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

Hardcover | July 31, 2016

byJ K Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

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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.

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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 i...

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 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Script I read this play all in one sitting the day it came in the mail! I couldn't put it down. Some readers may be disappointed that it is not an actual novel - it is in fact the script to the play. Still none the less, the characters you have loved from the Harry Potters books are almost all there and you get another chance to see how they turned out. I highly recommend to any Harry Potter fan.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I may be biased, but it was brilliant! I know it is written as a play, but once you get over that and give it a chance, it is worth it - and I am not just saying this because I am completely biased regarding Harry Potter related matters. Harry Potter and the cursed child was an emotional journey full of magic, twists and fun. It picks right up at the train station scene where the seventh books ended, and then skips a few years forward. I loved that it explored a certain depth and maturity in Harry - not only was it not there in the actual series, but it would have been the complete wrong time to present the concepts. There are beautiful moments among the characters and some finally get the closure we probably have always wondered about. Once again, the story is able to recapture the power of friendship - not just between the new characters, but it also manages to create these beautiful moments between Harry and Malfoy, two people who probably loathe each other, but are willing to put it aside for their children. Speaking of Malfoy, we all get new layers of a character that played a crucial part in the series - we all remember the scene where Malfoy cries in the washroom or when he lowers his wand, and while we all tried to envision and determine what was actually going on in his head (fear, hope, cowardice), the books does not explore him much. It was nice to get a glimpse of his loneliness as a child, and how it had sent him to a dark path. It was quite a beautiful moment. "... And being alone — that's so hard. I was alone. And it sent me to a truly dark place. For a long time. Tom Riddle was also a lonely child. You may not understand that, Harry, but I do ..." - Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child And Scorpius, can I just adopt him? He was a true treat to read about. He was sweet, rational, kind and a terrific friend. Hands down, my favorite character in this book. The plot focuses primarily one time and how we cannot change it, even if we have the choice. When we refer to "the cursed child", yes there is a matter of a child, but I also think it refers to the main characters - Harry has to live with his legacy and all the guilt that comes with it, Malfoy can't run away or protect his son from his shame, and then there are the children who are all trying to escape the sins and of their fathers. In some way, they are all cursed with a past they cannot change, each in a way a prisoner of time. Yes, there are things in it I don't necessarily understand and debated with friends on how it would work, but it hasn't made me like the book any less. On the contrary, it has given me plenty of new Harry Potter material to debate and ponder upon. All in all, I loved it and read it a few times, and it really felt like closure when I finished it, but who knows, maybe in ten years, we'll get another one.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Due to story being written like a play it lacked all the visual imagination that JK Rowling usually shares in her books. It was not very exciting. In fact I was very disappointed in the quality of the story. Luckily I had read all the other books so could imagine my own settings that JK Rowling was trying to portray. However hard to imagine the new characters. Not impressed!
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nostalgia is the key Good and nostalgic but short of being great and original. This eighth story is still a very solid entry that doesn't detract from the rest of the series but rather gives our favourite characters another breath of life, and honestly, another layer of complexity that could make you see them much differently as adults, be it for better or worse. I definitely feel like it could have been a much more rounded story were the book an actual full-length novel rather than a script for the stage play. Everything could have been fleshed out fully, with the details (which I'm sure all fans really want) more finely put into print. At times, the story does feel like it panders to fans - it slips in past artifacts and settings crucial to key moments of the Harry Potter series, and resurrects almost every character of significance, even Lily and James Potter. It all feels too familiar and too safe but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It ultimately achieves what it sets out to do - the magic is back. Because boy, did it sure transport me to the other childhood world of mine, as I'm sure it did for many others. So while we can dissect the book, lets not kid ourselves by pretending we didn't want this nor did we have an enjoyable time burying our noses in another Harry Potter book in the middle of the night again. It's really more delightful to not be Moaning Myrtles and just hop on the Hogwarts Express.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not exactly impressed I'm undecided. While I appreciated some parts - like the unpredictability (for me) - I found it really... flat. Part of it is because it is written as a script, so it doesn't transport you to the land of Harry Potter like JK did with her detail and imagination. The "imagining" is up to the reader, therefore any new characters were faceless in my mind because I wasn't sure how to picture them. One major issue I had with it was one detail the writers got very wrong: the preparation of Polyjuice Potion. It takes a month to make and requires a few rare ingredients, but the writers just breeze through the prep of it (by two students) as if they were mixing Kool-Aid. Surely they must have known better, but wrote it that way anyway. While I somewhat enjoyed reading someone else's version of what Harry's life had become, I don't think i'll bother reading anymore from them - it just doesn't feel "real".
