Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production by J K RowlingHarry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production by J K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The…

byJ K Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Hardcover | July 31, 2016

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The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels, which have sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 79 languages, and three companion books originally published for charity. She is also the author of The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults published in 2012, and, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, i...
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Title:Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The…Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.29 × 6.4 × 1.2 inPublished:July 31, 2016Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from did not love it I did not love that it was written in play form. I didn't enjoy the characters as much as I did when they were the ones at Hogwarts.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh I loved it when I first read it, but come to think of it, there were so many issues I had with the story. It wasn't even written by JK Rowling herself
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love the book I got this book from my friend and have been reading it since then, fun to read
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun to read about characters we grew up with all grown up themselves The book is written in play format but this doesn't make it less readable. I'd worried that it wouldn't be as good to read about Harry grown up with the focus on his kids but it was great.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not the best super out of character, i was happy there was more hp but this wasnt the way to go imo
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from read the series first! Interesting but definitely some story choices that I wish were different. Still great to keep the stories and world alive.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I loved this spin-off. So awesome to read about the next generation of Potter's and a very different format from the original texts.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! J.K. Rowling never disappoints!!!! Not just for children....people of all ages! Cant get enough Harry Potter!!
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HP magic lives on this book gave the perfect dose of HP magic one needs-you just get transported into that world again. All the elements are touched on that is classic to the HP WORLD such as the maurader's map, secret hallways etc. JK Rowling's world she's conjured up is phenomenal.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not as good as the series but still a good finale the first time that i read thi book, i didnt find it very good and the style threw me off. but when i read for the second time, i was engaged with the book and enjoyed it more.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the series I enjoyed this book, i thought that it was a nice short story, quick read as it is in a play format. I did find the story to be kind of sad in some ways. It was good but definitely lacked the magic of the initial Harry Potter series. A short story format wouldve been better than a play.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Easy Read/ Spoiler I finished reading this book in one day. I like it but the love plot between some characters (not saying who) did not make sense. It almost seemed forced at times. The whole child of Voldemort thing threw me off. I could not imagine Voldemort having a daughter and the whole mission that Albus and Scorpius faced was not that interesting. Borrowing this book from the library would save you a lot of money.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing Like The Original Series I would compare this book to a badly written fanfiction. Nothing like the original series and seems to be just poorly written fan service.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay. Not awful, not mindblowing. Completely goes against some points established in the books.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic! great read. written in different form. still happy to be including this book on my collection. love it!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good enough! People seem disappointed but I bought what to be expected: A book based off a play so thats what we got.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't be fooled This was not written by J.K Rowling and this is not the 8th Harry Potter story. The writing is bad and the story is beyond stupid.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh As a Harry Potter fan I was overwhelmed with excitement after hearing about the Cursed Child, but in all honesty I was a bit disappointed in it. I found it anti climactic and it being written as a play threw me off a bit. But never the less it is Harry Potter and I enjoyed reading it, it was neat to read in the perspective of Harry's children.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed As a Harry Potter fan I was thoroughly disappointed with this installment. Based on reviews from other fanatics I expected to be disheartened, however I decided to engage for the sake of the series. Nonetheless, I was not prepared to be this dissatisfied with a J.K. Rowling book.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible I'm still in shock that JKR signed off on this... I'm sad that I purchased it & spent my time reading it. I could ramble at length about how many ways this book goes against the fundamental foundation of multiple character's personalities. Terrible, I don't even keep it on the same shelf as my HP books, it doesn't deserve the distinction.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from nope My daughter waited for a year to finally read this and was very disapointed
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I was expecting more. After being a Harry Potter fanatic my whole childhood, I was expecting another thriller that I couldn't put down. Howerver, written like a play and the details that came out of nowhere confused me and made this book rank below my expectations.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed reviews I was really excited to read this as a grasp for any new Harry Potter material, but I felt that it fell short. I'm sure if you saw this in the play it would be more interesting and fanatical, but reading it as a screenplay, I had too many questions in mind.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from #notmyharrypotter This is nothing like the original books in J.K. Rowling's series. I know its a screenplay for a theater production, but its void of the intrigue and mystery all the other books had. It had some interesting elements but fell short. It felt more like fan fiction. A lot of "what if" this happened.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I love anything Harry Potter. I bought this book the day it was released and read it the same day. Amazing!
