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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Customer Reviews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from There is a reason this is a script People who give this book a negative review and even a positive one forget they are not reading a book. This is a script. It will not have the details that is required in a book. I have read this and seen the play. The play is probably one of the most magical and exciting piece of theatre i've seen in years. It brought the magic back in theatre - much like phantom did when I first saw it. However, having read this script I would never have seen it that way. In fact the best character in the play, is not the best character in the script. Watch the play first, then read the play - that's the only way you can appreciate this "book'
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the strongest This is very different from the harry potter series. First of all its a play. Secondly,it does not feel as though its written by jk rowling, because it isnt. It reads more like fan fiction.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad for a play I think I would've enjoyed this story with more detail and if it was written as a novel. Obviously as a play, the story tends to move forward a lot quicker. For example, sometimes when a character made a decision I didn't really know the thinking behind that decision so all of a sudden there was a new development and I had to go back and reread to figure out how the story progressed so fast. But otherwise it was an enjoyable read and I wish I could see the play.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great Harry Potter story By now if you haven't realized that this is not a typical book, rather a screenplay, I don't know where you've been the past 6 months. If you love Harry Potter you'll love this story, although it is a super-quick read and does not contain the brilliant detail we've come to expect from JK. It's evident at times that the writing is not completely hers, but if you can get past that then you'll enjoy this read. Any opportunity to dive back into the world of Harry Potter is a good thing.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HARRY SAVES THE WIZARDING WORLD AGAIN It has been a very long time since I put the seventh Harry Potter novel down and cried my way through part 2 in the movie series. Reading the 8th novel reminded me why I absolutely fell in love with the story of Harry Potter and could never put the books down as a child. J.K. Rowling does it again and takes me away from reality and back into the wizarding world with all the characters I absolutely love and cherish!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad Okay, so it's not like the HP novels, but it wasn't meant to be. It was meant to be a play based off of the novels, and so if you approach it in that way, I think you'll enjoy it. It doesn't give you the outcomes that you'd want as a Harry Potter fan, but I appreciated that. I enjoyed the fact that they took a risk with some of their decisions, knowing it's not what fans of the HP books would necessarily want. I found it to be intriguing, however the writing was lacking in some parts. The dialogue wasn't always believable of known characters, there were a couple plot holes, and it was also obvious that this was not entirely written by Rowling. However, with that said, keep in mind that it was intended for the stage and not for the purposes of a novel. All in all, it was a good read.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Couldn't resist. I enjoyed this book BUT I held expectations low and it's not like the classic series. However it was fun to read some Harry Potter again! Totally different style from the classic Potter collection.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I think it was great for reminiscing my childhood. I liked how it brought in more adult themes like ptsd, and just about finding oneself as well.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible I don't understand how Harry and Ginny could've produced such a stupid child. I like the Voldemort/Bellatrix idea though. Other than that every other idea is garbage and all the characters you loved from the actual books have become morons.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! -- For a play As a script for a play this is fantastic and really helps you envision what it would be like performed. That being said, people expecting a novel with the same depth as the Harry Potter books will be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Should have ended before this book Honestly I was disappointed. Although there were good moments, I would have liked it better when things ended in the Deathly Hallows.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It Reads Like a Bad Dream... Save Yourself I feel like most people already bought this book, however if you were one of the smarter people who waited for reviews, I applaud you, and wish I had you foresight and patience, because this book is really bad. Everything you loved about Harry, Ron and Hermione is gone. Hermione went through the worst transition, from badass boss witch to some co-dependent woman who could only be validated by her male relationship. It reads like a bad dream that someone had after binge re-reading Harry Potter, and I wish I could return it.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down! After waiting for so long for another Harry Potter book, I'd have to say that this one sufficed my craving for wanting more. After struggling so much with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", I'd have to say I was a little uneasy about this one coming out when I saw that it was another screen play. That being said, I was not disappointed and read it all in a couple of sittings.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall, I liked it I liked it, although it was definitely a different read from the novels. I really would love to see on stage, as I think the dialogue would play really well as a live performance.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Definitely the book of the year 2016!!! It was worth the wait... and wish it wasn't written like a play.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this I bought this a month ago and i am happy i did!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I didn't expect to like this book, especially as a screenplay format, but I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and I thought this story was a terrible ending to the series. I know it wasn't written by J.K. Rowling, but it does not fit the writing style of the other books and the characters/story line do not work with the other books at all.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok It was a quick read and I enjoyed it, but I didn't really care for the format. Wish it was not written like a play.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Really good continuation to the original Harry Potter series, just missing J.K. Rowlings touch in it
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and was very excited when I got this book! Found very interesting, could not stop reading it lol It was amazing to go back to the magic it is
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some good, some bad It was nice to be able to go back into the universe that is Harry Potter, a pleasant flashback to the great literary love of my childhood but it did not in any way obnubilate and capture my attention and my mind as the original series did. Perhaps it was because of the play format, though I have read plays that subjucated me, but I feel it simply is because it was meant to be lighter, a fun read, or a fun watch for someone who might have gone to see the play. The literary quality was not as great as the original seven. I still enjoyed it, thought it was cute, and can admit it is worth the read for any Harry Potter fan, but I'll be waiting for the Fantastic Beasts movie with much more impatience. P.S. : Can someone explain to me what happened to our beloved book!Ron? This Ronald was very much a movie!Ron, what happened??
