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    West End Girls []  2020-7-30 19:38

    my children like this song. me too!

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    West End Girls []  2020-7-30 19:38

    Always wanted a copy of the alternate version. This satisfies.

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    West End Girls []  2020-7-30 19:38

    This is the only CD release that includes the original ver of Pet Boys' "West End Girls". This 1984 ver is dramatically various from the widely released metropolitan-sounding 1986 ver for the mainstream market. But I search it much more appealing and appropriate, especially for clubs, with its innovative rhythmic synth sound along with the sound of broken e slight disappointment is the fact that the CD was transferred from a somewhat worn 12-inch vinyl rather than an original tape master or even a duplication tape. This in itself would not be a shortcoming but towards the end of the track of the original '84 version, there is audible mistracking and surface noise. Apparently, either the cartridge used to play the 12-inch single was not up to par in its tracking ability or the vinyl was too worn or ill the CD earns 4 stars because there is no other CD containing the original ver of "West End Girls".

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    West End Girls []  2020-7-30 19:38

    This is just a warning. This is not the actual original single for West End Girls and it is not even released by Pet Boys record label. Although the mixes are decent for their time, their novelty soon wears thin. The sound quality is shotty, as other reviewers have noted. I consider myself to be a real fan of PSB and test to collect as much as I can obtain my hands on. But this release comes off as unauthentic and weak. A "MUST HAVE" for only those that are TRULY die-hard fans of : If you are a fan of the song itself, a very decent remix by SASHA was officially released as a B-side track on the single for "I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing." This same mix is later included on the limited edition of POPART, the collected singles of the Pet Boys that was released latest year. This latter has a better sound quality simply because it was released over a decade later.I would sooner recommend these CD's than the one you are currently looking at.

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    West End Girls []  2020-7-30 19:38

    poor versions of the songi thought the versions were superbi failed in this buyingwell i supossed is my mistake

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    West End Girls []  2020-7-30 19:38

    A couple mixes (the Monreal ones) are okay. The cd was recorded VERY badly. The volume level of each song is dramatically various and needs to be adjusted for each song you listen to. There is also a distinct muted quality - songs sound muffled and lack any warmth, fullness or richness. Bobby O was involved in these mixes (He really knows what he's doing and is responcible for lots of amazing stuff)so I think that the majority of the issue is not the mixes themselves but with quality control of XYZ records. Re-released items like this by little companies with unknown audio recording equipment can be a crap shoot but its often the only method to get these mixes. Just getting a poor cd is very very unusual and since a cd is an exact copy I'd be leery of ordering. I did turn them into mp3s and was able to dramatically improve their sound and level out the volume. You could do this or save cash - obtain a used copy.

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    West []  2020-8-7 19:48

    Awesome record.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    First and foremost, I was well aware that this was a play, not a novel; but even by those standards this is a disgrace. If it was possible I would give 0 stars. I am horrifically obsessed with these books, for the past 19 years (tattoos, pet names, my adult apartment covered in maps and memorabilia - you obtain the point). Every Christmas and July 31st I have my own HP marathon - movies, and books, respectively. After re-reading the entire series just a day before reading this I was almost in a HP PTSD shock. I have read awful, poorly written, fanfiction that was lightyears better than this tragedy of a story (even calling it that seems overly kind).The characters you love and adore to abhore are completely missing - just their names remain, and little fragments of what seems to be a stolen history of their lives. I sighed, scowled, and groaned mercilessly while reading, and eventually completely gave up trying to understand even a semblance of what was going on in this is is NOT cannon, nor something I can physically or mentally endure sitting on my bookshelves next to what was the light of my childhood (and early adulthood if I'm honest). I will rightly say that I had a heavy nerd freak-out, and actually tore the book to pieces to prevent myself from re-reading it, as I knew I would as a sadistic form of torture - and it was cathartic as hell.If you only watched the movies, you may be able to endure this story; but the Potterheads who live and die for these books are just testing their patience, never-questioning love of all things HP, and the sainthood of Rowling by reading this story. (I am aware it is not her writing, and that with the play coming out she was in bind to publish, but that does not excuse this abortion of a story. Even as a play the plot alone is only a modi of what anyone truly in love with these characters and globe would be expecting.)**SPOILER WARNING** So a lot of issues: the timeturner now apparently having the ability to go back decades, and make butterfly result implications; Hermione's visage as a cold, cruel, DADA professor; Harry's Hermione-like myopic focus on his work, above his family; Ron - as a whole; too a lot of others to list without losing my cool once ter waiting 9 years for another story, this is truly heartbreaking, and worthy of tears!**And yes, that's my cat, Albus, looking on approvingly of the tattered remains of my sanity that night.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-3-27 19:22

