It’s been a while since a play sold 847,886 tickets within the first week, which is not only a testament to the Harry Potter brand, but also to the appeal of the play’s plot. But what truly sets this show apart is its magic. The creators went old school when looking to bring wizardry to live theater. There are no Vegas-like explosions; instead, you get to enjoy real stagecraft, black theater techniques, Victorian illusions, choreography, lighting, and costumes to make you appreciate the show while being moved by it.
It’s more than 5 hours long! So long that you need to attend two successive shows to see how the whole story unfolds. And as far as time consumption (not a word about the queues), while you don’t have to read the books or see the movies to enjoy the play, it really helps. Also, the play was not really written by J.K. Rawlings herself (she is credited with co-creating the story) which, to some fans, resulted in Play-versions of the characters that feel like fan-fiction more so than the beloved characters.