Like countless others across the globe, the Prince of Wales is a fan of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. On Friday, the Prince revealed that he was hoping to see the popular play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The play’s producer, Sonia Friedman, told this information to reporters after His Royal Highness awarded her with an OBE at Buckingham Palace Friday morning for her contributions to the theatre. She has produced well known and critically acclaimed shows like Bend It Like Beckham and Dreamgirls on London’s West End.
Friedman told the Press Association that His Royal Highness had asked her if he could see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. She added, “He’d heard it was quite long and I said it’s fine because you can nip back home for a cup of tea in between parts. He was very interested in Harry Potter.”
Back in 2011, the Prince told a group of schoolchildren that it was awful that the series had come to an end. He thought it was a “huge blow to children learning to read,” reported The Telegraph in July of that year.
When she was asked about producing the show, she said, “Producing something that has such a huge global impact, of course, has made a massive difference to my life and my career. It’s a huge responsibility for the 450-500 million fan base that’s out there, and thankfully we got it right.”
About receiving the OBE, she said, “I was all cool about it until I walked down this carpeted corridor surrounded by Rembrandts and the history.
“I’m very emotional; I’ve been crying actually … it’s a very strange experience.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered in January 2016. It is divided up into two parts with Jack Thorne writing the script. It takes place 19 years after the conclusion of the 7th book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The play focuses on Albus Potter, the son of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley, and his best friend Scorpius Malfoy, the son of Draco Malfoy and Astoria Greengrass, in their first year at Hogwarts. The play’s script was put into a book with Thorne, John Tiffany, and JK Rowling collaborating.