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible way to start/end a series Why would a script be better than the descriptive writing of the author themself? If I wanted to read script i would become an actor.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love!! ! Huge Fan of Harry Potter...can't go wrong!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Takes me back to Childhood A movie or the actual play may portray the story better than what the written word was. From the regular HP world it was a bit of a stretch but still really good and after so many years to have this addition it was great
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome loved reading this #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected... I still adore JK Rowling... I just thought this was a bit of a let down... Way too far fetch, I was disapointed... But I'm sure the play is amazing on stage! The story, not so much...
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nostalgic! Even after all of these years I was still able to see the imagery in this book so well. Granted the writing is not conventional or like the others in the series as this is a play script, it still delivered the story and characters quite well. Honestly it's still magical just like the other books. I personally enjoyed reading this as it brought back a lot of nostalgia and I truly loved the relationship between Albus and Scorpius as I'm sure we've all seen throughout social media. However I will dock one star off because like some have mentioned it is almost fanfiction-esque. Almost. I would however still recommend this to all fans of Harry Potter, old and new.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very awsome book! i found all the harry potter book AMAZING!!! it was such an awsome book and loved getting the actors way of learning the lines. if you like Harry potter this is an awosme book!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it. Loved the characters and the story!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything I Wanted It To Be I'm a big Harry Potter fan - I love the books, the movies, everything. This book definately lived up to my expectations. I don't know why a lot of people disliked it, I thought it was really great.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nostalgic Holding the book in my hands brought so many wonderful childhood memories. I was so excited to get back into the world of Harry Potter. But once I began reading it was very similar to fan fiction. Don't get me wrong! J.K Rowling has amazing work but this book wasn't her best
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good just not great Not as great as the series but still a good read.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Reads like FanFiction This was terrible.. and I can see why. It wasn't written by Rowling, and the plots are just re imagined versions from the previous books. It didn't feel like Harry Potter at all, and decimated the characters that we had all grown to love.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Terrible I did not like this. The only thing I liked was Scorpius, but other than that I didn't like it.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read Keeping in mind I'ts a collaboration as well as a script opposed to the traditional Harry Potter novels we have become accustomed to. Its a nice additional epilogue to a series I've come to love adding insight to life after Hogwarts and giving die hard fans the "more" they have been asking for in a subtle and enchanting way. The lean towards the darker side of the wizarding world is a surprising but welcome change.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read. Not as good as previous Harry Potter books but I still enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fastest chapter read! Hi World of Katherine readers! I am now reading Harry Potter and the cursed child, which is book 8. It is sooooooo good! It is about a wizard boy named Albus Potter and his friend Scorpius Malfoy who time-travel to the past Triwizard Tounament and end up accidentally killing Albus's father, Harry Potter! Want to know what happens next? Get the book and find out yourself!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Such a let down This was terrible. This is not the "eighth" Harry Potter book, nor was it written by J.K Rowling. I don't even know what this is. The characters that you know and love from the Harry Potter series are completely butchered in this book. The storyline is weak and predictable, everything feels wrong and you get the feeling it was written by someone else (it was). I definitely could have gone without reading this. Two stars because as bad as it was, it was exciting to look forward to the release of something Harry Potter related.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS BOOK People either love this book or hate it but they need to understand that its a screenplay and shouldn't be compared to the other Harry Potter Books because there is no comparison!!!! However, this book was a light read, i finished it in 4 hours. It was also fun to read about harry potter's life later on and about his son!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I liked the books, but I feel they are being over the top with all the merchandise. Great story line and I still think these were better than the books!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing My daughter and I had read the previous books with enjoyment - my daughter has actually read and re-read the books and enjoyed them thoroughly. This was a one-time read only. The play format loses some of the appeal of the other HP books - namely, all of those rich descriptions are lost.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Exciting Release Growing up as a huge Harry Potter fan, this was an exciting release. It was nice to read about the characters I grew up reading and get to reenter the wizarding world. Though this was a nice and nostalgic experience, I agree with others that it just wasn't the same. Part of what made the Harry Potter series so great was the amount of detail that Rowling puts in to the story. Without the details and character development, this book specifically, did not meet the typical Harry Potter level of enjoyment. It did read kind of like fan-fiction as others have stated.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm in the minority here... I know a lot of people feel that this book, or play rather, was unnecessary and read like fanfiction but I completely disagree! I was so happy to get to have the experience of reading a new Harry Potter book again. It is always a joy to be in Rowling's magical world of Hogwarts.