Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

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...

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Title:Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two Reviews

  • Lola  Reviewer

    You know, I really hadn’t foreseen the publication of something to lengthen Harry Potter’s story after the conclusion that was

    So, the way I see it,

    is a lovely gift to every Harry Potter fan out there who has hoped and waited a long time to see their wizard friends again.

    Though the plot holes are very visible and spread throughout the story, they make for charming and heartfelt conversations between characters, so I didn’t

    You know, I really hadn’t foreseen the publication of something to lengthen Harry Potter’s story after the conclusion that was

    So, the way I see it,

    is a lovely gift to every Harry Potter fan out there who has hoped and waited a long time to see their wizard friends again.

    Though the plot holes are very visible and spread throughout the story, they make for charming and heartfelt conversations between characters, so I didn’t mind them all that much.

    The best thing about this #8 Harry Potter is how nostalgic it makes the reader feel. There are plenty of familiar faces – Harry, Ginny, Draco, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, etc – as well as some interesting new ones – Albus, Rose, Scorpius, Lily, James…

    Admittedly, it was strange to read this supposedly 8th story in Harry Potter’s world in play format but the truth is, it was extremely easy to imagine everything play out like in a movie, so it all felt alive to me.

    This isn’t a book you

    to read but, if you’re a diehard Harry Potter fan, I am going to look at you quite incredulously if you decide not to. I’m sadly not going to be able to tell you that you're making the right choice, because this is so, so charming and fun, but I can understand people wanting to have their own vision of the Harry Potter cast as adults and their children. Yes, it's a bit silly but… I loved it still.

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  • Khanh (the meanie)

    It was alright. It was just alright.

    I know I gave this 4 stars, but to be honest, J.K. Rowling can write a dictionary with Harry Potter illustrations and I'd probably give it 4 stars, so my rating is almost irrelevant here, given my extreme bias.

    The thing is, it was cute, it was sweet, it was entirely nostalgic to see the old crew again, but I hated the play format. As a person who grew up with Harry Potter, and who is in her early 30s now, I feel like I grew up with Harry Potter and the crew, a

    It was alright. It was just alright.

    I know I gave this 4 stars, but to be honest, J.K. Rowling can write a dictionary with Harry Potter illustrations and I'd probably give it 4 stars, so my rating is almost irrelevant here, given my extreme bias.

    The thing is, it was cute, it was sweet, it was entirely nostalgic to see the old crew again, but I hated the play format. As a person who grew up with Harry Potter, and who is in her early 30s now, I feel like I grew up with Harry Potter and the crew, and with the advent of this book, I have, in fact, grown old with them. It was lovely to see them again. It was like meeting old friends.

    I don't feel old. I'm a more responsible person, for sure, but I feel young at heart. When we're young, adulthood, responsibilities, just the prospect of

    seem so daunting...then one gets there and it's like, well, I'm as immature as I ever was. I love fun as much as I ever did. Growing old isn't that bad. And seeing the old crew being as much as they ever were brings joy into my not-yet-old-and-grizzled-heart.

    I could do without the kids, to be honest. Oh, sure, they're little Potter and Granger-Weasley spawns, but come on, nobody ever has and nobody ever will win me over as much as their parents, whom I have loved the instant we met them on the Hogwarts Express.

    (Ok, maybe not Ron...)

    But I digress. The kids aren't all bad. I rather like little Scorpius, actually.

    The adults have grown, they've changed. Some have changed so much that I hardly recognize them, Draco, for instance. I like that he's, well,

    now, but he doesn't feel like Draco, you know? I've been so used to Harry and Draco doing this...

    That it's rather discombobulating to see anything otherwise.

    But yeah, characters are great, but the format. THE FORMAT.

    I don't even know it's fair of me to judge this based on the fact that I don't like that it's a play, because

    . Like, what did I expect? This may be the most confusing review I've ever written. I just don't like the play format. It's meant for the stage. That means it's up to the skill of the actors to portray what is implied. It's up to the audience to interpret nuances. It is almost entirely based on dialogue, and I hate that. I miss Rowling's writing. I love Rowling's writing, and I wanted more of it. The play brings up so many things that could have been written so much more, had it been expanded into a book format. The children's growing pains, particular that of young Albus. Harry's feelings as a parent. Draco's struggles with who he was and who he is. Furthermore, Ron is relegated to

    Let's be honest, I never liked the guy, but for him to be much of the same character that he ever was conjures up the image of the try-hard middle-aged dude, and I know that Ron is more than that.

    I like it? I don't like it? I don't know. But I would certainly relish watching it on the stage if I ever had the chance. It's bound to be better than on paper.

