UPDATE: JANUARY 7, 2019 — Muggles, rejoice — you can now snag cheap tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. TodayTix, an app aiming to make theatre affordable for all, has just launched the Friday Forty, a digital lottery doing just what it says on the packet: offering 40 $40 tickets to every performance of JK Rowling's play at Melbourne's Princess Theatre. The lottery is open every Monday from 12.01am until Friday at 1pm, with the lucky winners announced between 1–5pm that Friday. Winners score $40 tickets to consecutive performances of both Part One and Part Two of the play (so a total of $80) the following week and can purchase a maximum of two tickets to each. With the much-anticipated play kicking off next week (yes, muggles, next week) you can sign up for the first round of cheap tickets right now via the TodayTix website or by downloading the app.
When JK Rowling dropped those last terrible three words on us at the close of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, all was not well. It would never be well without Harry, Ron, Hermione fighting the Dark Lord in a series of fantastical and wholly engrossing scenarios. But little did we know, this would not be the end of the Age of Harry Potter. Thanks to the internet and the sheer demand for all things HP, Harry has lived on through new books, fan website Pottermore, film spinoff trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a series of film screenings accompanied by a live orchestra and all manner of pop-ups around the world.
But one of the biggest things to come of the post-Harry Potter era has been Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, JK Rowling's West End play that's essentially the eighth book in the series. And, in great news for Australian muggles, the acclaimed play will be making its way to Melbourne's Princess Theatre in January 2019.
So what exactly is The Cursed Child about? Well, it picks up 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and that abominably cheery epilogue on Platform 9 3/4. Harry is now an overworked Ministry of Magic employee, and the play focuses on both him and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter as they grapple with the past and future. The production is presented in two parts, so you'll have to book into two performances — there's the option to do so either on the same day (matinee and evening) or on consecutive evenings. Each part runs for about two and a half hours.
But don't spend too much time celebrating — tickets are currently on sale and we can't imagine they'll stick around for long. Preview performances will run from January 16 till February, and regular performances will kick off on February 25. Ticket prices will range between $65–175, with 40 seats priced at $40 released for every performance, too.
Harry Potter fandom aside, it's something all theatre-goers can get excited about. Since debuting in July 2016 the production has won 22 awards and has repeatedly sold out at London's Palace Theatre.