Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script - Sigh

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script

Review Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script - Sigh

Comments on Review Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script - Sigh

Reader Mom says:
I love that you are such a fan and named your children after the characters!

Just My Opinion.... says:
Hmmm. I went to the midnight release, bought a book and got through the first and second scenes....


...basically to the point when the Hogwarts Express pulls out. And I must say...who is this Ginny who is wringing her hands and whinging about whether her middle son will be safe? Ginny was a huge fighter. I didn't see that in these scenes. I know that parenthood changes you, but Hermione was still strong, still "Hermione". And I really always had the sense that Ginny was even more "no-nonsense" than Hermione. But to have Ginny portrayed as doubtful, worried, overprotective and nervous...and it was done in such a way as to reflect her as weak. It made me sad and also made me wonder about the rest of it.

Good to be warned so that maybe I can let it go enough to enjoy the "story" aspect. But to have Ginny's strength and determination non-existent in the fist several pages made for a bad beginning. She's a Weasley. Not a weakling.

Lisa Traverso says:
Ginny develops and gets back to that as the story goes on. Personally, I thought all of the characters here were very well fleshed out. It's different from a traditional Potter story, but the characters are still front and center.

Just My Opinion.... says:
Thank you! I was really beginning to feel let down...and it's incredible the complexity of that emotion when a Potter fan confronts that in a Potter book! Looking forward to forging ahead now...

jalcruces says:
Wow, I didn't realize the books were that old, lol. Thanks for your review, and description of your passion for Potter. As I have heard that Rowling had very little to do with the story, and it seems that her name was only added as a stamp of approval for $ purposes. She doesn't seem to be the same person who put so much into the original books and seems more like a tired person trying to make money without having to work any more for it (not blaming her for that, just saying that she is kicking back and enjoying the roll in... as in a retirement income). I am hesitant to purchase this, even for the lowered kindle price. Her books were engaging because they were intricately entwined and kept you on your toes, with twists and turns, and interesting little bits that only "live" in the Harry Potter world. I enjoyed her intricate writing. Without that... eh....

Shannon says:
Thank you for your honest review. This new book has never felt like a real continuation of Harry Potter and I was never able to excited about it. For me the Harry Potter story truly ended after The Deathly Hallows.

Pirate Gran "Maggie" says:
I agree completely....but I like that someone who saw the play said it was good, which gives me hope that the movie will be as well. I too have retread the books over the years, and was hoping this would have the same intricacy of plot and character development....but sadly it did not. I'm not sorry I read it, however....especially since Rowling says this is the end of the Potter story.

Dorina P says:
are you serious? that is so sad. thanks for the heads up though.

longtimereader says:
Remember that Ginny's template for Mothering was Molly (and despite the scene where she finally does in Beatrix LeStrange), most of the times we see her concerned over her children's safety there's a lot of hand-wringing & vocal worrying, then yelling & screaming at them (or Harry) for putting themselves in danger when they return.

What we learn early sinks in deeply, whether it's the best model or not, and remember that Ginny nearly died several times at Hogwarts- and her brother Fred DID die there. She has a right to be wary.

longtimereader says:
Money talks-loudly, and I don't see any movie studio offering big bucks to make any of her books other than Harry Potter-related into movies. Like Conan Doyle may have gotten thoroughly tired of his character Sherlock Holmes, but Holmes was the one cash cow that publishers kept on buying, same with Rowling's work. The buying public has decided favorites!

Charlotte says:
Girl-- I agree!!! Massive HP fan myself; currently rereading the book for the umpteenth time, started when I was 12. Wept massively at the end of 7, sad for days. This new book. What they did to Harry, Dumbledoor. I can't, they're aren't words 😩. I feel sick over it. I'm currently 50pages deep in into book 6 and I'll finish his birthday doing that instead. This is how Star Wars fans must have felt when Jar Jar vomited all over the original films.

Jen says:
You know the bbc is doing her other books as a TV series right? A Casual Vacancy Is finished and The Cormoran Strike Mysteries is in the works.

So I would say she still has it personally.

