3 Ways To See Harry Potter In New York Right Now

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3 Ways To See Harry Potter In New York Right Now

The cast of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ on Broadway.Matthew Murphy

21 years after his debut on the world stage, the boy who lived continues to capture hearts, minds, and wallets.  The Harry Potter franchise is now valued at over $25 billion, with JK Rowling making more money than any living author, having sold over 500 million copies of the original books. (That’s about 1/15th of the entire human race).

While the stats are impressive, they are only poised to rise in the coming years, with multiple spin-off films in the works, a landmark theater production, and revenue flowing in from the theme parks.

Speaking of: if you’re a theater fan, there’s no better place to get your Potter fix than New York this fall. There are currently three incarnations of the boys wizard on Big Apple stages, each offering a different spin on the boy who lived. Their appeal will vary, depending on which bits of the franchise mean the most to you.

Here’s our breakdown:

On Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 & 2

The Big Potter Kahuna. After winning the Tony for Best Play in June, this $68 million juggernaut has continued to sell out, while providing a certain number of tickets to each performance at the plebeian price of $40. And the producers just released a 100,000 more, on sale through June of 2019.

Is it worth it? For forty bucks, absolutely. Otherwise, it depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re craving Rowling’s trademark warmth and wit, you might be let down by a play she conceived but did not actually write. However, if you’re looking to be wrapped in the nostalgic cloak of your Hogwarts memories, there’s no better ticket in town – the design and illusions are unlike anything else on Broadway.

Off Broadway: Puffs (or, Several Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic)

This comedy just hit its two-year anniversary, a major milestone for any Off Broadway gig, and indicative of its deep appeal. It retells the familiar story from the perspective of the Hufflepuffs, Hogwarts’ resident troupe of sidekicks and bit players. It’s equal parts reverential and naughty, skewering some of the bigger inconsistencies in Rowling’s tale, while relaying the cozy message that no one is dispensable. Great for fans who aren’t afraid to poke fun at their favorite warlock. Also good for those craving more reliable laughs than their friend’s next UCB showcase. Tickets start at $52.

On Broadway: The Lifespan of a Fact

This one’s a bit of a cheat, I’ll admit, but since Daniel Radcliffe played Harry in all the films, and he is the lead in this new play, I’m counting it. The material is a far cry from Hogwarts, but its themes of fact vs. fiction are plenty resonant, especially for anyone jazzed by the Ministry of Magic’s scuzzy relationship with the truth. Radcliffe has also proven himself a capable performer outside his cloaked confines, garnering acclaim for his last Broadway bow in The Cripple of Inishmaan. Currently in previews, it’s been selling well, but there’s still room to grab a seat if Radcliffe is your dish of choice. Tickets start at $79.

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