Tickets to the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play were notoriously difficult to buy when the show opened in London in 2016. Now its debut in New York City appears to be following suit.
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Registration opened at 10am ET on Sunday for fans to get access codes to buy tickets when they go on sale at 11am ET Oct. 18. If that sounds like an overly complicated purchase process, you’re not wrong. But the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program has helped prevent scalpers from buying blocks of tickets to resell at inflated prices. Each verified buyer will get a randomized access code to buy tickets on a first-come, first-served basis when they go on sale.
Harry Potter fans flocked to the registration site Sunday morning as it struggled to keep up with the volume of visitors. Ticketmaster called the demand “unprecedented” in a tweet, and fans expressed their frustration with the site being sluggish or not working at all.