Fans Struggle with Buying Harry Potter Stage Play Tickets

December 20, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. avid / ˈæv ɪd / (adj.) – showing strong interest
ExampleShe is an avid fan of romantic movies.

2. installment / ɪnˈstɔl mənt / (n.) – any part of something
Example: They filmed the final installment of the movie in Thailand.

3. relief / rɪˈlif / (n.) – a relaxing feeling after a bad event ends
ExampleThey all felt relief after crossing an old hanging bridge.

4. honor / ˈɒn ər / (v.) – to accept
Example: The landlady honored his check as payment.

5. award-winning /əˈwɔrd ˈwɪn ɪŋ/ (adj.) – describing someone or something that has won a prize
ExampleThe award-winning singer performed in the event.


Read the text below.
Avid fans encountered technical problems trying to buy tickets for the first-ever Harry Potter installment to be performed on stage.

The first round of ticket release for the eighth part of the Harry Potter series was a success, but many supporters were disappointed in the process after spending long hours to book for tickets. One fan expressed her relief and shock on Twitter when she successfully bought tickets after four hours. Other fans also experienced page errors after patiently waiting for several hours.

It was reported that about 120,000 people visited the official ticket website of the play titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Some of these people later transferred to re-sale websites and purchased tickets there despite the exceedingly higher prices.

As a result, organizers already released a second batch of tickets for fans who registered for priority booking. The play officials also announced on Twitter that tickets resold on other websites, newspapers, or other platforms will not be honored.

Those who purchased the first batch of tickets will be able to see the play from June to September 2016 at the Palace theatre in London. Those who booked during the second round of ticket release will be able to catch it between October 2016 and January 2017.

The play, co-written by the author of the books, J.K. Rowling, along with Jack Thorne and Tony Award-winning director John Tiffany, will be divided into two parts – ideal for a one or two-day viewing. The story will revolve around the life of the adult Harry and his youngest son, Albus.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Given the chance, would you watch this play? Why or why not?
·         What do you think will happen if the play does not live up to the fans’ expectations?

Discussion B

·         Do you want books, movies, or TV shows to have stage play versions? Why or why not?
·         What is your favorite entertainment medium? Why is that so?

December 20, 2015