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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets: How do you get them?

They're the hottest tickets in the West End, but where can you buy them from?

The new Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has sent fans potty, with tickets selling out within hours, fans complaining about online sales shambles and profiteering resellers, and producers already announcing an extended run.

So what is the play about?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part stage play, co-written by Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, and based on an original JK Rowling story.

Not much information has been released so far about the content of the play, but it will be a sequel to the original book series. Set 19 years after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it will focus on Harry's youngest son Albus Severus.

According to producers it will see Harry as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three children.

His youngest son Albus has to take on the weight of the family legacy, and "both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places".

Billed as the "eighth Harry Potter story and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage", the two-part play is set to make its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in London's West End on 7 June 2016.

The ticket Fiasco

Priority booking for the stage show, originally scheduled to run from June to September 2016, prompted an online frenzy as fans tried to get their hands on the first batch of tickets.

Buyers had to be pre-registered at the play's official website at Nimax to even be able to attempt to purchase the priority tickets, reports MTV News. They then had to wait in a pre-queue line before the official 11.00am start time.

One fan tweeted: "Only English people would create a pre-queue to the queue."

The show sold more than 175,000 tickets in just eight hours and some appeared on re-sale ticket websites soon after, priced at more than £1,000.

This prompted the play's official Twitter account to warn buyers not to resell their tickets on alternative platforms, as patrons would not be admitted into the theatre.

After selling out tickets for the first booking period from 7 June to 18 September producers quickly extended the season to January 2017, but this didn't stop fans complaining about long online waiting times and glitches, reports the BBC.

So how do you get them?

Every Friday at 1pm the theatre releases 40 tickets for every performance the following week. The tickets are hard to get (try and join the virtual queue as early as possible) but they are for some of the best seats in the house, at a lower price than other tickets. You might not get one of ‘The Friday Forty’ on your first attempt, but keep trying.

Tickets for the two-part play, starting from £30, are sold via Nimax Theatres and ATG Tickets. Some are also available from ticket resellers such as StubHub and eBay but it's worth checking for returns at the theatre.

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