Friday, August 12, 2016

Ultimate Guide to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

*No spoilers, I promise* It was chilly when I woke up at 3:29 AM in New York last September. I frantically grabbed my phone to check the time, breathed easy when I realized I had 31 minutes to get settled. I put on tea and opened my laptop to get ready. The moments passed in silence while boyfriend slept beside me occasionally grumbling about the stupid tickets and why do I need to see it right when it comes out. Gryffindor, of course, hadn't moved from his snugly spot at the end of the bed because he never gets up before 7 AM.

Finally, the moment arrived and I clicked to join the queue for tickets to the new Harry Potter play. A play! Yaaaasssss Jo, always my hero. After waiting for about an hour and messaging back and forth to my few equally mad Harry Potter loving friends who were also waiting (who all got through before me by the way...the injustice of it all), the screen changed and I got to choose my tickets. What do you know that months later I would find out we were moving to London? I was fully prepared to fly here just for this play. Life is such a fickle friend.

So, once you've secured your ticket - whether that's by one very special gift, the Friday Forty, or new tickets being released - here is your guide to how to babysit the Cursed Child like the completely crazed Harry Potter fan I know you are:

1. If you ended up with full day tickets, you are like me and should consider yourself lucky. All the other sad souls who have to sleep in between Part 1 and Part 2 will be cursing you. Or worse, only being able to see one Part. I just physically shuddered. So, wake up, have a nice breakfast, and don your most nerdy Harry Potter themed attire. I promise you, you won't regret it. Yes, there were a few theatre-goers who wore plain clothes. HOWEVER, the really cool ones were sporting ties, socks, tops, backpacks, you name it.
2. The show starts at 2, so plan to be in line by 1:15. Yes, yes, you can arrive at 1:45. But, if you do you will not have time to get gummy candy or champagne OR Cursed Child merch.

3. Settle in to your seat and turn off your phone. Firstly, they will take it from you if you are suspected of snapping photos because #keepthesecrets. Secondly, it's rude to ruin your seat neighbor's intense moment of Harry Potter glory by allowing your handbag to buzz at random times turning the show.

4. Completely freak out because the. show. is. infuckingcredible.

5. At intermission, if you are female and if you need to use the loo, just use the men's. I did. It was easy and I had time for a beer because of my little trickery.

6. At the end of Part 1, head over to Punjab for dinner. It's an authentic and truly amazing Indian meal (and they have a great story). You'll love it.

7. Get in line to go back into the theater by 6:30 at the latest. Otherwise you will, once again, be standing outside waiting to get in rather than enjoying a themed cocktail or buying a button or badge with the NEW HOUSE SYMBOL DESIGNS.

8. Take a moment to look around you. The Palace Theatre really is a spectacle all its own and they've tailored it just so sweetly for Harry Potter.

9. Don't forget to savor the last moments. It's another beautiful story that we won't soon forget.