    Ian Malcolm: I’ll tell you the issue with the scientific power that you’re using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as quick as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you’re selling it, you wish to sell it.Let's be clear...this was not written by JK...this is based on her series. And that becomes terribly clear very early on. Additionally, the number of names that are dropped is astronomical! Anyone worth knowing in the Potterverse is up front and counted. As in main character. The story, the plotline...it meanders all over the put that the reader wonders if the writers had a clue to begin with or if it was just to "stand on the shoulders of geniuses." There was no method this was going to fail...none. The generation that grew up reading Harry's stories are now buying their own books and financing their own plays. Their imagination was set free with JK's works and personally I think that was one of her greatest gifts...engaging our imagination. This reads like fan fiction, poorly written fan fiction and not even with any amazing ships!Your writers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they n't do it. Hold Harry, Ron, Hermione, McGonagall, Ginny alive in your memories instead.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-3-27 19:22

    I am an aggressive fan of Harry Potter.What a disappointment to read this ry slow and irritating first two third of this book is really letting down of us Harry's st one third is ok type.But anyway it shows beautifully about the conflicts of father son pio hero is marvelous.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-3-27 19:22

    I'm going to begin by saying, I grew up with Harry Potter. I am still currently for probably the thousandth time rereading the books I grew up loving. Harry Potter and the cursed kid is abismal. Harry, Ron, hermione, Draco, everyone is completely lost in this, they are just names used at this point. The story was sloppy and very rushed, moving years in only a few pages. I understand that as we grow older we change but this had very small left of anyone. At best I can describe it as a very poorly written fan fiction. Everything about what I at least loved about Harry Potter was completely removed. I understand this was a script for the play but I don't think it remotely was written by jk. If it was I would expect info from previous books to be correct and not severely muddled like the films were. I am very dissapointed, and am not considering this a Harry Potter book, it was abismal. If there is anything I want I could tell jk, it's this: we loved Harry yes but his story ended, we wish more yes, but we fell in love with the world, and that is what we wish more of. Tell us a story that has nothing to do with him or his family.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I wish to begin this by saying that I am a large Harry Potter fan. I grew up with Harry, I went to midnight premiers of the books and movies. I was so excited for this play. I wanted to like it. I really really did. If you are a fan I would say read it and form your own opinion. Here is what I thought:- Where was George?- Where was Teddy? Because he was in the station in th epilogue.- Where was Hugo? You know the other kid Ron and Hermione have.- Lily and James Potter… MIA for most of the play. Like James? Was he even in it?- Why was Ron running the joke ? He is an Auror. WHAT HAPPENED TO GEORGE? WHY WASN’T HE RUNNING THE ?!- Let’s talk about Ron. Why was he so non-Ron like? His character, all jokes no supporting and listening to Harry and Hermione. Also he is hardly in the play.- Harry’s relationship with Albus. Everything about this is upsetting.o In the latest book when they are dropping off the kids at the Hogwarts express, the children are genuinely confused as to why everyone is looking at them and Ron makes a joke saying “I’m famous”. It is deduced that the children do not know the extent of everything their parents went through to save the world. Yet Albus feel the weight of his dad’s legacy. Huh.o Then we have Harry SEPARATING Albus and Scorpious. Let’s go back to that epilogue where they all see Draco with his family and a joke gets created about not playing with his son. Which then Hermione corrects and Ron says to beat him on try but not to obtain too cozy and marry him. Again, making it seem that everything in the past is in the past. Then there is Harry’s history of mates at Hogwarts. He knows. He would not separate his son from his ONLY friend.- Albus choosing Slytherin for a friend? Awesome.