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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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

2018 Tony Award Winner for Best Play

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: 7,814
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. 18 reviews.
LisaDunckley 3 months 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 27 days 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
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Leaves you wanting more..
Anonymous 11 months ago
Can someone please tell me any symptoms of Hiv/aids? Also can you be born with it and not know it? Thanks
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a play in quite a while and this was really an enjoyable experience
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story takes place when the characters we’d known before are adults, married, and have children of their own attending Hogwarts. As expected, it isn’t easy being the son of the famous. The story is well done, as to be expected. And the end is quite surprising.
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 More than 1 year ago
I love all of the Harry Potter books .Their great for everybody . The books are my favorite , but I enjoyed the movies !!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warner Bros. just got rights to make the Cursed Child movie.YESSS!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to under stad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some ome please share this book with my nook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so loved this book because it show two major arch-enemies work together to save their sons and two boys who are the sons of the two major arch-enemies come together to fix one of the parents mistakes.