In these tumultuous modern times — these times of Pottermore, Fantastic Beasts spinoffs and The Cursed Child — it's comforting to be able to take it back to basics. Basics, here, meaning the score of the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film played live by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
After a sell-out performance of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone back in April, the QSO are taking us back to 2002 when the second of the eight Harry Potter films came out. It made us cringe (the acting — so bad but so good), reinforced our fear of spiders (Aragog, still terrifying) and — most importantly — float away on a magical adventure thanks to the incredible score by John Williams.
For two performances on Saturday, October 7, you'll be able relive the magic all over again when the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre screen the film complemented by a real-time live score by the QSO. Maybe they'll release live owls! Maybe not because that would be chaos. Maybe they'll release live rats? Actually, absolutely not — we all know rats are secretly fat old criminals hiding from magical law enforcement and waiting for the Dark Lord to rise again (lookin' at you, Pettigrew).
As you might imagine, tickets are selling like pumpkin pasties so get in quick or spend eternity griping about it like some Moaning Myrtle-type character.