Much like Broadway does with the Tonys in the U.S, the Society of London Theatre issues Olivier Awards to recognize the United Kingdom’s best theatrical productions. This year, they pretty much all went to Harry Potter: The Next Generation.
While Harry Potter and the Cursed Child didn’t win everything it was nominated for, it got nine out of 11—setting a record, and making it the most decorated show in Olivier history—a score that even Hermione would have to be happy with. It pretty much swept the technical categories—backing up what everyone who has seen it has said about the atmosphere the play creates—and picked up best new play, best director, and a few acting awards. Additionally, actors behind the grown-up versions of Harry (Jamie Parker) and Hermione (Noma Dumezweni), along with Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius (Anthony Boyle) also won their respective categories.
So even if you’ve read the script, which is a bestseller in its own right, it’s clearly not representative of everything seen on stage.