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What if Harry Potter hadn’t existed until now? What if Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the five and a half hour play now on Broadway about two generations of Potters and their friends and enemies, was the first in the franchise — not preceded by J.K. Rowling’s seven novels published between 1997 and 2007 that so far have sold some half a billion copies, nor the eight film adaptations between 2001 and 2011 that have so far grossed $7.7 billion? …Surely, there are some Potter novitiates who would be confused if not outright perturbed by a play that doesn’t pretend it stands alone….But whatever the extent of your Potter training, prepare to be dazzled. The special effects are awe-inspiring…The illusions are just one part of the extraordinary stagecraft.