Michelle Mcmullin says:
Your title "Sigh" quite adequately aumas up how I feel right now. I finished up about ten minutes ago. I am at a loss and feel sorrowfully let down. Harry Potter is part of my soul, but I only felt anything in two scenes of the play.

topcatrules says:
Excellent review, thank you. This was just what I expected to hear to be honest. I will give it a miss. Don't want my wonderful memries of Harry Potter to be diminished. Thanks again. Top review!

Phranql55 says:
Precisely my thoughts. I'm glad to hear I'm not alone. I am about as much of a fan as you are, I'm on a continual loop of rereading the original series. I wanted more from this, and now I'm left with a hole. Sigh.

Book loving Mom says:
Very good point made before, why do people assume that characters will be the same after becoming parents? Parenthood changes you, you do become more cautious, more sleep-deprived, and if a kid pushes your buttons, yes you find yourself saying things you never thought you would say...anyone else with me on this? I found it believable - even Superman would have his parenting moments.

Kindle Customer says:
Sadly Brittany I agree, I was a big fan, and I pre-ordered the book, and read through it. I found the world, just missing. It was very weak in areas...Harry became a bigger ass...the story I could have found on, and well just was bad.

Mat Gerow says:
Very well said. I would add that I didn't have my hopes up too high for it and I was still bummed. I too felt like it was a little fan fiction-ish and I think the truest part of your review was that the characters were not true to themselves. At the risk of spoilers I will leave it at that.
I can't decide if the things that bothered me most were done to make the story work as a play or if it was just not well thought out. IDK. Oh well.

Just My Opinion.... says:
"Amazon Customer":
Which "dangerous message" are you referring to?

Starluvr87 says:
I just put in a hold at my library...I'm 50th in line. I may just have to buy or borrow it from someone else otherwise I may be reading it after the movie comes out!

Samantha J. Kerth says:
I was standing in Wal-mart reading bits of the book and thinking, is this really worth 18.00? So I returned home and have been reading reviews and it isn't . Will wait till it shows up at a yard sale and buy it for a buck. Thank you for a wonderful review as Harry Potter is one of my ultimate favorites as well.

Kay L. Ling says:
I've just finished reading all four of the James Potter books by George Norman Lippert. I came away from his books feeling they were nearly as good as Rowlings. He handled the next generation with consistency to the original books as well as having a great imagination and suspenseful plots. I totally enjoyed them. Plus, unlike the Cursed Child they're free downloads from his website.

Heather says:
I wanna know what your children's names are!?

Captiosus says:
Laurie: "Its really a wonderful play."

I'm a theater geek. I spent all four years in high school and all four years in college taking theater, performing on stage, learning stagecraft, and to this day I still participate in community theater. I've been in my fair share of both great productions and stinkers both in school and in community theater. I say all that to say I am FULLY aware that great acting, good effects/props/sets, and good direction can carry a stage production. Most people would be utterly surprised to learn how much effect something as simple as lighting design can have on the totality of a play.

But none of this can change the unfortunate fact that the plot of this play is contrived. It's a bland rehash with the main characters acting COMPLETELY out of character. Nor does it change the fact that, instead of a fresh story, it's a series of tropes with an overused time travel deus ex machina that exists solely to pander to nostalgia.

While I have no doubt that the stage presentation itself was great, that, alone, does not a good play make. A play is only as strong as its source material and this source is, well, derivative and lacking.

Sandi King says:
And some of it isn't really that great for young kids...I mean Bellatrix had an affair with Voldemort while her husband was in prison, and the hubby was proud of the lovechild they produced??

Mark C. says:
Sandi, RIGHT! Because the murder and torture scenes in the original series were just PERFECT for young kids!

Ardenwolfe says:
Thank you for this review. Will pass because of it. If only J.K. wrote it herself. . . .

Lori Lamb says:
YES. I agree with you completely. I just talked with two friends who are also huge HP fans, and they both loved it, which I find perplexing.

Harry was back to being angry but without real reason this time, Ron had morphed into a buffoon instead of the person he had grown to be over the course of the series, Hermione was hard to put my finger on, a certain character in the past was too benevolent, as if they were trying to appease fans who still weren't happy over the story arc. The scene with Harry and Dumbledore's portrait had me cringing, and again feeling like they were trying to overly explain a character's motivations.

