“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” – The Play on Broadway

Harry Potter on Broadway
Have you seen it yet? If so what was your experience of it? Scroll down for more!

Hello All Potterheads!

I, SpaceMan, am your host once again here at the Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. Today we are exploring a topic that has Potterheads all over the world abuzz. We’re talking of course about “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the new play on Broadway!

About the Play

We’re starting at the beginning by showing you how the website for the production describes itself. Here’s an excerpt from the “About” page of HarryPotterThePlay.com:

“Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. This epic two-part event brings one of the most iconic characters of our time to life on stage – now as a husband and father of three – with his friends still by his side. Cursed Child sends the imagination soaring with awe-inspiring theatrical wizardry – the likes of which have never been experienced until now.”

“New York Times” Review

Since we’re based in New York, NY it only makes sense to give the #2 spot to the “New York Times.” Here’s a portion of what NYtimes.com had to say:

“Part of the generation-crossing appeal of Ms. Rowling’s novels lies in her ability to give operatic grandeur to the most universal and pedestrian hopes and fears — feelings harbored by anguished adolescents of all ages — by placing them in a wildly fantastical context. (In this sense, her fiction resembles that of Stephen King.) And this show more than honors that dichotomy.”

“Variety” Review

Now we’ll examine a tidbit from One of Hollywood’s rags, Variety.com:

“Once you get past the sensory (and commercial) blandishments and the show begins, it’s clear that director John Tiffany and his wizard designers have answered the big question: What can the theater do for the story of Harry Potter that the books and movie treatments haven’t done? In a word, the theater has brought its own brand of wizardry to the material. Visually and aurally, the show presents a panorama of dazzling effects that draw audible gasps from the audience.”

“USA Today” Review

It’s time now for USAtoday.com to speak:

“For readers who stayed up all night to pore through the brick-sized books, the show’s five-plus-hour run time (over two nights) is only fitting. Our favorite characters (now adults and parents) all show up, and just as in the books, they’re different enough to show they’ve grown over the years, yet are exactly the same in their habits and hearts.”

“Hollywood Report” Review

And last here’s another Hollywood publication, HollywoodReporter.com, speaking their piece:

“The time-travel effect is a marvel of deftly deployed lights and video that yields a big wow moment, prompting a surge of anticipation whenever it’s about to occur. But what’s most satisfying is the way the story expands as it trips back and forth between past and present to revisit much of the known Potterverse.”

Conclusion

Potterheads, if you haven’t seen “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” yet, do! And give us your own personal review!

Harry Potter Magical Double Feature in New York City

Harry Potter Books
If you love the books you love the double feature at The New York Historical Society.

Magic Times 2

Welcome fellow NYC and international PotterHeads of PotterMania. It’s none other than SpaceMan here. And I’m not only a Harry Potter fan but I myself practice the art of conjuring in another life. So imagine my excitement when I learned there is a place that has the best of both of my worlds: one aspect being Potterdome and the other legerdemain!

I am speaking of course about “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” that is cohabitating with the “Summer of Magic” program. Where? It goes without saying that both exhibits are occurring at The New York Historical Society at 170 Central Park West, New York, NY, (212) 873-3400. Also, here’s the website for more information.

I give you the necessary information up front because if you, like me, are interested in seeing BOTH exhibits, you’ll have to act quickly. Though Harry Potter will be around until January 27, 2019, the “Summer of Magic” happening is going to be leaving us, well, just like summer on September 16. Yes, disappearing. Poof!

Harry Potter Fun

Harry Potter I must admit is what I am most excited to see. I have heard it is wonderful. It is described as a journey to where magic and myth began! And as every wizard knows, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the United States publishing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

As stated in The New York Historical Society’s website celebrate the landmark, the Historical Society brings us an exhibit committed to…

“…Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.”

The showing also boasts of such things as the first recorded mention of “abracadabra,” as a cure for malaria, in Quintus Serenus, Liber Medicinals. Courtesy the British Library Board. Neat!

And Then There’s the Second Attraction, in this Double Feature

According to The New York Historical Society’s website you can experience magic at…

“…Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection” June 15 – September 16. Travel to New York’s magical past and discover a world of treasures from the collection of Emmy Award-winning illusionist David Copperfield. Explore the careers and exploits of the legendary magicians that inspired him, see iconic objects used by Harry Houdini, and be amazed by the Death Saw from one of Copperfield’s most famous illusions!”

And Before I Vanish Just Like “Summer of Magic” Which I Will be Doing Soon, I’d Like to Thank Those of You Who Contacted Me Regarding…

…Liking the fact that we’ve added a blog to our format with our first post being called “A New Magical Direction” and our second entry in July entitled “Harry Potter Fan Clubs and More.”

