Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Parts One and Two

Book - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:
109
19
10
 …
As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016
Characteristics: vii, 327 pages ; 24 cm
Edition: First edition, Special rehearsal edition
ISBN: 9781338099133
Call Number: J FICTION ROWLING

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

t
TRAPEEZE
Jun 27, 2018

didnt really like this book, not at all like the other 7 books that J.K. Rowling wrote. In this book Harrys all cranky and stuff, I dont really reccomend it

d
DPLbrian
May 09, 2018

Prior to reading this I had heard practically nothing but bad reviews. Plot holes, characters that don't hold true to their past, and a format that is challenging to follow along to. While I have to agree with many of the criticisms, it didn't stop me from devouring this book.

We got to go back to Hogwarts. We saw our beloved characters again, and some new ones. We got some 'what if' scenarios that were sometimes extremely amusing. If you can manage to throw away judgement and ignore the many plot holes, you can squeeze just a little more love out of the Harry Potter world with this book.

l
lingu26
Apr 17, 2018

The cursed child is nothing like the real Harry Potter. The cursed child is rather boring
Zero stars

SPPL_Anna Mar 13, 2018

I'm sure that as a staged production Cursed Child is amazing, with all the magic and effects it's sure to dazzle which is the reason my rating is as high as it is. But as a story it does not work so well. Rowling's characters are mishandled and the macguffin of the plot is ridiculous.

b
bookishgray
Mar 09, 2018

There are some concepts that seem genius on paper, but in execution, are sloppy and underdeveloped. That's how I felt about most of this play. For one, the plot is... iffy at best. Absurd logical leaps, convoluted time shenanigans, and very distracting plot holes. It feels like fanfiction rather than a new HP installment. Add that to some awkwardly out-of-character moments from several longtime characters, and it just wasn't a fun read for a long-time Harry Potter fan, personally. Let's just say I don't consider The Cursed Child part of Harry Potter canon.

b
blue_wolf_710
Jan 15, 2018

I have to say, this is a pretty well written story of it's own. But I feel like it's way to different from the original Harry Potter series which I absolutely love! Harry Potter in this book has become cranky and mean to his son even though in the series he is nice though adventure seeking... Also the fact that everyone has changed and the whole wizarding world is gloomy isn't what I was looking for... I defiantly recommend reading the Harry Potter series(!!!) But this is a book I could defiantly go a lifetime without reading!

Also you guys should hover over (DONT CLICK) my username right above (blue_wolf_710) and follow me...!!

b
black_dog_3147
Nov 25, 2017

This book doesn't seem like an actual Harry Potter book. Considering the experiences all the characters went through, they acted very differently than they should. (Example: Harry had an abusive childhood, so he would never abuse his children verbally like he did in this book.) The plot is not very well thought through, and the humor is very cheap. It basically seems like fanfiction that was slapped into the form of a script, then published. All in all, this is not a really great book.

DBRL_KrisA Nov 25, 2017

Be aware that this is a script for a play, and not a novel, and that it's written, not by J.K. Rowling, but by playwright Jack Thorne (with help by Rowling and director John Tiffany). And as Thorne says to Tiffany in a Conversation about Reading Scripts at the beginning of the book, reading a play's script is a weak substitute for seeing the play itself. I say all this to say, Don't have unrealistic expectations about this book. Does it have all your favorite characters from the novels? Yes - unless your favorite character is someone like Stan from the Night Bus. Or Luna Lovegood. Okay, yes, this book is not as good as the novels because Luna Lovegood is not in it. There. Are you happy?

