Potter fans are rejoicing. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had its first preview on June 7, Thursday.
Based on a story by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling, the play is set 19 years after the events of the 7th book in Rowling’s series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. It tells the story of Harry Potter working in the Ministry of Magic and reveals his tense relationship with son Albus, who is struggling to muddle through the family’s legacy in the world of magic.
Rowling made a tweet on June 6 requesting a favor from Harry Potter supporters, saying: “Potter fans have always had each other’s backs. . . Today I’m asking you to #KeepTheSecrets of #CursedChild.”
Following the preview of the big play, supporters just can’t get over how magical the production is. “I really liked the films, but after seeing this, I would say, forget the films,” huge fan Callum Fawcett reacted after seeing the play. “This is fantastic. … It’s got everything.”
Despite the positive outcome from fans, Rowling received a harsh condemnation for casting black actress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in the play, but the author defended the selection and claimed Noma is simply the best artist for the job.
“I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ — that is, lost color from her face after a shock — that she must be a white woman, which I have a great deal of difficulty with,” the 50-year old author shared. “But I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm.”
The production is split in two parts. Part I is two hours and 40 minutes, while the second part is two hours and 35 minutes in length, making it a five hour and 15 minute magnum opus.