Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the much-anticipated eighth Harry Potter story, published just last week. It is actually in script form, as it is the script of the new play which has just opened in London (and which I unfortunately didn’t get tickets for!).

The story begins right where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows finished – with a grown up Harry dropping off younger son Albus at Kings Cross for his first day at Hogwarts. Harry and his two best friends are now all related – with Harry married to Ron’s sister, Ginny, and Ron and Hermione married to each other.

Obviously I don’t want to give much away, but the book centres on Albus and revisits several key moments from the whole Harry Potter story. Albus struggles with being Harry Potter’s son and the weight of his father’s legacy. They might be wizards, but Harry is also a normal dad, struggling to understand a teenage son. And I think all parents of teenagers can relate to that!

It is a really good story, which brings these strands together in a coherent, and exciting, way. There’s all of the usual danger and excitement and lots of old characters from the past, plus a smattering of new ones.

Reading the book, I hardly noticed it was in script form as it flowed so well. I did read all of the stage directions as well as the dialogue, so I could get a feel for the action and the setting. With scene changes every few pages, the play must be amazing to watch. And, being Harry Potter, you know there’s going to be quite a bit of magic in those scenes!

Of course it’s a pretty quick read, although the play is actually two plays (around five hours on stage). I didn’t read it as quickly as I would have liked, thanks to the school holidays and demands of kids, but I’d finished it within five days of publication.

The Cursed Child is the fastest-selling book of the decade and fourth fastest-selling book of all time (only beaten by the previous three Harry Potter titles). So is it worth a read? Definitely! Of course, it’s one for the fans, but that’s most people, right? If you’ve read seven books and watched eight films, who is going to resist an updated story?

Now I just need to watch out for more tickets going on sale. Sigh.

Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 365, 366

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  1. I wanted to get one but it was all sold out! Will have to wait anxiously for the next shipment. I have heard mixed reviews though – I think some people don’t like it in a script form.

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    • Sorry you didn’t manage to get one, they’re everywhere here! Hope you manage to get a copy soon! Strangely enough, I hardly even noticed that it was in script form.

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  2. Oh, I’m so glad I read this. I’ve read lots of people moaning about the fact that it’s a script but for me, the fact that there is an update on the story can only be a good thing. I’m sorry you didn’t manage to get tickets but I hope they do release some more in the future.
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks! It really makes no difference to me that it’s a script – it’s just a book with lots of dialogue! And it’s a really engaging and exciting story, what more could you need? Fingers crossed they release some tickets for 2018 at some point! x

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  3. My eldest is desperate to get this, going to surprise her with after she does her Grammar test in a couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    • Lovely! I’m sure she will love it. We have grammar test stress here too. Good luck to your daughter!

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  4. It sounds like a really interesting read even in script form. I wonder if there’ll be more? There’s certainly the demand for it!

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    • It’s a brilliant read! I know she’s publishing some Hogwarts, but not Harry Potter, short stories soon, so who knows?! Would be great to read more!

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  5. It’s on my to read pile 🙂 can’t wait to get started 🙂 #readwithme

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    • It comes highly recommended! I broke my own rules and had a break from the book I was reading, so I could read this as a priority. I never do that!

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  6. I really enjoyed getting another dose of Harry Potter but found reading the playscript quite hard to adjust too. If I’m honest I really missed those passages of prose. But on the other hand nothing would have stopped me from reading it!

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    • I was surprised at how easy I found it to read a play script. I hardly even noticed it was a script at all!

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  7. I’m part way through reading this and was instantly gripped just as I was with all the Harry Potter books. Thanks for not spoiling the ending!
    #readwithme

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    • I won’t ever spoil the ending of a book! It had me gripped from the start too. Hope you are satisfied with the ending.

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  8. Confession: I’ve never read Harry Potter!!!!
    I did watch the films but I couldn’t get into the books … which happens to me … never.
    However, the idea of reading a script really appeals. This is already on my TBR list.
    Thanks for reviewing and hope you get tickets. I’d love to see the play too.
    #readwithme

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    • The Harry Potter films are good, but the books are better! I hope you enjoy reading this one. My fingers are firmly crossed that they release tickets for 2018 at some point!

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    • It would definitely be easy to read in just over a day if you had a bit of spare time. A friend apparently read it in 1 hour 40 minutes! I have no idea how. Hope you get to the top of the queue soon. Funnily enough, neither of my boys have been bothered about reading it.

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