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OK I agree with most others who have posted on here. It was fun to relive those characters again, and was a super easy read but the story was contrived and lacking in the details that make the original series so magical!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. Don't get me wrong, I've read every single Harry Potter book... I've read all of them at least 4 times. But I couldn't wrap my head around this book. What makes the Harry Potter books great is the attention to detail. The ability to read the book and feel like you were in the pages with the character. This book doesn't give you that feeling. The detail is lost. The characters don't get a real chance to develop. I definitely don't see myself picking up this book again.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius Love seeing into the life of Harry now. Really want to see the play now. JK Rowling is a pure genius!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite sure Not a big fan of the script format, as it makes it a little hard to read.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre at best I went into this book with low expectations and my low expectations were met. people get confused that this was not written by JK Rowling and it is not the "8th" Harry Potter book. this is basically a fanfiction turned screen play and a bad one at that. The characters were off and didn't even make any sense, its as if the authors didn't even read the books.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I don't know The story was pretty good and I did get that wizarding world feel but I felt some parts didn't represent some of the characters. For example, at one point in the book, (not a spoiler) Harry told his son something that, in my opinion, he would never say based on his past and childhood. It didn't reflect his personality at all. The story was great and unexpected near the end but sometimes I would get confused about what was happening in certain parts. It's not the best but it's not that bad either, you also got to keep in mind that it's a play. Also for those of you who thought this was an actual book, you obviously didn't do your research so don't go around getting angry when it's your fault for not doing research.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! It was a very good book, loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition to the series It's been forever since Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows came out, so it was nice to continue the "19 years later" part with his children. It's almost like fan fiction, but still welcome!! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good do better Didn't really like it, waste of money
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not As Good As I Expected It felt very much like fanfiction, and not even the good kind. I felt disappointed, but admittingly, Scorpius is a dear.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great ending. As a giant fan of Potter, I think we all held our breath as we raced through this. Written in the form of a play, I thought it would bother me but like all of the others, I was transported. It takes you right back to the moment you finished the last book, and sweeps you into the next story. You won't be disappointed if you keep an open mind or have an undying love for all things Potter.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing I've waited so long for this book to come out, but it turns out that it is the worst book in the series
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS WAS AMAZING After waiting years for the next chapter in Harry's life, I could not be happier with the outcome. only one word for this creation; epic.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! It brings back Harry Potter, childhood memories.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nostalgic I received this book as a Christmas gift, and it was the highlight of the holidays. I devoured it in a couple hours.It reads as a screen play. Which is something I am not use to, but enjoyed. While it is no where close to the epic nature of the Harry Potter Series. I welcomed the chance to see the lives of the beloved threesome in adulthood. Overall, an enjoyable quick read, that made me nostalgic for the original series all over again.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. I went to the midnight releasing of this book, and I'm happy that I read it and I overall enjoyed the story. While it was a good story in general, it did not live up to the other Harry Potter books and I don't think that I would include it with them.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brought back Harry Potter The storyline was excellent and it really was a step back into the world of Harry Potter. The only issue was I found myself wanting more description for this amazing book.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So glad! So glad I picked this up! I enjoyed reading it, different style. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter Lives Excellent read for all Harry Potter fans. Read it three times already. Something new each time.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This is not a worthwhile addition to Harry Potter Canon (Warning! Spoilers ahead!) Please do not read if you don't want spoilers!...... This play is a work of fanfiction that I did not enjoy mostly because it is being called the 8th Harry Potter installment and considered as Harry Potter canon. If it were another of the thousands of fanfics out there I would say it's an average read, but for canon it has several serious flaws that make it an impossible read. Initially for me it was the characters who were so OOC that I had to put the play down at times but this was quickly eclipsed by the plot which featured copious usage of time-turners that go back decades, multiple re-visits to the past, alternative realities, immortal possible robots (yes I'm thinking of the "anything off the trolley dears" witch) and seemingly least surprising, Voldemort's secret daughter! Like I mentioned above, if it were another random fanfic it would be fine but as part of the HP world it actually contradicts some of the world and characterization of the original 7 books! Perhaps in the hands of JKR it would have worked as everything she writes is always good (the new Strike books are amazing!), however in its present form it most certainly does not work. I only recommend this if you are not a fan. If you are a fan this play will anger and frustrate you far more than it will ever entertain.