Turns out, we’re a bunch of massive Harry Potter fans.
In just four days of pre-sales Australians have spent $25 million buying tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the play that will run in Melbourne from January, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Based on the characters from the novels, the story picks up 19 years after the seventh book ends when Harry Potter’s son, Albus, is heading to Hogwarts for the first time. The play, which has been a hit in London and on Broadway, is told in two-parts.
Potterheads couldn’t wait to find out what happens next, snapping up about 200,000 seats from the more than 200 performances that were available for pre-sale – making the two-part play the highest selling show in pre-sale in Australian history, according to SMH.
And that was before tickets were released to the general public on Monday morning when thousands jumped on board from 9am to secure their tickets. At this rate, it’s likely they won’t available for much longer.
But it hasn’t all been good publicity for the production company. During pre-sale a number of Ticketmaster customers received error messages, but still had funds deducted, plus tickets turned up on scalper sites almost immediately, selling for inflated prices.
Tickets (if they’re still available by the time you read this) are available here.