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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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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.
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.
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.
The Special Rehearsal Edition of the script will be available for a limited time, and gives readers the earliest opportunity to read the eighth story. In this edition, readers will have access to the script used by the cast and creative team during rehearsals and previews.
Previews are a chance to make tweaks outside the rehearsal room and based on the reactions of a real audience. During the preview period, in front of a live audience, the script was fine-tuned by the creative team.
This Special Rehearsal Edition will be available to purchase until early 2017, after which a Definitive Edition of the script will go on sale.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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....).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great story and trip down memory lane as I grew up with the harry potter books and movies.Published 1 day ago by freya
I completely forgot I was reading a play and truly felt a part of it. Very moving and great to catch up with harry and the gangPublished 5 days ago by lulubella
Ties up loose ends and starts new ones surely there is more to come
Great story kept me turning the pages
For Harry Potter fans you just have to read it, but it's not as thrilling as the Harry Potter series.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a Harry Potter fan I wasn't sure what I would think of this book, but I loved it. It is different in the way it reads like a script, but this didn't put me off and I found... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mrs W.
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