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really Disappointing Really, really didn't enjoy it. It definitely wasn't up to JK level and although I read it in one sitting, I found myself feeling really disappointed by the time I finished it. Definitely wasn't what I had been expecting and not in a good way.
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I gave it as a gift to a diehard harry potter fan. she loved it and hoped that it one day became a movie.
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I looked forward to reading this book and I was not disappointed. The story picks up 19 years after the last one. Harry and Ginny are married with a family. Their middle child is ready to go to his first year at Hogwarts where he develops a firm and loyal friendship with the son of Draco Malfoy. Albus and Scorpius feel they must 'right a wrong'. To accomplish this they are able to steal a prototype of a Time Turner and go back to when the wrong occurred. Unfortunately things are only made worse and it takes the combined powers of our old favourites and the new characters to restore harmony to the wizarding world. I'm reluctant to give more away - read it! The book is actually the script for the play that opened in London's West End this summer. This format seems to be the main reason for the large amount of criticism it has received. As a script, it lacks the beautiful descriptive writing of the books. There are no paragraphs setting the scene. We are not taken into the thoughts of the characters. There are no gorgeous visuals that the movies offered (I'll truly never forget Harry's first glimpse of Hogwarts). There is only the spoken word. However, after seven other books, surely we can use our imaginations! I thought the story was terrific and would definitely recommend it to any Harry Potter fan.
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Jk saved my soul
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible - save your money Hated it...30 yrs later Harry hasn't gotten over his issues? Obviously, the plot was simplified to accommodate the limits of a stage. The magic is missing in this book. Reads more like a therapy session than a Harry Potter novel.
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DON'T BUY IT Wow... I never thought I'd say that one day, but seriously... what did I just read ? Is this some kind of joke before the real one comes out ?? I thought I'd be crying like a baby when I finished the book (or just while reading the whole thing), but nothing happened. Didn't even smile or laugh. All I could think was "er... well ok". I felt like I'd just read some kind of very, VERY long and cheezy (and certainly not J.K.-level) fanfiction. The story itself isn't that bad. There were some parts I liked, but not loved... And that's really not a good thing. This may be a great play, and maybe someday I'll even go see it, but don't you dare say it's "the 8th Harry Potter novel". It's not. This is not a J.K. Rowling masterpiece. This is a somewhat great story, but I refuse to consider it as part of our beloved Harry Potter series. Maybe my expectations were too high, idk. I was just hoping at least to be... you know... moved and/or touched by this oh-so-called fantastic "next chapter" of the greatest series of all time. Well... doesn't really look like it. I consider myself as one of the ultimte biggest fans of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's work. But this... This was bad. It deeply disappointed me and I wish I didn't read it at all. Do not buy it. I repeat. DO NOT BUY IT.