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read to reminisce Harry Potter scenes While it is nowhere near as good as the Harry Potter series, I enjoyed reading it. It brought back many memories of the Harry Potter series.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great script! The book was no where near as good as the Harry Potter series.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I'm really enjoyed reading the screenplay. It made me realize I want to read more Harry Potter books. Then again I wished it was written as novel. I hope the play comes Toronto.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as magical, still great While I would not place this at the same level as the original 7, it is great to reunite with our old friends. Generally, i feel the play did justice to the original series.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Need to see on a Stage or Screen When I first heard of the eighth book I was full of nostalgic anticipation. But many fans I chatted with about it had mixed feelings especially regarding the writing since it was not jusIt JKs craft at play. I cannot say I blame them though. While the characters spoke, I found I missed the original format the rest of the books were in. The Plot was oddly predictable and even drew from fan fiction which I found a little disappointing. It would have been nice to know more about Delphini. I can see how it would make a good stage play or film though and I hope one day I will have the opportunity to see it. Its good for the nostalgic and I still recommend reading it just for the oh remember when feeling.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok If you've read the rest of the series you should read this but I wasn't a fan of style I prefer novels but this was written like a play
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Have to admit, I never read all the Harry Potter books and I just took the shortcut of watching the movies instead. However, this book was written as a play and it was quite interesting. Must read if you like Harry Potter and I might actually just read the Harry Potter series from the beginning. I just might...
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disliked the script I'm sure this script would be lovely if experienced as a play. However, just to read it felt like baad fan fiction. The characters were not true to the originals at all, the plot was laughable and honestly I would just save your money and avoid the disappointment.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a gifted read! I love how this has tied in Harry's and Voldemort's kid's
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great to be back in the HP world A nice journey back into the HP world. Enjoyable for any fan, but do remember it's not a novel - it's a script and does lack the detail of previous HP pieces.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it the most magical book you will ever read!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!!! I loved it! It brought me back to Hogwarts!!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not true Harry Potter This was abysmal. I hated every line of this script, so awful. Not one moment of this brought me joy the characters where one dimensional and out of character.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mixed I imagine this would be a wonderful play to watch. I read this out loud with my siblings at home and it was much more enjoyable than reading it on my own. It's very nostalgic for fans who miss the universe, however I don't think it was a necessary addition to the story. The plot itself was predictable, which I was disappointed by, especially since I expect HP stories to be the opposite of that. Probably better seen as a performance than read at home.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different I knew it was a play, I knew it wasn't going to be the same Harry Potter book format I had so enjoyed in the past. I tried not to let that bias my judgement of the play. For a play it was well-written, and I did enjoy it, but I still wish it was a full length novel
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend I did not know what to expect but this may be my new favourite Harry Potter book. Although the style was very different and the story did not revolve around the trio, it was still an escape from reality and I would highly recommend it to any fans of HP.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not the Same, But Still Awesome! Definitely mixed reviews on this one! I’m going to discuss the top reasons people didn’t like “#8” for those still a little lukewarm about reading it at all (like I was!). 1. It’s a PLAY for god’s sake! I’ve never been a fan of reading plays [except perhaps for a short Neil Simon phase in my early 20’s. What a card, that guy!], and I was even a theatre geek in high school and have tried to like live theatre, but for the most part it's just not my bag. Why being a play is awesome: [wee spoiler] when we look back in time at certain events from previous books, we can remember them one way, but the play format allows different actors to play the scenes without it feeling like betraying the wonderful film actors. 2. You didn’t like Albus and/ or adult Harry. Harry, at age 15 (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), drove me up the wall with his woe-is-me-the world-sucks. Albus is similar in that he feels lacking and in the shadow of his father. And Harry is a hothead, of course he’s going to argue with his kids. 3. It reads like fan-fiction/ the characters felt flat. A fellow goodreads'er and blogger, Katrina [http://chasedbymyimagination.blogspot...], describes what it was like to watch the play, and said it was (to paraphrase) just magical and the actors really fleshed out the characters. This would be an amazing play to see, IMHO. Also, I’m glad that J.K. gave the dialogue to more experienced playwrights (?), but I thought the plot was very J.K. What we can agree on: Scorpius is awesome and Draco held his own. And the big character twist, in hindsight, was weak, I’m not going to lie, but overall I still loved it. MY BEEF is when I found a hole in the HP World: WHY do you, a witch/wizard need a broom to fly when you can make everything else fly? Hmmmm? Still, 5 stars. I laughed, I cried, I reminisced. I love the Harry Potter universe, warts and all. (I don't mean witch warts: that's muggle-talk.)
