Explained: The Hype surrounding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II

I really love Harry Potter. I've loved it for as long as I can remember: I grew up watching the films and reading the books to death, I went to the Studio Tour at Leavesden the year before last, I'm an active Pottermore member (Gryffindor, baby!), and I even managed to catch the final two films at midnight premiere screenings at the local cinema.

But I'm definitely not alone when it comes to my love for the tales about the young teen who soon finds out he is a wizard - this is clearly a passion that I have that I share with a lot of other people across the globe, and this was never more evident than last Wednesday.

For those who have been living under a rock: J.K. Rowling officially confirmed in June of this year that she was writing a stage play which would continue the story of Harry Potter and priority booking went on sale the same day. I signed up and got excited as the more details were revealed: the play was going to be in two parts, the artwork was revealed and even a short synopsis of the tale was revealed, too. Then came last Wednesday when tickets finally went on sale to priority bookers... and the world went mad. Tickets between June 2016 and August 2016 were made available initially, until it was announced 7 hours later that 175,000 tickets had been sold already and that those dates were essentially sold out. The producers then decided to release a second batch of tickets for September 2016 to December 2016 to priority bookers that same day and by the end of Thursday afternoon, they had sold out as well. Thursday night, tickets between January 2017 and March 2017 started to go on sale and priority booking period ended before official booking opened; then, tickets were made available between March and May 2017. As it stands, all tickets until late September 2016 are entirely sold out with odd single seats only available for the rest of the year; a decent number of tickets are available exclusively now from mid-January 2017 (and that's if you're willing to see the show on nights that aren't consecutive!).

I was actually lucky enough to bag myself seats for late August/early September which is the very end of the first booking period that was made available - in a weird turn of luck, I was sat looking at tickets on Thursday afternoon after the hype (that I really couldn't be bothered to get involved with) had died down. Much to my surprise, I managed to find tickets for Parts 1 and 2 available in the first booking period at a price I was wanting to pay - yes life! For those interested: I'm seeing Part 1 on Wednesday the 31st of August 2016 and Part 2 on Friday the 2nd of September 2016. It doesn't come with great ease though: only a single seat was available at the time for each of those performances so I'm going on my own, not that I'm overly fussed, but it does show how well sold this production really is.

Why am I sharing this with you? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the fastest and best-selling plays in West End history and it's something that is really worth remembering. Never have I ever seen a show sell out with such success and so quickly in my life and I don't expect we'll see another situation like this one for a very long time to come.

If you want to get your hands on ticket before all of the tickets in Spring 2017 are snapped up as well, you can book them online here. I wouldn't sit back and wait though even if it is over a year away - I'm pretty sure this show will be in high demand for a very long time to come...

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