And since a part of what this blog is about is visits from the Manhattan Magician and any other wizards who want to share with us their own original magic creations, we wish to congratulate Manhattan Magician on a recent post to his blog. The post has a long title which is “Manhattan Magician’s List of 5 Manhattan Magicians Who All Perform in, Where else, Manhattan, NY, New York City, The Big Apple, NYC, also known as The City that Never Sleeps.”

The blog entry, just as the title describes, details five talented finger flingers who perform in our terrific city.

Kudos also go out to the Manhattan Magician for being accepted as a card carrying member (it actually says “Manhattan Magician” on his membership card) of the Society of American Magicians. And since MM is in New York, in September he’ll be attending meetings at the very first chapter of S.A.M. that was once presided over by Harry Houdini himself!

All right then. It’s time for SpaceMan to dematerialize…

Harry Potter Fan Clubs and More

Our Inspiration
Our Inspiration

Which Harry Potter Fan Experience is Right for You?

There are many Harry Potter fan clubs and experiences to be had, one for every taste. But sometimes it is not clear if a Harry Potter experience is right for you. That’s why I, SpaceMan, of Harry Potter Fan Club NYC (the unofficial Harry Potter fan club) have taken it upon myself to provide details regarding some of our favorite clubs and adventures. That way, you can judge which one you like the most as well as can consider becoming a part of it.

The Group that Shall Not be Named

We start of course with “The Group that Shall Not be Named.” This club is located in New York, NY like we are and is organized by J.Rosenthal and 6 others. It boasts over 3,500 members. They are united by their love of the books. They meet regularly on the 1st Thursday of every month and have special events, usually around 12 per year. They describe their organization as a way to meet new friends in this huge city.

Sarah Funky Seems to Have Her Finger on the Pulse

Sarah has gathered together some of the best Harry Potter experiences that there are to be had here in NYC. She says that as a true Harry Potter fan, she was stunned to discover that in a city filled with things to do there are not many Harry Potter experiences. It was depressing for her but she refused to give up. So she reached out to, you guessed it, The Group that Shall Not be Named. They collaborated on uncovering 24 experiences to be had by Harry Potter fans.

Harry Potter Day at Target

Target is having a special Harry Potter event to showcase the new product lines for the 20th anniversary. This is a heavily cosplay encouraged happening at a Target in Brooklyn to help promote and showcase TGTSNBN. If you would like to attend please go to TGTSNBN meetup page. The event will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Target located at 45 Albee Square, Brooklyn, NY.

Harry Potter NYC – The Group that Shall Not be Named

New York, NY
3,512 Harry Potter Fans

Welcome Harry Potter Fans!We are HP-NYC, “The Group That Shall Not be Named”. And Harry Potter isn’t over till we say its over.We are the largest HP fan club in the world wi…

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Harry Potter Day at Target

Saturday, Jul 21, 2018, 10:00 AM
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What About PotterCon?

PotterCon has an interesting Instagram page worth checking out.

And then of Course there is the Manhattan Magician

For those of you not in the know, the Manhattan Magician is an actual magician who is a Potter fan. He promises more magic, mirth and mystery in the future.

A New Magical Direction

Harry Potter Fan Club NYC Welcomes Conurers to the Table
Harry Potter Fan Club NYC Welcomes Conjurors to the Table

Although this website has already been up for several years, it is a new and magical time for Harry Potter Fan Club NYC as we enhance our ability to communicate with fans all over the world, and dare we say, maybe even in another dimension. Yes, it is still me, SpaceMan, who is forging ahead with this H.P. incarnation. The Magic has never been stronger as we welcome new members like the Manhattan Magician himself. He is an actual prestidigitator who resides in NYC and makes magic on a regular basis at his blog. We at Harry Potter Fan Club NYC are finding now, more than ever, our connection to those who have selected illusion as being their vocation. This connection infuses Harry Potter fandom with a fresh new energy because no matter how long it’s been since the book series was completed, the Harry Potter mystique continues to be big business. Because when it comes to the Harry Potter franchise even when it is small it is big! For example, the third installment ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ was deemed to be the least successful one. Though, remarkably it still earned 90 million more than another famous movie – Twilight.

And speaking of big, it is a big agenda of many Harry Potter fans to join a fan club. But not all fans can attend in person as a member of Harry Potter Fan Club NYC via Lights Camera Read. Therefore we encourage you to start your own Harry Potter Fan Club. If you would like to do this we encourage you to watch Melody Her Highness on YouTube. She has some great tips for doing this.