- The rumors of Voldemort having a kid and that not being stopped by the ministry? Stupid. The ministry would have stopped panic about an heir being possible. Also Voldemort was conceived without love. He never cared about having an heir because he wanted to be in power. An heir would have been tournament for him.- More on that point. Bellatrix pregnant. She would have loved to mother the Dark Lords child; there would have been no greater honor. But. This does not work with the original time line. Bella is never pregnant, she wars at the battle. And then the gang goes to Malfoy manor there is no baby in sight. And if. IF. Voldemort would have wanted an heir; wouldn’t he have created it a horcrux and offered it more protection?- tension between Scorpious and Albus. Yet Albus has a crush on Delphi and Scorpious on Lily. I feel as though either they should have been opened about their romantic feels towards each other or this should have not been included.- The flashbacks/dreams Harry has. When Dudley is mentioned (yay!) and you search out petunia is dead. I know she was horrible but I do think Harry would have deep feelings about his mother’s sister passing. I liked the blanket part.- Bellatrix husband somehow got out of Azkaban and raised Delphi. How did he escape Azkaban? Because there is no method he got pardoned. So how did he escape? And after escaping how was there no alarm over him escaping. Sirius Black escapes and the freaking muggle minister is alerted! Then there is a heavy breakout and it is all over the everyday prophet. But hey, this guy who tortured the Longbottoms into insanity he escapes and it’s cool. Yeah, sounds legit.- The fresh prophecy. First of all: how did it happen with no one knowing about it except Delphi. Who created it? It’s sounding more and more as if this witch convinced herself that she is the heir of the dark lord.- Cedric. Cedric a hero who was noble and amazing and died oh so tragically. This hero who was loyal and kind and helped Harry turns DARK SIDE?!?! BECAUSE HE LOSES THE CUP. WHAT?!?! CEDRIC A DEAD EATER HAHAHAHA NOPE NOT FUNNY. Thank you for turning a amazing hero and completely changing him for the worse. Thank goodness you did not contain Sirius Black in your play.- On that same characters changing note. The trolley lady…. Hm. I will just leave it at that.- Polyjuice potion. That s*** takes a month to make. I read the chamber of secrets. A lot of times. It takes an effing month. And you need a piece of the person you are changing into. But wait not, here I got some polyjuice potion here in my back pocket and I just happen to carry my dad and his best mates hairs at all times. So let’s change into them and break into the ministry.- Btw that potion is not important because you can transfigure a HUMAN. Seven books and that never came out. Must be very dark magic.- On the dark magic note. Harry duels Delphi (a eighteen year old) and she is stronger? Um. Do we not recall Harry being a teenager and he beat Voldemort. His wand is the s***. So yeah how does this even create sense?- The no sugar diet. WHAT. Sounds like something film Ginny would do, not book Ginny.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    Read this as a library copy before deciding to buy it. It's that e play format isn't obnoxious; it's simple to read. That's the only thing going for this book; you'll obtain through it quickly, provided you don't hurt it too badly throwing it across the room in disgust every time you encounter another badly-written passage. Everything other reviewers are saying about this being a fanfiction is true. The characters are underdeveloped; after everything we saw in the first books, there was a lot they could have drawn on for who these characters are. They also don't seem to be very British anymore, which is odd. The interaction between characters is wooden and in locations just ridiculous. The plot... I won't give spoilers, but let's just say that there's so much deus ex machina that it's downright disturbing. Rather than inventing a fresh plot, they contrived a method to retread the old plots, which feels cheap and e teenagers don't act like teenagers. Too a lot of of the conversations are exposition tools, and in stilted language that children don't use. It's as if they didn't actually know any teenagers when they wrote this. The adults, however, DO sound like teenagers. They simultaneously kept the teenage mannerisms of the main HP characters, without keeping their inherent deeper personalities.I don't believe in poor books. But... this is a poor book. Even on its own, it would be a brutal read; as part of the HP universe, it's a bitter disappointment.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-3-27 19:22

