Reviewer: Michael Kramer
As a parent, my sole purpose with my son has been to light the fire of his imagination and see where it takes him. Yes, I admit along the way I am guilty of spoiling him from time to time, but my underlying mandate is I will never deny him a book to read and the majority of experiences I put before him cost very little. Climbing Mount Tibrogargan, mountain biking through bushland, learning music and exposing him to different genres of music, playing in the ocean, making up games, climbing trees… you get the idea.
That said, I recently took him to Melbourne to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can report the whole experience from start to finish blew him away. From getting up early to make the flight to walking down a funky alley to find our accommodation.
I have seen plays and musicals in London’s West End, New York’s Broadway and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. So let me start by saying the Harry Potter stage show surpassed them all. The execution of the storyline was mind-bendingly perfect. Staging it in the circa 1854 Princess Theatre was a stroke of genius.
But imagine for a moment this theatre through a child’s eyes? The whole theatre has had a Harry Potter makeover. It felt like you were actually at Hogwarts, as my little buddy pointed out.
The play itself is performed over two nights. Its greatest challenge was to engage the audience with the mystery of magic without the use of CGI video editing. Not only did they achieve this, they hit it out of the park. Right in from of my eyes, actors disappeared and I had no idea where they went! The look of amazement on the children’s faces is something you all should experience.
This was a special birthday present and my son’s excitement and appreciation was priceless. So set their imaginations on fire without the use of a computer screen. Hell, you might blow your own melon in the process.
Reviewer: Noah, 12
When my dad presented the ticket to me for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I was beyond excited. I am a Harry Potter fan and it was amazing to be able to go and see the play.
The play is set after the Deathly Hallows when Ron, Harry and Hermione are parents to Hogwarts students. The main characters are Harry’s son Albus and Draco’s son Scorpius. The story is about how some of the students go back in time to save Cedric Digory and they end up messing things up.
Dad and I were not disappointed. My dad has seen plays in London and New York and other famous cities, but he said this play was the best he had ever seen.
Spoiler alert – my favourite part of the play was when the dementors (who are scary creatures in grey cloaks) fly around the Princess Theatre. It was amazing as you could not see how they were operated and moved above our heads. It made me feel like plays are exciting, interactive experiences.
I would recommend this play to anyone above the age of 10 and below the age of 70.
You don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy it. I would recommend it to anyone.
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now playing at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne.