Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Will Open in the US on April 22, 2018

Image: Manuel Harlan via harrypottertheplay.com
Image: Manuel Harlan via harrypottertheplay.com

We knew this play was coming, but now we have an official opening date.

The Cursed Child, the closest thing to a Harry Potter sequel we’re likely to get, will open at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre on April 22, 2018. In the first announcement, we were told that the theater would be remodeled partly to accommodate the extremely elaborate needs of the show.


The real magic in this situation, however, will be actually be getting your hands on tickets. We still don’t know when they will go on sale—but they’re sure to go fast, since the play appeals not only to Potter fans, but also general theater fans, since The Cursed Child won a bunch of awards in England.

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This is going to need renaming: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Play”.

While I trust the play will be a success, the casting of Hermione Granger is going to be an issue no matter what. If they cast a black actress like they did in England, it will re-ignite the whole stupid controversy about whether or not Hermione is black in the books, plus, you know, we have a problem with racism getting a new wind these days... And if they cast a white actress, I bet there will be outcries of whitewashing of the role (since the lead actress in England is black).

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. If I was the director, I’d seriously consider casting a mech-warrior-looking robot in the role.