Previews for Cursed Child in San Francisco are officially underway, with the eighth Harry Potter story arriving at the west coast. And we were there to see it all kick off!

San Francisco Potter fans, this is your time. Today, the first preview performances of Cursed Child at the Curran Theatre kicked off – and we were there to say hello to the cast and fans.

So, while the show doesn’t officially open until December, the preview performances are now underway. As such, you can bet there are wizarding celebrations aplenty. To start off, San Francisco’s City Hall got in on the action, bathed in the coloured lights representing the four Hogwarts houses. A strong look, we’re sure you’ll all agree.

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Earlier this month, we told you about some special Hogwarts house homecoming parties that were taking place to celebrate the festivities in style, with lucky lottery winners in attendance. Well, those winners got to experience their prize this week, and were treated to some lavish wizarding parties, complete with décor, food, drink, games, and some very impressive costumes before seeing the show.

Seeing as Cursed Child opens with a young Albus Potter deliberating which Hogwarts house he’ll be in, we thought we’d ask fans what they loved the most about their own Hogwarts house. (Remember, you can always discover you house with the reimagined Sorting Ceremony right here!) Here’s what they said...

Speaking of the cast, (of which you can learn all about here) we sat down with some of them to talk about the upcoming show, what Harry Potter means to them, and how they’re feeling being part of the ever-extending Wizarding World family.

In fact, many of the cast have Potter connections already. John Skelley understudied Jamie Parker in New York, David Abeles, playing Ron, and Angela Reed, playing Ginny, both previously appeared in the New York company too, while Jon Steiger, AKA Scorpius Malfoy, worked at the Lyric Theatre (where Cursed Child’s New York production takes place) as an usher! It’s a small Wizarding World, after all.

So, now the curtains have finally gone up on Cursed Child in San Francisco, we expect we’ll be seeing a lot more from this lot as the production starts its journey from previews to opening night. Watch this space as the Cursed Child San Francisco story begins!