Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II by J.K. Rowling
(Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production

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6 Critic Reviews

There are flashes of the whimsical magic of Harry Potters past in Jack Thorne’s script, but jokes occasionally fail to land and solemn scenes are robbed of their gravity. Without the directorial hand of John Tiffany or the guiding voice of JK Rowling, it feels like something is missing.
-Financial Times

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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."
 

About J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, have been translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. As well as an Order of the British Empire for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a commencement speaker at Harvard University. She supports a wide range of causes and is the founder of Lumos, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.
 
Published July 25, 2017 by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II
All: 6 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Aug 05 2016

...the adult Harry’s labored efforts to connect with his alienated middle child distract from a dark-is-rising-again storyline that already leans on unlikely contrivances as it makes its way to a climactic wizardly duel. Rowling’s name on the cover will guarantee mad sales, even for an unadventurous spinoff like this.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Sep 24 2016

Stage directions only hint at what an extraordinary challenge it must have been to produce the many special effects that are required--some enchanting, some terrifying--and the bare-bones nature of a script doesn't adequately convey what must be a devastating moment for many in the audience near the conclusion of Part Two.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Aug 01 2016

Although readers will miss Ms. Rowling’s endlessly inventive imagination, which was continually elaborating the universe she had created in the books, Mr. Thorne has a visceral understanding of the dynamics and themes at work in those novels...

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Financial Times

Below average
Reviewed by George Shankar on Aug 12 2016

There are flashes of the whimsical magic of Harry Potters past in Jack Thorne’s script, but jokes occasionally fail to land and solemn scenes are robbed of their gravity. Without the directorial hand of John Tiffany or the guiding voice of JK Rowling, it feels like something is missing.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Kelly Link on Sep 04 2016

What a remarkable thing! “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is the bare-bones script of a play. And yet, it has the same addictive drive as Rowling’s novels...Harry Potter and Hermione and Ron and Ginny — in their actions and dialogue, their preoccupations and loyalties — remain themselves.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Aug 03 2016

Although readers will miss Rowling’s endlessly inventive imagination, which was continually elaborating the universe she had created in the books, Thorne has a visceral understanding of the dynamics and themes at work in those novels...

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