It's a big day for Harry Potter fans, as priority booking for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened up as planned. Unsurprisingly, demand for tickets is high, with more than a hundred thousand Harry Potter fans logging in to try to get seats to see what is to be a sequel to the Harry Potter series. From what's been reported, the first batch of tickets has sold out, but there's still hope for those who still haven't gotten tickets. More are set to go on sale to the general public, and then there's the planned ticket lottery as well.
There have been steady updates on the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ticket situation all day, as priority booking opened up at 11:00 a.m. GMT. Those who registered for priority booking and followed the instructions in the emails sent to them were given the opportunity to log in and queue up in the hopes of getting seats into one or both parts of the stage-set followup to the Harry Potter series. BBC cites producers as saying that more than 120,000 fans showed up online to get tickets, and that within the first several hours, tickets for the shows taking place between June 7, 2016 and September 18, 2016 were sold out. Fortunately for those still waiting in the queue, tickets for the next section of shows (September 21, 2016 to January 8, 2017) became available.
Twitter seems to be a mixture of fans celebrating their ticket purchase, and those frustrated over technical difficulties or other issues that prevented them from getting tickets. But all hope is not lost, as there are other ways to get tickets, and I'm not talking about shelling out thousands of Euros on re-sale ticket websites. More tickets are going to be made available for sale through the official website. BBC reports that a third booking period will be opened up this Friday (October 30. starting 11:00 a.m. GMT) when tickets go on sale to the general public.
It seems safe to assume that the third booking period will be for 2017 dates. Those who aren't sure they want to wait that long to see the show have another option; the Ticket Lottery. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will offer two lottery options for fans who are ok with a last minute ticket purchase. From what the Cursed Child website states right now, the weekly lottery will be done online on Fridays at 1:00 p.m., offering 20 tickets for each performance taking place the following week. There will also be a daily lottery for those who can show up in person at the Palace Theatre box office on the day of the performance.
I've had good experiences with ticket lotteries, as they usually involve a lower price and pretty great seating, for those fortunate enough to get seats that way. It is a lottery after all. And with the demand for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child being high, it'll likely take a lot of luck or a lot of tries to score tickets that way, so you might want to start brewing some Felix Felicis if that's your plan.
Written by Jack Thorne, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany Harry Potter and the Cursed Child debuts at the Palace Theatre next summer and will pick up where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left off, focusing on an adult Harry Potter and the struggles of his second son, Albus.