Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: 'They did an amazing job. It was perfect'

'The actor that portrayed Hermione was a stand out for me in the whole show', fans see part one of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Previews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child began yesterday in London's West End

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The first preview performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play based on JK Rowling's best-selling tales of the boy wizard, hit the stage in London on Tuesday evening to rave reviews from theatre-goers, who described the play as "perfect".

The story takes place 19 years after the seventh (and final) book in the series, with Harry now an overworked ministry of magic employee. His son, Albus Severus Potter, is about to navigate the choppy waters of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry.

The play is in two parts, meaning audiences from Tuesday have to wait until Thursday to see how the story ends. Each audience member was given a badge saying 'Keep the Secrets' in a bid by author Rowling to prevent spoilers ruining the fun for future fans. 

The show's 175,000 tickets sold out in 24 hours, a West End record. Devin Storment was one of the lucky audience members who saw the preview performance.

"I think everyone who was there last night has been [a fan] the whole time," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer. 

"It left on a giant cliffhanger, so I have to wait for tomorrow to see how it pans out.

"They did an amazing job. It was perfect. Everyone trusted JK Rowling and she pulled it off."

There had been controversy in the build-up to the opening night following news that black actor Noma Dumezweni would play Hermione Granger, the part made famous by Emma Watson in the films. 

Watson, and the character's creator Rowling, both defended the casting decision, with Storment adding: "The actor that portrayed Hermione was a stand out for me in the whole entire show. 

"She was perfect for the role of Hermione, she was Hermione Granger in my opinion."

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opens on 30 July.