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 premie...

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 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