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's different I was excited when I found out that there was going to be another book in the Harry Potter Series. But very disappointed when I read this book that it was in the play format and didn't follow a normal book writing format. So I found it hard to read, but the story line that was there was good. I just wish this wasn't in the play format.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Very different from original series, expected more
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn’t live up to the hype This was so disappointing for me as I my such a huge Harry Potter fan. Seemed cheesy and not well written.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Really cool concept and made me want to see the stage play!
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disapointing Its weird because its a play, but it could have been way better. They should have changed it to a first person perspective. This is just disappointing, it is definitely the worst out of all the harry potter books.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good sequel I loved reading the play format. It was a good sequel.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not make expectations This book was definitely not Harry Potter. The plot is predictable and very forced. Format took what little I liked about the book away too. I could not get lost in this book.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay I bought this book a while back and i couldn't out it down after starting it. Highly recommend it for anybody looking to read some adventure!
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Script is the problem, it changes it, not worth but still good to have as memory
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as books 1-7 I could not wait to read this right after I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While it has its moments, I was disappointed overall. It has a completely different feel than books 1-7; it reads a bit like a fanfiction. Albus Potter was a frustrating character to follow (not in a good way) but at least he was complimented by the surprisingly upbeat Scorpius Malfoy. Worth the read if you love the series, but don't set your expectations too high.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was a fanfic. I was disappointed when I read it. I waited for a really long time to hear from the Harry Potter universe... but this is literally something that I could have found off the internet... you could tell that there is little JK Rowling in it, and more of the other screen writers
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre I was quite exited to read this as i enjoyed the harry potter books. I get its a play script but it reads like something that a 14 year old fan of harry potter wrote and put on the internet as a fan-fiction. Many plot points in the book are strange and subtract from the original story.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Garbage! I was honestly so disappointed by this book. I have always loved Harry Potter and was originally thrilled when I'd heard there was a final installment coming out - a Harry Potter fan's dream! I ordered it online to be sent to my house, and when it arrived I could barely wait to tear into it.... only to find out that it was an absolutely horrible attempt at a money grab. JK Rowling and the cowriters completely altered the characters fans grew up with, the story was just awful and the book was so hard to read because it was not written as a book like her other stories, it's a screenplay. Reading a screenplay is nothing like reading a novel, so if you're hoping this is a novel, you're going to be disappointed. We all knew it was going to be a screenplay, but I was really hoping JK Rowling would make it somehow more novel like for fans..but as mentioned before, I was sadly disappointed. Don't waste your time or money.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still a good read! Although it wasn't as well written, being a huge fan, it was still fun to read what happens next in the series for the next generation of wizards.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from HELL Characters were not themselves , horrible continuation to the Harry Potter series very disappointed.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my Favourite Harry Potter Book I didn't love that this book was in script form. I would be interested in seeing the play but this book didn't do it for me. I preferred the other Harry Potter books that were written in a story form. It was still interesting to read as a Harry Potter fan- learning more about the Harry Potter characters lives since the final book.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Spectacularly Awful I'm not sure why Rowling put her name on someone else's fan-fiction. This was the biggest money-grab in history. All the worst qualities of the characters were suddenly their defining features making these beloved characters incredibly unlikeable. The whole plot is predicated on going back in time, which, any book/movie/play that's a sequel that goes back in time to the original doesn't have a genuine good story line if it has to borrow it from elsewhere. I try my best to pretend this play isn't canon.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I had high hopes for this, but came out disappointed. Maybe it translates better on stage.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible "continuation" of H.P. I honestly couldn't finish this book. It was badly written, and really messed with the heart of the Harry Potter world. Weird time travelling and out-of-character moments... Blech.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty Dissapointed I love harry potter but this book just wasn't all that great. The story was forced and the characters were bland. Perhaps it's because it's a script but just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read only if you are a Harry Potter fan! Read this only if you are a Harry Potter fan. Characters are predictable, as is the story. I was disappointed in Harry and his friends.