Ticket demand for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took off like a Firebolt broomstick on Wednesday, leaving many fans irate after waiting hours for passes that never materialized.
The rush of demand combined with a shaky website left many Potter devotees stranded waiting in Cursed Child queues for hours. “NOOOO! CRUCIO #CursedChild site! ALL THE UNFORGIVABLE CURSES!!!!!” The 100 author Kass Morgan wrote on Twitter.
“That was quite honestly the worst booking process I have ever seen to buy theatre tickets,” wrote another Twitter user.
“Queued since 9am this morning, 37,000 people in front of me, finally got to booking, doesn’t work,” added another unhappy fan.
Others expressed their frustration through memes, GIFs, quotes, and references to the beloved Harry Potter series.
The wait did pay off for some fans, however. Luckily, there’s a Harry Potter GIF for every emotion.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will act as a sequel to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, picking up 19 years after the events of that book.
“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children,” reads the synopsis. “While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
The play, which is in two parts, will debut on London’s West End in 2016.