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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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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Not bad, for a screenplay. Still contains some of the depth seen in J.K. Rowling's other books.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Written in play form but easy enough to follow would have preferred a narrative but all around loved the story
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing this book is part of an amazing series. It is amazing book in the series and one of my favourites
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it :) Of course I loved this book. It's by no means the 8th of the series, but it's a nice little side story and I liked it.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun story I wish i could see this live. it sounds amazing. clever and nostalgic.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not as good as the regular books it was good. but not long enough as a book. should stick to writing novels and not plays
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expectations should be adjusted I did not go into this both with the expectation that it would be consistent with the writing of the series, in part, because it was written in the form of a play. However, I did maintain my level of excitement about this book that I had with the previous releases. Overall, I think that this was an alright addition to the Harry Potter story line. I do not think that it was the best of stories or even as good as it might have been. I did not enjoy that there were several instances when time kept changing when there was really no need, once or twice would have been enough. Also, I did not think that the arguing/pressure in the relationship between Harry and Albus was believable. Yes, parents and children disagree and can often have conflicting expectations, but given what we know of Harry and his own upbringing I do not think that his frustration with his son would have been as rough as this book portrays. I did enjoy the relationship between the young Potter and Malfoy boys and the ever-present relationship between Ron and Hermione. I also appreciated how some of our favourite characters also reappeared in various ways throughout the book. Overall, if you are a Potter fan I would say that it's worth the read, but you should adjust your expectations beforehand. It is not the Harry Potter we are used to.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story I absolutely loved this little after story. I never wanted to put it down! Definitely a must read
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read I couldn't make it to see the play so this was the next best thing. I still enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read If you are a Harry Potter fan you must read this. I liked the storyline surrounding Harry, Ron, and Hermione's children but Voldemort's love child...not so much.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Great, But Had To Read It Like many other HP fanatics, I was very excited about this book! Couldn't wait to read it and dove right in. I wasn't sure if I didn't like the actual book or the fact that it was a playwright, and I wasn't sure until I read FBAWTFM (also a playwright). HP and the Cursed Child just isn't well written. The authors tried to tie too many things back to the original stories, and it just didn't work. It wasn't very Rowling-esque and that's what makes the stories so magical, and it becomes very evident where Rowling wasn't collaborating anymore with this book.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Not as great as the other Harry Potter books but certainly not a disappointment.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing I know this wasn't JK's writing but it was very obvious in some of the dialogue and character development. Previous characters didn't seem to follow their own morals and values and the story went in directions that didn't really align with the original Harry Potter works.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read As a huge Harry Potter fan, I was disappointed that this wasn't written by J.K Rowling herself, and it really showed. The story line was great but the end was kind of a disappointment and I wish there was going to be a sequel
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS. I didn't like the inconsistencies of the book and the fact that it was more of the same trio. As much as I LOVED the original books and the trio, I was ready for a different story line involving Harry's son and Hogwarts. There were still moments where the original characters shined and I loved reading about them, but the whole story was just so unoriginal. Having said that I did like the aspect of Harry's flawed relationship with his son and the friendship with Scorpius (who was a wonderful character). I wish I could have gotten to know the new characters more and had different adventures with them.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I've been a HP fan since my early teens and have avidly read all of the books in the series. I was sooo excited to read another Harry Potter story, but to be honest I fell kind of flat. It still has a HP vibe, with a lot (and I mean a LOT) of magic happening, but it's definitely not the same. All the same, if you are an HP fan, you should read it :)
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book I loved reading another Harry Potter book. I wish she would write more
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Bit of A Disappointment The real Harry Potter parts were good, but it seemed to cater to unrealistic fan theories.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cursed Child Great story; probably the most ambitious Potter story
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I went in with very big expectations but yet also didn't have any idea what it was about. The plot was a bit scattered. I have to say it didn't have that same fun feeling like the others did, but I enjoyed re-entering the wizarding world
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still pretty good! The original 7 books were in my opinion a lot better then the cursed child. But it's not to say this one was bad, I would still recommend it for those who have read the original series because it is an interesting spin off on the originals!