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read There are definitely some loose ends for being a sequel in terms of not exactly tying with the original novels well, but it was still a good read. I have never read a stage play before and I enjoyed it much more than I thought that I would. I think it would be better on stage but the novel is still worth the sit down.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay Read it in one sitting...meh. As a lifelong fan I was excited to read this, but at the end was left feeling a little disappointed. I'm sure it;s much better portrayed on stage.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lkjg Up until I was nine years old, I wouldn't read for fun, but after discovering the Harry Potter series I was hooked. I read the entire series over and over again for three years straight and now. Nine years later, at 18 I still enjoy the story
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from it was ok I wasn't a fan. I was really excited to read it but some of the things in the book didn't make sense, these were not the characters i know. harry would not have reacted in such a way. hermione would not ignore her child and ron's love for hermione did not sprout from jealousy. if you want to read it go ahead but dont have your expectations to high.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sequel An amazing sequel to the Harry Potter series with a great plot.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This! I love the Harry Potter series and was so excited that a continuation was coming out. The book is actually written as a play which didn't bother me personally but others were not a fan of the layout. I love the journey J.K Rowling takes us on and was not disappointed with the storyline!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great There are some information that doesn't tie up, but overall, it was a fun book.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love so good never wanted to put it down
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it Honestly such a nice sequel.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed As much as I love any chance to return to the Harry Potter world, I was disappointed by this new installment. The characters we know and love were reduced to exaggerated but one-dimensional versions of themselves and I couldn't connect with the new characters introduced. It created plot holes and the overall storyline just felt weak and forced. I'm sure it is a wonder to see on stage, but the story isn't strong enough to be delivered in screenplay/ book format.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Huge fan of the series and this was great to see where the characters ended up and the new adventure they were embarking on!
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this It's not Harry Potter in the classic sense, but really good!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Reads like a poor fan-fic First off, was it so hard to adapt the script into a novel? Secondly, the story feels like a weak, fan fic that rips all over the established lore and history of the Potterverse. I can't recommend this one unless you are the most diehard fan and 100% need to know what's going on. #staffreviews
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from absolute trash i'm surprised rowling allowed her name to be put on it. I have ready many, MANY fanfictions that were better than this drivel. It is an abomination to the potter world.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Although it seemed a little odd to see the story written as a script (although it didn't take long to get used to) it wasn't quite what I expected. The storyline seemed a little forced and it felt weird not having Harry, Ron and Hermione in it as much. Still worth the read if you want to absorb every part of this world of J.K. Rowling's
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bring on the nostalgia Was so excited to read this when it first came out, and it did not disappoint. I was looking to feel like I was back in that magical world, it did just that. I can see how some may find the storyline a bit disappointing, but as a long time fan, reading anything from JK Rowling again put a skip in my step.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I loved this extension to the Harry Potter series. It lets us learn more about the characters and their futures. It took a little while to get used to the play format but once I was used to it, I loved it!
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I read this play in 45 minutes. That's how good it was. I could really imagine myself in their world and I could see the scenes clearly in my head because it was so detailed.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story Amazing story after the original Harry Potter books. Gives any Harry Potter fan another look into the wizarding world!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great to see where Harry has been... It was fun to read where Harry and the gang had done since leaving Hogwarts but the storyline was less than "good"!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I enjoyed this very much. Not as good as her other jobs but I liked it
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was so exciting to finally have something to reconnect me to the Harry Potter world! This was a disappointment unfortunately. The writing was so off, not in sync, and it just felt like the storyline was so poorly planned.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright it doesn't compare to the other books
