The Harry Potter magic is about to spread even more. The London-based play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has announced that it will be released tens of thousands of tickets for future performances of the hit show later this month --- and you won't have to break into Gringotts to be able to afford them!
The team behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child revealed that 60,000 tickets to the play will be made available for purchase on Tuesday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m. GMT (that's 7:00 a.m. EST) in an announcement on the show's official website. The tickets will be for performances during next's year's holiday season, ranging from December 13, 2017 to February 4, 2018. And in further good news, the prices will be really manageable as well. The tickets will be sold for £15 each (about $18.75), and the website guarantees that every show will have over 300 tickets available at a price of £20 ($25) or less.
You'll have to be ready to snag your tickets fast --- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is basically the Hamilton of the West End right now, both in terms of critical success and how nearly impossible it is to get tickets. When the play debuted in London this summer it immediately sold out, and had to extend its run twice that day to continue selling tickets. Hopeful fans have instead had to try their hand at the weekly "Friday Forty" lottery for an attempt to buy a ticket for £20, or simply wait in long lines outside the theatre and hope that someone was unable to make the show.
Of course, pretty much everyone trying to get a ticket to the play is already a major fan of the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling and its subsequent film series. Rowling collaborated with playwright Jack Thorne to create Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; a new story within the Harry Potter world set 19 years after the events of the seventh and final book of Rowling's record-breaking series. The play introduces a new generation of characters, including Harry Potter's son Albus Potter, Draco Malfoy's son Scorpius Malfoy, and Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger's daughter Rose Granger-Weasley.
The day after the play premiered, its script was published worldwide and became the eighth official Harry Potter story. Like the play, the book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II was immediately a huge success, selling over 2 million copies in the U.S. and Canada after just two days.
So it seems pretty obvious that even though Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is putting up tens of thousands of tickets in a few weeks, they're going to be gone in a matter of seconds. If you want your magical moment at the play next year, be sure you set your alarm (if you're in the U.S.) or take an early lunch (if you're in the U.K.) on November 22!