Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Parts One and Two : the Official Script of the Original West End Production

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.,, [2016]
Edition: Special rehearsal edition, First edition
ISBN: 9781338099133
Branch Call Number: j822 ROW
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Tiffany, John 1971-
Thorne, Jack

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ayoshida
Aug 09, 2017

this book is not as good as the other harry potter series. I find its a bit confusing at times, especially the time turning part get me messed up. But other than that I like this book. also the fact thats its in screen play format might bug some people but I do a lot of acting so it makes sense to me. I would say it a must read books if you are a harry potter fan, but unlike the other harry potter books this is not worth reading again.

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Mahmahmoudi
Aug 08, 2017

i like all harry potter books and have read them all but this one is the special one cause the main character is the son of harry potter and it is so cool that lord voldemort has a girl . i love it

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Jadeber
Aug 08, 2017

This book was pretty good but I have to say that the other Harry Potter books are much better (sorry!) also it is a screen play sooo it's kinda odd to read. Still I liked the story and the characters.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 17, 2017

***SPOILERS***
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an extension on the Harry Potter series in the form of a play. I don’t think I’ve ever done a negative review before, but this book was nothing short of awful. It had its moments, I guess, but so much of it just didn’t fit with the characters, seemed off, or was downright boring. Since when did Voldemort and Bellatrix have a daughter? She was supposedly born in the seventh book, so why didn’t anyone notice that Bellatrix was pregnant? Why would Voldemort, who thought he was going to be immortal, choose to have a child? People say it’s because he wanted an heir to inherit his power, but in his mind he wouldn’t have needed one. And if Bellatrix was pregnant with Voldemort’s child, she would never have been allowed to fight in the Battle of the Seven Potters. And that’s just one storyline I have a major issue with. It gets slightly better as you read on, I guess, but it’s confusing and anticlimactic, and other than Scorpius Malfoy who is wonderful and the only good thing holding up this book, the characters are annoying, frustrating, illogical and whiny. The whole storyline is dull, with contrived action in an attempt to make it slightly more interesting, not to mention there’s basically no way it could ever happen and the explanation of it in the play is very weak. I love J.K Rowling’s writing usually, and I will still continue to read her work. After all, this is just one bad book out of a lot of good ones. However, don’t waste your time on the Cursed Child. It’s really not worth the money or time.
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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rpavlacic
Nov 04, 2016

Get past the fact that this is a play (and formatted as such) and not a novel. The fact is, this doesn't have the magic of a children's novel or the impact of a psychological thriller (and the seven Harry Potter books were both). There are a couple plot twists, one not so surprising (Hermione is now the Minister of Magic) and one very shocking, involving two of the antagonists in the original series (I won't give it away!). But this was a lackluster effort, not what one might expect from J.K. Rowling. She should go back to what's making her famous right now, the Cormoran Strike crime novels - her days as a children's writer are toast.

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awsomegirl
Oct 27, 2016

Why are there barely and comments, follow me on my library account and my brother will follow you.

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rpavlacic
Oct 03, 2016

This was an okay story, in that it has a plausible plot and a truly shocking twist involving two of the antagonists of the original series. If you can get around the fact this is a play and not a novel, that hangup should go away pretty quickly. My problem is that it just doesn't have the magic of a children's fantasy book or the compelling nature of a psychological thriller, which are what the seven books in the "canon" both were. Rowling's days as a children's writer are done. She should go back to the Cormoran Strike series, which is about halfway through as I write this.

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pigskinjimmy
Sep 18, 2016

Had a hard time with the book written as if the reader was attending the play.
Every line the character's name was listed first before the sentence was read.
Found that distracting and the notes written above the chapter on what was happening with the scenes with the play.
Prefer the original series.

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arielzwang
Sep 05, 2016

Definitely would recommend this, lots of twists and turns and surprises. Very nice to see the characters in Harry Potter in action again!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 27, 2016

What a book! Exciting and depressing at the same time. Exciting because the tales of the exploits of Harry Potter once again continues. Depressing as it is written in play format and is not fully written by J.K. Rowling. But, I still loved it. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling but the book was mostly written by playwrights John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released on July 31, 2016 almost nine years after the last Harry Potter book which was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The Battle of Hogwarts took place nineteen years ago. Harry is now a husband, a father of three lovely children and an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic. Harry's youngest son, Albus Severus Potter is struggling with the high expectations people have about him, being Harry Potter's son. "As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places." - J.K. Rowling. Read it. You won't regret it.
- @WizardingInitiate of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I was really excited when this book came out because I was a huge fan of the first seven books, and the story does not disappoint. Once you get over the fact that it's written like a screenplay the plot is just as intricate and fascinating as the rest of the series. I liked how relatable Harry's son is and sympathized with him. One thing I didn't like is that the plot skipped time frequently. I also wish that the characters first years at Hogwarts were explored a little more. But overall, it was a good addition to the series and kept me on the edge of my seat.
- @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Many people are complaining about how this book is structured and how it is too difficult to read. However, I find that this book wasn't ever intentionally supposed to be viewed as a book, because it is a "script"! The dialogues between characters are just more pronounced, as it is set for actors and actresses on a stage. As a huge Harry Potter fan, I devoured this book in a couple of days,(because I was busy) and fell into the play as if I was seeing it myself at a stage. The ideas moving behind the words on the pages is so enticing and intricately written, that it makes this book almost have a soul, of sorts. 5/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I found “The Cursed Child” a noteworthy read. It was interesting, unusual, and a bit gloomy. “The Cursed Child” is written as a screenplay book and the format may take a bit of getting use to. Many people didn’t enjoy this book because of the format. However, I got used to it and I was so intrigued that I forgot all about it. The plot was just as engrossing as the first seven Harry Potter books but it felt more rushed. “The Cursed Child” took place 19 years later but there was also a lot of time travelling. I also found that there were many plot holes and the characters were less brave but I’m not saying that "The Cursed Child" is some terrible fan fiction. It was more like it’s own book that is connected to the first seven Harry Potter books. Overall, “The Cursed Child” is filled with lots of adventure, fantasy and drama. This is a worthy read and I would recommend reading it for ages 10+. 4/5 stars.
- @Riddikulus of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Aug 23, 2016

“There is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”

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