For my first day away from my smallest child (she’s now 9 months old), I had an absolute cracker. My mum and I went to see the stunning Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London.

My mum and I have always been Harry Potter fans since the first books came out. So when tickets were released over a year ago, we decided to try to get some. We were lucky after waiting all day online, we managed to secure some. Knowing I was pregnant at the time we opted for a pre-Christmas showing the following year, when I would be ok to leave the baby all day.

In case you haven’t heard of it, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a two-part play written by Jack Thorne, taken from a story written by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffan. If you haven’t read the play yet or don’t want to ruin the premise of the story, don’t worry I won’t be including any story line spoilers here. Neither will I reveal and specific special effects you might see, #keepthesecrets!

Instead I will just cover my general view of what you can expect.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Each part of the play is a full 2hrs 40mins (over 5hrs of Harry Potter). Part one can either be watched as a matinée (like we did) or an evening show. Part two then follows on the same day as the evening show or on a second night again as an evening show.

If I’m honest I didn’t know how we would manage to sit through a play that long. However I can assure you this play is unlike no other, from the moment it starts you are transported straight into the magical wizardry world of Harry Potter and time whizzes by.

We were left amazed, surprised, taken back and even sometimes scared by the breathtaking scenery and special effects on the stage. Some elements were pure magic and I still can’t figure out exactly how they were performed.

The actors during our performance were exceptional. Each one truly encapsulated the essence of the characters that we all know so well. So emotionally connected to them do you become, it felt almost sad to leave them behind in the theatre.

So whilst I wait for my next Harry Potter fix, you can get your own by booking tickets on the West End. The play is on sale now until October 2018, but already look pretty well sold (the more expensive tickets are easier to get). If London is too far, the play will also be showing on Broadway New York from April 2018 and in Melbourne Australia from early 2019.