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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production (Special Rehearsal Edition) Hardcover – 31 Jul 2016

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 01 edition (31 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751565350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751565355
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,635 customer reviews)
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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" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Book Description

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne.

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From the Publisher

As we’re sure you’ve spotted, there’s an eighth Harry Potter story in town…

Hours after the curtains come down on the official opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two in London’s Palace Theatre on 30th July 2016, the Special Rehearsal Edition script launches in ebook and print formats to be enjoyed by readers around the world.


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SPOILER FREE BIT: I finished reading Cursed Child several days ago and have been gathering my thoughts since then because I was frankly in a state of shock after finishing the book. As a HP fan and book reader, this does not resemble the books in any authentic way and not simply because of the script format. The dialogue, plot and character portrayals in Cursed Child are totally 'off'. It felt like a poor imitation of the original series, which is appalling when JK Rowling was a co-creator of the story and presumably approved the draft(s) of this script throughout the writing process (well, I sincerely hope she did but from the state of the final product, I really do wonder how much input she actually had). I cannot believe she allowed this thin, weak interpretation of her richly-constructed HP universe to come into the public domain. In this play we return to the wizarding world 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts - this alone offers so much potential for meaningful character development and exploration of fresh ideas and themes. However, rather than moving the world of HP forward, we end up in a chaotic mess which simply rehashes the themes of the book series in the flimsiest and laziest way possible and steamrolls over the established rules and principles of the original book series. The only thing about it I enjoyed is Draco's son Scorpius - I absolutely love him!

The plot is very much like a soap - predictable, 2-dimensional and in some places downright illogical and ridiculous. The 'voice' of JKR is nowhere to be found, not just because it's a script but because none of the play is consistent with her style of story-telling - in the book series, we became used to thorough characterisation, patient plot development and unprecedented but entirely plausible revelations.
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I really wanted to love this as much as I do the original 7 books, but I was disappointed. It is a fun read if you take it as a stand alone play, but when you tie it in with the rest of the Harry Potter universe significant plot holes become apparent. I really wish JK Rowling hadn't said this was 'canon', then I would be able to have enjoyed it for what it is.

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For me, the best part of the Cursed Child was Scorpius; I love his character development! I also like Draco being such a good dad in contrast to Harry.

As for the bad.... a lot of the dialogue didn't feel authentic, there were a lot of very poorly worded phrases thrown around and I truly didn't like Dumbledore being seen as a God-like figure - "Thank Dumbledore" made me cringe!

The Time Turner was a lazy plot device that has been overused and contradicts what we have previously learned about them (it's funny that JK took down her Pottermore article on Time Turners recently!). They're meant to be closed loops (i.e. what you do when you go back has already been done) and yes, I know this is a "special" one for the sake of the plot but that doesn't make the idea any less contrived.

It seems insanely careless for Lily going for a casual stroll with baby Harry when they were meant to be in hiding from Voldemort under the Fidelius Charm. What was she thinking?!

On to the biggest issue I have with the Cursed Child: Voldemort having a baby with Bellatrix. This completely turned my view of Voldemort on it's head. I thought he was too absorbed with his quest for power and immortality to the point of being asexual. He wasn't meant to understand or comprehend love in anyway (not that love is needed to have a baby....).
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First of all please allow me to say that I understand that reading a screenplay is very different from watching the play itself.

Having said that, my thought is that this screenplay/book is pure fanfiction, and not very good fanfiction. I got continuously disappointed throughout the book, and there was no saving grace that made me enjoy it. The book ignores the existing canon and interviews that J.K. has done before, makes characters disappear entirely, and the dynamic between the characters feels very forced and unnatural.This play/book may intent to be for a more mature audience, but it ends up being a mishmash of cliche ideas from other existing fanfiction on the web.

***Possible spoilers ahead*** The main conflict in the book tries to be a slice-of-life, real world things happening to a family, at the same time it tries to resurrect a past villain for conflict sake. We never get to understand why Albus hates his father, because we never get to see any consequences of having Harry Potter as a father, and Albus is the only one with this issue, of the three children Harry has. The older brother and younger sister disappear from the plot very soon, and at times I forgot that Albus is not an only child.

The plot moves at breakneck speed one one moment, and stops to a stall on the next. There are absurdities in the plot, like the trolley witch being a ancient "no students shall escape" entity, that tries to kill students that get off the train. That moment made me close the book, and go for a walk, because I could not believe how absurd it was.

And the thing that everyone seems to love about the book, the rendition of Scorpius, I might have liked it if I thought he had anything at all in common with his father.
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