Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production


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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.

The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a "special rehearsal edition" alongside the opening of Jack Thorne’s play in London’s West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatergoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338216660
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Harry Potter
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 11,554
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels, which have sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 79 languages, and three companion books originally published for charity. She has also written The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults, and, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the author of the Cormoran Strike crime series. In 2016 J.K. Rowling made her screenwriting debut and was a producer on the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the Wizarding World and the start of a new five-film series.

Jack Thorne writes for theater, film, television, and radio. His theater credits include Hope and Let the Right One In, both directed by John Tiffany, Junkyard, a Headlong, Rose Theatre Kingston, Bristol Old Vic & Theatr Clwyd co-production, The Solid Life of Sugarwater for the Graeae Theatre Company, Bunny for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Stacy for the Trafalgar Studios, 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-Series(This Is England '88).

John Tiffany directed Once for which he was the recipient of multiple awards on Broadway, in the West End, and internationally. Other recent credits include The Glass Menagerie at A.R.T. and on Broadway, EIF, and the West End, and The Ambassador at BAM. 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, St. Ann's Warehouse, and toured internationally. His other work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Macbeth (also Lincoln Center and Broadway), Enquirer, The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae (also Lincoln Center), Elizabeth Gordon Quinn, Home: Glasgow, and Black Watch, which toured internationally and for which he won the Olivier and Critics' Circle awards. He was Associate Director of the Traverse Theatre from 1996 to 2001, Paines Plough from 2001 to 2005, the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012, and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University in the 2010-2011 academic year.


Perthshire, Scotland

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1965

Place of Birth:

Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England


Exeter University

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Jessica-Weinberg 8 months ago
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany is an amazing fantasy and magical novel that with surely blow you right off of your feet. With all the amazing detailed characters and the amazing descriptive settings you will always be lost within the deep story each page you turn. This book is an easy read and is formatted as a script for the play which is now playing on Broadway. I have read this book once now and it is definitely one of my favorites. Even though this book is a very easy read there are a lot of different settings. From the Ministry of Magic to the many decades of Hogwarts Castle this book will not let you down with the amount of scene changes and setting changes. Each contrasting setting sets up a wonderful tone and mood where it sheds a new look on the world, future, and past of the wonderful world in which all of us grew up with. This new story, a sequel to the last seven books holds up the standards of excellence with its amazing style, sentence phrasing, and overall mood from these techniques used in the story. One of the most exciting and intriguing elements of the story is the way J.K. Rowling leads up to the plot with all of winding roads that lean you in different directions as you read. She creates a story that you can live along with that leaves you thinking that you were really there. Characters change from good to bad and from bad to good in seconds and you will never see it coming. J.K. is a master of interest and she will keep you hooked on the book until you finally unfold the truth behind what is really going on in the world of Harry Potter and his very interesting children. One element of the story that was created and illustrated very well was the description of the characters and the way she makes there emotions and feelings so relatable to the readers. As you read you connect and feel for the characters unlike in any other book i have ever read. She gives them a soul and makes you think about how they would feel and by doing that makes you connect and be more interested in the events of the book. The characters are extremely relatable and really help you become more interested and invested in their lives as the story goes on. The quality of this book is amazing but I am an avid fan of the Harry Potter universe and series. This book is truly wonderful and should be advertised for those who feel comfortable reading a script without any sort of guiding narration. The characters, setting, quality, style, and plot are all incredible and mastered throughout the entirety of the book. Reading this book was an incredible experience and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who needs a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reread the book again and decided to give an honest opinion about it. The plot was lame and I wasn’t as hooked with the book as I was with the original Harry Potter series, that I was obsessed with! It was interesting to read as a Play-script and it was nice to see where the characters were now. Of course it might come out as biased but it was a definitely a rip-off, especially as it wasn’t written by J.K Rowling. The Cursed Child was okay overall but I wasn’t able to enjoy it very well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read in general.. but this book managed to pull me in and give me a whole cast of characters, old and new, to love and enjoy more than the movies. If you aren't into play-style writing, this book isn't for you, but if you are looking for an enjoyment. I, 10 out of 10, recommend.
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
I am a die hard Harry Potter fan—and this book, while an interesting story, did NOT have the HP “vibe” to it. It just didn't feel like Harry Potter! After reading and rereading and re-rereading all 7 books over and over, you get a good sense of Harry's personality. This just felt “off”. I'm sure part of it was that I was sooo excited about a new HP book to read, so maybe I had unrealistic expectations. The plot was a bit unsteady, some parts dragged while others seemed to not have enough detail. I liked some of the other characters better than Albus, who's supposed to be the hero. The time travel twist was good, but not enough to really carry the story. So, color me disappointed...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a play in quite a while and this was really an enjoyable experience
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. It did not reflect the characters perrsonality harry pptter fansif yyou buy this you will want yur money back it is just a script does not refle ct jkrowlings writing personaltiy i was realky disapointeed i want avreal biok like the ither books i miss the ither books i widhvthey didng cost so much
Anonymous 3 months ago
Its cool its good wow!!!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Freaking terrible as bad as Barny the dinosaur. Wretched sample because it's a playscript it was totally dull. Kinda like the Sorcerers Stone but this is just like the HORRID! Comment i have also read. Do not waste your free time reading this crud.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Anonymous 11 months ago
Cannot wait to see this in action in NYC April 2019
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry's adulthood is as interesting as his childhood
jwelcat More than 1 year ago
the reason I gave this a low reading is because it is in not in book form it is in a scree play form. I wanted it and the others in a book from. I like books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Mya Mills. House: gryffindor. Pet for school: snowy owl named royal. Quidditch player: chaser, wickedly fast. Chlotes: traditional gryffindor robes. Age: 12. Hobbies: jinxes charms and spells. Best spell: REDUCTO. Animagus: a german shepard. Appearence: long waist level mahogany hair with hazel eyes. Personality: sassy but a good student with lots of friends. Dislikes: slytherins, potions and draco malfoy. Other: reply to missmyamillslion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every minute of it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gender: Female House: Ravenclaw Pet: Snowy owl named Molly/ A small kitten named Brooklyn Personality: Shy Smart Awkward Tomboy Nerdy And can be confident around friends Wardrobe: mainly skirts and stockings with a tee shirt and tennis shoes/ Ravenclaw robes Health: fair some minor medical problems in ankles knees hips
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The end gave me chills, reliving what happened to Lily & James Potter. Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the world of Harry Potter. However, I do not feel she gave Harry, Ron and Hermonie enough attention. In the other books you felt she loved those young people. It almost feels like she has an issue with older people. Because they are grown now she took her heart away. She told a good story it just did not feel like a Harry Potter story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leaves you wanting more..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's hard to let go every time I finish a Harry Potter book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for a sick day. Completely distracted me from my very sore back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great adveture and also the return of dark lord voldemort and then Harry,Ginny,Albus Potter,and our favorite Draco Malfoy
GageWallmark1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great story to follow up on the last harry potter book, it has great parts and has a good story to what happened after the defeat of Lord Voldemort, great book