Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition)

By J.K. Rowling

  • Release Date: 2016-07-31
  • Genre: Theater
Score: 4.5
From 5,879 Ratings


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 received its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 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.


  • Ms.

    By Farm Girl 48
    I truly enjoyed this script once I got past the idea that it is NOT a young Harry Potter story. I found the aging Harry just as insecure as in younger days, and his insecurity still involved the loss of his parents, and the Dark Lord with the evil still surrounding him. However, his new fears were not only for himself but his son. I found this to be refreshing as most “Muggle” parents can identify with those fears. I did find the story line a bit weak and difficult to follow in a few areas but this is understandable since this is not a 300+ page book . There is a limited amount of time in which to build this story to a conclusion. Any HP fan needs to read and enjoy this for what it is - a script and not a novel. Settle into the right mindset and you will find it entertaining.
  • DIDINT even buy the book

    By Fnfighrkgefhhfjehfsk
    Hey I just met you and this is crazy but here's my number so call me maybe🤗🤗😺✌️✌️🤘🤘
  • Loved this!!

    By Tjjjjjjjjj53814
    Perfect addition to this series. I absolutely adored this book.
  • Loved it

    By cristal call
    It kept me up until 4:30am reading! Beware once you start you can't stop!
  • Disappointing

    By Lolzrev
    I loved the Harry Potter series and this does not live up to the standards of the original 7 books. If I were to think of a comparison, it would be fan fictions written by teenagers. Read the cursed child if you want, but to me, this book never existed.
  • A great read

    By King George
    I really enjoyed this and the pacing was just right. Makes me want to read more plays.
  • A Hideous, Inaccurate Continuation

    By Scoop881
    Whoever gives this book five stars either has no knowledge of Harry Potter - the true series of seven books - or sees no reason why The Cursed Child or any work of literature should subscribe to the details of its literary predecessors. To portray Hermione, who declared that she would work in the Ministry of Magic which she perceived as corrupt, undeserving of her talents, and unfulfilling of her desire to do good in the world, would become Minister of Magic as she did in this play, is ridiculous. It is also sexist and offensive that in the alternate universes explored, she would be a harsh, bitter, slighted spinster just because Ron never married her. Harry, furthermore - and it pains me to call the man portrayed "Harry" since he bears no resemblance to the real protagonist - is uncharacteristically vengeful and treats Albus with poor, rude, insensitivity; that is a manner that the orphaned, neglected Harry would never dare impart on his own child. The list goes on and I could continue it, but I do not like this play and were it my choice, I would not accept it as a canon story of the wizarding world I grew up with.
  • Great story

    By Alsultissss
    Why a lot of people said it's bad 😧?!
  • Josayy12

    By Hoeezayyy
    At first it was very annoying getting used to the play format but after a while it didnt bother me that much. But over all great story even though there was alot of holes in it, I hope there’s more to come!!!
  • Great read

    By Legal Eagle 1980
    Excellent read and a lot of fun. Rowling weaves in the previous books in this screenplay. Very well done. Hope there will be more!
  • Best Book Ever

    By Jimmy9,000
    Great book. Wondering how they will bring snape to life again.
  • Buyer beware

    By happydachsies
    Take it for what it is. It's not written by JK Rowling and it's evident. JK Rowling wrote Harry character so well and it's jarring for his son's story to be so patched up. I wished I haven't read this script. It ruined the HP epilogue ending for me. You know the horrible feeling of being used?!? Well, I didn't until I bought this. No refund will erase the bad story. It's true JK Rowling only cares about making money at this point versus protecting her intellectual property. Extremely disappointed.
  • Awesome

    By The Real Miss Awesomeness
    This book is amazing! It balances out everything thing perfectly. They did a great job writing with this book. And I really think you should read this. Therefore you should read this book no matter what anyone else says about it.
  • I was expecting more

    By DonaldTrumpAteMyCousin
    The Harry Potter series was magical. The Cursed Child escorted that magic to the back and shot it in the head. The plot was full of holes, Harry Potter (who, need I remind you, is the goddamn protagonist) was out of character, and, in general, this play had few redeeming qualities.
  • I love this book!

    By ️JJPONS
    I don't care what other people say I love this book! This book is brilliant! It's a perfect addition to the Harry Potter series. I would gladly read it again. The first part was kinda slow and I honestly thought Albus was such a jerk but he started to warm up to me and he was pretty cool. The ending was perfect and heart warming. This book surprise me many times and I had my mouth open for half of it. Such a great read!
  • H.P. Love

    By Mareshah21
    Very interesting concept. Would love to see this performed live by original cast
  • Great for what it is...

    By Lauryn Armstrong
    ... a play! I actually cried reading this. It was beautiful and poignant and a little cheesy. It is not a novel as others have pointed out, but it is a worthwhile read for HP fans.
  • 1 thing

    By Lol Sanjana
    I think the book will be amazing there is one thing I wish would change. $14.99 FOR THE BOOK!!!!!! I went on amazon and got a it for $9.99!
  • Excellent

    Can we just have more of Harry Potter pleaseeeee
  • 👎🏻😩

    By Nugg73
    Super disappointed. After loving the Harry Potter series and movies this script left me wishing I never read it.
  • It's really bad 😕

    By P Rez
    Harry Potter books are known for being mysteries and fantasy books 📚 This book is a mimic of the movie 'The Butterfly Effect' it's got gaping plot holes... I'm horrified to think that jk Rowling signed off on this book... it means that the likelihood of getting books the same caliber as the originals a far fetched fantasy... Please for the love of god if you value this universe as much as I do. Don't ruin all of it by reading this book. You'll do better with the disappointment of not knowing what's in the book.
  • Not amazing

    By Jmoo5159
    I understand it's a play but still sloppy. Not as creative as her other writings. I liked it I enjoyed it but j.k Rowling had a chance to make something amazing but instead just made something good.
  • Predictable.

