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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production

By J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

  • Release Date: 2017-07-25
  • Genre: Theater
Score: 4.5
From 268 Ratings


The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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 theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.

This definitive and final playscript updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


  • I loved it.

    By Medivrl
    Even though I thought is was actually going to be like a book it was a very good ending to a exciting, and all around amazing story.
  • The cursed child is rushed

    By Bionic Ethan
    I know that Jo helped in creating this play/book for the sake of keeping the lore true, but it lacks details that only Jo could add. I wish that she was the soul writer of this and it became a book. I love the Harry Potter books for their well-thought our plot and links between all characters to achieve an ending worthy of the story’s journey. This play does not meet that standard and although I loved the story I sorely missed the details, the plot; and the ending just faded into obscurity. I’m glad we have pottermore to continue to feed our need for the world that is Harry Potter’s!!
  • Disgrace

    By cello claw
    A disgusting and horrible abomination to the world of Harry Potter
  • Sad this wasn't written by J. K Rowling

    By Doubletap2008
    Good book overall. I don't think that Albus and Scorpius would be in Slytherin though because they were nice people in general.
  • Ugh

    By Girlylovesmakeup
    Interesting storyline, but badly told. The format used for this story isn’t flattering for it. It’s distracting. Also, it seems like J. K. Rowling went onto fanfiction.net for inspiration for this one...
  • Disappointing

    By Bdkdbsh26384
    It felt more like an episode of Doctor Who which is cool, but nothing without the rest of the series. Zero character development, kind of overdone theme, hints at some things fans of the other books would be interested in and then abandons them. It feels like JK Rowling doesn’t respect her Harry Potter fans and thinks that a half hearted attempt at a watered down family themed cliche which spends half its time referencing exact quotes and scenes from her previous books will appease us. It is obvious that very little time was spent coming up with anything new. I’ve been more excited about three paragraph long fan fics than I was about this.
  • Fine

    By I don't like this book
    It was fine even though it was a playscript.
  • High expectations

    By HoniandBisou
    I saw J.K. Rowling on the front and thought it would be way more descriptive than it is. I definitely like the other books better. Other than that it’s pretty good
  • Quite exciting and brilliant

    By jk fan of all her works
    I was hesitant to purchase, not wanting to have Harry and his friends grow up so fast. Very pleased with this script. Very easy to read. Feels fine to read; not broken up or fragmented as I feared. A great intertwine of what I knew with what I learned. Not giving anything away about plot. A great read! Thank you all involved.
  • Not the Harry Potter characters I know

    By Stargold16
    This is poor writing and a terrible grasp of the characters. I read it because J. K. put her name with it, so my expectations were high and I was excited. Boy was this horrible. I don’t count this as real and just count it as someone’s horribly written fanfiction. Something that never happened in cannon and would never actually happen and that makes me feel better.