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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Parts I & II (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) by J.K. Rowling
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Just finished this. I expected it to be less enjoyable than the books, as it is a script so a lot of the excitment is missing – but I was still looking forward to reading it. But it is not just because it is a script, the plot is weak and disappointing. The characters do and say things that just are not convincing or true to the original stories. No spoliers, but there is one part especially that just doesn't ring true to the original books, and just can't convincingly happen – almost like a cheap soap opera. Sad to say this but just wish I had left Harry at the end of book 7 and not read this story at all.

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This book has received quite a lot of negative reviews but I actually loved it. This book is the script for the play and I'm so happy J.K. Rowling allowed it to be printed into a book so those who can't see the play can still get to experience the magic of the Harry Potter world again. It was an easy read and I really enjoyed it, it made me laugh and smile. Just like all my other Harry books I will read it again, but now I have to pass this copy on to my 12 year old who has been eagerly waiting for me to finish.

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
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I knew that this was going to be the play script, not a book, and it might have been okay in play form, but the plot is SO WEAK and even the opening scene is different to the end of Deathly Hallows! It's honestly written like a bad fanfiction and I'm so disappointed that I read this and let it taint my memories of the Harry Potter books. It's complete and utter rubbish, and took less than two hours to read. Not worth $3.50, let alone $35.

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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 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.


J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne


J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels, which have sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 79 languages, and three companion books originally published for charity. She is also the author of The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults published in 2012, and, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, is the author of the Cormoran Strike crime series. J.K. Rowling is making her screenwriting debut and is a producer on the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the Wizarding World, due for release in November 2016.


John Tiffany directed Once, for which he was the recipient of multiple awards both in the West End and on Broadway. As Associate Director of the Royal Court, his work includes The Twits, Hope and The Pass. He was the director of Let the Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland, which transferred to the Royal Court, West End and St Ann's Warehouse. His other work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Macbeth (also Broadway), Enquirer, The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Black Watch, for which he won the Olivier and Critics' Circle Best Director Awards, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn and Home: Glasgow. Other recent credits include The Glass Menagerie at ART and on Broadway and The Ambassador at BAM. Tiffany was Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012, and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University in the 2010–2011 academic year.


Jack Thorne writes for theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre credits include Hope and Let the Right One In, both directed by John Tiffany, The Solid Life of Sugar Water for the Graeae Theatre Company and the National Theatre, Bunny for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Stacy for the Trafalgar Studios, and 2nd May 1997 and When You Cure Me for the Bush. His adaptations include The Physicists for the Donmar Warehouse and Stuart: A Life Backwards for HighTide. On film his credits include War Book, A Long Way Down and The Scouting Book for Boys. For television his credits include The Last Panthers, Don't Take My Baby, This Is England, The Fades, Glue, Cast-Offs and National Treasure. He won BAFTAs in 2016 for Best Mini-Series (This Is England '90) and Best Single Drama (Don't Take My Baby), and in 2012 for Best Drama Series (The Fades) and Best Mini-Series.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) has received sensational reviews both in New Zealand and internationally. The New York Times lauded it as a “compelling, stay- up-all-night read” and the UK’s The Telegraph pronounced, “It’s difficult to overstate how exciting it is to read a new story set in this widely loved fantasy universe. The thrill of a new Harry Potter book, even in script form, is its own kind of magic spell.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, a play by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, opened at The Palace Theatre in London’s West End on July 30th to critical acclaim. The following day the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script was published containing the complete script, including stage directions, used by the original West End production during the play’s preview period.

Release date NZ
July 31st, 2016
  • Children / Juvenile
  • General (US: Trade)
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United Kingdom
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