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Joint Forces Journal

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VOL. 24 - NO. 45
DEC 8 - 15, 2019
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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Welcomes Fans of the Wizarding World to San Francisco for a Hogwarts House Homecoming

Oct 04, 2019
Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender have announced that "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will host a Hogwarts house homecoming in San Francisco on October 23 and 24, 2019, welcoming fans of the Wizarding World to the very first performance at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. Special pre-show celebrations will take place on Wednesday, October 23 at four secret venues near the Curran Theater, where Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and Slytherins will gather with fellow fans at Hogwarts house-themed parties before attending the very first performance of the West Coast production of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."


Fans are invited to enter their house’s drawing via TodayTix or the official website,, for the chance to purchase tickets for $40 ($20 per Part) for consecutive performances on Wednesday, October 23 (Part One) and Thursday October 24 (Part Two), plus access to their house’s exclusive preshow party on Wednesday, October 23. Entries will be accepted until Friday, October 11, at 1 p.m. PST, and winners will be notified shortly thereafter. Winners are able to purchase a maximum of two tickets for both Part One and Part Two in one transaction. Offer valid to U.S. Residents only.


To discover their Hogwarts house, fans can take part in the reimagined Sorting Ceremony by creating a Wizarding Passport on the Wizarding World app (available from the App Store and on Google Play) or by visiting The app is currently only available in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.


"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" begins preview performances on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 and the official opening is Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the Curran Theater (445 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102). Tickets are currently on sale through June 20, 2020, at or in-person at the Curran Theater box office. Prior to the start of performances, box office hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 12–8p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday).


"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany.


Receiving universal acclaim for its breathtaking magic and stage wizardry, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is the most awarded play in theatre history, winning 25 major U.S. awards, including six Tony Awards with one of those for Best Play. It also won 24 major theatre awards in the U.K. and is the most awarded show in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play.


"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is now playing at the Palace Theatre in London, where it received its world premiere in July 2016; at the Lyric Theatre in New York, where it opened on Broadway in April 2018; and at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, where it opened in February 2019. In addition to the U.S. West Coast premiere in San Francisco later this year, upcoming productions also include the German premiere, the first non-English language production, at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg in spring of 2020, and the sixth production of the smash hit play will open at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto later that year.


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