Welp, it looks like the hotly anticipated Harry Potter sequel just turned itself into The Hunger Games overnight. Known goddess J.K. Rowling has decided to release Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets for £40 (around $58 in U.S. dollars), in a system she is calling the "Friday Forty". The tickets will grant the purchaser admission into both parts one and two of the play for the following week, and according to Pottermore, will be actually decent seats and not just the nosebleed kind you usually see at this price.
There is a catch, though — being the "Friday Forty," there are only 40 such seats available each week, and they can only be purchased online at 1 p.m. London time. For you fellow No-Majs across the pond, that's 8 a.m. EST, 5 a.m. PST — although I don't know why I'm telling you this, because every additional person who knows is just one more person I have to compete with come judgment day (UGH, journalistic integrity is the worst). The new program will kick off June 3 during the preview season, and the tickets then will actually be slightly cheaper at £30 ($43-ish dollars). And seeing as this show is sold out into eternity and tickets are $500+ on Stubhub, this might be the one viable option that keeps you from selling a kidney!
So, fellow Potterheads, we have 14 days to rev up our internet engines and hop on that link to make this happen. Make sure when the time comes you visit the Ticket Information Page, where a countdown will be clicking down to the moment you can buy your tickets (you can take a peek at it now!). At the hour, the countdown will change into a "Book Tickets" button, at which point your online savagery can begin. Customers will then be put into a queue, where 40 of them will be selected to get tickets — what I imagine is the closest thing to a modern day version of getting raptured.
Of course, if you snag tickets in the U.S., you then have to contend with the sliiiiiight problem of getting off work and traveling thousands of miles and somehow covering the cost of airfare. But I think we and all the organs we were willing to sell can agree: an experience like this is priceless.
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