So hey… don’t hate me but I got to see the Harry Potter play. Don’t ask me how I managed to get tickets for the second week of it being out, I was just lucky and I still don’t know how it happened.
I saw so many reviews of the book version leading up to it and I know a lot of people didn’t completely adore it and had problems with certain parts of it, but I knew that reading a play and seeing a play are so different and also this was the original script before it was edited after the previews.
My fears were for nothing though because it was honestly so god damn good. Yeah ok the storyline wasn’t incredible or anything but it was on the level of the first few books in the HP series and it’s not like they’re going to have something like the Deathly Hallows on the stage that would be absolutely ridiculous.
The acting was so incredibly spot on. Every character felt right for me. I even felt like Hermione was a lot more true to her book part than her movie part, she was a lot more stern in the play which sometimes I think they missed out on in the films. Harry was spot on, there was no playing down of how much of a bloody idiot he can be at times. My complete stand out though was Scorpius. He was exactly how I imagined Scorpius Malfoy to be: awkward and funny. I could not take my eyes off him whenever he was on stage, I was entranced.
As for the overall plot, a lot of people were saying it was like fanfiction, but hey that’s not a bad thing. There’s so much fanfiction and a lot of it is incredibly good. Albus and Scorpius being friends and in Slytherin together is a common trope in fanfiction but honestly this just felt like fanservice, because it’s such a huge thing in the fanbase and I really loved that this was part of it. On the whole, the actual big baddie of the whole play wasn’t that scary for me and was kind of shadowed by the completely different worlds that were in it and how things could’ve been so different if it hadn’t happened the way it had.
There was a softer side of Malfoy shown in the play which made me so god damn happy. As a Slytherin and overall fan of Draco Malfoy it was so good to see him being shown in a better light. I have so many feelings about Draco and it’s felt to me for a long time that JK didn’t like him much but I’m so glad we got to see him as a dad who cares about his child.
Harry and Albus are absolute bloody idiots, but this was always the case for Harry. He was such a knob in the books sometimes and people are quick to forget that. He’s a well meaning person he just doesn’t go about things in the best way. He doesn’t always get things right and the play hinges on this but you can see the frustration of his character not knowing what to do to fix it.
Above all the production and stage management was the best part of the whole thing. The way they changed sets and did the magic was just incredible. It truly felt like magic in a way and I was amazed by how they pulled some things off. I did drama in school and performed in 3 musicals and I honestly couldn’t even imagine being on that level. I’ve seen a lot of performances in the West End and in theatres and this was probably the best thing I’ve seen for the way they performed everything on stage, it was honestly just incredible.
Honestly, it was an incredibly long day. Theatres in London are more often than not listed buildings so don’t have air con so being in a building like this with thousands of people for 5 hours was just exhausting. The seats aren’t too comfortable either, but again this is because they can’t change them so if you are planning on going wear something light but comfortable and maybe pack a cushion haha. Rupert Grint was at our performance too which was just ?!?!?!?!?!?!
If you read it and weren’t a huge fan go and see it honestly, it’s on a whole other level. If you read it and did love it I don’t need to tell you to see it.