Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Parts One and Two

Book - 2016 | First edition, Special rehearsal edition.
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As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016.
Edition: First edition, Special rehearsal edition.
ISBN: 9781338099133
1338099132
Branch Call Number: 822.92 THORNE
Characteristics: vii, 327 pages ; 24 cm

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blue_duck_392
Sep 23, 2017

Contains enough plot holes to be confused with swiss cheese. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is, as far as I'm concerned, not cannon to the Harry Potter franchise. The characters are likeable enough, but they don't have the depth of the characters in the books. Some of this is probably due to the fact the story is a play, but overall I just didn't get the full sense of the world of Harry Potter. The worst mistake of the book (and skip to the next paragraph to avoid spoilers) is that Voldemort is present. It made the whole thing feel like it was an un-creative money grab. Really? The best they could come up with was Voldemort having a child who tries to bring back her father? The same characters with a different plot could have made for a MUCH better book. Time travel is a tricky plot device and needs to be used with extreme care. That's not what Thorne gave us. I could go on about every plot hole in the book, but I think it's better to list most of them to save time. Time turners shouldn't be able to alter realities, and even so, Snape should be dead in ALL realities, the Hogwarts Headmistress is too old to be a headmistress, James practically doesn't exist, and probably worst of all, Harry's scar (which only gave him a connecton to Voldemort because of the Horcrux) should be COMPLETELY dormant. Harry even says so in the play, and then the phenomenon is never explained further or at all.

Is it worth a read if you've read the real books? Yes, but only because we get to see Harry (more or less) settled down as an adult (even though what we see may or may not be cannon.)

romance_nerd Aug 25, 2017

I just couldn't really connect with the story and I'm sure it's being this was just a script. The story also had a lot going on because there was multiple trips through time to change and then try to fix things. Just a lot going on. I have to admit though, I didn't really like Harry (don't hurt me) because he's pretty much a jerk about a lot of things.

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Tono777
Aug 11, 2017

J.K. Rowling is a great extraordinary Author I love this book can't wait to see the movie. for any Harry Potter fan or not or starting you are in for an treat. and your in for a ride of your Life Just keep in mind this book is amazing.

sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

Characters: 5/10
Plot: 5/10
Writing: 6/10
This was such an unusual reading experience for me.
First off, I really did enjoy reading a play script. It was fast, fun, and easy (although my speed sometimes made me backtrack to figure out who was speaking).
It very much felt like reading fanfiction. Part of this may have been a defensive mechanism on my part. I love the original series so much, and I adore how it ends, so I personally like to leave it at that beautiful resolution instead of coming up with more conflict. I kind of took this as a "well this is what could have happened after the series" as opposed to "this is definitively what happens 19 years later." The conflict between Harry and Albus saddened me, even though I understood the reason for its existence. I love the relationship between Scorpius and Albus, and I also love that Albus is a Slytherin.
Several of the plot twists totally got me.
I totally cried Act 4 Scene 13. They basically included that just to punch you in the gut with feels.
Overall, I enjoyed the reading experience decently well, but I don't view it as a part of the series as a whole. It really just made me hungry to re-read the original series.

I apologize in advance for a very long review.

Frankly, I wasn't expecting much when I checked this Harry Potter play out from the library. I figured it would be a cheap, poorly written attempt to restart the series and maybe even bring Voldemort back to continue his evil deeds (in the same way that Doctor Who continually finds excuses to resurrect the Daleks from certain destruction, the Warriors and 39 Clues series refuse to let well enough alone and so keep churning out ever poorer material, and Disney has set itself on a course to cheapen and ultimately ruin the Star Wars franchise). Okay, sorry for the rant, back to the review. I won't spoil anything important. The point was that I was prepared to be disappointed, and was totally wrong.

While I agree that the Cursed Child shouldn't be called the Eighth Harry Potter Story (it's more of a glimpse into this-is-what-the-characters-are-doing-decades-later), and doesn't need to be considered [the H.P. equivalent of] canon, I thought that it was actually quite good, not the bad fanfiction that a lot of reviewers here labeled it. I can totally see Harry becoming the awkward father shown here - as he points out himself, he never had a father to either live up to or rise above, since Uncle Vernon was so Roald-Dahl-ishly terrible that Harry was never in danger of making his mistakes, and Dumbledore never got close enough to Harry during his lifetime to be that kind of example.

True, there were things I didn't like - I don't think the most important Sorting in the play squares with the character of the Sorting Hat or the ending of Book 7, for instance. Also, it was not in character at all for a certain character from the original seven books to have a child under the circumstances mentioned in this play - if you've read it, I think you'll be able to figure out what I mean. Ron apparently is running Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, and George is never even mentioned. And the climax was slightly disappointing; I was kind of hoping that after the villain (in many ways the Kylo Ren to Voldemort's Darth Vader) had been dealt with, there would be an intense and somehow magically resolved confrontation with a...somewhat more intimidating character, who instead simply walks across the stage. And like Scorpius, I was disturbed by some rather scandalous actions Albus took while using Polyjuice Potion.