    By thatguera
    Not the best... I understand it's a script, but still. Very predictable & does not feel like J.K. Rowling at all. It feels like it was written by a fan. If I could wipe this book from my memory, I would.
  • Excellent book, sad it was short though.

    By Mattybilly1
    The book showed a great storyline and I really enjoyed continuing the epic tale of Harry Potter since I felt that it didn't really come to a true close at the epilogue. After all, I'm glad I got the Special Rehearsal Edition while I could since it has less script actions and written more from J. K. Rowling's original perspective. However, it was extremely short (can be finished in under five-ish hours) and the story skips a little and there just isn't so much action and detail taking place like the original Harry Potter series. But I do hope Albus Potter someday gets his own series, because he seems like the kind of person who describes my personal life and he really is worth a series of his own (I would by it anyways). The Cursed Child would act as a great cross-over from a Harry Potter legacy to an Albus Potter focus. Long live the great Albus Severus Potter!
  • Make this not in play form.

    By Dogzilla4
    Make this not in play form it is unreadable.
  • Awesome!

    By Ravenclew pride
    I don't care what everybody else think but if you ask me this book (play I'm so sorry 😡) is great! It being in script from simply makes it easier to read. I love it!
  • Y'all need some sense!

    By Texsis2345
    First of all, this script was FANTASTIC!! It was funny, lighthearted, romantic (my favorite), and so sweet. Who cares if it isn't a book! For all the theater people out there, don't you enjoy this! It's an incredible point of view on the HP fans. I am an actress myself in musical theater and I was super excited it was a play. You need to give it a chance. The characters are flawless. I fell in love with the goofy, lovable son of Malfoy, Scorpius. And for my nickname being Hermione Granger, she is smart, powerful and amazingly fierce. I loved Albus. He was mellow and monotone, like his father, but was awesome!! Ron was hilarious and incredibly sweet. PLEASE TRY THIS SCRIPT!!
  • I LOVE THIS SO MUCH😭😭😭❤️️💖

    By I❤️Pandas!🐼
  • Amazing!

    By Happy brandi91
    How the story continues is simply amazing. Definitely a page turner. I had not one dull moment. I wished we could hear more from the Weasley's and the timeline of story is spread out over quite some time. I love Harry Potter and I hope we get another taste soon.
  • Review for cursed child

    By saeeddavaryar
    A magnificent piece of art❤️❤️❤️
  • Love it!

    By nwuwildcats96
    If you love the Harry Potter books, you need to read this one. All kinds of unexpected twists and turns. Another masterpiece by J.K. Rowling. I want to see the play! (Or movie)
  • Brilliant book, a true masterpiece

    By SomeGuy713
    A masterpiece and wonderful edition the wizarding world of Harry Potter!
  • What did I just read?

    By Half-emrys
    I don't even care that this is a screen play. But most of it was repeated scenes from the original novels and redone plot. Harry felt weak and moaned about, Ginny was a nag, Hermione was her usual self, and Ron was a bumbling idiot. But hey, Malfoy was awesome. I liked his change. Nice to see some old characters again, even if bringing them into the story felt contrived and forced. I honestly wondered where the novel was going when, after a quarter of the way in, it was still so humdrum. I must have missed a few details on the way, because a few things didn't make sense. Okay story. Anti-climatic.
  • Another harry potter series!!

    By Stella0322
    So excited!! i bet this will be awesome!!!!
  • A real page turner

    By Albus Severus Potter!!!
    It was a great book, I hope JK Rowling continues the story.
  • Disappointed

    By Still an HP fan
    I just spent the afternoon reading this play, and I was disappointed...I guess I expected it to be similar to the other Harry Potter adventures. It definitely feels more like fan fiction. I was hoping for more character development and for more depth in plot, which is typical of JK Rowling's other works. Maybe it was my fault for getting my hopes up or creating unrealistic expectations... This is a play after all. I'm still a Harry Potter fan though! 😃
  • The Magic Continues

    By Drew_Dy
    At first, I didn't understand why J.K. Rowling didn't write Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a full-fledged novel, even when it is marketed as the eighth story. Rowling was once quoted that "I’m confident that when audiences see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way". And boy, was she right. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child served as a major callback to all beloved characters in the franchise. While the story remains faithful to the characters' emotions, the plot twist was a little convoluted especially it contradicted some themes and timeline of the canon. Fans' reactions have been mixed, and while I still felt giddy and excited of buying a new Harry Potter book after Deathly Hallows (almost a decade ago), the story left me with a hollow feeling. It doesn't mean that the story does not have any magic tricks left. Meeting most of the characters again after all these years gave me goosebumps on some occasions and left me teary-eyed at times. There were some shocking revelations about other characters, too, that I would let out a gasp of surprise. Harry Potter's world of witchcraft and wizardry is still very much enchanting and delightfully wicked. If there's one magical feeling about this new story, it must be the with the three new characters, Scorpius Malfoy and Albus Potter (and their purely platonic friendship), and Rose Weasley. It brought back feelings of nostalgia when Harry Potter met Ron Weasley and how they got off the wrong foot with Hermione Granger. Reading a script book, instead of a novel, may have caused me to feel slightly disoriented because that's not how I experienced the original seven books. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a story meant for a stage play, and the publication of the script book only served as a fan service to those who can't attend the show in West End. Harry Potter's story may be done after Cursed Child, but his legacy will still go on forever. After all, he is the boy who lived.