I did like Draco and felt that his character was in line with some of what we'd seen developing in the earlier stories. I mostly liked Scorpius but thought they tried a little too hard to make him endearing.

And the dialogue didn't have the same cleverness and humor that the books had, and that's something that could certainly be part of a play.

I've basically decided to just pretend this story doesn't exist and let the 7 books be the full story for me.

review says:
I wish this could be a dream that I wake up from. A nightmare to rival any other I've had. It was AWFUL. I mean a.w.f.u.l. How anyone could rate it above a one is amazing to me. I will sell my soul to Voldemort if JK ever penned a word in this garbage. I cannot believe she allowed her name to be put to this, her beautifully design HP world to be tainted, and her characters to be completely distorted and mocked. I have loved the HP world since I began reading it forever ago. It is life to me. If I were able, I'd cast a memory charm to remove it from my head. If any of my 3 time turner replicas worked, I go back and stop this train wreck from ever beginning. My 7 year old could have written a better 8th installment than this garbage. The plot and characters in this script are lame. There are so many things that happened that are not possible according to JK's previous books. Seriously, how could JK have ever allowed this to be released? I've begun mentally trying to scrub it from my mind. I suggest you all do the same.

Amazon would not allow my review to post, so I'll just add it as a comment to another.

Kindle Customer says:
You took the words out of my mouth, I completely agree! I said the exact same thing after reading it, j.k didn't write this, this is fanfic!

Nick T says:
"Thank you for your Candor"

Sandi King says:
Yes, that is true, you really are right! It is sad that I thought evil would be easier to understand than sex and cheating.....:(

tmareno says:
I'm really glad to see I wasn't alone. I'm a huge Potter fan and felt like this was an average fanfic. It didn't have the normal vibe and characters behaved in ways I wouldn't have expected. Kind of disappointed.

Keith E. Norberg says:
I totally agree with your statement, and the above review. The more you read I think you will find Ron is not himself either. I don't feel any of these characters ring true.

Keith E. Norberg says:
Disagree I feel none of the characters ring true in this.

Keith E. Norberg says:
Love this! Totally agree...I was skeptical about this as I felt everything ended poetically with Deathly Hallows. It was like someone's dark fantasy about their children was brought to life. None of the characters rang true to me at all, especially Ron. It felt totally unbelievable.

Keith E. Norberg says:
YES! I agree totally, although I have not seen the play. Contrived and disappointing to say the least.

Steven says:
Does the story suck any less when performed on stage? I (mostly) enjoyed it as fanfic but the two biggest plot twists in the story feel completely inconsistent with the rest of the series.

Denise Martino says:
I couldn't get into Casual Vacancy and put it down soon after starting. I did just finish the first three books of the Cormoran Strike series -took me a whil to try them, twice shy after CV - and liked them all very much. Give them a try!

Stefanie Friedman says:
I think her only contribution was they used her name on the cover. It seriously reads like a REALLY bad fan fic. :(

RRP says:
How can you say this when the play is an unprecedented 5 hours long?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2016, 8:38:07 AM PDT
RRP says:
she get's much stronger as the book goes on.

Carolyn M. says:
Well said - I completely agree. I think we just have to keep the 7 in our hearts and choose what we want to be part of our Harry story and what we don't.

Confetti says:
OMG I'm glad I'm not the only one!!! All I could think was "FANFIC" as I read... and "Seriously? No, really, seriously? And now another cameo! Oh and another! This makes no logical sense. Oh and now you're going to copy word-for-word a line that was said in one of the actual books? Ughhhh this is so not working."

SO SO SO GLAD it wasn't just me.

