One of the biggest Broadway successes of the year has taken home one of the biggest Tony Awards of the night.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Broadway’s staged telling of the eighth story in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter saga, has earned the Tony Award for Best Play, one of the two flagship awards of the 72nd annual ceremony (the other being Best Musical, which went home with six).
Cursed Child features a story devised by Rowling, director John Tiffany, and playwright Jack Thorne. Thorne wrote the script and is credited for the award; however, Rowling receives a Tony by way of producing the play through the shingle Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, which produced alongside leads Sonia Friedman and Collin Callendar.
Cursed Child was the big winner in a category that included Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children, Claire van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King, Ayad Akhtar’s Junk, and John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons.
The play weaves the surprising tale of Harry Potter’s youngest son Albus, who tries desperately to escape from the shadow of his famous father, eventually taking time and space into his own hands to do so.
The show, which is presented in two parts clocking in at a collective five-and-a-half hours, was nominated for 10 Tonys and won six. At the Olivier Awards in London, where the show first premiered in 2016, Cursed Child scored nine out of 11 awards, including Best Play, Best Director (for Tiffany), and acting awards for Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni, and Anthony Boyle.
If Broadway tickets to Cursed Child are still as unlikely to fall into your hands as a Hogwarts letter, you can pick up the published script for the play in bookstores.