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I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this production. I went in with such low expectations because I had read some things online about the story. Mainly that Cedric Diggory becomes a Death Eater. That really angered me when I first read that. No way would a model Hufflepuff like Cedric Diggory become a Death Eater. I thought that was going to be the main plot of the play but it is just a footnote. It’s a slight mention in one of the realities and he doesn’t even really appear as a Death Eater with lines. So that was a relief.
And he only became a Death Eater because of the shame and humiliation he suffered at the Triwizard Tournament, thanks to Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. So it was not because Cedric was a bad person deep down. And as a Death Eater he only killed one person. Granted it was a pretty important person, Neville before he could kill Nagini (I gasped at that part), but Cedric was not evil to the core like other Death Eaters. I was glad to see that it was only a small footnote and made to be known that Cedric is not a bad seed. His character was not demeaned or abused.
Also, the scene at the end with Harry and Albus at his grave was so touching and a nice tribute.
The fan fiction-y bits of the story:
Just in general: time travel, where the characters undo everything and then have to fix it, is a fan fiction trope.
Delphi, Bellatrix and Voldemort’s daughter. I forget the details now but the timing of when she was born doesn’t make sense because Bellatrix had no time to be pregnant. And just how convenient that Voldemort has a child and that child is the new antagonist instead of creating a new villain.
All that aside, the actress Jessie Fisher, was excellent in the role of Delphi. And the character was well done in the way she tricked everyone and tuned her skills to fight the heroes. So, even though the idea of her feels like fan fiction, she’s not a lame one.
I will say that the play being broken up in two nights, each two and half hours, is a bit long. I think some scenes could have been cut down or cut out.
Was it really needed to go back for each Triwizard task? It felt like a way to just rehash Goblet of Fire for nostalgic reasons. Could they have just gone back for one task and then bam! the world is ruled by Voldemort, instead of minor difference the first time? Maybe, may be not. I do see the lesson in how even the small differences can be too much of a difference and still not have Albus learn from his mistake.
Also, did Harry and company need to stick around for his parents’ death? You have your criminal in custody, go back to your time. Don’t stay and watch. And the scene after with Hagrid was not necessary. That just dragged on.
My friend said he didn’t like the dancing intervals but I think that was more practical than artistic. I think the actors playing multiple parts needed time to get into different costumes and wigs. So they needed something artsy to fill the time.
The parts I enjoyed:
It was so funny. I, and the audience, laughed a lot. I didn’t expect it to be so funny. I especially loved Moaning Myrtle. She was perfect.
When Albus as his Uncle Ron (because of the Polyjuice potion) so not to give himself away says to Hermione that he wants to have another baby… or go on a holiday. LOL. First, it is eww but also Hermione’s reaction was priceless. A baby or a holiday.
Scorpious was so funny. Sometimes it was over the top, but in a good way. It is the theatre after all. Side note: I liked that he wasn’t like his father but more like Hermione – a book nerd. When Scorpious and Hermione both mention the book The History of Magic and Ron says there’s two of them, I laughed loudly.
I liked the friendship between Scorpious and Albus. It kept in tune with the themes from the first seven books about friendship and love.
I also liked that this was a story for the middle child. Often they are the forgotten child but not in this story.
The rebuilding of Harry’s relationship with Albus was well done. I got frustrated with both of them at times but it ends so well. I loved when Ginny says to Harry something like – I am paraphrasing – you’d give your life for anyone and you have, so he needs to feel special. Your love for him has to be different.
Lastly, the special effects were PURE MAGIC! Jaw dropping fantastic as well as a great way to recall all the things from the previous seven books so well.
I liked the effects of the lighting to make it look like the theatre was vibrating – like ripples- when time jumping. I did have to cover my ears though because the vibrating music was loud.
The sliding out of the fireplace looked like dangerous fun!
The library in Hermione’s office was both comedic and how are they doing this so seamlessly?!
Speaking of seamless magic tricks, I am still amazed when the characters took Polyjuice to transfigue into someone else. I know trap doors and huge cloaks were involved, but still. It was perfection.
The writing of the prophecy all over the theatre was both cool and spooky. Were they light projections? I think so. At first I thought it was special UV paint all over the theatre.
The fire spewing from the wands during the battle with Delphi was cool.
The fiery blue Patronus was cool, but I wish the man holding the frame was more invisible. Maybe if it were a walking neon lit deer – like the puppets in The Lion King rather than a flaming head? Either way, that was not an easy trick to bring to life and I give them a major round of applause.
HPatCC should definitely win Tony’s for set design and practical effects.
I would like to see it again someday and hope to get the same affordable deal I got this time! Sitting in the balcony was not bad at all.