Following the announcement that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was not a prequel but a sequel to the iconic book series, thousands of fans rushed to purchase tickets as soon as they went on sale Wednesday. As one might expect, a sequel to Harry Potter existing only as a limited-run theater performance has led to outrageous demand, which in turn led to overburdened ticket sellers. Many hopeful ticket holders were stuck waiting in queues for hours or suddenly shut out of tickets they thought were theirs. (Such fans turned to Harry Potter GIFs to vent their frustrations.)

Fortunately for some, a second batch of tickets later went on sale. The first batch were for the first three months of the play’s run, from June through September 2016. The second batch, for September 2016 through January 2017, was due to go on sale Saturday, but was made available early to Priority Booking customers (who had already registered for tickets online) in response to yesterday’s chaos. As a result, some fans have been satisfied, while others realize they may never get a ticket.

Tickets are already popping up on StubHub and other resellers for upwards of £700. The official Cursed Child Twitter account is warning against reselling, suggesting that customers refund their tickets instead.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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