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not A Harry Potter Book This book says it's a Harry Potter book but it is not written like a Harry Potter book. This book was really hard to read, part of it is because it is a script. This book was not what I was expecting.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for a bit of nostalgia As a play, I thought the book was great. I read the whole thing with a grin on my face because it brought back so many great memories. I think that's the point! I didn't need descriptions of the world, because there were no new worlds introduced. Every scene in the book has been described in detail in J.K. Rowling's novels and were quite vivid in my mind. I thought it taught some great lessons in the time that it had. It brought home the fact that each person has capacity for good and for evil and are influenced, to a certain extent, by their experiences and environment.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed! It may just be the hype and my love for Harry Potter, but I really enjoyed this! was skeptical about the script format, but after the first few scenes it became very easy to read and natural flowing. It tied in tons of things from the series to make it nostalgic and enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I couldn't care less what people said this was amazing!!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Nostalgic Although it's obviously not the same as a Harry Potter novel, this was magical to read. I finished the book in two days. For a true Harry Potter fan, it's full of great nostalgic moments. Would recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wizarding-World Fix, for my fellow HP *cough* addicts *cough* FANS! I preface this by saying that this is most certainly a fan-fiction, rather than an official 8th story. This story is not really about the Golden Trio. It's about their children dealing with their legacies while experiencing the trials and tribulations of their teen years. This script was good! I really enjoyed it, as there were quite a number of times where I laughed out loud (which doesn't happen frequently, I should mention). The voice of the book is not quite the same as the books for two reasons: 1) It's a script. Less description was available, and far more dialogue. 2) There were multiple authors to it. I highly recommend it to those who require a Wizarding World fix!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved the plot! I received this book for my birthday and I almost finished the whole thing that night! I loved the plot and the idea of it. The only thing that wasn't my favourite was how it was a screenplay, but other than that I loved it! (Of course I did it was a Harry Potter book)
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from more fanfiction than not This felt like a fanfiction with a really high production value. All of the characters from the original Harry Potter novels were really ooc, especially Harry. Words cannot explain how badly this damaged the legacy of the originals, so I prefer to think of it as a fanfiction. I enjoyed Scorpius' character a lot though. The thing that bothered me the most was the queerbaiting that ultimately led to nothing. Wanting to see that relationship develop was what kept me reading, only to leave me massively disappointed by the end of the script.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my fav... This book was very disappointing. More like fan-fiction than a novel!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh did not live up to the hype
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mediocre fan fiction To be honest, I should have been expecting a fanfic vibe from this book, since it isn't written by Rowling. I was hoping that it would be at least good fanfic, though. It felt really forced and not true to the world in which it was set.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgia at its Finest I felt that the script was great and really filled the hole in me that was craving more Harry Potter. I could visualize how entertaining this would be on stage, and I really hope that the play will one day makes it way to my home town!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! It is amazing. I don't care if its not the futur I imagined would happen for the characters, but it's still amazing. screen play or not, don't let it stop you from reading it. J.K Rowling is awesome!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was almost like fanfiction I bought this book because I am a very big fan of harry potter and I was so very excited for this book, but when I got it and read it I immediately did not like it. First of all it is not even a book, it is a script.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible This was really bad. I regret reading it.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Middling to Fair Middle of the pack, with a narrative that becomes more predictable the more it unfolds over itself. But still better than expected and much, much better than, say, Half Blood Prince, or nothing.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Wasn't sure what to expect with this being written like a screen play! But I absolutely loved it! It didn't disappoint :)
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Not at all what I expected. I wouldn't recommend getting this if you really like the original Harry Potter series. Most of the people are out of character. It has a very wacky storyline (and not in a good way). #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Love with New Characters I don't want to spoil the story for some who hadn't read this book (play) but I'm totally in love with some new characters, which I think, sometimes exceed those in the original seven books. JK Rowling is a genius!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from not what I expected I've always loved Harry Potter and was beyond excited when I heard Curse Child will be released as a book. It's written in script form, which is different then reading a book, it took a little bit to get into the story. I missed the details you get in a book, but it was still exciting to continue the story of Harry Potter and his friends.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A thorough disappointment I was excited to read this, being a Harry Potter series fan, but after having finished reading the story, I believe this book was just a money making gimmick.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I pre-ordered this book in late June and was very excited for it come. It arrived quite fast and the book is very good as it tells the story in a whole new way. It is very different, but I do like it. This book is worth buying.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing this play was really well done, i enjoyed the story line but the book does not compare to the original series.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cursed Child Would probably be better in play form. Got a little confusing as a book. Good, but not what I've come to know about Rowling. Maybe partially because it's sad to see Harry outside what I know him as.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An Ill-Thought Endeavour The whole plot of this story is honestly pretty bad. The characters any harry potter fan has come to know and love find themselves doing incredibly out of character things in this book for no apparent reason and it's hard to get invested in any part of this mediocre story.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nostalgic It was great revisiting the wizarding world and left me wishing to read more like all previous HP novels. Only comment is that since it is a screenplay, it is shorter than the books and less detailed. Nonetheless, it is still humorous and a good read!
