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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Shares Production Secrets During NYCC 2019

UPDATE: Just released on their official YouTube channel, you can now see a new trailer with never before seen footage from the production.

Moderated by James Snyder (Harry Potter), the cast and creative team of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hosted a panel Thursday, October 3, 2019, that featured never before seen photos, videos, and a live performance. Pulling back the curtain a bit to bring the audience into their world, the cast and crew shared production secrets and nostalgic behind-the-scenes stories.

Movement Director Steve Hoggett shared that the company typically hold hour long workshops whenever there are cast changes to help not only the new cast but to also reinforce the teachings for those currently in the cast.

Bringing out Lauren Cipolledi to help demonstrate, Hoggett showed the audience how one should travel “through space” to create the beautiful transitions and illusions of magic.

Allow the wand to travel through each part of your body bringing you off of your center rather than direct the wand like a stiff stick in your hand.

Steve Hoggett (Movement Director)

When asked by fans what the cast themselves found magical about the production, Bubba Weiler (Scorpious Malfoy) had this to say:

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been taking the world by storm. Receiving universal acclaim for its breathtaking magic and stage wizardry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded play in theatre history, winning 25 major U.S. awards, with six Tony Awards including Best Play.

The audience is the magic part for me because each night is a new audience and they have a different reaction than any audience before them. Also, just being on stage is pretty magical. There still are some things that I’m not sure how they work.

Bubba Weiler

The production also had booth on display all four days of NYCC on the Show Floor. Fans not only checked out set models for the Broadway production and exclusive content featured in the forthcoming book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey but also got to show some Hogwarts House pride by posing with Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin banners.

Now playing at the Palace Theatre in London, where it first premiered in July 2016; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also playing at the Lyric Theatre in New York, and the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. Upcoming productions include the exclusive U.S. West Coast premiere in San Francisco at the Curran next month; a German premiere, the first non-English language production, at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg in spring of 2020; and the Canadian premiere at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto in fall of 2020.

By Shannon

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