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad, bad, bad, and bad... I've just finished reading the book and I really disliked it. It's badly written, the main characters don't feel like they are the same as in the 7 books written by JK Rowling and what happens is not even plausible. They invented stuff that never happened in the other books, new hexes and jinxes are not explained. I'm glad I didn't pay the full price for this, it's like a bad fan fiction. I don't understand how Rowling accepted to put her name on this. Don't buy it, don't read it, and go read a summary about the book if you're curious.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it so far I bought this book not that long ago, and im about half way through. So far I really enjoy the book, desite the large amount of low reviews. I personally am a Harry Potter fan, and I really am enjoying it. Its and interesting read, and I really like the way it is written, as it lists the speakers name before the sentence. Although I do really enjoy the book, I would have to say that Children would probably enjoy the book more so than Adults that grew up around Harry potter.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad fan fiction This wasn't bad, it was a good extension to the story.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Like the rest of the world, I was counting the minutes until this next chapter in the HP universe was released. Went to the Midnight party, and stayed up into the wee morning hours devouring this play. As I was reading my thoughts were more along of the lines of !!!!!!!!. I finished and was like not amazing but great. And then I came out of my HP haze and was like nooooooo. So much terribleness and my good mood plummetted. This is why I had to let myself sit on this for a month before writing a review. I think I could have been really harsh after I did that emotional 180. Any new Harry Potter is always going to make my life; having it connected to JK Rowling in some way, her being involved is like having your cake and eating it too. But at the end of the day, this isn't Rowling's work and it is NOT the 8th Harry Potter story. I have no doubt that seeing this on stage will bring about stronger emotions than just getting by with your imagination. Reading a script is easy but it doesn't give you the narrative an actual novel will. That really comes across when, like me, you know the original source material better than anything else in life. But I will admit just seeing the trio interact as adults are literally everything my heart desires. Draco and Ginny, of course, add to that dynamic. Being a parent and overcoming the past that won't leave you alone was never going to be easy for any of them. Most importantly, McGonagall is still queen. #slay Albus and Scorpius are definitely the show's stars(of course, I'm basing that off of a script, but I doubt I'm wrong) and by far really the only thing I liked about the script. Their friendship is glorious, which just adds to their complex characters. I love how they don't let their parent's old prejudices and history taint their first meeting. They are instant friends. And for both of them, living in the shadow of their parent's history, it's something they so desperately need. There isn't much to have to overlook when it comes to Albus and Scorpius's characters; they are sweet, endearing and really just trying to become their own selves. As for the others, the ones we know and love, well I didn't love them here. This is 20 years later and they're still children. The flaws and immatureness they had as teenagers are still there. It's obvious that the writers just changed their age but didn't actually age them into adults. Harry is still rash. I mean he says some things to his child that is pretty much inexcusable. Hermione is Hermione as Minister of Magic, which isn't believable because she's making big mistakes and bowing down to people that shouldn't be. And if she was portrayed as a 40-year-old, instead of a 17-year-old in a 40 years old body she'd make a perfect Minster. And then there's Ron. My Ron. The Mr. Mom. The goofy comic relief. I will admit to laughing to some of his one-liners. But c'mon, this is not adult Ron we all imagined. He would not be okay with sitting back letting his wife be everything well he sits ideally by. Wasn't that the whole problem throughout the series? Remember Deathly Hallows? It's just glaring obvious that this isn't really the trio I love so much. Unfortunately, the flow is a little wacky. It's pretty obvious that Rowling didn't write this. Honestly, the script is really poorly written. It's so simple; the dialogue. It's just not the same. It feels like a whack of fanfic tropes thrown together in one big mess. I don't care if Rowling came out and said this is canon. Has she forgotten the world she created? The characters? I refuse to take this for canon. The plot is sloppy and unbelievable. So much of the plot devices are head scratchers and just whys. The big one? WHAT THE HELL EVEN? I can't get behind it because it's unfathomable for a whole whack of reasons. Who would even think of that? It's gross. My biggest issue is the missed "opportunity" at the end. I was honestly shocked and let down because I thought for sure I spotted all the signs of something that was being built up to be brilliant and wonderful. And then disappointment. Obviously being scared of what a few idiots would say kept the creators from exploring/adding something the original material is missing. This was something I was rooting for and very excited for as it was very clearly being developed throughout the script. I'm just really sad. Of course, Harry Potter and nostalgia ultimately win. This is bittersweet. There's a part of me that wished I never read The Cursed Child. But I was also not going to. At the end, the release of this script was a cash grab. The smarter thing would have been releasing the play on DVD along with the script. I have no doubt that would have made me enjoy and appreciate this story a little more.