Diane Bellomo says:
I'm only up to about page 50, and I couldn't agree more with your assessment. Almost right from the start - nevermind the fact that I don't care for reading plays - it was clear to me that Rowling didn't really write this. Obviously, her involvement was vital, but she couldn't have penned many of the words. I mean, "The Casual Vacancy" felt more like Rowling than this did, ya know? So I'm with you on the "Sigh" part, and I still have a ways to go till I finish. Oh, and I feel *exactly* the same way about the Fantastic Beasts trailers: I'm getting waay more of a Harry Potter vibe from them than I'm getting from this script. Eh, okay, that said, maybe it's *because* it's a script and not a novel that it evokes this kind of feeling in me. Perhaps if I saw the play itself, I'd feel differently. Given that I likely never will, I'm left with this script, and it's disappointing me.

Travis C says:
Your points are understandable if this had been billed as a book. They might even have some validity if this were billed as a finished play script. But, right in the title it is stated to be a special edition rehearsal script. I do understand your frustration and admire your spirit, but I felt that, as a rehearsal script, it was good.

That's the beauty of Amazon's Customer Review program. Your review does contribute important information, so, even though I don't fully agree with your points, I do find your review helpful.

Keep reviewing...

JLind555 says:
I can't, for the life of me, understand why J.K. Rowling signed off on this.

The plot was all over the place. The whole thing was disjointed and fragmented, like a jigsaw puzzle that got knocked askew.

And the characters -- WTF?! There is no way north of hell Draco and Harry could ever be on friendly terms. Too much had passed between them to make that possible. And Albus being sorted into Slytherin was a direct slap to Rowling when she said at the end of the last book that he could make his own choice. And OMG Cedric Diggory, the most decent, likeable character in the whole series -- they had to turn him into a DEATH EATER?! I almost retched.

I don't know what the script writers were trying to accomplish here but this plot is going to need a major rewrite before it ever gets to the screen, if that's where it's headed.

I just wish Rowing would write another seven Harry Potter books.

Michaela E. Murphy says:
OMG! I had the same reaction- I teach fifth grade and it honestly felt like I was reading my students' fan fiction- although adorable in theory if written by an 11 year old, it really did not seem like JK Rowling wrote it at all.

DoodL~Love says:
Thank you for your heartfelt review. Our younger daughter is a hard core Harry Potter fan. I asked her if she wanted this "book", and she said, "Absolutely, emphatically, NO!" She didn't want anything to trading her love of the original books and movies. We've gone through 3 sets of the movie, she and friends have watched them SO many times! We àmzn have two sets of the books, as well as first edition software and the CD - both unopened.

I'm sorry this book was such a disappointment. Hopefully JK Rowling will take note of how her hard for fans feel, and not try this again unless it's worthwhile.

RRP says:
Read one of the good reviews or the book itself before you judge.

Jenna Shames says:
I could not have written it better myself!! I have the exact same thoughts, and I am also a huge potterhead (i battled my husband to name our daughter Lily and I lost, but trust me the fight hasn't died). I was soooo disappointed. I am pretending it is just fan fic that JK happens to like. That is how I am viewing it.

patricia reid says:
You hit the nail on the head. My feelings exactly...

patricia reid says:
I felt the same about CV, but the BBC series was actually very good, probably because it was very different from the book. Also enjoyed the first Cormoran Strike book. Will have to try the others.

mom 2 boys says:
I completely agree!!! Perfectly accurate description!!!

RRP says:
"There is no way north of hell Draco and Harry could ever be on friendly terms." Could not disagree more with this. First of all they weren't on friendly terms at first. But in their mutual concern over their sons, they worked together, and eventually developed a mutual respect.
Also, remember Draco's character arc in Deathly Hallows, beginning in Half Blood Prince. He saved Harry's life at Malfoy Mansion, Harry saved his life, His mother saved Harry's life. the whole family walked away from Voldemort, his father an empty shell of what he once was. Also that's not what Harry told Albus at the train. He said his desires would be taken into consideration. If the students could just choose, what would be the use of the sorting hat? I think everyone is being way too harsh with this script. It exceeded my expectations, which were tempered and cautious, I concede. Just my opinion.

SLM says:
Idem. As a fan who has read every book 1-7 @ least a dozen times, as well as worn out an entire set of audio books (Jim Dale is AMAZING!), I was so disappointed in this book. Agreed: feels like reading fan fiction. Also, don't like the format (script).

