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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two Script Book by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two Script Book by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Published July 31, 2016 by Hachette Australia
RRP AUD $45 Hardback
★★★★☆

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.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II

Harry Potter is a generation-defining series of fantasy novels, that have been beloved by millions worldwide since the first instalment, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published in 1997. I’m one of those millions who adore it, so I was super excited for The Cursed Child. It toyed with my emotions SO MUCH. It was such a quick read, I had to drag it out to truly appreciate the story. When starting the book, I had already reminded myself it was a play, and should be read as a script, so I was able to follow it relatively well, and while it didn’t have the same descriptive feel as a novel would, the story was still well-written and interesting. I do wish that the story had been adapted into a novel instead of a direct script, though. At times, it didn’t really feel like a J.K. Rowling book, and more of a glorified fanfiction. There also wasn’t a lot of magic in it, so that kind of contributed to the overall feel.

At times, however, the Cursed Child kind of felt like a bunch of fanfiction ideas mixed up into the canon world, which was a bit odd, but kind of worked out in the end. I don’t think I will actually count this in the canon world, just because some of the events and ideas don’t really sit well with me, hence the 4-and-a-half star rating. I think I would’ve rated it higher if I hadn’t expected so much from it.

I loved seeing the golden trio again, Ron hasn’t changed a bit, haha, he’s still hilarious and the humour is still there. It’s kind of odd seeing the characters all grown up, and I wished it would’ve focused more on the next generation, I was hoping to see more of the Weasley grandchildren! Even though we got little bits of a few characters, it wasn’t enough for me. I was pretty disappointed we didn’t get to meet more of the clan, especially Victoire and Teddy.

I love Scorpious. He was such a lovely character, and I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of him, and what I really did love was how carefree he was, like even though people were prejudiced against him, he simply flicked it off his shoulder and continued on. I love Rose too, and I wish she’d been in the story more. Sometimes I really felt for Albus, but other times I just got so annoyed at how he was acting. Even though I could understand where he was coming from, he was just too sulky and stubborn for me to really feel attached to him. I did, really love the character development that came later on, there was just so much understanding and love.

THAT PLOT TWIST THOUGH??? LIKE????? I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT AT ALL. Although, I think it would’ve had a stronger impact if the book was written in novel form, as opposed to script form. There were a couple of plot holes regarding the plot twist though, so I’m interested to see whether J.K. Rowling comments on it.

All in all, I really enjoyed my brief return to the wizarding world, and I will continue to hope for more canon next-generation material!

I received a review copy from the publisher.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

J .K. ROWLING

J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels, J.K. Rowlingwhich 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

John TiffanyJohn 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 THORNEImage result for jack thorne

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-Serie

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7 thoughts on “Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two Script Book by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

  1. I haven’t really looked into this yet because I kind of felt like Harry Potter is done and I’d moved on. I may have to think about it a bit more and eventually get around to reading it. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I had written Harry off as being finished and haven’t been able to make myself pick this up yet. I’m considering it a bit more after reading your review. A mixed review! I like that. Not entirely amazingly good, but some good points it sounds like!
    Mary

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  3. My feelings were all over the place when reading this! You make a lot of good points that I didn’t touch on in my blog review. Especially concerning the holes in the plot twist and seeing more of the next generation. Nice review!

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