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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) by J.K. Rowling - Reviewed by Lani (05 Feb 2017)
As an avid Harry Potter fan since childhood, I initially had mixed feelings about this book. While I wanted to continue to learn more about the Harry Potter world and the stories within it, I also was afraid to tamper with the closure provided by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, given that the Cursed Child story takes place 20 years later. I have not seen the stage production, so I can only imagine how they accomplished some of the special effects on stage. There are no character descriptions provided, and the format is exactly what you'd expect - it is a script with minimal explanation of emotions, expressions and actions. Leaving much of this up to the imagination of the reader, sometimes I struggled to picture the exact delivery of a line, especially when it was a well-known character and the line seemed out of place for them to say. I liked the new characters very much, however there are some old characters that I wish made an appearance or were mentioned, so that we could know what happened to them in the 20 years since the Deathly Hallows. Overall, I believe the Cursed Child story is a good addition to the Harry Potter world and would recommend it to fans.
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 is also the author of The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults published in 2012, and, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, is the author of the Cormoran Strike crime series. J.K. Rowling is making her screen writing debut and is a producer on the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the Wizarding World, due for release in November 2016. Jack Thorne writes for theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre credits include Hope and Let The Right One In both directed by John Tiffany, 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 and Cast-Offs and the upcoming National Treasure. In 2012 he won BAFTAs for best series (The Fades) and best serial (This Is England '88). John Tiffany directed Once for which he was the recipient of multiple aw ards both in the West End and on Broadway. 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 and St. Ann's Warehouse. His other work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Macbeth (also Broadway), Enquirer, The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Black Watch, for which he won the Olivier and Critics' Circle Best Director Awards, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn and Home: Glasgow . Other recent credits include The Glass Menagerie at A.R.T and on Broadway and The Ambassador at BAM. Tiffany was Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012, and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University in the 2010-2011 academic year.
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