Trip of the Year: Day 4 – A Happy Birthday spent with all things Harry Potter

We woke up to a bright, cheery morning and headed out for a quick breakfast before heading to the Palace Theatre to pick up my birthday present (which I got for myself) – tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One and Two!

We were greeted by a crowd gathered along the streets and while I went to collect the tickets from the box office, my mom headed out to gather intel. Once I came out, she excitedly exclaimed that it was a Chinese New Year parade. Since we had some time, we decided to hang around to wait for the parade to begin.

 

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Some CNY excitement!

As we were away from home during the Chinese New Year, the parade brought a bit of festive celebration to us which we had missed out on.

Once we had our fill of the festivities, we went in search for a quick bite before we headed back to the Palace Theatre to queue for the entry into Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One.


 

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The best play I’ve ever seen!

My mom and I both left the Palace Theatre beyond impressed and happy with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One and Part Two. The cast delivered an absolutely phenomenal performance for both parts and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate my birthday than being a part of the audience. It was quite literally an immersive experience that reading the script book would not have had. The play had me reliving those emotions I had when I watched and read the Harry Potter series.

As I would like to #keepthesecret and not ruin the play for future Potterhead attendees, all I can say is: It’s an unforgettable and thrilling experience that you will surely cherish dearly.

With that said, I do have to mention that I didn’t manage to get this tickets when they were released. In fact, I only managed to get them 2 months before I was to travel to London. How did I do it? I basically went back onto the ticketing website and found 2 available tickets (for the day that I wanted) which had been returned. So, if you are looking to get those tickets for the show, try your luck by returning to the ticketing website several times – if it worked for me, it might work for you too!


During our break in-between Part One and Part Two, we made a trip to the House of MinaLima which is just about a 5-minute walk from the Palace Theatre.

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House of MinaLima!

The House of MinaLima is a must visit for every Potterhead. Why? Because Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima are the duo behind all the art and illustrations you see in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film.

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Stepping into the 4-storey building, you will be greeted by familiar framed artworks that you’ve seen from the movies. These consists of posters, book covers, materials used by the characters as well as designs for the physical items like the Triwizard Cup from Goblet of Fire and Magical Exposure Threat Level Clock from Fantastic Beasts.

And, if you are tempted to get the artworks; you can get them at the gift store on the first level.


Suffice to say I went back to the hotel in the happiest of mood; turning in for the night with the biggest smile on my face.

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