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book was good for what it was, which was fanfiction and not a canon for the original Harry Potter series.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It gets better It starts of very slow and isn't the most entertaining. But after a while the storyline builds up and it starts to feel like a Harry Potter book.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Harry Potter I was happy to revisit my childhood favourite, but it wasn't the same as reading the 7 novels.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wish I Hadn't Honestly, wish I had chosen not to read it. I understand this is a screen play however the story didn't feel right. There were a lot of things that I didn't feel were consistent with the characters that I had grown to love... I feel like this was a piece of fan fiction. I would say if you're a huge Harry Potter fan don't read this book - it might spoil the series for you. Some things are best left alone :) #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One more adventure! Amazing as Christmas gift too, this is another magical adventure of J. K. Rowling ... Just MAGICAL!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book It is different. I like it.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Had Fun It's no comparison to the actual series, but I still had fun with it.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great continuation of the story I liked reading this, even in screenplay format. As an avi HP fan I could easily picture my own settings. It was a quick read but also quite enjoyable and a good dose of HP.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book I bought this book a few months ago and really enjoyed it. Scorpious was my favourite character and made up for all the flaws in the book. Not as good as the original but I'm always happy to read more about the Harry Potter world.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Many people have polarizing views on this book. I had really high expectations for it but it didn't meet them. To me this was more like fan-fiction and truly lacked the JK Rowling vibe.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing This was extremely disappointing and I regret reading it. Waste of my time
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disapointing I was extremely excited to read this book when I found about it and bought it day one. Sadly, I was disappointed with the book. I realize that it is a play and that it wasn't J.K Rowling who wrote it but a lot of the writing seemed immature. It was interesting to have a story involving Harry Potter's children but I definitely won't be reading it again. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Not quite what I'm used to from the franchise, however I was able to enjoy this as it's own separate entity.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I bought this for my daughter for Christmas. She recently borrowed it from the school library as she wasn't sure she was going to love the style of this book. She is a HUGE Harry Potter fan and once she started reading she couldn't put this down. Even though she has read it, she wants her own copy so she can read it again! Job well done!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter is life Easily one of the best franchises of all time, and this book didn't dissapoint
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Loved this... well put together and just a good looking book
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice to get more insight This was enjoyable and the script-style of writing didn't take away from the experience. Just enough was included – and the stage directions positively oozed of JK's writing tone. There were a few weird bits that kind of make you go, "Huh, okay." But the way JK writes to tie everything in together is present in this screenplay as well.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it~ The book portrays life after Hogwarts and the gangs children are now at Hogwarts, but having a different type of experience, it was an amazingly well written book- even in play form!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT! I couldn't go see the play, but with this script I could literally see the play through my eyes.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed Honestly, this disappointed me. I didn't love the style of writing, but overall, it was the all-over-the-place storyline that i didn't like. If you're expecting it to be on par with the rest of the series, you probably won't like what you get.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Everything a Harry Potter fan dreamed of: an interesting plot even after 19 years, intriguing new characters, and spotlight on old favorites.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Ok As an avid Harry Potter Fan, this was a must read to see how my fave childhood character continues on years later. I think I went into the book with too high expectations. Interesting storyline. Not as annoying to read the script style as I had thought. Wouldn't call it excellent but it was just OK. I'm glad I read it.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Let's All Remember This Is a Play When Harry Potter ended, I struggled with the fact that it had ended. I wanted more. So when Cursed Child came out, I snapped it up because HOLY CRAP, HARRY POTTER IS BACK. I made two rookie mistakes - I got my hopes up way too high, and I read it like a book and not a script. When books are written, they are descriptive, immersive, and thorough. They are written as though there are no visual aids, because not every book gets a movie to show people what that world looks like. Screenplays however, are brief when it comes to description, because the writers know that there will be a set and costumes and performers, and therefore shift weight to dialogue. Reading this expecting a lot of description only leads to disappointment. I did, however, have problems with the actual storyline. A) The main source of conflict was sprung from a very fanfiction-like idea. I won't spoil it, but the concept to me was a little too easy and forced. B) I don't know if it was just me, but I sensed a lot of queer-baiting. The authors lead one to believe that two of the main characters are romantically inclined towards each other, when suddenly at the end, one character develops a big crush on a female character and that's the end of that romantic tension. All in all, keep your hopes down and remember that this is a play, and it won't be too disappointing.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for Harry Potter Fans #PlumReview, wont spoil anything but this book is to die for! Every HP fan needs to read this. I was just sad that it was short. But fantastic read otherwise
