Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

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 was always difficult being Harry Potter...

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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, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    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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  • Cait • A Page with a View

    ALL MAJOR SPOILERS ARE HIDDEN.

    Ok, I actually went into this with zero spoilers and very few expectations so that I'd enjoy whatever it turned out to be. I mean, I like scripts. Harry Potter is my life. We're good. So I really tried not to compare this to the HP books or look at it as an intense fan, but it's pretty underwhelming no matter how you approach it...

    The story picks up at the end of the Deathly Hallows epilogue where Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Malfoy are seeing their kids leave o

    ALL MAJOR SPOILERS ARE HIDDEN.

    Ok, I actually went into this with zero spoilers and very few expectations so that I'd enjoy whatever it turned out to be. I mean, I like scripts. Harry Potter is my life. We're good. So I really tried not to compare this to the HP books or look at it as an intense fan, but it's pretty underwhelming no matter how you approach it...

    The story picks up at the end of the Deathly Hallows epilogue where Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Malfoy are seeing their kids leave on the Hogwarts Express. It's the first year of Hogwarts for Albus Severus Potter, Rose Granger-Weasley, and Scorpius Malfoy. Albus Severus gets sorted into

    , sucks at quidditch, and turns out to be a very average wizard. The kid's pretty sulky about being compared to his father and has a chip on his shoulder the size of Grawp. His best/only friend Scorpius is dealing with rumors that Draco used a time turner and Scorpius is actually the son of Voldemort, so both kids are kind of outcasts. I'll explain the plot below in the spoiler bracket, but it's basically the wizarding version of "It's a Wonderful Life."

    I think this was a risky undertaking because so much of the Harry Potter fandom already has an idea of either what happens after the epilogue (through fanfiction or their own ideas), or else they already said goodbye to the characters and wrapped everything up. I was mostly just looking forward to just seeing some familiar faces and places again, but was kind of let down in that regard.

    I wanted to see the kids at Hogwarts playing quidditch, going to class, eating, or just interacting. Instead this play is a breakneck pace of: polyjuice potion! ministry infiltration! angst! time turners! more polyjuice potion! triwizard tournament flashbacks! is Voldemort back?!? WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING.

    By 6% of the way through the story Albus is already in his fourth year at school. So there really wasn't a lot at Hogwarts or much in the way of an actual fun "Harry Potter" type story. There were a million directions this story could've gone in and it did feel like they tried to do too much with the little time they had.

    So Harry’s scar starts hurting and the basic plot is:

    It's just a string of WTF on every level. And if you're going to make the plot that big of a free-for-all, why not have Snape go back to the orphanage and kill Tom Riddle as a kid like that youtube video did??!

    I really didn't need any villain associated with Voldemort... that's old news. That whole story has come to a close and there should be a way to revisit this world without needing to go back to rehash the past.

    Ron is a bit of a bumbling idiot (who didn't remember much of his own wedding because he was so drunk), Ginny is still missing part of her personality (and doesn't let Harry eat sugar?), and Harry just wasn't

    . I ended up rolling with that and just treated the play like it was an extension of the movies. But a lot of the dialogue still felt less like what the characters (or anyone) would actually say and more like some canned line set up to get a laugh out of the audience. Even Moaning Myrtle seemed completely out of character.

    But can I please gush about Draco and Scorpius Malfoy for one moment? They TOTALLY stole the show here. Scorpius is a straight up adorable geek who's more of a follower than a leader (according to his father). And Draco's character was by far the most realistic out of any of the adults. I LOVED seeing his reflections on how the trio's fame impacted everyone's future -- his character alone strengthened this entire story so, so much. I just wanted to see the characters I knew and be able to connect with

    , so that was nice. This scene right here was my favorite:

    And I did enjoy how the story managed to give more explanation from Dumbledore in defense of his actions (via a talking painting), *attempted* to give Snape a stronger character, and basically addressed a lot of fan's questions or criticism throughout the years.

    In the end I was expecting to say that no matter what happened it was fun to just see this world and new characters, but… I’m really not sure. It felt more like really bad, messy fanfiction?

    It’s like the end of Deathly Hallows should now be revised to

    This play is some footnote to clarify that NOW it’s well and all of that trouble really is gone… which is silly because

    They could have done literally anything else here besides drag everyone and their kids

    through the highlights of the movies.

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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

  • Bookdragon Sean

    Now this was a real shame. It read like some juvenile fan fiction. The characters were utterly lifeless. Perhaps seeing this would be better. The stage actor’s performances would carry the emotion and drama the dialogue completely failed to convey.

    The stage directions were also minimalistic. I mean we have a basic location set for us, but that’s about all. There’s no real expression or sense of urgency. All in all, it’s just a little flat. The plot is feasible, even if it felt a little forced, b

    Now this was a real shame. It read like some juvenile fan fiction. The characters were utterly lifeless. Perhaps seeing this would be better. The stage actor’s performances would carry the emotion and drama the dialogue completely failed to convey.

    The stage directions were also minimalistic. I mean we have a basic location set for us, but that’s about all. There’s no real expression or sense of urgency. All in all, it’s just a little flat. The plot is feasible, even if it felt a little forced, but the characters were just poor. The new ones aren’t so bad, but the old characters, Harry, Ron and Hermione, were barely themselves. They just had no depth to them; they’re like reflections of their surface level. Ron felt like a piece of furniture that seemed to enjoy inserting several badly times jokes. Hermione seemed cold. And Harry, Harry simply isn’t Harry.

    How can he identify himself as a bad farther? How can he believe that he had no farther figure in his own life? He had many. He had inspiration from many great men. They taught him a great deal about life and himself in the process. So why would a man who has defeated the face of evil be so daunted by giving his son some simple advice? It doesn’t add up. Harry Potter would make an excellent farther.

    This didn’t even feel like the same world.

  • Mercedes

    Let's be honest - this read like badly written fan fiction

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I'm not going to rate this.

    I didn't hate it.

    I didn't love it.

    It's just a thing that exists and I'm accepting it for what it is.

    *edit: I didn't mean for this review to come off as shady as it did. I'm going to make a video discussing my feelings further. I'm happy that we got to visit this world again, but it just wasn't what I was expecting it to be. If you LOVED this book, that's okay! I'm happy that you enjoyed it.

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