But there were so many things I did like! The nostalgic appearance of Snape (no, they DON'T change his fate from the books) was spot-on to his character in the novels. Scorpius was amazing and my absolute favorite character, which is doubly good because I didn't like or relate to Albus much. As I mentioned earlier, Harry's fatherhood issues are completely realistic. The explorations of how things might have gone differently IF... were fascinating and completely plausible. It was great to finally see the good that has always been in Draco Malfoy. Also, to address something that outraged another reviewer: This story doesn't negate Kingsley Shacklebolt becoming Minister of Magic at the conclusion of the series. The play takes place between nineteen and twenty-two years after that, so it would be very unlikely that Kingsley would STILL be Minister, and quite reasonable for H.G. to have the job.

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Nfaris6767
Jul 05, 2017

I cringed so hard, I mean come ON guys! SNAPE living with WEASELY and GRANGER in some weird alternate universe? It just screams 12 year old fanfiction.

Not to mention this is the magical, complex, adventurous Harry Potter series we're talking about! How DARE they put Harry in a typical son/father relationship story?! And make him a horrific parent...excuse me? Harry is much more mature, loving, and caring. He'd be an amazing father and would NEVER put on a "celebrity persona" on front of his own kids, simply because he doesn't HAVE one! He always TRIED to be his real humble self not some stuck up hero; even with strangers. Anyways, I'm ignoring this "addition" it doesn't exist *plugs ears and hums loudly...*

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NicoleAgar
Jun 13, 2017

Going in, I knew it was a screenplay....so I was not disappointed! Fast read with interesting plot twists. Felt like going home to visit some old friends :)

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Monica_Fruit
Jun 01, 2017

This is probably the best play script I read this year. Being a play, it is heavy on dialogue, so be prepared.

I loved the relationship between scorpius and albus. Draco ' s concern for his child was wonderful, I like the new him. I was surprised to see harry with 3 kids, but it was nice to see him as a functioning adult.

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isaachar
May 24, 2017

It wouldn't be fair to compare this script with the original 7 books. A lot of people might have gone in expecting a sequel to deathly hallows, and if I did I would have been let down as well. It doesn't have anywhere near the depth of plot and complexities of any of the books. If you look at it for what it is though, the script to a play that takes place in the HP universe after the book series, it's actually really good. The story of the grown up Gryffindor gang is really interesting to read. They each have adult problems and work to cope with them in a realistic way that would feel out of place in the children's/teen's perspective books. I enjoyed that in this book, Harry deals with a problem his friends can't bail him out of, parenting. He isn't good at it, and he knows it. This sort of real life drama is alien to the HP universe, so it makes sense it would irk people looking for an 8th Harry Potter book.

One thing I didn't like about the series was the ending, and (without spoiling) a character who dies. It felt as if it happened only to hammer in the idea that 'the villain' is the villain. Without the death, the story could have given a great opportunity to redeem that character, to make sure 'that character' chose not to go down the route of the Voldemort or Grindelwald. The book had a pretty good ending, but that would have been a better ending.

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Matie
May 09, 2017

This book reads like bad fan fiction and in fact I've written much better fan fiction. The characterization was wrong and even with the newer characters it was still awful. Don't read this, the original 7 books are so much better stick with those.

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GINNY: After I came out of hospital - everyone ignored me, shut me out - other than, that is, the boy who had everything - who came across the Gryffindor common room and challenged me to a game of Exploding Snap. People think they know all there is to know about you, but the best bits of you are - have always been - heroic in really quiet ways. My point is - after this is over, just remember if you could that sometimes people - but particularly children - just want someone to play Exploding Snap with.

HARRY: You think that's what we're missing - Exploding Snap?

GINNY: No. But the love I felt from you that day - I'm not sure Albus feels that.

HARRY: I'd do anything for him.

GINNY: Harry, you'd do anything for anybody. You were pretty happy to sacrifice yourself for the world. He needs to feel specific love. It'll make him stronger, and you stronger too.

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pattypi
Aug 26, 2016

When spares are spared, when time is turned, when unseen children murder their fathers: Then will the Dark Lord return.

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Critterbug
Aug 03, 2016

"Slytherin is the house of the snake, of dark magic...its not a house of brave wizards."

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

Those that we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch. Paint... and memory... and love.

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"Consider me engorgimpressed."

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"Don't stop and don't be scared you'll crash into it, that's very important. Best do it at a run if you're nervous."

sarag1 Jul 31, 2016

"Bloody h*ll"
Ron Weasley ;)

sarag1 Jul 31, 2016

"Hermione Granger. I'm being bossed around by Hermione Granger..."
-Draco Malfoy

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