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This Only Gets A Single Star Because I Can't Give A Lower Rating (No Spoilers!) So I am a huge Harry Potter fan (HUGE) and I had really high hopes for this book. Although I was well aware that there was a good chance it wouldn't live up to all the hype that surrounded it (especially given that it wasn't even written by J. K. Rowling in the first place) it really should have been better than this. There's an infamous Harry Potter fanfiction called "My Immortal", and by the end of the script I couldn't help but be reminded of it in terms of inaccuracy (not so much all the grammar errors). The author of this script, Jack Thorne, clearly didn't understand certain characters (Ron especially) or at least it seems that way based on what's shown in the book. Without any spoilers, the character of Ron Weasley starts out to be somewhat like what one who read the series (or at least watched the movies) would have expected him to be in adult form, but then quickly turns into this bumbling fool that's merely in the story for comic relief (if even that). Then there's the terribly thought out plot; again, without any spoilers, to say the plot was a cliche would be generous. There was no depth and very little originality on Jack Thorne's part. Also, there's the main characters, Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy to consider. The former of the two being one of the angstiest and "Oh, woe is me, my life sucks, and Daddy hates me" teenager I've ever met/read about and the latter being overly clingy at times. Lastly, there's the dialogue to consider; again, not enough depth, and yes I understand that as far as emotion goes this almost certainly would have been portrayed better on stage than it would be simply by reading it, BUT I still would argue that it was trying just a bit too hard to make the reader really feel for the characters to the point where it was just simply ineffective. I cannot say that this book left me with closure, I cannot say that I was happy to return to the Wizarding World through this book as I kept cringing as I read it, and I absolutely WOULD NOT recommend this to anyone. The only reason I'm not returning this book myself is because I pre-ordered it long ago and at the time Chapters Indigo had a deal where you get 1000 bonus plum points for pre-ordering it, and it I were to return it they'd simply take all those plum points back. As a huge fan of Harry Potter I truly am disappointed at how J.K. Rowling let this beloved series end. If you have any respect for the Harry Potter series and enjoyed it as is without the "Eighth Story" then please DO NOT SPOIL IT FOR YOURSELF BY GETTING THIS BOOK! I know for myself personally, there is no "Eight Story", it's not cannon, "The Cursed Child" never happened. The story of Harry Potter ends with the epilogue showing the Golden Trio on Platform 9&3/4 as they waved their children goodbye as they went off on their way to Hogwarts.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I loved this! I'm just kidding, I've read fan-fiction with more depth and detail than this trashery. It's cool to see what happens after the Battle Of Hogwarts, but I feel like this was only bought by fans for closure, nothing more. All in all, its a mediocre book with a cliché plot, read fan-fiction instead. It's free and worth the read.
Date published: 2016-08-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful I ordered this online and recieved it after it went public. I have enjoyed reading JK Rowlings Harry Potter books immensely over and over. However this is terrible I can't believe she let them put her name on it. I knew this was a script and had no problem with that, however it would have been great if Rowlings had added more depth to the characters and events that were written. The guy who wrote this made my eyes bleed when reading lol. I will attempt to read again to see if I missed the greatness of this book but I'm not getting my hopes up.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hated the written format... This is the first Harry Potter book that I did not read easily. The script format was a drag... I did however enjoy the chance to see what happens after the last Harry Potter movie. Since I've had the book for over a week and I still haven't finished it...my vote is to not recommend it.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from time i can't get back this was an awfully written fan fiction. the writers did not stay true to the characters and wrote a story that just took past events in the previous books (trying to not spoil) and tried to make them relevant once more in a horrific manner. it actually hurt to finish. I really wish this as never written. harsh words but they speak the truth.