SLM says:
I couldn't get past the point where all of the bad language began in Casual Vacancy. So disappointed that I can't even remember what it was about. If I wanted grocery store garbage novels, I'd buy them (for a lot less than a J.K. Rowling book).

SLM says:
Play may be wonderful; those of us who don't have access will never know. However, reading the script, when you're expecting a novel, is like getting a hamburger when you were expecting a steak. Disappointing.

Amazon Customer says:
Its a five hour play ...

Robert from Chicago says:
I was going to buy this book but after reading your review I am sure this is nothing more than a cheap knock off to make money. Disappointment and no desire to spend good money (this book isnt cheap) for a knock off of a wonderfully written Harry Potter. What would be the point.

Phranql55 says:
Your daughter is very wise. I wish I'd had the forethought to make the same decision. Now my love for the HP world is tainted, and I want it back. I'm so sad.

LK says:
exactly how I felt when reading the book

Emerald says:
Thanks for saying exactly what I was thinking after I finished reading this.

BuB says:
Brilliant! My thoughts exactly on your review!

Kat says:
I too, felt very let down by the book/script.

I knew it was a script, so had no problem with that.

Whoever wrote this, did not understand the older characters very well. The First generation of Potter and friends weren't anything like they had been as children. Yes, I know they grew up and were raising children, but the whiny angst from them just didn't fit them at all.

Before reading the book, I seriously thought about taking my daughter to London to see the play. I really don't want to bother. No matter how great the sets may be, I can't do it.

A reader says:
what are we hoping for exactly?

Edward F. Shimkus says:
Thanks for the heads up, Brittany.

Glad to see you are such a fan. I reread the books once a year; watch the movies every 3-4 months. I was beginning to think that, in my old age (73), given my recurring Potter diet, I needed a life.

I read all 48% of the negative (1-3 star) reviews, most of which agree with you and decided that I will wait until this "play" makes it to Prime and my monthly free read. I was disappointed when Rowling ended the Potter series and immediately thought of Holmes, Poirot, Wimsey, and Dalgliesh and the great success their authors enjoyed as the public enjoyed their continuing adventures. I had hoped that Rowling would discover the long-lost tales of the continuing affairs at Hogwarts (those stories that cover the period between the demise of Voldemort and "19 years later" - a Reichenbach moment) but, alas, she has very recently declared that, in her mind, Potter is dead. She has other novels to pursue and, from what I gather, those others, to date, have not faired well.

Oh well . . ..


RRP says:
Please don't take her review so seriously, Ed. She is in the minority.

SLM says:
"And now I will try to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art." This is exactly why my daughter refuses to read this script. She read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone the month she turned 7 years old, and is an avid Potter fan. She's read every book multiple times but refuses to read this The Cursed Child for the reasons you stated.

NoWhereMan says:

K. Reeves says:
I think you were very generous in your review.

twizz says:
Hopefully we Americans will have the play over here eventually

Brittany M. says:
This is exactly how I feel. I'm so glad I wasn't the only one. I was so so very excited and now I wish it had never happened. (':

CaliGirl says:
I have to admit, I took a sneak peak at what people were saying before I purchased this product and so I kind of got the gist before I started reading. While this "book" is far from what we have come to expect from J.K. Rowling and the Happy Potter world, it reads much more like fan fiction. This script format would need a lot of work to get it to the big screen but overall the plot resembles the trails we have come to see. It is just too bad that J.K. did not more of a hand in crafting this script. Better luck next time! Anxiously awaiting anything J.K. puts out to get this sad attempt out of my brain. I had high hopes and was sadly disappointed but another Happy Potter wanna be! **TEARS**

Amazon Customer says:
This is EXACTLY how I feel. It was truly awful.

Amazon Customer says:
The script felt like a Harry Potter story to the core. It's limitations are based on the fact that this is a script of the play and hence the scenes, characters etc cannot be fully developed like a Harry Potter book.

RRP says:
Agreed. It was just fine. Some people are so pissy.