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book This book is good if you don't expect it to be a continuation of the original series and instead more of a stand alone book. I like that it's a glimpse into the world that I've grown to love, but it definitely has a different spin to it, and it doesn't really focus as much on the old characters. It took me a while to get used to reading it in the script format, but overall I still really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok was hyped for this book, and was somewhat pleased, but not entirely. Good for a quick read, but will not match your highest expectations.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Reviews I loved the idea of the eighth Harry Potter book but unfortunately the style in which this edition was written was not in the same descriptive fashion as the books previous which made it fall a bit short for me. I may change my mind though when seeing the show on stage of course! I hope so!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different, but still Great. The cover image really catches your eye. This will satisfy HP cravings for the hardcore fan who yearns for more material to cover the world of HP. I did sense that the writing or the ambiance of the original story has changed, in a good but different way. It's not a problem I don't think - you have to remember that the original books were written almost 20 years ago! I can't even wrap my mind around that - makes me feel old and I'm a young adult now. Overall, it was a decent and interesting read. Some arched eyebrow moments (I will not post spoilers!!), but still immersive.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Difficult to read I wasn't a fan of this and ended up returning it. I was really disappointed given how excited I was for it. Couldn't get into it at all.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what i was hoping for I am IN LOVE with Harry Potter but this is a really bad edition to the series, and although it was interesting to see how the play was able to create magic coming out of their wands when they cast a spell, a lot of characters were not in the book. Teddy was not mentioned AT ALL and generally the whole book was something im not interested in.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was good. I really enjoyed this book. I loved it so much. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! It was great reading about and going back to Hogwarts, I had missed that place of magic and wonder. I really enjoyed how the story took place in the future and it was great catching up with my favorite characters!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing! I couldnt put the book down until the very last page and then I was sad it was over. Picks up perfect with the last harry potter book!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I didn't love it It's fair to say that my expectations were unreasonably high for this -- but when J.K. Rowling attaches herself to any project, magic is supposed to happen. This one disappointed; I found it hard to care about anything that happened (the only exceptions being Harry's dreams, which were very harrowing and profound, and, of course, the replay of that famous moment from his past). A majority of this read exactly like a slapstick fan-fiction and it's hard to believe that any of it really occurred in the Harry Potter sphere.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Different Kind of Potter Novel Although I am a huge Harry Potter fan, this book wasn't quite what I wanted from the series. Perhaps this is a bias due to the different style of writing for a screenplay. I would still recommend reading it though if you are a fan, it will satisfy a craving for some Potter fiction!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing As a huge Harry Potter fan I was so incredibly disappointed with this book. I would rather JK Rowling have ended the series on Book 7. This was just utterly terrible and really did not capture the essence of the characters whatsoever. In fact even when the book would include scenes from the past (previous books) I felt like they weren't even accurate.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I was hoping for It's a bit of a let down, the writing was nothing like harry potter. Disappointing
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Okay If you like reading fan fiction, then you'll love this book. If opens up the topic of "what happens next?" I didn't have high expectations for the book, but really liked it and it was a nice add to the collection.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from :( was really hoping this would be better
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Return to the Magical World It's not my absolute favourite Harry Potter book to date. But I like to think of it as an interesting adaptation of a version of the future events that could have taken place after the beloved Harry Potter timeline.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Take it for what it is... For Harry Potter fans 'left longing for more', this is a small taste of being in that world again, and for a brief moment you can pretend you're experiencing the magic anew. I enjoyed the different format of reading a play script, but the story just did not satisfy - as nothing ever will again, not like the initial adventure through the wonderful world that is Harry Potter. Unlike the original books, which have been read and reread in my household so many times they are falling apart and we've had to order a new collection, this was a one time only read, and will sit on the bookshelf collecting dust and protecting the books stacked beneath it.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not as expected Didn't feel much like Harry Potter while reading. For me, Harry Potter ended with the Deathly Hallows and the Cursed Child does not count as a continuation. It felt like a really bad fan fiction.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I don't normally read books written as plays so it took me a little while to get into the book. I loved the plot though and will read anything about Harry Potter!
