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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Ori ( Harry Potter ) Spiral-bound
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Let's be clear...this was not written by JK...this is based on her series. And that becomes terribly clear very early on. Additionally, the number of names that are dropped is astronomical! Anyone worth knowing in the Potterverse is up front and counted. As in main character. The story, the plotline...it meanders all over the place that the reader wonders if the writers had a clue to start with or if it was just to "stand on the shoulders of geniuses." There was no way this was going to fail...none. The generation that grew up reading Harry's stories are now buying their own books and financing their own plays. Their imagination was set free with JK's works and personally I think that was one of her greatest gifts...engaging our imagination. This reads like fan fiction, poorly written fan fiction and not even with any good ships!
Your writers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
Don't do it. Keep Harry, Ron, Hermione, McGonagall, Ginny alive in your memories instead.
At this point they are just trying to make money and don't care about the fans or character authenticity or accuracy. They were all weak characters, and not the young, charming, inexperienced weak, that you'd expect from past writings. They all came across as middle aged disgruntled Muggles, lol. Too real for me - no charm.
I don't think Rowling even read it. If she did, she should be ashamed.
while I was looking forward to this and I knew it would be a script from a play not an in depth novel that I am used to; even with expectations being lowered a little to accommodate this being a play, nothing could prepare me for this travesty of a story.
Firstly: time travel is a weak plot line at best. After waiting years for a new story from Jo we get "what would have happened if Cedric hadn't died" this was such a let down.
Secondly: Cedric being embarrassed during the triwizard tournament would have been enough to cause someone who we remembered as brave, and selfless, to become a death eater? What type of garbage is that? How dare they drag his name through the mud and tarnish his memory like this.
Thirdly: Voldemort has a child? This is such a plot line cop out and even while reading it this doesn't make sense. Voldemort was conceived under a love potion, he doesn't know or understand love. Even with Bellatrix falling head over heels for him, in what universe do these two get together and make a baby? And wouldn't Hermione have noticed that Bellatrix was pregnant when she used polyjuice potion to become her so they could enter her vault in Deathly Hallows?
And then Scorpious and Albus constantly referring to eachother as their best friend got to be annoying. And I am still wondering what qualities either of these boys possess that had them sorted into slytherin.
There were parts I did enjoy but they were few and far between. This is without a doubt garbage and I hope that Jo did not write this and that a corrected version of this will appear on pottermore or in print at a later date. My only hope is that I can return to reading the original 7 books and seeing the original 7 movies without this mashup of terrible plot lines tarnishing my love for Harry Potter.
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So yeah, I understand the sad feelings. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 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, I never wanted another Harry Potter book. The thought of extending a series I loved so much actually made me NOT want to read this. I got to the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 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, it's a play. 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 dialogue is wonderful. 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, it's funny. Much more consistently comical than the books, but with the same style of humour - i.e. lots of Ron being a buffoon.
Hermione: If some part of Voldemort survived, in whatever form, we need to be prepared. And I’m scared.
Ginny: I’m scared too.
Ron: Nothing scares me. Apart from Mum.
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: NOW, it's time to stop. 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.
Comme vous aurez (forcément ?) lu les volumes d'Harry Potter, votre imaginaire reconstruira l'univers familier de Poudlard et du monde des sorciers et vous pourrez goûter à nouveau au plaisir de la magie Rowlingienne.
Ce spin off est génial, asseyez vous, détendez vous, enjoy :-)
Cela faisait trop longtemps que je n'avais pas pu retourner dans le monde d'Harry Potter, j'ai donc dévoré ce livre dès sa sortie, même si je ne le commente qu'aujourd'hui.
Même si le trio "Hermione / Ron / Harry" m'a manqué (ils sont là, mais chacun est occupé avec sa propre vie et ils sont devenus adultes, donc forcément plus ennuyeux... ;) ), le duo Scorpius / Albus m'a vraiment convaincue.
Ah, Scorpius, c'est mon personnage préféré : j'ai adoré ses réparties. Pas facile d'être le fils de Draco Malfoy, mais je trouve qu'il s'en sort très bien.
J'ai également beaucoup apprécié ces "fins alternatives" que nous propose JK Rowling : voir ce qui "aurait pu" se produire m'a vraiment plu.
Il est vrai qu'il ne s'agit pas d'un roman, et que les scènes s'enchaînent avec une rapidité stupéfiante, ce qui donne un livre un peu court, au final.
Mais cela donne surtout TRES envie d'aller voir la pièce !!
