New York, N.Y. >> What happens inside the Lyric Theatre stays inside the Lyric Theare. That’s what the producers of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” request from the audience. As you leave the theater they hand you a button that reads “Keep the secrets.” I have no problem with the request. In fact there are so many reveals and surprises in the two-part zig-zag production that it is difficult to even remember them all. Heck, the show is so sprawling and complicated I have difficulty recalling all the plot points. There is no question “Harry Potter” is a special treat for many people. However, the question is, how special? Are two shows running 2 1/2 hours each at a top ticket of $199 for each, worth your time and money? Advertisement Only you can make that decision, but if you loved the books or the films I’d guess the answer would be yes. The play, written by Jack Thorne from a story by J.K. Rowling, is like an … [Read more...] about Review: ‘Harry Potter’ stage show in NYC not for the casual fan
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Of all the shows coming to Broadway, the most talked about this new season bears the most famous name in wizardry. Mark Phillips in London picks up the tale: When we last saw Harry Potter, it was at the end of the final book and movie -- "Deathly Hallows" -- when the boy wizard, now a father, was sending his own son, Albus, off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry -- a trip that always began on the magical platform 9¾. Seven books, eight movies and about a billion dollars to the good later for its creator, J.K. Rowling, that was supposed to be the end of it. "I genuinely, I didn't want Harry to go onstage," Rowling said. "I felt that I was done." So what happened? "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" happened … a theatrical collaboration with director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne. It's been the theater event of the year in London. It won a record nine Olivier Awards (Britain's version of the Tonys). And it's about to go to Broadway. Tickets for … [Read more...] about Harry Potter brings his magic to the stage
HARRY Potter fans think they have spotted a major plot hole in the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald trailer. The hotly-anticipated clip features the Minister for Magic and a group of men apparating at Hogwarts. Apparating is a magical form of travel used by witches and wizards, but nobody is allowed to use it at the famous school, apart from headmaster Albus Dumbeldore. Harry Potter author J.K Rowling has made the rules about apparating clear in the past, so fans were left baffled when the men appeared to do exactly that in the first look at the new film. Writing on Pottermore previously, the author said the grounds have “always been protected with Anti-Apparition Charms.” The apparent plot hole sparked debate online with some pointing out that the rule may not have been put in place in the year the book was set, because it comes before the Harry Potter series. You can’t apparate onto Hogwarts grounds. JK Rowling has said that it’s always been … [Read more...] about Harry Potter fans spot major ‘plot hole’ in new Fantastic Beasts trailer
LONDON - J.K. Rowling looked slightly tense. She had just completed a television interview, alongside her collaborators on "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," the eighth — and the only theatrical — installment in her celebrated wizarding saga, which begins previews on March 16 and opens on Broadway on April 22. Her Harry Potter novels have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, spawning an empire that encompasses movies, the spinoff "Fantastic Beasts" films, Harry Potter Wizarding World theme parks and detective novels (written under a pseudonym) that have been made into a television series. Like much that Rowling touches, her first theatrical venture has been a smash. It earned rave reviews and sold-out houses in London, going on to win in a record-breaking nine categories at last year's Olivier Awards, the British equivalent of the Tonys. Yet, she is determined to take absolutely nothing for granted. "We see this as a new challenge," she said, looking at John … [Read more...] about How much magic can Harry Potter’s ‘Cursed Child’ make on Broadway?
Madeline Grant 30 January 2018 • 7:33pm As a quiz fanatic and a passionate Harry Potter devotee since the very first copy of The Philosopher’s Stone appeared in 1997, I was amazed and grateful to discover that I was the only one of 262 would-be Mastermind contestants this season to be allowed to answer specialist questions on JK Rowling’s boy wizard. That stroke of luck certainly paid off for me. Having slavishly read and memorised every detail of the series from the age of six, my full house of 15 correct answers, as I sat quaking in the black chair, paved the way to a narrow victory in my opening Mastermind round, despite some absolute howlers in the general knowledge section. There is only one problem with choosing what is perceived... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week … [Read more...] about Harry Potter was my Mastermind specialist subject, and there is nothing lightweight about that