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lower your expectations Not what I was expecting, but still nice
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh Not nearly as fun as I hoped, especially after all the hype surrounding it. Of the new releases in the HP world, Fantastic Beasts is much better
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter classic I think this book definitely exceeded my expectations. I'm not a huge fan of play write books, however, I do feel that this book really did not cloud my judgement on that. It was clever, and definitely portrayed an image of a "grown-up" style Harry Potter world.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little weird... I found this to be a bit of a weird book. I think it is because I am such a big Harry Potter fan that this was inevitably disappointing.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really, really dull fan fiction After finishing this book, there was only one emotion that rushed inside of me: complete, utter disappointment. The story was very weak, the characters are unfamiliar and the plot was shaky. These are all things you'll see in a badly written fanfiction. The characters felt re-written: these are NOT the characters I grew up with. Hermione, Ron and Harry are completely different from their characters in philosopher's stone all the way through Deathly Hallows. The time travel aspect ruins the ending completely ( I won't go into it), but to me tere was no suspense whatsoever. This book ruined the ending to Deathly Hallows for me entirely, which was so perfect. Deathly Hallows left enough open for you to keep thinking about the the Harry Potter series almost everyday after finishing the last book (now 7th in the series, we can't really call it the last) but yet there was enough closure for you to be satisfied with the series. Once Deathy Hallows ended, as much as I wanted to keep reading about the trio, he series felt actually FINISHED. I feel like Harry's future was left for interpretation, different with each person's perception on the series. But now we have a paved sequel that ruins the magic of the ending. I don't feel sad and satisfied with Deathly Hallows ending anymore because I KNOW what happens afterwards. And it's not satisfying at all. With a poor plot and very annoying Album Severus Potter, this book definitely cannot keep up with the legacy the Harry Potter series already built. This book gains one star for being in the Harry Potter world (yeah, I know I'm terrible) and one star for Scorpius Malfoy. Other than that, I'm going to try to pretend this book never happened for the rest of my life. It wasn't completely terrible, and I did experience a LITTLE nostalgia reading it, and the world was still as vivid as it was in the Harry Potter series. It just wasn't GOOD.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting If you don't forget that this is a play, and not a novel, it is a really enjoyable reading. I am looking forward to see it on Broadway!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Unique I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well as the way it was written as a play. If you are already a harry potter fan you will enjoy the continuation of this next chapter as it brings back all the lovable characters of your childhood.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Good I was really looing forward to this as an avid Harry Potter fan, but I was so incredibly disappointed with the whole thing.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was really excited about this but it was so incredibly disappointing. I wish it had turned out better!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kinda Sorta Really Disappointed I was unsure of whether to be excited or nervous for this book. The originals are legendary and I had my doubts that this book would live up to the others, especially with it being in the format of a screen play, which in hind sight was a horrible idea. The screenplay doesn't drag you in to the world as well as J.K Rowling's skillfully written novels and the ideas in the book seem outlandish and a huge departure from the originals which is exactly what I didn't want. I actively encourage people not to buy this book, unfortunately. I wanted to love it, I really did, but I can find nothing good to say about it.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, if You Suspend Your Fan Nitpicking If you don't look at it too closely, you are still able to enjoy this somewhat. And then you can always go back to the main series for the quality story we all love.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Harry Potter play Ordered in advance, before the official release, could not wait to read the 8th book of Harry Potter. Exciting, yes, but nothing compared to the first 7 books collection.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A dissapointment I was very thrilled to see that a new story about Harry Potter was coming out. However, the story in the play read like poor fan fiction. It was a far fetched plot line and there was not enough development of characters or background information.