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hogwarts Express Trainwreck Do not buy this book expecting the 8th Harry Potter story. It doesn't stay true to the characters or the plot of the novels. It comes across as very bad fan fiction. I won't give anything away but it just wasn't at all believable. Cringe worthy and face palm inducing.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good I really liked this novel. It felt true enough to the characters and was easy to get lost in the story. For people not used to reading scripts, they might find it harder to read. I hope the play comes to Canda. It would be fun to watch.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it It was an amazing story
Date published: 2016-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great story despite it being a play script! When I told a friend about buying this book they had told me that it was going to be a play script and not a novel. This originally turned me away from it because I didn't think it was going to be anywhere near as good as the original series. However, when I was in Chapters I saw it on display and thought I'd buy it and try reading it anyways. I thought the book was so good I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it in a single day! It provides a great story of what happens after the original series! At the beginning it was a bit hard to follow along (because of it being a play script) but after a few pages it gets far easier and for me, ended up feeling like it was almost a regular novel! I can't imagine how amazing the play would be.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Great For Harry Potter fans this will be a let down. The plot is not really believable and I even had a hard time liking the characters. Because of the play format I found it difficult to follow along and since there is mostly just dialogue and not much description it was boring and too easy of a read. This is definitely not the 8th Harry Potter and I am a little disappointed that I even bothered to read it.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it. It was hard at first to get into just because it is a script, but once I was engrossed in the story, I couldn't put it down. Loved learning about Harry, Ron and Hermione's lives after Hogwarts.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good play, attaching characters, satisfying ending: not a novel but an amazing play Keep in mind this is a play, so if you don't like to read plays, you may be disappointed in some parts. For the Harry Potter fans, it will give you a glimpse of the aftermath of the novels! The story itself feels refreshing and it will give you the desire to know more about this after Voldemort-era. The new introduce characters are lovable and you will get attached to them extremely fast. At the beginning, there's jump in the time period and you may get frustrated from the lack of information related to those jump. Try to keep in mind that the play needs to give as much information as possible within a decent amount of time. But once the play gets a normal speed, it will absorb you completely. Harry Potter fans: Glimpse of the future and more information about the universe Parent with kid: It is perfect for bed time story, kid will relate to the characters easily, well divided play. (The play format is excellent if you like to mimic the voice of the characters) Play lovers: It's not breaking the usual play, but the quest and the ending is satisfying. Random Novel readers: Sprinting start, slow down at the beginning of the quest and it end in normal speed. Not as rich as an average novel but still bare fruits.
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that bad Not a bad book. Not a super fan of the lay out of it. I like the style of the older books and how they where done. It gets a bit confusing because you have to read which character is talking and can't just simply read it like a paragraph.
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this! Let me find a way back into my school time !