    I, just like countless millions around the globe, love all things Harry Potter, from the first day the first book was in my local bookstore through my nth re-read of the entire series, as well as watching all eight films more times than I can admit.But then I read the fresh Harry Potter play/bookand I hated it.I will ill test to say why without e characters. We have spent over a decade watching Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Draco Malfoy mature from kids int young but powerful ose are not the characters we will see in this play. In THIS play, Hermione is a shrew. And is employed in other than expected after reading Deathly Hallows, and after Rowlings' post-Potter interviews. This Hermione is NOT a nice lady. Treats her mates as underlings and her husband as she would an unwanted stray. With mange. Her brilliance has dimmed to a few riddles weak enough for the reader to obtain long before the protagonists.Harry is a workaholic who seems to have avoided his life since Book 7. His desk reflects his private life, a mess. And his great, hard-won abilities in Defense Versus Dark Arts? Not evident in this story. In fact, he seems weaker now than he was in his Triwizard Competition days. And he, too, is barely tolerable. Not at all the sympathetic waif-turned-savior who we cared for, feared for, and a lot of of us secretly wanted to be...And Ron. Not good Ron. Always the third in the trio. Harry had his Scar and his Destiny. Hermione had the brains. But Ron... Ron was their heart. Ron was no idiot - "the best played android game of chess" from the first year days showed us that. But really, without him and his devotion to both Harry AND Hermione, Voldemort would have won. Ron was Harry's first, last, and best friend. And he was all that and more to Hermione. It was Ron, really, who taught Harry what love is. But here - here he is only the Comedy Relief. More pathetic than a three legged dog following the master who kicks him, he becomes less important, less interesting, and less credible as the same Ron Weasley we followed for seven years of his ckily enough, they are really only background. The protagonists are Albus, Harry's middle child, and Scorpius, Draco's only child. Albus seems the main protagonist, but the story would go nowhere without Scorpius.Unfortunately, Albus is... Thoroughly unlikable. He lives in the permanent pity-party of a middle kid raised in the showdown of a popular father. He divorces himself from his brother and cousin moments after the play begins. He creates his own misery, despite plenty of options.And Scorpius never fleshes out into more than a weak copy of both Ron and Hermione to Albus-as-Harry. Friend, but with definite suggestions that under the right cirtances, there could be more than friendship between the boys.And and almost all of Albus' troubles are his own immaturity (even taking his age into account) and his own self-pity, perhaps even self-hatered.Even his his attempts to undergo trials to better himself, to prove himself worthy to be a son to the Boy Who Lived... Well, unlike Harry, Albus seeks his own trouble, deliberately, with warning after warning, and nearly causes irreparable hurt everyone he should have , yes. The characters were a e setting? Replace "Hogwarts" with "the Tardis" or "the USS Enterprise" and you do not change the story one iota. Just substitute "sonic screwdriver" or "phasers" for "magic wand," as appropriate.And as for the plot: I basically told you that it is the story of a middle kid of a popular and distant father who tries to search value in himself, but not in any amazing way. I won't mention plot devices, but let's just say this one has been so overused in the science fiction, fantasy, and even comic book literature of the past decade that there was no doubt that only the use of the Harry Potter name got this play produced in the first short, there is nothing new. Nothing special. Nothing interesting. Just used plot devices and the destruction of characters the globe has loved for nearly two decades to tell the story of an unlikeable, slightly spoiled, self-pitying boy with middle-child syndrome who, when offered a fresh life, a fresh chance, time and again held on to his daddy problems so hard that I, for one, only finished reading this play because I wanted to see how low it would sink. As a middle kid myself, I had no pity for wling sold out on this one. Audiences will love to go back "home" to Hogwarts and our heroes (with a villain or two, or there is no conflict to resolve). But when they leave, and re-read the original books, re-watch the movies... How a lot of will see the magic in this play was all in their own desire to obtain more time in a beloved globe that ended with the Deathly Hallows?