Edward F. Shimkus says:

So, you judge people who dislike Cursed Child to be "pissy." Let's see, pissy: inferior, contemptible, arrogant, argumentative.

Permit me to use an analogy for the sake of simplicity. Let us suppose that there are many of us here who do not like cantaloupe and we post comments here as such. In your mind we are arrogant, contemptible, argumentative, or inferior? Why? Because we do not like cantaloupe or because we disagree with you? If it is the former, why are people, who do not like something, pissy? Is everyone supposed to like everything? Perhaps it is the latter, to wit: people who disagree with you are pissy. Really? I disagree with you therefore I am arrogant, contemptible, inferior, or argumentative? Really? Just because I disagree with you?

IF, I were pissy, I am not, but IF I were pissy, I would say to you, "It is a very nice day today: why don't you go outside and play in your sandbox."


Travis C says:

For what it's worth, I think your review results might be some sort of record for book reviews. At least, since it is the first review for which you have gotten any votes OR comments, it has to be a record.

Anyway, I just want to congratulate you on a terrific review.

RRP says:
@Edward F. Shimkus
Hi Ed, I just dashed that comment off hastily in my frustration. If I had known it would have engendered such a reaction I would have been a little more careful. I said SOME were pissy. And I should have said some of the comments, not some of the people. It also was not necessarily directed at the comments under this particular review. And maybe I should have said peevish or petulant. To me, this book was a gift from J.K. Rowling to her devoted fans. She didn't have to allow the script to be printed in book form. By all accounts, the play is fabulous, but of course only a fraction of those who would love to see it, will ever be able to. And then to have the book excoriated, in some cases, just seems wrong. And of course, the most critical comments are from those who are the worlds greatest devotees of Harry Potter and Ms. Rowling, according to them. Right. Of course intellectually I know everyone is entitled to state their opinion of the book, and it is a good thing not everyone has the same opinion across the board. Heck, even the first 7 books got bad reviews from some. If I were her, though, I would be hurt and regretful over allowing the script to be published so "her most devoted fans" could share in the follow up to the Harry Potter canon. I would certainly think twice about publishing more Potter Universe stories. But that would just be pissy. I am sure J.K. Rowling is much wiser than I am.

cet says:
Agree completely! There are interesting plot elements here and I wish Rowling had written the whole thing by herself because what she would have done with the new characters and the time changes would have been fantastic. But it felt like fan fiction to me too and rushed throughout.

Kanhaiya Kumar says:
Harry Potter Fans are loving "The Unofficial Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" as much as official "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child". Harry Punter and the pursed child

Travis C says:

With this post, you now have gotten 100 comments, 3,169 helpful votes and a total of more than 3,400 votes. I think these all are unprecedented. I encourage you to write more book reviews and soon.

Skip Senneka says:
I just finished reading and came to Amazon to see if other readers felt the same way I did. Your review captures it completely. The characters' words did not feel like JK Rowlings and I wondered how much she contributed. I finished feeling disappointed because it COULD have been a great story. The concept is good, but the detail, the intensity, the magic just isn't there.

J. slowgrove says:
I agree with everything you say . It was very disappointing and the characters really were not true to the originals. thank you for expressing my thoughts so well.

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NA says:
Characters were well fleshed out? Are you sure that we are talking about the same book?

Tanto says:

Travis C says:
To those authors who dread the critical review, consider this:

This book has 3,550 reviews, averaging just 3.5 stars. The most helpful review has 3,280 helpful votes and just 259 not helpful votes. So, sales of this book are probably bad, right? Wrong. It is, 15 days into its run, Amazon's number one hardcover, and number one Kindle, seller.

I find all of these statistics fascinating.

RRP says:
It's 3.96 on Goodreads. And that's 104,409 Ratings and 22,417 Reviews.

Edward F. Shimkus says:
Quantophrenics might consider this:

1. Amazon considers 1-3-star ratings as "critical" and 4-5 star ratings as "positive." I do not know how Amazon calculates their overall star rating but, as of this writing, 55% of reviewers gave a positive rating and 45% gave a critical rating. That equates to 2.75 stars positive, 2.25 stars critical - I don't think a big difference, but certainly not the 3.5-star rating posted, which equates to 70% positive reviews - not the actual 55%.