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This is published fan fiction! I was so excited to read this book when I bought it, but I soon realized it was a horrible mistake. The plots were horrible, the characters from the previous seven books were completely different characters and we could tell whom the villain was right away. This book was not written by J. k. Rowling, a fan did. This book shouldn't be a part of the series because it messes the whole series up. I did enjoy some scenes though, but not enough to make me love the book. I want to love, but I can't.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This was very different from reading a regular novel. It was great super enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought It Would Be Better. I think my expectations were too high... it wasn't awful, but it wasn't quite as good as I thought it would be. A little disappointing.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meh didnt like the way the book was written
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad. It wasn't horrible - not great either. It's a change.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from was ok This book was definitely written to be a play. It does not follow the usual Harry Potter tone. It was still a fun time travelling adventure.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from was ok This book was definitely written to be a play. It does not follow the usual Harry Potter tone. It was still a fun time travelling adventure.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from was ok This book was definitely written to be a play. It does not follow the usual Harry Potter tone. It was still a fun time travelling adventure.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from yikes I was really excited that after so long, we were finally going to get another Harry Potter story. While I appreciate that a follow up of the character's lives was given, the story line was just...sad. It was nothing like the originals. The was it was written was completely different, the characters were nothing like themselves and I literally physically cringed at some parts. The plot was all over the place, there was no real point of the story, there were random names of people who were never explained, and the personalities were extremely forced. Gave it 2 stars 1 for the effort and the other just cause I feel bad for giving anything Harry Potter related such a bad review.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I really did not enjoy the format or the story line of this book. It was okay at first but then I found it became quite dull and predictable toward the middle...I am a huge HP fan but I would give this one a pass.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what i had hoped I was delighted when i heard that there was going to be an eighth Potter book, as i am a HUGE fan. I went for the midnight release which was lots of fun, but the book itself was not what i expected. The plot was a bit confusing and weird, and old characters like Harry, Ron and Hermione didn't seem like themselves. However i did love Albus and Scorpius, and enjoyed returning to the wizarding world. Not what i had hoped for, but had some good parts, still worth reading for Potter fans
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh. Very disappointing in terms of characters behaviour and the story was barely OK.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mixed feelings (spoiler) i loved seeing a continuation of the HP series and thought the initial plot with Harry's son facing difficulties and befriending Malfoy's son was great. Got a little weird when I found out Voldemort had a child.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissapointing Not what i expected. felt like fan fiction
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Fun and Satisfying Sequel Having been the perfect age to get completely absorbed in the Harry Potter mania that swept the world back in the day, I was equal parts excited and skeptical about the creation of an "eighth book" -- I wanted more Potter, but I also felt that the original canon was sacred and not to be tampered with. That said, I was not disappointed. Harry's son Albus (the protagonist) was a completely unique character as was his friend Scorpius Malfoy. The characters from the original series make appearances as side characters, and you meet them enough to completely enjoy getting reacquainted with them while staying distant enough to not take away from the new plot line. The story itself was very clever and enjoyable. The screenplay format did take away from the story a bit. Because the descriptions are so basic and straightforward, it felt like without seeing the acting and directing, I was missing half of the story. I'm now excited for the play, but a little disappointed that I read the screenplay first, because all the twists won't be as exciting. Finally, I found the way magic was portrayed as kind of weak and ambiguous compared to the magic in the books. Whether this was because of the writers, or the limits of the screenplay format, I'm not sure. In the end, I enjoyed it for the most part -- it was fun. But it's just not the same. The original 7 can never be added upon for true fans.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical! This was everything I dreamed it would be. I didn't love the play/speech format but of course a small price to pay for a wonderful story.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Obviously wasn't the same as the previous books but was still enjoyable. Would love to see it as a play though.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So so Worth the read as a huge HP fan but would not read it again like the other books in the series. It was better than I expected but not great, keeping in mind reading a screen play is different experience than a novel.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! Personally, I loved the story. It was very eventful! Although, I agree with the others who are saying that the characters (Harry, Ron and Hermione, mostly) didn't feel like themselves. You could feel that it was someone else writing about these characters. Nonetheless, this was a great quick read and an excellent follow-up to the series.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sadly, I regret reading this I am a huge Harry Potter fan and I love JK Rowling so I really had high expectations for this book. I even pre-ordered it months in advance! Sadly, it's a big disappointment. I understand it's a script not actually a book but the story itself fell flat and felt off and contrived, somehow. Maybe I just didn't like how my favourite characters of all time ended up. Anyway, just a big NO for me.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from As long you don't expect it like the books It's an overall good addition to the HP series, but don't expect it to read it like in the novels. It is a play after all, but it does make me want to watch the show one day. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tried to love it, but just wasn't for me While I've spoken with a great deal of people who were just so thrilled to be back in the Harry Potter world they've grown up with (as I was as well), there were a few too many things to overlook here for me to love it. As you are likely aware, this is not a traditional novel, but a screenplay. That doesn't bother me at all, and I've read plays before and loved them, so my lack of love for this story has nothing to do with the format. Without giving too much away, my issues lay in the treatment of the characters and their achievements (or lack of) in life, the use of a particular magical element that should have been left behind after it served its initial purpose in the story, the altering of important previous story elements and the failure to present a new and unique story in the Harry Potter universe, which is more of what I was hoping for. Fantastic Beasts was able to present a new story within the "Potterverse" that did not depend on the events of the original books, and just expanded upon the universe itself.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great it was so fun to catch up with all the characters though the play format was a bit frustrating #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great it was so fun to catch up with all the characters though the play format was a bit frustrating #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Even though there were some parts that I didn't like, I still enjoyed reading this book!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Didn't like the overall plot, it is a harry potter book thought and i felt like i needed to read it
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this!!! Wish there was more to this, I felt like JK could have made two books but thats ok! Loved it from start to finish. If you are HP fan you need to read this!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissapointimg I didnt like the main plot of the story, and it didn't do justice to some amazing characters, some parts of the book were nice, but the overall plot was like one from a fanfiction, I just had to read it because it is a harry potter book, but it wasnt as great as the others
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Story It was a lot of fun to read, and I definitely want to see it on stage, but it felt more like an official fanfiction. Some characters did things I don't think JK Rowling would have made them do. But if you put that aside it's great!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay book It was not nearly as good as the originals, but it was a fun glimpse into what our favorite group of wizards have been up to for the past 19 years.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay #plumreview This isn't a bad book if you like the screen play style of writing but if you don't its not worth it
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay... Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the Harry Potter series, so when I found out an eighth book was going to be released I was hyped! However, when I read it, I found it a little bit disappointing. I didn't understand some of the plot and the characters that were included; I felt like it didn't really link to the "true" Harry Potter universe. But, I did enjoy the friendship between Scorpius and Albus.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic visit with old friends! I pre-ordered this and devoured it the day it was available!! Despite the change in format (written as a screen-play) I loved every second with this book. A new story involving new characters and revisiting my favourite characters from the original series.... I couldn't have asked for a better read. I would recommend this 100% to any fan of the Harry Potter universe.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing comeback! I love new characters and the plot! Scorpius is amazing and their friendship with Albus is so good! Love the character of Draco here as well. And time travel! <3
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Fanfiction Rought Draft Disappointed. Messy plot line. Reaching and pulling at loose strings while simultaneously creating new ones.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ~ I was really excited for this but the plot was a little forced and the adults did not act like adults.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not amazing Interesting to see the next chapter in the character's lives. The story was good, but of course can't beat the original series.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay There was so much hype and excitement for this book, so I expected it to be good. First of all, it was written as a screenplay, which made it harder to read. Second of all, the characters used the Time-Turner so many times, it was exhausting to remember who was alive/dead, what just happened, which setting they were in and so on. After so many years, you would expect these book to be perfect and just the ultimate ending to the flawless series but, you are wrong.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful cover art! It was an okay story, but not as realistic (even though I know it's fantasy anyways), as the other Harry Potter's. It was not written as well as the books. But I would still recommend this play to Harry Potter fans!
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good idea For sure a commercial interest to revive the story after so many years. However still great for the nostalgic souls. I still prefer to see another story with the same universe than a new extension.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Harry nice cover. for those who enjoy script lines
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was a good idea at the time It was a neat idea, and maybe in play format it would be good, but kind of kills the magic of Harry Potter.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok Can tell it wasn't solely a J. K. Rowling project, and it definitely took away from the story since it was only the play lines (not written in novel format). I am glad I read it though.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the original series Although I enjoyed the book I definitely did miss the writing style of the original series. It didn't keep my attention as much, but was still worth reading.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Easy to read, but it drifts away from the real essence of Harry Potter. Still good to get a feel of Harry Potter and his cursed little child's life after the grand finale.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ruined Harry Potter I love Harry Potter and was sososo excited when I saw the Cursed Child released as it was another HP book to look forward to! However, it was a huge disappointment and just ruined the previous seven books.