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- Publisher: Pottermore Publishing (July 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2017
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- Language: English
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production Kindle Edition
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* “Series fans can breathe easy knowing this play has been respectfully and lovingly wrought. Tensions thrum, spells fly… but at center stage, as always in the Potterverse, is the overriding importance of love and friendship, especially in the face of danger.” -- Booklist, starred review
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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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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:
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.
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.
First thing to be clear about- it's a play script, for anybody who wasn't aware. Personally that's what I was expecting, but I know it's not for everyone. As a script, it's writing and structure are good.
The reason I didn't enjoy it too much is that it doesn't really fit in the "world" JK Rowling created through the Harry Potter series (and now in Fantastic Beasts). The plot relies heavily on time turners, which feels a lot like it's been done before; however the mechanics of time travel are different to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. If you can overlook this, the plot is reasonably straightforward and has a genuinely shocking twist in it.
The difficulty with the twist is that it seems ultimately to detract from the plot rather than add to it, making the near-religious fanaticism of a key Death Eater almost romantic.
By the time you reach this point, however, the character of many of the key players has changed considerably, and I personally found them much less likable and more difficult to identify with.
The plot also feels somewhat time worn as it recycles a key villain of the Harry Potter series, rather than advancing the "world" further.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is entertaining, but in my opinion disappointing.
As a HP fan, both me and my wife loved this book. It's a definite buy for all Harry Potter fans!!
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The only positive I can give this is that I could imagine the play, I could see it being acted out on a stage, so in that sense, it was a well-written playscript.
I feel the need to point out that this is not a new Harry Potter novel, it is the rehearsal edition script of the new HP story which is being told via a play. This is not the final edition of the script, it is the version that the writers used to begin with before tweaking it to perfection for opening night. Nor is this the format that this story was meant to be experienced in. Even writer Jack Thorne has said that this book is merely a substitute for people who can't go and see the play. I completely agree that some of the magic is lost in translation to the book, but that is because Cursed Child was never meant to be read as a book, it was meant to let the incredible performances of the actors and the astounding special effects do the work for it. The writing is only a small part of what makes this story so magical.
That's not to say the story itself isn't incredibly engrossing. The characters, both old and new, are brilliant (with a special mention to my new favourite characters, Scorpius and Draco Malfoy!) The plot is a wonderful mixture of old and new, making you feel familiar and at home in this same but also slightly different world while also keeping you on your toes and eager to find out more.
I love this story. As I've said, I was lucky enough to go and see the play after opening night, so for me this book makes sure that my memories of that amazing day will never fade. It's also really interesting for me to see what scenes were altered and changed before opening night.
I realise that not everyone is lucky enough to have tickets to this superb show, but I do ask that you bear in mind while reading it that you are reading something that should be seen. Hopefully, one day, Cursed Child will be filmed and we can all enjoy this fantastic story properly. Until that day, I look forward to reading this book over and over again until it is as worn out as my original Harry Potter books!
The new Harry Potter story is written 19 years after the end of the Deathly Hallows. Harry and Ginny are now married (sorry for spoiling if you didn't already know), as are Ron and Hermione (sorry again!). They all have children who now are starting to attend Hogwarts. James, the elder of the Potter sons, is annoying his younger brother, 11-year-old Albus Severus. This is where we start the beginning of the play.
From the very beginning of Albus' time at Hogwarts, he feels different. He feels like he does not have his father's love, his father's attention. That everything Albus does is wrong in the eyes of the great Harry Potter. Starting with the house Albus is placed into by the Sorting Hat (won't spoil that for you!).
Albus makes an unusual friend in Scorpius Malfoy. No points for guessing who his father is! They become best friends and it is just what Albus needs, someone he can confide in, someone who will listen to him, someone who will keep him in check and stop him doing anything stupid. Only for so long.
