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Since it was announced last June, fans of the Harry Potter series have been anxiously awaiting the premiere of the newest addition to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Tuesday night was the first night of previews for the two-part play, which will have its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in London.
When tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child went on sale in October, they sold out within a few hours for all three months of the initial performances. Expectations were high as the first 1,400 people to see the play emerged from the matinee performance of part 1 on Tuesday evening. Previews for part 2 will start Thursday evening.
Many fans came dressed in house robes from one of the four Hogwarts houses where Harry Potter and his friends went to school. Attendees lined up around the block, excitement running high, with fans posing for photos in front of the specially designed entranceway for the play.
Live on the scene, the BBC reported a very responsive audience, with the cast of the show receiving a standing ovation at the end. Many audience members gushed about the performance to the British news network.
“I was a little worried it wouldn’t meet my high expectations but tonight was absolutely amazing. It didn’t feel like a preview at all,” enthused Katie Bitter of Washington, D.C.
Others took to Twitter for their 140 character reviews.
— Fraser Maxwell (@fjmaxwell) June 7, 2016
— Natasha O’Neill (@natashaoh) June 7, 2016
The official Twitter page for the play, @HPPlayLDN, posted some of their favorites and also included a special video from J.K. Rowling asking fans not to spoil the secrets for those who have not yet seen it. Aside from #CursedChild being used in conversations for the play, #KeepTheSecrets is also being used, although many fans are already discussing important plot points on social media.
While it may be difficult to avoid spoilers entirely, fans who cannot make it to London will only have to wait another month until the secrets are revealed to them, too. The play will be released as a book on July 31, the day after the official opening.