potter on Ice. Image by Jade Jackson.


I briefly spoke to Linda ahead of the show and asked her why Harry Potter? She said, "it was the students who decided. They all love Harry Potter and this was an opportunity of putting their own unique twist on their favourite story."

I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal and I was impressed with the magic portrayed with no fancy green screens or CGI. Sure some imagination is required at times, but like a play, that adds to it's charm.

Harry Potter on Ice, Harry Potter, broomstick class scene, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter spell class
Broomstick Class in Harry Potter on Ice. Image by Jade Jackson.


There's plenty of music and sound effects you'll recognise, transporting you into Hogwarts and the world of Harry Potter.

Ice Skating is always fun to watch, and Harry Potter on Ice combines everything you love about the books, brought to life in an elegant way, whilst re-imagining the magic of the movies.

Harry Potter On Ice, Harry Potter, sorting hat scene, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter spell class
A scene from Harry Potter on Ice. Image by Jade Jackson.


The Ice Skaters performing in the show are members of the Australian representative Ice Ballet team, Sydney Ice Theatre and their passion for the story shows in their performance. The skaters are also part of the Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club and have won numerous awards, both locally, and overseas.

The cast list includes:
Harry - Simone Aubrecht
Hermione - Crystal Hook
Ron - Hannah Kemp-Burrows
Draco Malfoy - Melanie Hensley
Voldemort - Sophie Barrah
Bellatrix - Katie Hensley
Dumbledoor - Chris Buerger

Like the movies, the cast is diverse and includes a range of ages from little kids (who perform the role of the owls) to teens (Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley) and adults (Professor Snape, Petunia Evans,Vernon Dursley) - unless I was fooled by make-up and costumes.

Harry Potter on Ice, Harry Potter, sorting hat scene, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter spell class
A scene from Harry Potter on Ice. Image by Jade Jackson.


All your favourite characters appear in the show along with key scenes such as:
Platform 9 and the Hogwarts Train
The Sorting Hat
Slytherin vs Gryffindor Quidditch Game
Spell class
Broomstick Riding
Cloak of Invisibility

Much of the story is told through elegant skating movements, though with the occasional voice-over effects, even those that are unfamiliar with the story, will understand what's going on and most importantly, enjoy it.

Harry Potter on Ice, Harry Potter, sorting hat scene, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter spell class
Hagrid in Harry Potter on Ice. Image by Jade Jackson.


Harry Potter on Ice brings a new twist to a beloved story. The costumes and the skaters looked the part. The music, a combination of Harry Potter theme music, and the occasional lively pop-rock ballad, sounds like an odd choice but it works to keep the tempo upbeat.

Harry Potter on Ice, Harry Potter, sorting hat scene, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter spell class
A scene from Harry Potter on Ice. Image by Jade Jackson.


What I enjoyed most was recognising key moments from the movies, but feeling like I was experiencing it for the first time as ballet-esque spins, jumps and elegant slides turned nostalgic scenes into beautiful dance pieces.

Most characters were instantly recognisable, especially Crystal Hook who played Hermione, genuinely looked like Emma Watson.

Harry Potter on Ice, Harry Potter, sorting hat scene, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter spell class
A scene from Harry Potter on Ice. Image by Jade Jackson.


Inside Penrith Ice Palace, it's refreshingly cold, however, when you're sitting, watching a show for over an hour, you'll want to bring a jacket and a blanket to stay warm.

Harry Potter on Ice, Harry Potter, sorting hat scene, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter spell class
A scene starring Ron Weasley from Harry Potter on Ice. Image by Jade Jackson.


Penrith Ice Palace is at 7-10 Patty's Place, Jamisontown. There's limited parking spaces inside the complex, however, there's also free on-street parking outside, though you may want to get there early to park close to the venue. There's a cafe on-site selling hot drinks, snacks and treats.

Tickets must be purchased online here and are selling fast.

Harry Potter on Ice, Harry Potter, sorting hat scene, death eaters, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter spell class
The Death Eaters scene worked well, as their flowing black capes fluttered behind. The skaters seemed to float across the ice. Image by Jade Jackson.


You've read the books, seen the movies, visited the theme park, now you can add Harry Potter on Ice for the full experience. It's a fun family afternoon outing, re-creating the magic of the books, in a unique and visually stunning way.

Harry Potter on Ice, Harry Potter, sorting hat scene, image by Jade Jackson, JK Rowling, Pottermore, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Slytherin
Harry Potter on Ice is coming to the Penrith Ice Palace 14/15 Dec. Image by Jade Jackson.
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Why? A unique rendition of the Harry Potter Saga, on ice!
When: Saturday 14th Dec & Sunday 15th Dec 2019 from 4pm to 6pm
Phone: Andrea (Event organiser) 0478 679 450
Where: Penrith Ice Palace, 7-10 Patty's Place, Jamisontown
Cost: Adults $19.50, Children under 16 years $13.50, Family of four (2A,2C) $59.50
Your Comment
This sounds wonderful. Does It cover all seven books? I wondered because of the image of the Death Eaters.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12521) 43 days ago
Sounds fantastic, Jade! Sorry to see it's only 2 shows though ...
by Elaine (score: 3|6936) 43 days ago
I'm often surprised at how enduring the ice shows are. This one has to be a winner, who doesn't love Harry Potter.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7763) 23 days ago
What a fantastic concept. I totally agree with the students...Harry Potter should be on ice.
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1386) 22 days ago
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