The eighth Harry Potter story, Cursed Child, has won the grand prize at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Congratulations to the creative team behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was honored Sunday night at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, going home with the prestigious Best Play award.

There’s been a lot of talk online about the plot of the play (naturally, since most fans aren’t able to see the play live), so we’re glad to see this hard-working crew get the recognition they deserve for the overall experience, which is truly magical!

Here’s the London Evening Standard’s reasons for why Cursed Child beat the competition:

The two-part Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an unforgettable experience but it works because at its core there’s a gripping tale underpinning it. However, it would be foolhardy to divulge more without incurring the wrath of theatregoers, mostly first-timers, who have bought tickets through all of 2017 and into 2018.

Fittingly, the award was presented by Dame Maggie Smith, who is of course the Harry Potter movies’ Professor McGonagall.

Via The BBC, pdirector John Tiffany said upon winning, “It’s a show about the peril of isolation, about unity, about family and about love.”

J.K. Rowling, who consulted on the play and has been heavily involved in keeping the secrets, had a message read on stage by Cursed Child‘s Hermione Granger, Noma Dumezweni. See what she had to say:

Here’s a clip from the event’s red carpet featuring John Tiffany:

And finally, some celebratory pictures of the cast and crew from the event:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially premiered on July 31 of this year, and the story is available in script format.

The play is expected to tour worldwide, and will likely be coming to Broadway, though we don’t know when that might happen.

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