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed When I first heard about this new story, I honestly wasn't terribly excited. For me, Harry Potter ended with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As a loyal fan though, I knew I had to read this story just for the sake of saying I'd read it. Within the first 10 pages I was confused- not because of the manuscript format, but because of the story. It was very sporadic, confusing, and a little far-fetched for the classic tale of Harry Potter. This story didn't seem to fit. After about half-way through, it became more interesting and I could connect certain elements of it to the original HP series, but it was still a far-fetched concept. By the end of the novel, I saw certain writing characteristics that could easily be identified as coming from J.K. Rowling herself, which made it much easier to enjoy the story. I would definitely be interested in see this as a play, but the story plot itself is not worthy of being called the eighth HP novel because simply put, it's not and never will be. I recommend reading this novel only for the sake of knowing what it's about, but to not go into it with high expectations of it being an eighth novel- it is not.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book!! I enjoyed the glimpse into HP's world after Hogwarts. People should get over the fact its just a screen play. Read it and judge it for yourself without other people's negative options.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Stars to Gryffindor The final chapter of the Harry Potter saga is perfect. And you will find no spoilers here. Over the course of almost twenty years, and through seven books, seven movies, a theme park or two, and all kinds of memorabilia, J.K. Rowling has gifted the world with the fantastical story of Harry Potter and his magical world. We have grown up with Harry and we fought the forces of a great and dark evil alongside him and his band of friends and followers to an epic and very satisfying conclusion. Now, Rowling in collaboration with playwright Jack Thorne and producer John Tiffany, has bestowed upon us this final chapter in Harry’s epic story. If Rowling gave readers anything through HP’s world, the one most important bestowal was the awakening our ability to tap into our most fantastic imaginations. Every Potter fan will undoubtedly be looking for her signature style and beautiful and magical way with the written word in this book, but since she did not write this PLAY, some may be sorely disappointed. I, however, was not disappointed in any way. The reasons I thoroughly enjoyed reading the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are these: Rowling’s characters are here, Rowling’s world is here, and because she had laid such a complex and complete groundwork in her previous works, I was able to imagine and completely transport myself back into the world of Harry Potter. I didn’t need to be told again how Hogwarts looked or the specifics of each character because these details are already etched deeply in my memory. This script, and the stage play that it represents, is closure for fans. It gives us one final glimpse into Harry Potter’s world and a preview of what the stage play is. Nothing more. And I am perfectly fine with that. Sometimes authors carry their stories on far too long and the characters and storylines become tiresome and repetitive and outright boring. Rowling knew when to stop. She stopped when the world still loves Harry and the entire cast of characters.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just be prepared to be disappointed. I'm as big a fan as the next HP lover, and I know no matter any review this book/script has, whether its rating is 1 star or 5, you'd still buy it and read it. SO! with that being said, don't get your hopes up. Its just... upsetting. :(
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read for Fans.. I knew that the book was the script for the ongoing Play in the UK's west end and was not surprised by the writing nor the layout of the book. after the first couple of chapters you no longer read the names but simply glace and know who is talking. I envisioned the play acting out in front of me while reading. The story is good, and moved along, I did have a bit of a problem with the Grandfather paradox, I saw a simpler fix and it was not taken. I do hope that the play does become world wide so I can see it here in Canada.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I assume a fantastic story to watch- just not as entertaining to read Don't get me wrong this tale is fun and fascinating. It is however probably more entertaining as a play and so it should be. This is a script for a play. As a story to read and play out in your mind, well it's not as detailed as you're used to seeing with HP books in the past. Then again this is not a HP book. Would I reccommend everyone to read it? Absolutely! How could you not?! It's a fun quick read keeping in mind it not what you may be used to within the HP universe of books.
Date published: 2016-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Harry Potter Failed us! :( I bought this book a day ago. The price is very good for a hard cover book but the book itself just doesn't feel like a Harry Potter book. It just feels like a mish mash of all the other books into one bad package. First off, it doesn't have much excitement in the book and when you see that it is not written by J K herself, you get to see the problem. The plot itself just feels like the online fanfic I just wished that the book itself was written in a chapter format and not in a script.
Date published: 2016-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A story that could have been... ...but should've stayed in our imaginations! Will see the play if it's ever in Toronto, but will never read again...