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still Fab! I will admit, it was a little weird reading about the wizarding world from another perspective that isn't JK Rowling but this was a fun nostalgia trip regardless!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I was very skeptical about this book. I couldn't imagine there being more to the iconic Harry Potter series. I was also nervous about it being a play since I hate Shakespeare. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could read it like a normal book, though it went by a lot faster. The story was pretty good, though not as good as the original series. I'm glad that we get to find out how Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny turn out in the future more than the glimpse we get in the epilogue of the Deathly Hallows. Overall, I thought that it was good - there were a few moments where I thought everything was going to fall apart, including everything that happened in the original series. It's definitely worth reading. The plus side of it being a play is that there are less descriptions and commentary. You can just read it and fill in all the extra stuff yourself. The only thing I'm mad at is the fact that its such an expensive book and the pages are mostly blank space due to the fact that its a play. So, if you're skeptical about it like I was, don't buy it right away!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yay! happy to have a bit more potter!!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Required Reading As a diehard Harry Potter fan, I needed to read this book. While I enjoyed it, there are certain parts I didn't like. Since it's a script, I think we missed a lot of the emotions that the actors brought to the stage. Certain things felt out of character to me. I think watching the play would have been an entirely different experience.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ The harry potter series is epic in itself. This book was the icing on the cake. As a huge Harry Potter fan it awesome to be able to have more closer on parts of the main characters life stories. I loved the theme of do not judge a person based on their associated history.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Awesome book for any Harry Potter fan!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book. Liked it but not as much as the others.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different, but Good! This book is different from all the H.P. experiences you've had. Written as a script, it's sometimes difficult to follow the plot line, but it'll keep you reading on and on anyways! Light and easy read.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from an interesting take i found this to be interesting, i'll read anything harry potter, you know me
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I loved this book I know I will reread it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. I didn't like it as much as the other Harry Potter books and there was a few plot holes.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well done. The book really did speak to the spirit of the characters as we came to know them through the series. I enjoyed how the characters have grown up with its first audience.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting continuation of the story I really enjoyed this screen play. It brought to light a whole new side of some of the characters we already know and love. It was also great to see the children of the characters we grew up with work their way through life at Hogwarts.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Welp Not the best JK Rowling book
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put the book down Yes, we all know it wasn't written by J.K Rowling, but it was still so good. I really enjoyed this script book.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I didn't find this book all that bad, to be honest. It was okay.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Nice follow up to the Harry Potter book. Really enjoyed the story but didn't like reading it as a script
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's not the end. A whole new magical ride. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a great book! This book was an interesting read. I enjoyed the Harry Potter books more than this, but I still enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A tad bit disapointed I love the harry potter series, however this was like a fan fiction and was too fast paced and not very detailed. I was very excited for the release of this screenplay but disappointed when I finished reading it.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Good! So cool to see what happened to the characters after the saga ended and what happy or unhappy ending they got
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and this book is nowhere near as good as the original series. I wasn't a huge fan of the script style and I also thought Harry's character did not seem like the Harry we know and love from the books. Although that said, it was a very quick and easy read with an abundance of action and adventure. If the play came to Canada I would definitely go see it.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great story even though it was written as a screenplay (it was a quick read). Great to see how Harry Hermione and Ron's lives turned out as well! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was a bit disappointed I had no problem reading this in play format, in fact I was intrigued by how they would show many of the special effects and stage directions, but I found the story line itself to not be so great. I am a huge fan of the series and was so excited to be able to jump back into the magical world but found this play to be less than impressive. I thought the main character was annoyingly depressing. I understand why his character is the way he was, but think the degree it was portrayed was a bit excessive and annoying. Not one of my favourites by far, but again, I was suffering from major nostalgia and was happy to be able to get another glimpse into the wizarding world. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Huge Disappointment This play in script format is just terrible. The plot is like the worst sort of fanfiction (unrealistic, banal and out-of-character!) which is so unlike any of JKR's books (the details in the series are intricate and weave the most captivating cohesive tale; and the personalities of the characters are consistent/are altered gradually). The contrast is stark. I'm shocked that JKR approved this play/plot. It doesn't seem like the future of the magical world at all. Harry Potter lovers may want to read this just because it's 'official' but I wouldn't recommend purchasing it. It's not worth the money nor worth reading more than once.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love I don't think I was this excited for a book. I love it. I kind of wish it was not in a play style.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting idea I think some people thought this was actually another Harry Potter book. I understood what I was buying and I did enjoy it immensely.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from love it but not the best plot I was really excited for this basically 8th harry potter book/script but the plot really isn't that great nonetheless though it is the 8th book so a must read for hp fans.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Huge disappointment I love Harry Potter but this book was infuriating. How they use time travel in this book completely conflicts with how it is understood from the Prisoner of Azkaban. Other parts of the book were also inconsistent
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty Bad... Ugh, this was like a bad fanfiction. It's like Thorne went on fan sites, took a bunch of ideas, then messed them all up into one play. People seem to forget that J.K. didn't write this play. There were so many things that the original characters would never have done (if you've read this i think you know what i mean...) and many of the characters didn't end up like fans would have liked (like Ron, he was this useless, not-so-great character that ruined any character development he achieved in the seven books)
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny , Intelligent I was a little skeptical about reading this book because its been a while since a Harry Potter book came out, but as soon as I read it, I fell in love with it. Although written as a screenplay, this book was amazing based from Harry's son point of view. I enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Why did this happen? This review does not reflect Indigo and Chapters in any way--I can't blame them for this! This "book" was very poor fan-fiction that contradicted everything that the REAL Harry Potter books had lain out so perfectly. The characters are awful (with only two exceptions!) and it was devastating to see my beloved Harry Potter portrayed this way. I do not recommend this book, but I do recommend all other Indigo products!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nostaglic definitely preferred the book series over this. Always looked forward to reading about what the future generation of hogwarts students was like and this I can honestly say was nothing like I imagined. Was a bit disappointed but still worth the read for any Harry Potter fans out there!
Date published: 2017-04-18