En tout cas, je le recommande à tous les amoureux d'Harry Potter
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It had been too long since my last trip into the Harry Potter world, so I just devored the book as soon as it was published (though I only comment it today).
Even if I missed the complicity of Harry, Ron and Hermione (they're in the story but each living his/her own life and being adults, so as tedious as adults can be... ;) ) I fell in love with the Scorpius / Albus pair.
Scorpius has even become my favourite character, with his witticism. It is not that easy to be the son of Draco Malfoy but hats off to him for what he makes out of that...
I also loved the glimpses into these "alternative endings" which JK Rowling offers in this story.
It is true that this is not a novel : you switch from one scene to another very quickly, and so get to the end very fast.
But it really gives the urge to SEE the play !
In any case, if you're a Harry Potter fan, you should really enjoy this book.
Harry est marié à Ginny et a trois enfants; l'intrigue concerne surtout Albus le second fils et sa relation à son père au cours de nombreuses aventures dans le passé qui font intervenir le spectre de Voldemort;
ce mode de rédaction à bases de dialogues est assez déconcertant avec de nombreuses interruptions pour description de scènes; l'intrigue est plus morcelée et moins fluide que sous la forme romancée classique; dommage que JKR n'aie pas pris la peine de sortir une telle version mais peut-tre n'était-ce pas possible compte tenu du sujet;
si commentaire vous a aidé, merci de cliquer ci-dessous:
This is a difficult book to review I admit – mainly because of mixed feelings, which to be clear from the outset does not mean that I disliked the book at all, just that I had certain issues.
I don’t want to give away too much about the plot in this review. Time has moved on. Harry and Ginny have three children and their middle child Albus is about to attend Hogwarts. It isn’t easy living in the shadow of such a famous wizard – big boots to fill and Albus and Harry find themselves with an ever increasing wedge between them.
So, the good, the bad and the other!
I just loved getting to read about some of the characters again. It was like a trip down memory lane and it just gave me that happy glow that you sometimes achieve by reading about old beloved characters. Okay, this isn’t written by Rowling and so it isn’t the same – but it was just still nice to revisit them. Plus I loved some of the different threads and ideas that this plot allowed us to explore – but I won’t elaborate on that point.
Now on the counter to the above – I felt like the characters hadn’t grown. Which, in one way I liked, because I actually wanted to revisit the characters that I know and love. But, on the other hand – this is twenty odd years later so it felt to a certain extent that they should have changed in some ways. I think maybe in some respects that could be my own brain not allowing them to grow up if you follow me. It felt really odd seeing Harry and Ginny and Ron and Hermione as parents. I don’t think i could fully get my head around it. I felt like Ginny came across a bit wishy washy and Ron also felt to have lost some of his ‘character’. In terms of the new characters though Scorpius was really good – I confess that I enjoyed his part more than that of Albus.
Two things that are totally personal to me and therefore might not affect others – one, I’m not overly fond of reading plays and, two, I’m a bit of a stickler about time travel.
So, and I realise that this will just sound crazy, but when I preordered this (and, yes, I did rush to buy a copy) even though it clearly says ‘a new play’ on the cover I don’t think I fully realised that it was actually going to be in a play format. Why, what was I expecting! A play that isn’t a play! Really! Anyway, obviously I’m a raging maniac but that’s irrelevant. That misconception was my own fault. I think I was being told it was a play but I was in denial somehow! Would I have still picked up a copy if I’d really understood that it was a play – I think I probably would have because I’m a completist in some ways and so it felt necessary to read this. But, for the record, I’m not a person who really reads plays because for me a play is a different experience. I just feel that it’s something to be enjoyed on a stage, acted out with backdrops.
On to the time travel. I love and hate time travel in books. There’s just an element of chicken and egg and what came first.
Basically, at the end of the day, I just decided to say to myself ‘sod it’ and read the book and decide to just go with the flow and quit all my over thinking and in that respect I actually enjoyed this. It was a quick and easy read. I loved getting to revisit Hogwarts and I enjoyed the rewind to certain elements from the previous books plus all the characters.
In summary, I had a good time with this once I got into the flow of the play format and once I left my over zealous scrutiny at the door.
I feel that this is a book that people will either want to pick up or not whether or not I gush about it or not. As it happens, I actually had a good time reading it. It’s not perfect and I had to change my mindset but once I’d done so I thought it was well worth the read. In fairness, and to be honest, I would have preferred Rowling to write any follow up to the Harry Potter series but that didn’t happen and at least this was I got to go back and spend a little more time in a world that I enjoy.