Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne | Book Review


“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Series: Harry Potter, #8
Authors: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Published: July 31, 2016
Edition: hardcover
Pages: 301
My Rating: 4 / 5
Goodreads page

ATTENTION: This review is spoiler-free.



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.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)



One thing I want to point out before I get into my thoughts about this book is that this book really wasn’t wholly written by J.K. Rowling. Because of that, not everything about this book is the same as the original series.

When this book was first announced that it was going to be released, I thought that it was going to be in story form like the rest of the series. Instead, it’s the actual script to the play. Reading it was a little bit strange at first, but I got used to it.

The story itself wasn’t that bad, but I did have a couple issues. Some of the actions that the characters performed were, for lack of a better term, out of character. Again, like I said before, J.K. Rowling wasn’t the only person writing this script. I’m not even sure if she had much say in it at all.

Also, in the beginning, the story was dragging. It was only towards the end when all the action happened. I understand that because this play has to be performed in a certain time span that not everything can be in the story, but I still wish that there was more intensity throughout it.

The battle wasn’t as epic as I expected them to be. All it was was a couple spells shouted out and it was over. Very little suspense.

On the bright side, I found the story interesting. Everyone wanted more after the epilogue of the seventh book, and this is the closest thing we’re probably going to get from it.

I love the “new” characters. Yes, all the kids were mentioned in the epilogue, but there wasn’t much character development because…well, it was the epilogue. It would be cruel to introduce interesting characters at the end of a series without a plan for a spin-off series or something.



Harry Potter

Give the dude a break. You’d think after all those years as a child fighting battles and constantly being in danger would be enough for a lifetime, but no. Fate is such a mean thing.

Albus Severus Potter

One word: angst.

Ginny Weasley

A lot of people didn’t like that Ginny ended up with Harry in the end, but I think in this story Ginny is good for Harry.

Ron Weasley

Compared to how he was in the original story, Ron in this play is much more affectionate. It was strange to see how much Ron hugs and kisses Hermione, but other than that, he seemed almost like himself.

Hermione Granger

Am I the only one who thought that where Hermione hid that one thing (no spoilers) was a bit unlike Hermione? I mean, come on. She’s super smart. She could’ve found a better place to hide that thing.

Scorpious Malfoy

He’s so freaking cute. I just want to give Scorpious a hug.

Draco Malfoy

He’s getting… better, I guess.



I give this book a 4 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads. It’s not as good as the original story, but I still enjoyed it.



Until next time….


14 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne | Book Review

  1. Donna 09/11/2016 / 8:45 am

    Hermione’s hiding place did bother me! I mean, they grew up in the middle of adults games and all, and she’s supposed to be brilliant, do not hide such an important item just.. there. No. No no no no. I think because I expected it to be the 8th Harry Potter, it felt flat to me. Even our beloved characters lacked something. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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    • Jessica 09/11/2016 / 9:59 am

      I agree. I felt that it was a bit out of character for Hermione to hide that thing where she did. She’s supposed to be clever and intelligent, so why did she hide it there out of all places?


  2. Hermione’s hiding place was the one thing that bothered me the most about this book. Like, really, is the brightest student in Hogwarts’ history really going to make it that easy for two children to find such a dangerous possession? I’m one of those who didn’t like that Ginny ended up with Harry, but this book definitely changed my mind. Scorpius was my favorite part (I also felt that Albus was too angsty, he reminded me of Holden from The Catcher in the Rye). I actually liked Draco in this novel; I felt like he really improved without compromising his character. I loved reading your thoughts!

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    • Jessica 09/11/2016 / 10:25 am

      I too thought it was strange that Hermione made it so easy for the kids to find that item.
      Scorpius is just the cutest kid. I want to give him a hug so badly. I also agree about Draco. He did really improve while staying in character.

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  3. LorevaRaven 09/11/2016 / 1:22 pm

    Completely agree about Scorpius! He is so adorable, I just want to hug him all the time ❤ Did you ship Scorpius and Albus at any point in the book? They are my favorite ship in this book!

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  4. lowkeydarling 09/11/2016 / 4:55 pm

    Scorpius was my favorite! And you’re so right about Hermione – she would not have hid something that a child could find! So, out of character. And I actually didn’t like some characters being brought back.

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    • Jessica 09/11/2016 / 6:04 pm

      Scorpius is my fav too! Hermione could have done better… Which characters did you not like being brought back?

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      • lowkeydarling 09/12/2016 / 9:08 am

        Snape and Dumbledore – Mostly Snape – I love how it ended in the first series – he was ‘evil’ till the end. I didn’t really want to see what he thought of Harry naming Albus Severus – I liked imagining that myself.

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  5. an average book lover 09/12/2016 / 4:35 pm

    omg you said everything i wanted to but didn’t know how i found it difficult to read because it is a script .i would’ve preferred if it was a story but anyways that was a good review thank you

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  6. Leen 01/09/2017 / 12:10 pm

    Ah great review! I just got it as a gift a few days ago and I’m so excited to read it!
    Thanks for making this spoiler-free!

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