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Publisher's Note:

"The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later. 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 will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 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."…

Overall Book Review:

The book/play we have all been waiting for–drumroll–is here. And aren’t we glad. Although J. K. Rowling told us Harry Potter was a completed entity, it is back and we can’t/won’t complain about her change of heart.

The story is written in a way that we can see the author knew most people would read it first rather than watch the play. The commentary about what each actor should appear to be thinking is cleverly written and is a bit more descriptive than the few other plays I have read. 

Then there are the funny little gems sprinkled throughout the book. Like a character referring to Voldemort as Moldy Voldy. Like Harry Potter having a very odd secret fear. Like the self-proclaimed title of “Malfoy the Unanxious.” Cursed Child is not quite up to the funniness standard of the original Potter books, but it is close.

While there are a few bizarre scenes (the trolley witch scene . . . I think I preferred the trolley witch of the past books), the story is definitely worth the read. Every time a beloved character resurfaces, you get to feel a little twinge of happiness. I won’t give spoilers as to who shows up in the book, but it is just so fun to “see” all of your old friends again. That is probably the best part. There are also lots of twists and turns and the story keeps you guessing the entire way. You might even get panicky as the plot thickens–just breathe deeply, you can make it through. After all, you have made it through every other Harry Potter book to date.

Just read The Cursed Child. I’m telling you–it will make you happy. And if it doesn’t, it’s worth the risk I would say.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 3 mild obscenities. (Note:  There are also 3 mentions of “hell,” meaning the place.)

Violence/Gore:  A student hits another student a couple of times in order to attract his attention; an adult enters a scene, bleeding; a murder that happened a long time ago is discussed; an adult with a gun threatens someone; an adult turns a bit monstrous and threatens teenagers; there is a lengthy scuffle, magical inanimate objects versus people; a boy discusses a dream of his parents being murdered; an adult describes a car crash to a young boy; a teen is injured; two discussions of torture and terrible murders; a teen rubs blood off her shoes, and it is implied she got it from torturing someone; an adult is injured; a frightening scene where two adults lose their souls; a teen talks about being kicked by another teen; an adult tortures a teen using magic; an adult kills a teen using magic; an adult attempts to kill a teen and an adult; an adult murders two adults and attempts to kill a baby.

Sex/Nudity:  Students discuss a rumor of a woman using infidelity to get pregnant; a teenager (disguised as an adult) kisses an adult twice; a 20-something year old woman kisses a teen boy on both cheeks; two adults kiss twice.

Mature Subject Matter:

Social conflict concerning whether people are “pureblooded”, death of family members and friends, rumored marriage infidelity, violence and murder.

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I am devoted to stories. The guest bedroom at our house is themed “Harry Potter.” My dream job is to be a librarian or book editor. I even wanted to name our dog Ender or Julian Delphiki, but my husband put his foot down (which was probably a good idea).