Butterbeers all round! We now know when the Harry Potter play begins in Australia.

Australian muggles have been waiting with bated breath to learn what date the world’s most famous wizard will land on our shores.

And – Merlin’s beard! – that day has finally come.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – which is the stage-based eighth instalment of J.K. Rowling‘s series – will kick off at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on January 16, 2019.

Tickets for the play will go on sale to the general public from 9am on Monday, August 6.

If you want to be certain not to miss your chance and get priority booking (heck yes) you’re encouraged to sign up to the mailing list by July 29 on the website.

The Cursed Child tells the story of Harry Potter long after he left school. He is now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband to Ginny Weasley and a father of three school-aged children.

If past performances are anything to go by, it will be Quidditch-World-Cup-spectacular.


It’s the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards and has won 24 major theatre awards in the UK since opening in July 2016 in London’s West End.

In England, the play is a two-part production, with tickets to each part sold separately. Ticket prices have ranged from 15 British pounds (AU$27) to 72.50 pounds (AU$130) for a single session.

While more information about the Australian production is yet to drop, we recommend you start dusting off your brooms. You’re going to want to fly in quick.