Date published: 2016-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as bad as expected After what I read and heard about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I expected much worse than what I ended up reading. However, had this not been Harry Potter, I highly doubt I'd have given it more than two stars, if even that. I love love love reading plays, but I felt like the dialogue in this one lacked depth. All replies were short, and none of them made me laugh, cry or anything alike. I wasn't left as disappointed as expected when I finished the book, but I doubt I'll ever read it again (unlike the rest of the Harry Potter series). The plot was a bit silly, but I enjoyed it; it was fun. I just think that it might not have been the perfect plot for a play. Too many things were happening in too little time, and it made everything feel sort of shallow rather than deep or emotional. Still, I'll recommend it because, well, it's Harry Potter.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great plot, and a nice addition to the HP world! I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, but was a bit ambivalent when I saw this is a script, and not a novel. However, this book exceeded my expectations. The plot was great, some huge cliffhangers and twists that I never saw coming, and a lot of suspense. I highly recommend to anyone who read the books or saw the movies of the original series.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book is a time turner going back 9 years in my own life. I really enjoyed reading the play, can only imagine in my head how amazing watching the play would be. For all those complaining that this is a play script, it was never a hidden secret. JK Rowling even tweeted to remind everyone that this is a play, not a novel. It does feel like a fan fiction in some ways going into the what could have been scenarios and giving us Potterheads an opportunity to explore adulthood of our favourite heroes.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely LOVED it! I just read the entire book in one sitting! While I would have loved an actual book, I will take anything that I can get when it comes to Harry Potter. Great story.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doesn't really feel like Harry Potter. Like others have said, feels more like fanfiction. In fact, I have read better fanfiction. There were some good moments - mostly ones with the original characters alone - and Scorpius is a wonderful character, but there are just some huge flaws and plot holes that do not line up with the original books. It's worth reading, but take it with a grain of salt and don't expect it to feel like a Harry Potter book. It doesn't have the same style as JK's writing, and though I'm sure with the special effects it's wonderful to see live, it just... doesn't live up to the hype. At all. Also, as a diehard Cedric fan I feel personally insulted by the way he was treated. Very much so.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Solo Story, Not a Great Continuation It's basically the "Love Never Dies" (for you theatre nerds) of the Harry Potter world. (Though there are no (or at least very little) similarities between them story wise.) Both of them stand pretty strong as solo stories and can also be enjoyed as such, neither of them live up to the original stories. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child seems more like a fanfiction rather than a solid "Potter" story. Though perhaps visually stunning (for those who have the chance to see it live), the story arc falls short, with a lot of implausibilities and moderate-to-little character development. Some of the characterisation is also a bit wonky/not likely. The wonder and enthralling characters which Potter fans have come to expect from the Wizarding World is lacking in this play, especially after such masterful pieces of art that are the original books. I do believe it is a nice piece of literature/theatre if viewed as a stand-alone and not comparing it to the original works (like the nature of Fanfiction). And, at least we get a glimpse of the world 19 years later.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Reads Like Amateur Fan Fiction It reads like amateur fan fiction. It's simplistic and the plot and description we are used to with a full novel is not present in the screenplay. Feels like Rowling doesn't allow the characters to struggle, err and learn. It just moves really quickly when the long story is much more realistic and interesting. Disappointed :( Not even close to the caliber HP fans expect.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic... for what it is! We knew what we were getting and that is a screen play adaptation of the novel, not the novel itself! However I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did find it predictable. But i never had high expectations going into it so I think because of this, I enjoyed it even more. fantastic read for a harry potter fan who wants a good book for a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon.
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really bad fanfiction I was really excited to read this since I can't make the play, but the Cursed Child honestly read like a really really really bad fanfiction. The whole Voldemort having a kid just made no sense, and her being special. Like this isn't the writing I fell in love with, I can't believe Jo would let something like this have her name on it. Honestly, the entire thing just reminded me of My Immortal. Save your money and don't buy this, heck don't even read it, you'll be sorely disappointed.
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I read it in its entirety in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. I grew up with the Harry Potter books and have read the series at least three times. I loved this play, and I will offer my general review here. Firstly, you must remember you are reading a play, complete with actor and stage directions. I liked this, I thought it to be fun and interesting. It does read differently than the novels so just be prepared for that. However, it allows you to visualize the stage and sets in your mind's eye; honestly I think this will be amazing to see on stage and I wonder how some of the effects will be achieved. Second, the aspect I found intriguing was engaging with characters whom I have come to know so fondly as they are adults now. Without giving away any plot, I simply found it very nice to read about the adult versions of beloved characters, who have jobs and families and face struggles as adults would. I was a child when I read the first book, and of course am an adult now, so I love this aspect very much. Finally, I was initially concerned this new story would take away from my feelings about the original series somehow, but it did not. In fact, I felt it added to my love for the Harry Potter series. While this story does discuss some major elements of the original series, I still found it to be a completely new, separate story in itself. My only caveat is there were a couple of moments where characters were perhaps portrayed in ways slightly beyond what I thought their character traits were (considering the series)...but only very slightly, so really I don't have a major problem with it. In summation, I found this to be a wonderful read allowing me to fondly remember my favourite characters from a series that was so fundamental to my childhood and adolescence. If J.K. Rowling has approved this play then I believe it to be part of the vision for the Harry Potter series, or at least a proper extension of it.
