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It's a good time to be a Harry Potter fan. Because while the main franchise and series of novels has been completed for quite some time, J.K. Rowling has been expanding the Wizarding World as of late. In addition to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise that will reportedly span 5 films, the two part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child recently debuted on the West End, revealing what happened to the beloved characters years after the war against Voldemort was won. Fans across the pond have been eager for the plays to be staged on Broadway, and now we know when that will happen. Previews with begin sometime in March 2018, and the official opening will be on April 22nd.
This isn't the only major news to come from Cursed Child's impending Broadway debut. Pottermore also revealed that the majority of the original West End cast would be making the transfer to Broadway. This includes Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni, and Paul Thornley, as Harry, Hermione, and Ron respectively. Also joining the cast are the original actors who played Ginny, Albus Potter, Draco, and Scorpius Malfoy.
With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child now having an official opening date and cast, the plays' highly anticipated transfer to the great white way seems all too real. The generations of Potter fans clamored to book stores when the plays' scripts was published and available for purchase, and most of us read the entirety of the dialogue in a day. In it, we learned how adult version of the characters are coping with their careers, personal grudges, and parenting their young magical children.
It's safe to that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will likely have a long run on Broadway, considering the beloved iconography that is associated with the franchise. While some Broadway shows can have long runs through star vehicles like Idina Menzel or Kristin Chenoweth, Cursed Child has entire generations of fans who will clammer to see Harry's future, and may travel to New York City just to get a glimpse at the future of the Wizarding World.
Much of the questions around The Cursed Child's Broadway transfer was whether or not they'd retain the original West End cast. Many believe that, much like the Harry Potter film franchise, the actors should be actually British. The casting of Noma Dumezweni was a point of contention for some, who believed that Hermione wasn't supposed to be Black. J.K. Rowling came to the actress' defense, saying that Hermione's race was never explicitly referenced in the novels. Hopefully this controversy won't be reprised when the show comes to US, especially since Dumezweni's performance has already been applauded.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will debut on Broadway April 22nd, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan a trip to the movies.