Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne


The final chapter of the Harry Potter saga is perfect. And you will find no spoilers here. 

Over the course of almost twenty years, and through seven books, seven movies, a theme park or two, and all kinds of memorabilia, J.K. Rowling has gifted the world with the fantastical story of Harry Potter and his magical world. We have grown up with Harry and we fought the forces of a great and dark evil alongside him and his band of friends and followers to an epic and very satisfying conclusion. Now, Rowling in collaboration with playwright Jack Thorne and producer John Tiffany, has bestowed upon us this final chapter in Harry’s epic story. 

If Rowling gave readers anything through HP’s world, the one most important bestowal was the awakening our ability to tap into our most fantastic imaginations. Every Potter fan will undoubtedly be looking for her signature style and beautiful and magical way with the written word in this book, but since she did not write this PLAY, some may be sorely disappointed. I, however, was not disappointed in any way. 

The reasons I thoroughly enjoyed reading the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are these: Rowling’s characters are here, Rowling’s world is here, and because she had laid such a complex and complete groundwork in her previous works, I was able to imagine and completely transport myself back into the world of Harry Potter. I didn’t need to be told again how Hogwarts looked or the specifics of each character because these details are already etched deeply in my memory. 

This script, and the stage play that it represents, is closure for fans. It gives us one final glimpse into Harry Potter’s world and a preview of what the stage play is. Nothing more. And I am perfectly fine with that. Sometimes authors carry their stories on far too long and the characters and storylines become tiresome and repetitive and outright boring. Rowling knew when to stop. She stopped when the world still loves Harry and the entire cast of characters. 

5 Stars for Gryffindor!

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