“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Takes Over Times Square
The show wasn’t over for the Broadway cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child after they took their bows on Thursday night. Dolores Umbridge herself told the audience to join the cast in proceeding from the Lyric Theatre to Times Square for a special announcement introduced by none other than Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City fame. Parker is no stranger to wand-waving, having starred as a witch in Halloween classic Hocus Pocus. Once she brandished her wand, yellow flooded the screens all around the square as a Time-Turner counted down to the largest Times Square takeover in history.
Curious passersby stopped in their tracks, unaware of what was going on but realizing that something magical was about to take place. Harry Potter himself appeared on-screen, and a bolt of lightning shot from his wand and struck all the screens. Black overtook yellow, and the Voldemort Day image of a snake and skull appeared, accompanied by Dementors. Along with the new tagline, “Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places,” the video revealed the new branding of the play, “J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in that familiar font from the films and Mary GrandPré’s book covers.
Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender emphasized the significance of strengthening the connection between the play and the wider wizarding world:
We are very proud that J.K. Rowling chose to tell her eighth story on stage. Just as she created a generation of lifelong readers with the Harry Potter book series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now doing the same for theatre, with over half of our audiences worldwide being first time theatre-goers of all ages.
Although not connected to the wizarding world in any official capacity, Sarah Jessica Parker expressed her passion for the series that brought her to this event:
Harry Potter has such a special place in my heart, and seeing the characters from the stories come to life on stage was true magic for me. From the astounding stagecraft to the magic and illusions, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brings true storytelling to life that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Being part of the whole experience tonight was one that I’ll never forget.
Cast members of Cursed Child attended the event to celebrate this monumental occasion, including James Snyder (Harry Potter), Bubba Weiler (Scorpius Malfoy), Nicholas Podany (Albus Potter), and Nadia Brown (Rose Granger-Weasley). Snyder appeared emotional, yet having the time of his life, running around recording fan reactions despite finishing up the two-and-a-half-hour performance just 45 minutes before.
MuggleNet had the opportunity to speak with Snyder last night and asked about the best and most difficult parts of playing the title character:
His heart. I cry about it every time I think about it because he just wants the world to be a better place. The hardest part is that he’s suffered a lot of trauma, and sometimes digging into that is tough, especially with him now as a grown-up.
We also chatted with Podany and Weiler, who shared their excitement for the show’s continued expansion across the globe and also discussed portraying the iconic best friend duo onstage eight times a week, especially as they’ve become best friends themselves.
Check out our coverage from last night’s event below.