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kinda meh This is definitely not your typical Harry Potter book. It was very unusual to read a script format for me and it did take a little bit to get used to. The story definitely picked up near the end but for me it was missing something that I just couldn't quite place. It may have been that I just did not know this character and there wasn't enough character building for me to have any connection with Albus or Scorpius. If it was in book format I think it would have been fine.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Felt like a parody I don't recommend reading this. I was excited to read about Harry's kids but this book just resorted to old story lines and wasn't believable at all.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! At first I was hesitant in reading a Harry Potter book that was not written by JK Rowling- I am reading it again! Life after the books are revealed with the characters all grown up- so perfect!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical. Magical. When I first heard about this play, I was more than skeptical; I thought it sounded completely ridiculous. As time went on, I came to embrace the concept and was very excited for the opportunity to read the script. I'm not sure what I was expecting - beyond nostalgia - when I received my copy at 12:01am, but I was definitely not expecting this story to be so captivating and wonderful. I enjoyed the script from beginning to end and absolutely loved every single twist and turn. Yes, there were plot holes, elements I disliked, and character decisions I disagreed with, but that's the case in the original Harry Potter novels as well. If you go into this expecting the 8th Harry Potter novel, you will be incredibly disappointed. First, it's not a novel; it's a play. There is no internal monologue, there is nowhere near as much "depth" as is found in the novels, and the emotions conveyed can seem stunted. None of these are bad things, they're just the realities of reading a script. A play is brought to life by the actors on a stage - the internal monologue is reflected in their faces, the depth comes from the delivery of the lines and the tone set on stage, the emotions described become real through the people who bring the words to life. And second, it's not written by J.K. Rowling, only sanctioned and supported by her. Part of what makes the world of Harry Potter so magical is the Rowling's wonderful writing and so, if you expect to find her unique touch within these pages, you will be looking for a long time. That's not to say it's poorly written, only that it is different. I love reading plays - some of my favourite books are plays - and, in my opinion, this is a wonderful script. I hope to one day have the opportunity to se the play live because I believe it would be an incredible experience, as even the images the words conjured in my head were magical. If you're tired of the continuing Harry Potter hype and think well enough should be left alone, don't read this script book. You won't like it. If you love the wizarding world as much as I do and love to dive back into the world whenever possible, I think you'll enjoy this experience.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite candid I was certain I wouldn't like this script at all, but I found I liked it well enough. I'm not someone who usually reads anything from a series that is about the main characters children. It had all of its moments which you expect from JK, sad moments, candid moments, "oh crap" moments, etc. I used to be in musical theater in junior high, so it gave me a sense of nostalgia while I was reading it and thinking up how the sets could be done.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Throughout reading this, I had to keep in mind that it's a script, not a novel. As a loyal HP fan, I felt indifferent after reading this book. I don't know how else to describe it.... Still, it's a must-read, but probably not going to read this again.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different but good Excellent book, quick read. Wish it hadn't opened so many plot holes though.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Honestly, I was disappointed. If you go into reading this book without having many expectations it's a fun read. But when you read it as part of the Harry Potter franchise it starts to hurt your relationship with the books you have come to love over the years. If you really loved the original series for what it was, and aren't in desperate need for more to the story, then I would just steer clear.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish there's more! Love the Potter story all you need to do is just dive right into JK Rowling's imagination and it's always a fun journey. A script format makes the story shorter and I slowly finished it in 2 hours. Wish there's more!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps me going Got this as a birthday present and I'm in LOVE! It leaves me needing more of the wizarding world!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good dose of Harry Potter This book is different than the series of course, because it's a screenplay. It really doesn't advance the plot of the series in any way but I enjoyed it a lot for what it was. Hope it becomes a movie as well :)
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different and thrilling! Couldn't wait to buy the book and read it. The screenplay format was difficult initially and different from the other books, but the plot was well written and it was wonderful to read another Potter story.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE i love harry potter and this book brought back so many childhood memories. if you love HP you will love this book.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story Very happy to say that the 8th Harry Potter book was a hit!!
Date published: 2016-12-12