The magic is real, people. And it’s centered at The Curran Theater in San Francisco, embodied in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Yes, it’s in two parts and makes for a long day, but it’s oh so rewarding.
Here’s everything you need to know about the play, the Potter franchise, scoring tickets, parking hacks, where to nosh between Part 1 and Part 2 and the answer to the big question — is it worth the 5+ hours?
Parking your broomsticks
City parking can be a nightmare. (Getty Images)
If you’ve not yet managed the art of disapparating, you’re going to need a ride to the theater and a place to park — or better yet, a BART ticket. The Powell Street BART station is just a few blocks from the Curran. But if you insist on driving, here are some tips on getting around San Francisco’s theater parking scene.
This part is for muggles
Harry Potter, first editions. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
We know some of you might have had childhoods best described as “otherly,” so not everyone is familiar with our pal Harry Potter, the boy who lived, the chosen one and the hero of Hogwarts. So take a few minutes to read to this and catch up on what you’ve been missing.
The story of the “Cursed Child”
Learn about Albus Potter and Scorpio Malfoy before you meet them, and refresh your memory about the qualities of floo powder, the Maurader’s map, time turners and old enemies.
If you see Parts 1 and 2 on the same day — which is highly recommended even if it makes a very long day into night — you’re going to need some place to replenish your reserves between the plays.
Bartlett Hall gastropub, Ayala restaurant, Fifth Arrow bar and grill and the Marker Hotel not only hosted house parties when the play opened in previews in late October, but they are now offering Hogwarts specials. Reservations are suggested.
Scorpius and Albus arrive at Hogwarts. (Courtesy of Matthew Murphy)
Those seeing both parts back to back have about two hours between showings, so you’re going to need something to help pass the time — other than talking about those scary dementors. Take our Harry Potter quiz. And don’t forget the answers.
Is it any good?
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Source:: East Bay – Entertainment