The Potter Play


Ally Matheson

When you enter the Lyric Theatre in New York for the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, prepare yourself. You are about to enter a world filled with magic and mystery.
The moment you enter this world of unknown, you are greeted by the magnificent architectural design that has distinguished the theater from its peers since it first opened in 1903. This historical building has been specially redesigned for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, enveloping you into a mystifying world. The night sky painted on the ceiling of the lounge area and the stained glass windows tell you that the sky is no longer the limit.
“I bet it’s as bad as the movies,” tends to be the reaction of Harry Potter fans upon hearing that there is now a play that takes place within their favorite series. But after seeing Part 1, it becomes obvious that the play takes a far different path than the books or movies: it focuses on some of the more emotional aspects of Harry Potter’s struggles as an adult as well as his son’s struggles as Harry Potter’s child. Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) and Sam Clemmett (Albus Severus Potter) take you on a roller-coaster of emotions. As father and son, they struggle to understand one another through Albus’s teenage years. This two-part play will have you questioning how far fame and love can truly go.