  • Emily May

    3 1/2 stars. I completely get why many HP fans will be disappointed with this, but I have to admit:

    . I'd love to see this story play out on stage.

    So yeah, I understand the sad feelings.

    has a completely different vibe. Aside from being a play, it's also a more mature, character-driven, less magical story. It does not feel like an eighth Harry Potter book at all; there's a real disconnect between this play and the other seven novels. And you k

    3 1/2 stars. I completely get why many HP fans will be disappointed with this, but I have to admit:

    . I'd love to see this story play out on stage.

    So yeah, I understand the sad feelings.

    has a completely different vibe. Aside from being a play, it's also a more mature, character-driven, less magical story. It does not feel like an eighth Harry Potter book at all; there's a real disconnect between this play and the other seven novels. And you know what? I'm so glad.

    I guess it's just what you're hoping for. To be honest,

    . The thought of extending a series I loved so much actually made me NOT want to read this. I got to the end of

    and thought it was magical perfection - the story had completed its arc in full and I put it aside feeling a slight melancholy, but a whole lot of satisfaction. I didn't want more.

    However, if you went crazy needing more from the HP series, you'll probably be disappointed by this. If you feel there's a gap where something HP is missing, then I don't think this will fill it. Separate the two in your mind, and you have a better chance of liking it. Because this is something different - and I'm happy about it.

    First, of course,

    . Right away it's going to be something unlike what we've seen before. I don't usually love to read plays, especially modern ones, but this one is very readable because the

    . I don't know why people are saying "it's so obvious JKR didn't write most of this" because I think her style is all over it - the very fact that this play (which is meant to be viewed on stage) can be just as easily read like a book tells me JKR had a lot of input.

    Also,

    . Much more consistently comical than the books, but with the same style of humour - i.e. lots of Ron being a buffoon.

    The plot leaves a little something to be desired. Again, it feels different from the main series. It's not so much about the world and magic, but more about relationships, conflicts (particularly between Harry and Albus) and the dialogue between characters. I suppose this makes more sense in a play, where the story unravels through dialogue and not through an omniscient narrator.

    And, as I touched upon earlier, it feels... older. I don't know how well kids will appreciate the jokes about growing old and how Ron now says "oof" every time he sits down. Or the family drama between Harry and his son, Albus. But I liked it.

    I'm happy with this addition. I truly am. If it had been too similar to the seven novels, I feel it would have risked reopening a series that had been closed in a great place. Instead, we have something very unique and, for me, very entertaining. Some of the staging directions also leave me excited about seeing the play (when I win the lottery or acquire a magic wand, maybe).

    One thing I have to say that I said in another comment thread:

    . This was a risky experiment and it turned out to be fun, but JKR needs to leave this world alone now. I really do not want to read about old-age Harry, Ron and Hermione rolling around in magical wheelchairs. So, just stop.

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  • Maxwell

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    *sigh* The more I think about this the sadder I get...

    I'm not going to rate this right now because honestly I don't what to think about it. Reading this really felt like Harry Potter fan-fiction to me, partly because it's hard to wrap my head around an 8th (sort of) Harry Potter story and partly because reading it as a play instead of a novel just made it feel...less like Harry Potter. I didn't dislike it; I definitely didn't love it--but I do want to be fair and say that reading a play is never,

    as good as seeing the live production. In theory maybe this book shouldn't exist because it won't ever do the story justice. However, I'm glad I got to read it because I don't think I'll ever get to London to see the real deal, and at least now I know what it's all about.

  • Riley

    Ok wow where do I even begin with this.

    My summarized thoughts are that this was a waste of my time. I've seen a lot of reviews where people say this read like fanfiction and they would be correct. Because this IS fanfiction. JK Rowling did not write this. I will repeat,

    With that cleared up, this shouldn’t exist. The play was not meant to be read like this, it was meant to be seen. If they wanted a book they should have made a novelized version but instead they took

    Ok wow where do I even begin with this.

    My summarized thoughts are that this was a waste of my time. I've seen a lot of reviews where people say this read like fanfiction and they would be correct. Because this IS fanfiction. JK Rowling did not write this. I will repeat,

    With that cleared up, this shouldn’t exist. The play was not meant to be read like this, it was meant to be seen. If they wanted a book they should have made a novelized version but instead they took the easy way out. And on top of that, as a script, it was horrible. It’s an insult to call this the 8th Harry Potter book.

    -Scorpius is a beautiful ray of sunshine and does not deserve to be associated with this nonsense

    One star for the beauty that is Scorpius Malfoy. Zero stars for everything else

    Would I recommend this?? No.

    I am off to return this and get my money back

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