Amos Diggory comes to visit Harry on a number of occasions to enquire about the rumoured time turners the Ministery allegedly possess. He wants to go back in time and save his son, Cedric, who tragically died at the hands of Voldemort in the Triwizard Tournament at the end of the Goblet of Fire. Harry is persistent that the Ministery do not own a time turner and this cannot be done. Albus overhears this conversation and decides to take it upon himself, and Scorpius, to abscond from the Hogwarts Express and go and pay Mr. Diggory a visit. This leads to a whole range of jumping through time, changing history, avoiding being caught and trying to make themselves known as their own individual person and not the children of the famous Harry Potter and the former Death Eater Draco Malfoy.
There is a vicious rumour spreading about Scorpius' lineage and who his father really is. Draco is desperate to have this story squashed once and for all. There is a very kind, or so she seems, niece of Amos Diggory who is very enthusiastic to help the two young boys in returning to the night Harry first meets Voldemort. Delphi Diggory is the cousin of Cedric and is too enthusiastic for my liking from the very beginning. There was something suspicious about her when she would not answer Scorpius' questions about her family.
There are a number of times throughout the play where I felt myself gasp and laugh and realise just how much I have missed the build up and wait for a new Harry Potter book. It only took me 2 days to read and I wish could read it all over again and it be for the first time. I really did enjoy it and I am sad to know that I will not be able to go and see the play for a long time. Money and distance permitting.
I grew up with Harry Potter. I did not read the first book until I was in Year 7 and then when the 5th book arrived I was in Year 9 and finished my time at secondary school with the final book. I have always said Prisoner of Azkaban was my favourite in the series, closely followed by the Order of the Pheonix. I am a massive Sirius fan, my mum not so much! This play does not let the story down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will just add it to the collection of books, posters, clothes, stationary etc. that I already have.
I did, however, find the story a little too futuristic for my liking. I am well aware that the book is set in 2020 so I can't be thinking things will be the same as they were in the original series. But, the original series had a very distinct old feel to it. Diagon Alley was always an eye opener as although they are wizards they still use old utensils and equipment I mean look at the hospital scenes after the Battle of Hogwarts! They are still using stretchers which nurses used during the war. It all just felt too modern for my liking. Yes I am 25, yes I am aware that makes me sound 95, but it's how I felt. However, it would not stop me from reading it again and again and again. The play is split into two parts so there are two different plays you can go and see I would absolutely say you have to go and see both. It just would not make sense without. You would be left on a cliffhanger if you only saw part one and you would have no clue what was going on if you only saw part two. A good way to make more money from the franchise.
I would like to ask one question! Where is Hagrid? The play revisits the first night Harry met Hagrid once the Dursley's had taken him to the island, but it does not tell you where he now is. The play talks about what happened to Petunia, what happened to Neville, what happened to Dudley but no mention of Hagrid. Hagrid was one of my favourite characters, he doesn't beat Sirius though. But there is absolutely no mention of him. How can one of the most beloved Harry Potter characters just not be mentioned? I think you slipped up there Ms. Rowling.
I would definitely recommend the play and I can only hope that I will get the chance to go and see it one day.
Rating: 8/10 (due to the futuristic part)
10-word-review: Loved it! Would absolutely read again. Well done J.K Rowling.
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it showed what harry has become and who's in change in this fantancy magical world from the H/P books Grangers the minster of magic, Harry's in change of misuse of magical artifacts dept. like mr wealsey was. But apart from all of this it was a enjoyable read which I did enjoy.
It was really fun reading this book. But the book is pretty short. I wish they would make a movie on this playscript as it is a perfect story and it fits the end of the last movie.
The book starts from ending of the last part of harry Harry Potter (Deathly Hallows part 2) . Harry leaving his son Albus Severus Potter (Named after two headmasters of Hogwarts Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape) to 9 3/4 Station boarding the train to Hogwarts.
It has a lot of plot twists and things that you would never expect. So I think everyone who has watched full series of Harry Potter should read this book.