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definitely not HP8 Not sure what to make of this... it's not really a book. It's more like an alternate history novella or something. It's most definitely not a new Harry Potter novel. I think this would be good as an actual stage play. It's really just someone telling a harmless story about Harry Potter et al. It doesn't seem like it's part of the series. You see a lot of old characters, so for the HP fan going to the play would be fun. Reading the play, however - it's not bad, it's just kinda... unnecessary. It's more like reading fan fiction than HP8. I'm not saying it's bad - it's not. But in my mind this story is not part of the Harry Potter cannon. It just doesn't really fit. Honestly, I love Harry Potter, but I feel it was really unnecessary to publish this play - or even make it in the beginning. Great authors need to know when to leave their worlds alone. And I have some issues with the plot - which I will not discuss here. If you read it you will see what I mean.
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from There is good! And there is bad... First off, the fact that J.K. didn't write this herself should be cause enough for concern. It most definitely did not feel like a genuine Potter story. I dare say that at moments it felt like a cringeworthy fanfiction. But nevertheless, it is meant to be a play, not a book. And I am sure the play is a sight to behold! I hope that one day I may see the play and appreciate it in the way it should be. But as of right now... I am wishing that she would have just made another book. This play did not have the girth that we get from her novels.The detail of her novels is what has kept us holding on all these years! This just feels like an abuse of power. J.K. Is responsible for these characters, and if she feels this should be cannon, then I won't question it any further!
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my tote! Ok - I haven't read it as I just bought it today, but I LOVE my Indigo Harry Potter free tote bag, sticker and tattoo. So much fun - thanks indigo.
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my tote! Ok - I haven't read it as I just bought it today, but I LOVE my Indigo Harry Potter free tote bag, sticker and tattoo. So much fun - thanks indigo.
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a Great Story Alright, we can all agree that J.K Rowling is a great author. And Harry Potter is a great series of books and movies. Another great story is told, as J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany created Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. P.S. Happy 51st birthday, J.K Rowling. I hope it's extra special!
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I'm reading a play not a novel very disappointed
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I'm reading a play not a novel very disappointed
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It is 2008? I was so excited... and I'm so sad how it turns out... but not that much in the same time. Is it that surprising ? The plot is weird and felt like some bad fanfiction from 2008. Well. This is said. Hope you'll enjoy it more than I do!
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO Excited When I read this book I'm going to cry when it's happy and I'm going to cry when it's sad because I finally get another story and I can't handle it. You feel me?
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excited! I am really looking forward to the latest in the Harry Potter series!!! Can hardly wait!!!
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it is neat cover Can not wait to read it
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVING IT So excited for this book. Little sad the writing isn't 100% J K Rowling, but come on, the is Harry Potter we're talking about. It's going to be amazing!! :D
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is great! Can't wait
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So excited!!!! I honestly couldn't care less who wrote it. It's the official 8th Harry Potter story, and JK Rowling DID help write it. I also don't care if it's just the screenplay. That's fine by me! It's a lot less expensive than actually going to see the play, and that way I can reread it whenever I feel like it.
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait The eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage!
Date published: 2016-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love all of her books 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.
Date published: 2016-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's going to be AMAZING Everybody knows it ; )
Date published: 2016-02-11