2. So what do high sales indicate? That people overwhelmingly like the book? No. Only 55% like it, 45% do not, or are, in the least, disappointed. I suggest the high sales figures represent the Potter fans who bought the book, (1) having never read any reviews and are basing their purchase on the original series, or (2) are dedicated fans who will buy anything Potter, regardless of the reviews or who, otherwise, hope that the book "couldn't be that bad."

3. Now, if one really wants to be analytical, I would suggest that, from each review, one cull the positive and critical comments, group the data according to various age groupings, the commenter's gender, education, . . . . Oh, never mind.

What do we need to know? About half of the people who read this book like it, the other half did not. Nuff for me.


Amy says:
Was preparing myself to purchase the book to I've decided not to purchase it because I want to preserve the original series in my mind. Thank you for your honest opinion and I value you comment. :)

Sharon Goetz says:
I had heard some reviews on this book. Yours was the best. Thank you for helping me to make up my mind.

T. Stone says:
This is also helpful It hink

Kat's Opinion says:
That is one of the best reviews I've ever read.

Caydence says:
Here's some truth - truth that you are probably not going to want to hear. JK already said that she didn't write it and that she only gave input. If one is objective they would understand that "input" could be very little or almost all and therefore you cannot take that as a promise of another genuine HP book. But because many of her fans wanted so badly for her to continue the story, they ended up hearing only what they WANTED to hear and as a result, they've set themselves up for disappointment.

I didn't buy it because she said "input" but I thank you for letting us know that it wasn't up to par with JK's writing - because I did wonder just the same. Also, I'm sorry that you got your hopes up only to be let down. I hope that JK will rethink this should the offer be extended to her again.

Caydence says:
Not necessarily true. I read her books as an adult and I am very well read. So in this case, it may have nothing to do with growing up and everything to do with not feeling the essence of the writer - which is not surprising because it wasn't her work but the work of another. Still, if we were honest, we would admit that we should've known this before the book even came out because if there were to be another HP book, then it would be too personal for her to do a collaboration with someone else. So yeah, this was not about immaturity, it was simply about not accepting that this was the work of another.

miranda jazdyk says:
Brittany, I am so so so so so so so so sorry... I had to read this comment. But as harsh as it is perhaps the movie will surprise.

LTB says:
Totally agree with review. I predict play will be a flop.

Patrick T. says:
I want to see the book that this play has come from. Maybe the JK magic is in their, i am going through the book now as i type and im on Act two. but i find myself yerning for the JK magic of a story. Please if this reaches JK or anyone Release the book that this play comes from and please lets hope its what we hope for.
i will say i like bits and i play a film in my head as i read and i hope to see the play just because i have seen and done most that is Harry Potter!!!!!!

Patrick T. says:
They Just used Her name to sell the book, as we all know if you see the name Harry Potter and not JK somewhere people will not buy it. im just disappointed that JK aloud this to happen, i would of thought she would of had the final say and after reading it, scrap it and go off and write the book her self and yes maybe clab on the play but out of a book JK has wrote. i just dont understand that JK has let other people try and write what she has created..

StockShowMom says:
I just reviewed this without having read any other reviews beforehand. When I had a look at my own review, I thought I'd read a few others to see how they compare. I could've saved myself the trouble of reviewing, you and I had exactly the same reaction. I believe my exact words were "mediocre fan fic". Ah well, we do still have Fantastic Beasts to look forward to.

AVSW says:
I am a BIG Harry Potter Fan. It was very disappointing when the Title for the latest Harry Potter book included the words: And the Cursed Child. It is very misleading! I took out my own 1998 copy titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It is the very same story as the...and the Cursed Child!! I got upset over that. Why re-title the first book? I also bought the new ...and the Cursed Child which was a PLAY. I didn't like it at all. The content did not flow as in the original 7 books!!! I liked the ...Biddle book better than this latest Harry Potter book!!! Posted by A.S. Woodworth

summerdog says:
Well, I personally think that your review is spot on. I wasn't exactly totally disappointed in the book. I thought the first 30 pages or so were familiar and good. The rest just got juvenile and weird.

