Discover the Magic Behind “Cursed Child” at San Diego Comic-Con

Attendees at San Diego Comic-Con will be able to explore the magic behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child magic like never before, with a booth and panel featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the play.

An exclusive panel, Making Magic for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – An Interactive Masterclass, will be held on Thursday, July 18 at 6 p.m. During this panel, audience members will gain a never-before-seen glimpse into the magical stage effects used in Cursed Child led by the play’s magic and illusions designer, Jamie Harrison, and his associate Chris Fisher.

The panel is set to feature demonstrations as well as video footage and will be a must-see for any Potter fan.

 

 

In the Exhibit Hall, attendees will find even more secrets at the Cursed Child booth. On display will be the set model for the Broadway production, designed by Tony Award winner Christine Jones, alongside a costume worn by Jamie Parker (Harry Potter for Year 1 West End and Broadway casts).

Also at the booth, fans will get to view exclusive content from the upcoming book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey, which is set to be published in the United States on November 5. And if all that wasn’t enough, a photo booth will also be available for Hogwarts House pride photos!

The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child booth can be found July 18–21, at stand number 3629 in the Exhibit Hall. The exclusive panel, Making Magic for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – An Interactive Masterclass, will take place on Thursday, July 18 at 6 p.m in Room 6BCF.

Elsewhere in Cursed Child news, BroadwayWorld has a first look at the Australian production of the play. Due to high demand, another block of tickets will be released for this production at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 18. Check out the official Cursed Child website for more information.

Melbourne Press Release

ADDITIONAL 8 WEEKS OF NEW PERFORMANCES WILL GO ON SALE NEXT THURSDAY JULY 18

Due to strong demand, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will extend its booking period by an additional eight weeks. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 11 am on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at HarryPotterThePlay.com, with new tickets made available for performances at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre up until and including Sunday, May 17, 2020.

To celebrate, the production has released extended footage of a scene from the Australian production, featuring Albus Potter and fellow students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry mastering their magic.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most successful play in theatre history, collecting 24 major theatre awards in the U.K and 25 in the U.S. The play is nominated in eight categories at this year’s Helpmann Awards including Best Production of a Play, along with Best Female Actor in a Play (Paula Arundell), Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (William McKenna), Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.

Melbourne is only the third city worldwide to welcome Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the first in the southern hemisphere and the only city in the region that will host the record-breaking theatrical event.

“AN EPIC OF STAGE SORCERY – LIKE NOTHING ON EARTH”
SUNDAY HERALD SUN

Those wishing to purchase tickets in the new release are encouraged to visit the the [sic] official website HarryPotterThePlay.com and join the ‘Virtual Waiting Room’ at any time between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM AEST on July 18. When tickets are released at 11:00 AM AEST, everyone in the ‘Virtual Waiting Room’ will be randomly assigned a place in the queue for the opportunity to purchase tickets. The randomisation of the queue allows the purchase of tickets to be as fair as possible and provides protection against bots. These tickets will not require an Access Code to purchase.

The Australian production officially opened with a magical red carpet gala performance on Saturday, February 23, 2019, and features Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Lucy Goleby as his wife Ginny Potter and Sean Rees-Wemyss as their son Albus Potter; Gyton Grantley as Ron Weasley, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger and Manali Datar as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley; Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy and William McKenna as his son Scorpius Malfoy.

The company of 42 performers also includes Iopu Auva’a, Damien Avery, Mike Bishop, Simon Chandler, Clare Chihambakwe, Louis Corbett, Gillian Cosgriff, Mark Dickinson, Lyndall Grant, Ruby Hall, George Henare, Soren Jensen, Hamish Johnston, Madeleine Jones, Dari Justin, Amanda LaBonté, Debra Lawrance, Kuda Mapeza, Kirsty Marillier, Abbey Marks, Cle Morgan, James O’Connell, Samuel Ostik-Smith, David Ross Paterson, Archie Pitcher, Zakaria Rahhali, John Shearman, David Simes, Hayden Spencer, Slone Sudiro, Connor Sweeney, Sasha Turinui, Jessica Vickers and Hannah Waterman.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Both parts of the play are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

“A MAGICAL PIECE OF STORYTELLING THAT HOLDS YOU SPELLBOUND FROM START TO FINISH”
LIMELIGHT

“WIZARDRY ON A GRAND SCALE”
THE AUSTRALIAN

“IT WILL KEEP AUDIENCES ENCHANTED FOR YEARS TO COME”
THE SUNDAY AGE

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Receiving worldwide acclaim for its breathtaking magic and stage wizardry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continues to play in London, where it made its world premiere in July 2016 winning a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards including Best New Play and Best Director; and in New York, where it opened on Broadway in April 2018, winning six Tony Awards, one of which was for Best Play.

Upcoming productions include a U.S. West Coast premiere in San Francisco later this year, the first foreign language production in Hamburg in early 2020 with a Toronto production in 2020, marking the sixth engagement of the smash-hit play.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison and music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe. International Casting Consultant is Jim Carnahan and Australian casting by Janine Snape. Executive Producer of the Australian production is Michael Cassel.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

San Diego Comic-Con Press Release

The Award-Winning International Hit Stage Production

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Will Be Featured at

Comic-Con International: San Diego

July 18–21, 2019

Never[-]Before[-]Seen Content to Be Revealed at Booth & Panel!

The award-winning international hit stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be featured at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego from July 18 to 21, 2019 with a booth and panel.

On Thursday, July 18 at 6 p.m., panel audiences will get an exclusive, never[-]before[-]seen insight into the world of the mind-blowing stage effects of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child when the show’s Magic and Illusions Designer Jamie Harrison and his associate Chris Fisher lead “Making Magic for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – An Interactive Masterclass.” With magical demonstrations, video footage and never-before-told stories from the making of the show, audiences will learn how the magicians and actors use clever techniques and cunning psychology to make the impossible seem real – they’ll even learn to perform magic themselves!

The production’s booth, on display all four days at #3629 in the Exhibit Hall, will feature Tony Award winner Christine Jones’ set model for the Broadway production, along with an actual costume worn by Jamie Parker who created the role of Harry Potter in the original West End and Broadway productions. The walls of the booth will be lined with exclusive content featured in the forthcoming book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey which will be released by Scholastic in the US on November 5, 2019. There will also be a photo booth where fans can show their Hogwarts House pride by posing with Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin banners.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now playing at the Palace Theatre in London, where it received its world premiere in July 2016; at the Lyric Theatre in New York, where it opened on Broadway in April 2018; and at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, where it opened earlier this year. Upcoming productions include the exclusive U.S. West Coast premiere in San Francisco at the Curran later this year; the German premiere, the first non-English language production, at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg in spring of 2020; and the Canadian premiere at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto in fall of 2020.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany.

Receiving universal acclaim for its breathtaking magic and stage wizardry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded play in theatre history, winning 25 major U.S. awards, with six Tony Awards including Best Play. It also won 24 major theatre awards in the U.K. and is the most awarded show in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and the father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe. US Casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!