'Harry Potter & The Cursed Child' Is Opening In London, So Here Are Some 'HP'-Approved Ways To Get Yourself Across The Atlantic

It’s all that I can do these days to keep myself occupied until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens in the summer of 2016. Because, when I heard the news that a theatrical sequel to the beloved children’s book series would be opening in London, I just about jumped on my broom and started hoping for air. The play, which is described as having a storyline that revolves around Harry and his youngest son, Albus, will be a two-part event set 19 years after the last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The summary of the project describes Harry Potter as an adult as an overworked husband and father of three children. I for one can’t wait to see what Harry’s life is like now that is full of the stresses and domesticity of adult life.

But, considering the play is opening in London’s West End, I’ve been wracking my brain about how exactly to get myself across the Atlantic to see what is sure to be an amazing theatrical production. If only I were a wizard and could use magic to be quickly transported into that incredible theater experience! Just think of all the ways you could get to London if you were a wizard, really the possibilities are endless, really. Here are some of the surefire ways you'd be able to get to London for opening night, no Muggle strings attached.



This teleportation technique would be the fastest and easiest way to get to London. A wave of the wand, and POOF, you’re in London. Someone remind me to add magic wand to my grocery list so that I can make this happen.

Floo Network


You could travel via fireplace like many wizards do, but considering you’re hoping to show up evening ready, I wouldn’t recommend it. Too sooty.

Vanishing Cabinet


Be weary of weak spots in this mode of transportation. Given that these were used to transport a number of Death Eaters into Hogwarts, it might be a little risky. You don’t want to wind up mugged, or depressed as hell.



A little inconvenient, since a portkey only goes to one specific location. Unless it’s front row at the theater where the play is opening, you might want to consider other options.

Flying Broomstick


Beware of hurricane season. Making that trip across the Atlantic at this time of year might be risky. Take the northern route to avoid any turbulence.

Flying Thestrals


Because of Thestrals’ classification, only experienced wizards should handle these winged horses with skeletal bodies. Assess your expertise and then fly accordingly.

Flying Carpets


Flying carpets have been banned because of their affiliation with Muggles. Charming them is considered illegal in the wizarding community... but this play might just be worth it. Plus, you most likely have one of these at home.

Flying Motorcycle

Sirius’ motorcycle comes equipped with a sidecar, so you could even bring a friend.

Flying Car


Arthur Weasley tricked this car out to be able to fly and become invisible so double bonus points in case you run into any border issues.

Hogwarts Express


You’d have to get to London in the first place in order to take this train, but it would be fun to be surrounded by wizards and run headfirst into a brick wall to catch this train.

The Knight Bus


Book your ticket in advance or stick your wand in the air like you would your hand to hail a cab to wave down this double decker, fast-paced bus.

Whatever it takes to get there, make sure it happens. If all other forms of magic fail, you can always spend a fortune on international airfare.

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