Knowing a tiny little bit about how plays are produced (I was in a community theatre production of Lil' Abner), I have some questions about how some of the things in this script could be staged - mainly some of the magical bits, but also some of the dream sequence bits. And it is a bit difficult to follow at times. But it also reads a lot more quickly than a novel. And it was a nice way to take a peek into what's happened with Harry and the gang since the books ended.

b
BrandonBlanchard
Nov 07, 2017

Two words: cash grab. This is a completely unnecessary story that ruins a perfectly acceptable, and good, ending. While there are parts of it that are well-written, and the play was probably neat to see in person, the book just doesn't compare to any of the other stories. Read it once to say you've done it, then move on.

b
blue_duck_392
Sep 23, 2017

Contains enough plot holes to be confused with swiss cheese. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is, as far as I'm concerned, not cannon to the Harry Potter franchise. The characters are likeable enough, but they don't have the depth of the characters in the books. Some of this is probably due to the fact the story is a play, but overall I just didn't get the full sense of the world of Harry Potter. The worst mistake of the book (and skip to the next paragraph to avoid spoilers) is that Voldemort is present. It made the whole thing feel like it was an un-creative money grab. Really? The best they could come up with was Voldemort having a child who tries to bring back her father? The same characters with a different plot could have made for a MUCH better book. Time travel is a tricky plot device and needs to be used with extreme care. That's not what Thorne gave us. I could go on about every plot hole in the book, but I think it's better to list most of them to save time. Time turners shouldn't be able to alter realities, and even so, Snape should be dead in ALL realities, the Hogwarts Headmistress is too old to be a headmistress, James practically doesn't exist, and probably worst of all, Harry's scar (which only gave him a connecton to Voldemort because of the Horcrux) should be COMPLETELY dormant. Harry even says so in the play, and then the phenomenon is never explained further or at all.

Is it worth a read if you've read the real books? Yes, but only because we get to see Harry (more or less) settled down as an adult (even though what we see may or may not be cannon.)

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

m
maroon_jaguar_53
Jun 02, 2018

maroon_jaguar_53 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

w
white_rabbit_358
Feb 25, 2018

white_rabbit_358 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 35

m
maroon_owl_109
Oct 29, 2017

maroon_owl_109 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 99

blue_cheetah_7378 Aug 02, 2017

blue_cheetah_7378 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

b
blue_dog_23964
Jun 23, 2017

blue_dog_23964 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

l
lu1234
Mar 16, 2017

lu1234 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 18

s
sunsirens
Feb 07, 2017

sunsirens thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

b
burgundy_goat_17
Jan 26, 2017

burgundy_goat_17 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

t
Terry135
Sep 28, 2016

Terry135 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 93 and 99

g
green_ferret_99
Aug 17, 2016

green_ferret_99 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

View All Ages

Quotes

Add a Quote

GINNY: After I came out of hospital - everyone ignored me, shut me out - other than, that is, the boy who had everything - who came across the Gryffindor common room and challenged me to a game of Exploding Snap. People think they know all there is to know about you, but the best bits of you are - have always been - heroic in really quiet ways. My point is - after this is over, just remember if you could that sometimes people - but particularly children - just want someone to play Exploding Snap with.

HARRY: You think that's what we're missing - Exploding Snap?

GINNY: No. But the love I felt from you that day - I'm not sure Albus feels that.

HARRY: I'd do anything for him.

GINNY: Harry, you'd do anything for anybody. You were pretty happy to sacrifice yourself for the world. He needs to feel specific love. It'll make him stronger, and you stronger too.

t
Terry135
Sep 28, 2016

I DONT GET IT THIS BOOK IS WEIRD(not)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

t
Terry135
Sep 28, 2016

harry:

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

p
pattypi
Aug 26, 2016

When spares are spared, when time is turned, when unseen children murder their fathers: Then will the Dark Lord return.

c
Critterbug
Aug 03, 2016

"Slytherin is the house of the snake, of dark magic...its not a house of brave wizards."

o
originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

Those that we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch. Paint... and memory... and love.

o
originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"Consider me engorgimpressed."

o
originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"Don't stop and don't be scared you'll crash into it, that's very important. Best do it at a run if you're nervous."

sarag1 Jul 31, 2016

"Bloody h*ll"
Ron Weasley ;)

sarag1 Jul 31, 2016

"Hermione Granger. I'm being bossed around by Hermione Granger..."
-Draco Malfoy

Notices

Add Notices

s
sunsirens
Feb 07, 2017

Other: minor language.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at JCPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top