Nancy C. says:
To begin... this is not written like a book and that alone makes it difficult to get through putting that aside , the story was boring and very difficult to get through. I had no problem putting the book down and walking away and picking it up days later. ( not a good sign) I have read the Harry Potter series 7 times so I know the story well and this story was in error with HP series numerous times . If fact I question whether John Tiffany and Jack Thorne had even read the series and if so most likely only once.
Each time you read the Harry Potter series you see how it connects from book one to book seven and you see the connection and get so much more understanding from the beginning of the story to the end. It is a complicated story with twist and turns in every corner. These two writers reminded me of the writers who did the movies. These two writers changed the story from the original books now and then and related history of the incidents incorrectly many times. You expect this with movies
(although many book readers were very disappointed in the movies for that very reason ) but not a written continuation story of the series.
I saw so many some parts that could have been built on and made this story brilliant but that was all it was a short take here and there .
In closing it was VERY DISAPPOINTING and I find it hard to comprehend that JK Rowling who is a brilliant and creative writer would allow her name on this book/ play or ....didn't make those error changes or do something to bring life into this play.

April says:
As a fellow die hard Harry Potter fan... I agree completely with everything you said. :/

Daisy says:
maybe many people think this book is not written by Jk .because it's not the drama that beyond our mind . BUT JK is my favourite writter , a good mother with imagination . so pls feel so disppointed .
my wife and i am like this book very much , it always gives us many surprise . when i read the book , we'd like to put our books on my little desk . so great and convenient . when i practise my speech or songs , i'd like to put my laptop on it . i love it so much . perfect design .
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Shoshanna Weinstein says:
I completely agree with you on all counts. BTW I have seen Fantastic Beasts in theatres and it was amazing! I am also a huge HP fan and my books haven't gone a single year without me turning through each one since they came out. When watching Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, my brother and I were pointing out all of the details you would only get if you loved the books. It was great.

G. ONeill says:
I think this is an accurate assessment of the volume. Maybe its better as a drama then written in book form. ( I doubt it ) I fully agree that all of the initial Harry Potter books were fantastic.
The final I finished in four days. I also full agree as to Rowling's wonderful talent and
imagination. Disney is banking on the fact that the world has not had nearly enough of Harry Potter and fans will run to The World of Harry Potter and not get enough.

J. A. Bornstein says:
Almost exactly my sentiments. I'd give two stars, as I thought the ending chapters were decent...far far FAR better than the earlier sections. Some of which were almost unreadable. Got my copy from the local library. Thank God. 😕

A Reader says:
Came here to leave a similar review, but you summed it up perfectly. I also thought it felt like poorly written fanfic and questioned how much Rowling had to do with it.

Sailor Sedna says:
Do not worry, Fantastic Beasts was, well, fantastic, a far superior story that perfectly fit in the Potter canon (and was the best film of 2016 in my opinion!) while this does not.

Best to consider this as non-canon to the story.

AVSW says:
I think Ms. Rowling wrote the first few paragraphs at the beginning of the book. The rest of the books is terrible!!!!

AVSW says:
I have the Fantastic Beast book also and have seen the movie. The movie was great Except: if one have not read the Harry Potter book, one can be a little confused. For example: The reference to and appearance of Gelert was a good touch. Makes look forward to the next sequel.

Kimberly L. says:
I think what I found myself so disappointed by was the fact that she actually supported this garbage being released. I found myself offended, as somewhat of a HP purist, that she probably read this and felt it okay to call it part of the "HP collection" or maintain some type of affiliation with her own work. The HP stories are better than this. I didn't even finish because it was so terrible. The characters did not feel authentic or genuine. Nothing about it "felt like" the story we love.

K. Mullins says:
I was considering buying this book as a gift to someone in a long term hospital stay that is an avid Harry Potter fan. After reading these horrible reviews, I am having second thoughts... is there anything else other than this book that she might like that anyone could suggest? She read the regular Harry Potter series of books but none of the other new stuff (if there is new stuff???).

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