Newswire: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child loses the owls, will have to rely on email now

Jack Thorne’s play, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, is officially in its previews stage, and will reveal to fans of J.K. Rowling’s books (yes, and movies) just how The Boy Who Lived ended up as The Man Who Will Work Himself To Death If He Isn’t Careful. The two-part play officially opens July 31, and some of the bugs are still being worked out of the production, by which we mean owls.

Owls are the carrier or homing pigeons of the Hogwarts world, spiriting messages to and fro without the backing of a union, and The Cursed Child intended to use the birds in just such a way. But it seems one of the birds got pre-opening night jitters, and flew away during the first preview performance on Tuesday. The Palace Theater has already posted a sign to indicate that “no real birds” will be …

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