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It Was A Thing When I first read it, I thought it was good. But then I talked to my sister and mother about it, and realized it's not Harry Potter. If this was anything else but the Harry Potter universe, it would be great. Yet it's not. The characters don't act like themselves at all! And that is my main, if only complaint. It can't be Harry Potter, if he doesn't act like Harry. Not worth it if you love Harry Potter and where it ended. Worth it if you want to know what the hype is about, only.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NO I was given this book as a gift. If I hadn't received it I would not have purchased it myself. I understand that it is a screenplay but even so, the format is poorly written. I just don't understand why this was even published. Harry Potter ended on such a great note and will always continue to make money. There is so much that happens in the story that is so terrible and out of character. Ron Weasley is completely useless and annoying. He serves no purpose other than to add comic relief but the relief is a poor attempt. Ron is my favourite character so this was one of the biggest disappointments. This is just one of the many things that threw me and other dedicated fans off. I know this is fan-fiction, but it still bothers me that Rowling's name is on it. I refuse to believe that this is how the story continues.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was so excited... I was so excited to read this; but, it didn't "wow" me. I thought the previous series was better. Nice story concept; just didn't deliver like the original. I was a pleasant read.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried I thought I loved the book but I just saw the play and it's a whole other level. I reread the book and it gives it such a new dimension! GO SEE THE PLAY (if you can) before judging the script!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I have read all of the Harry Potter books and all of the side books (Fantastic Beast, etc.) and I loved this one too! I read it in an afternoon because I couldn't put it down! Magical.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I was excited to read this and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't read all of the Harry Potter books so there were a few things I was curious about but the overall story was great.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed emotions I'm not exactly sure how i feel about this. It wasn't terrible but it also wasn't up to the standards we expect going in to a HP novel. The beginning of the play just get jumping forward really quickly and then when we got into the meat of the plot it was all just stupid mistake on top of stupid mistake. Ultimately, it didn't lead to much in the end because of all the time travel going on in this. I did like seeing our old beloved characters and how they ended up. Not all is happy ever after and i thought that felt pretty realistic.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good. It was a good story, but not as great as the original Harry Potter series. I liked the first seven better.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my Fave Honestly, I love harry potter, but this just didn't hit the spot for me. It was a cute addition to the stories, but it was very different than what I was expecting.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An experimentation with form that expands the reader's expectations I, of course, was thrilled to read a book in the official Harry Potter canon. This book was delightful and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it in the theatrical script format - I kept wondering how the stage production could be executed, it was so magical!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wanted to like it ... I really wanted to love this, but I didn't. It was trite fan fiction that doesn't really resonate with the story or characters that we have come to love.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't expect it to be like the rest of the series Personally, I loved this book. I know a lot of people were disappointed because it didn't match their expectations, but I think the trick is to go into it expecting the book to be different than the other books in the Harry Potter series. For starters, it's a play - so the genre is entirely different, and while J.K. Rowling did have a part in this book, it was co-written by others. Regardless, I'm just super excited we got more from the Harry Potter world.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Absolutely loved going back to the world of Harry Potter again!!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing SPOILER ALERT I found this "final" novel disappointing and completely out of sync with the rest of the story. Yes I understand that it is a play, but as a playwright and actor, this play was written in a very awkward way. As for the story line, it just does not fit with the rest of the story and is too far-fetched to be plausible. It reads like a poorly written fan-fiction. I would not recommend this and regret purchasing it.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this Read in on vacation by the pool, hope they make it into a movie!
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright, but only because it's Potter You can tell that JK did not write this book. I enjoyed it, and learning about the adult characters was interesting, but the story did not feel like authentic HP. I bought it because it's part of the HP canon (and because I wanted to experience a "Midnight Release" which was a ton of fun!!) but one read-through was enough, as opposed to the original series which I've read at least 50 times.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter Continues I absolutely loved the Ron and Hermione parts in this book. They were too cute.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I thought this screenplay was great! If you're expecting another Harry Potter book (depth of detail, character development, etc.) you may be disappointed since it's geared towards the stage. However, If you keep an open mind and take it for what is (a screenplay), then it's great!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I got the book, it was super fun to book. The cover looks great!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't get enough I've read this book 2x.. And I'm intrigued every time
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really liked it It was a nice light read. Read through it in 2 days.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was not what I expected I was super excited for this book (lets be real, we ALL were), and although it was a quick read, I didn't like the play style of it. Made it harder to follow. I was also surprised that JK didn't write it on her own. Maybe the play is better than the book, but overall I felt like the HP follow up should have been better! It is good if you are looking for some HP back in your life though!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not great Story is by JK, but she didn't write the script. Probably better to see the play live. Story wasn't very intricate #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-25