Today, curious fans of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child were given an intimate look at some of the sets for highly-discussed production, courtesy of the play’s set designer Christine Jones.
Given Jones’ background, it’s unsurprising that a common thread among the reactions to the play thus far has been its visually stunning nature. The accomplished set designer has been nominated for multiple Tony awards in the past, winning Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Broadway’s American Idiot in 2009. In an interview with Pottermore, it’s clear that seeing her work on Cursed Child come to fruition is quite meaningful to her.
I was overwhelmed. I didn’t expect to get as emotional as I did. But I think we all have been working on this for over a year and just have so much invested in it. There’s just this feeling that we’re working with people we love, on something we love, for people we love. And there’s a lot of emotions that have become buried within the fabric on the making of this.
In the featurette, we get to see some truly beautiful designs. From a metal archway inlaid with the phases of the moon to Hogwarts-themed wallpaper, we somehow feel right at home in sets we’ve never seen before. Cherrelle Skeet’s Rose Granger-Weasley and Sam Clemmett’s Albus Severus Potter also make an appearance in a scene together. Images like these are paramount for the scores of fans who won’t be able to see the play, particularly before reading the script book (which will likely focus on dialogue rather than scene-setting).
Dive in to the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child below!