Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) Hardcover – Jul 31 2016
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Praise for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II"
* Series fans can breathe easy knowing this play has been respectfully and lovingly wrought. Tensions thrum, spells fly but at center stage, as always in the Potterverse, is the overriding importance of love and friendship, especially in the face of danger. -- "Booklist," starred review"
Praise for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II
* Series fans can breathe easy knowing this play has been respectfully and lovingly wrought. Tensions thrum, spells fly but at center stage, as always in the Potterverse, is the overriding importance of love and friendship, especially in the face of danger. -- Booklist, starred review"
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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-you get a update of what the characters have been doing in last 2 decades.
- its shows draco in a whole new light.
-other than draco, all the other characters were one dimensional.
-its short. you can finish it in one night.
Harry comes off as a bit of an @$$#0!3, as a father.
I admit I made two mistakes before even starting to read. First, since I already knew it's a script for a play, not a novel, I shouldn't have had such high hopes to see JKR writing. Second was to forget the fact that I'm not 11 anymore, so I wouldn't enjoy reading about the adventures of two 14 years old boys as much as I once did. When I ponder on it more, I realize that in the recent years, while rereading the series, I almost always have gone straight to the last 3 books, with some exceptions that includes GoF.
Taking all that into account, I have to say that the book was "okay". Certainly I will not consider it "the eighth". I don't think I will ever go back reading it again. I'm sure it's a great play and I do want to see it. However, I was not impressed by it as a "book", specially with it being part of a series that always looms large in my mind as "the light in the darkness" with all the profound quotes and inspirations. I prefer to look at it as a fan fiction, admittedly a very good one, that strangely enough has some JKR writing here and there. But honestly, this couldn't be "her" work. There are some loopholes; sometimes characters don't act like themselves, and quite a few of subplots do not even make sense.
The conversations between Harry and Dumbledore are certainly done by Rowling, at least there exists the vibe of the last scene between them in Deathly Hollows. Some chilling encounters between Harry and Albus are hers as well.Read more ›
The book, even though it didn't bother me to read it as a script, was really weird (in my opinion). I already knew/expected things that happened in there (had guessed things and read fanfictions/even wrote some). The plot of the book isn't interesting (could have been so much better) and it was all so awkward. I only kept reading because of Scorbus (which was the only good thing about the story). I missed seeing Teddy... I'm disappointed and just want to forget I read this (anyone has seen Dumbledore's pensieve?).
With seven novels, companion "textbooks," and the digital "Pottermore," we've learned much of the Wizarding World; which is why "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is a complete let-down. It truthfully does not reflect the quality of the published books or films. I will make sure to emphasize that my criticism is not because of the fact that this is a script and not an actual book. I am aware of the fact that due to its nature, the wonderfully descriptive passages and insights that were normally found in the Potter books cannot be included and that therefore the story must be told completely through dialogue and stage actions. My criticism is with the very story, it's premise, and the portrayal of the characters we have come to love over the past 19 years.
Minor spoilers follow:
If we are to take "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" as canon, then we must disregard the events in the third novel, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Ever since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I've always looked for new ways to rediscover the magic of Hogwarts and the magical world presented in these novels. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Marco Brasil
Although it was quite different to read it as a play, I was well pleased with the story. I can't wait for the next one!Published 8 days ago by Naomi William
I really enjoy the strorie, the book is really good, easy to read! You must read it if you're an HP fan!Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
It seems like it would be a great play to see on stage but I love the script... jk Rowling illustrated storytelling is nothing less than rivetingPublished 8 days ago by Liza
I loved this! Perfect for any Harry Potter fan who is open to a different format of story. Don't go in with your expectations set too high though, as you will get over-hyped and... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mitchell K.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this play! I found the story fast paced and interesting, despite certain plot holes. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Nicole Heiler
i would have enjoyed a regular format better but i still liked it.Published 11 days ago by Sylvia Scherbluk