January 22, 2017

Travel | 5 Things to do If You Can't Get Tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

A decade after the last Harry Potter book was published and I completely underestimated how popular the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play would be. Not only are tickets for the next year sold out but every time they release more tickets, I'm inconveniently at work and tickets disappear faster than you can say Wingardium Leviosa.

Personally, I got over my Harry Potter obsession before the release of the 6th book. However, out of nostalgia, I kept reading the rest of them, including the recent Cursed Child screenplay. Reading the screenplay just made me want to watch the show even more. Sadly, I'll have to wait until tickets don't sell out so fast, if that day ever comes. In the meanwhile, I've been checking out other Harry Potter related things in London.

1. Check out House of Minalima


Located just a minute away from the palace theatre, House of Minalima is a small store/exhibition currently displaying graphic artwork from both the Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts movie until 4th Feb 2017 and 4th Feb 2018 respectively. The exhibition gives you s greater appreciation of all the finer details put into the films.

2. Book Tickets for the Harry Potter Studio Tour


While you don't have to book a year in advance to check out the Harry Potter studio tours, you do need to book a month ahead. Die hard Harry Potter fans will easily love visiting the studios where the movie was shot. If you're not the biggest fan, it's still worth checking out for the insight on movie magic.

3. Graduate at Enigma Quest's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry


Escape rooms have been popping up everywhere and while I have yet to check any out, Enigma Quest's Harry Potter themed one in London might be the one that pushes me to finally try it out. Instead of escaping a room, you have to pass a number of quests to solve within 60 minutes. If you pass, you graduate at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry itself.

4. Visit King's Cross Station's Platform 9 3/4


If you're a little broke, or looking to kill a bit of time before catching a train elsewhere, why not  take a photo at platform 9 and 3/4 itself. Sadly, it isn't actually located between platforms 9 and 10. While they do charge for professional photos, it doesn't cost anything to grab a pic on your phone. Good luck not spending all your money in the souvenir store though.

5. Go on the Potter Trail in Edinburgh


Instead of exploring London, why not go on a walking tour of the city that inspired J.K. Rowling's books. A lot of inspiration came from the city itself and she wrote several of the books there too. Not only do you get an insight on some Potter inspiration, such as Tom Riddle's grave but you get to visit less touristy areas around Edinburgh and learn more about the city's history too. 

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