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    Allow me begin by saying this, I love harry potter. I read the books 2-3 times per year since I was a child. I've grown up with these books. These books are a part of me, I've named my kids after characters in these books. I have 3 tattoos, all of which are harry potter. I'm a dedicated fan, entirely obsessed to be candid. I have waited for this book like the rest of you.I can handle the fact that it's written as a play, I was expecting this. I was fully prepared to accept this. I waited all night for this to be released to my kindle (it's 3 a.m and I've just finished). I sped through the cursed kid and my final thought was, this was disappointing .I'm skeptical of how much jk rowling actually contributed to this. I obtain more of a harry potter vibe from the unbelievable beasts trailer than this entire book. The plot was bad, almost everything was bad. It was like a poorly written sucks that I'm saying this because harry potter is a part of soul. I went into this thinking it was everything I'd ever hoped for.I'm not saying don't buy the book, by all means buy it. Read it. See for yourself. I'm not being cynical, rowling is the queen of my world. This is the first and likely only poor review I will give regarding her.Just be warned, this does not feel like harry potter. This was not intricate, well excuted, thought out, or clever. The characters were not real to themselves. I think the best method to go into reading this and saving yourself from despair is to read it as a fanfic and not the real works of rowling. It would be tolerable had her name not been involved, I expected so much more.And now I will test to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art. I still have huge hopes for unbelievable beasts and that's enough for now.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I'm just so disappointed. I'm finding it difficult to search the words.Obligatory remarks: I have loved Harry Potter for 20 years. I'm reading the books to my daughter, I have read the 7 books more times than I can count, I have led my students in countless discussions and debates about the books over the latest 15 years. I also read more Harry Potter fan fiction than is normal or healthy. I've read every possible scenario of what happens to these characters after the canon books.I was so excited about the Cursed Kid that I could barely sleep this week. I knew it was a script, I knew Jo didn't write it. But I was excited. Now, I'm bummed.******I WILL NOW BE SUPER SPOILERY:SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERSThings I liked:-Albus is a Slytherin! Yay!! This was my one want for this book, along with hoping Scorpius wasn't the antagonist.-Scorpius. I'm a large fan of all things Malfoy. Seriously, Draco Malfoy is my favorite character. I'm happy with how Scorpius was written in the play. The rumor that he is Voldy's son? Brilliant.-There were times when I could really see the original Ron and Ginny in their characters here. Not often, but occasionally.-Who wouldn't like to see Snape again?-I'm glad to see that Harry is struggling with his experiences. Let's face it, with all he's been through, he would definitely have PTSD. The epilogue in Deathly Hallows always struck me as a small too "shiny happy."The disappointments:-Time moves too quickly, and we obtain almost superficial glimpses of why both Albus and Scorpius are struggling in school. I would have much preferred for the story to focus more on their experiences at Hogwarts. With Rose as the antagonist with a Malfoy prejudice? That would have been great. Truly great. And unexpected.-Slytherin. On a deep, gut level, I've required Albus to be a Slytherin. I've always been troubled by the portrayal of Slytherin House in both the books and the movies. They are the Evil House. Why, WHY would Hogwarts condone the sorting of a quarter of the school into Death Eater training grounds? If Salazar Slytherin was so evil and essentially a racist, why does Hogwarts still have a Slytherin House? And what is the notice to the students who are sorted into Slytherin? "You're evil, kid. Have fun being a Death Eater!"Wasn't the takeaway in Books 1-7 that we shouldn't judge Slytherins unfairly? Draco actually saved Harry by not "recognizing" him at the Manor. Narcissa saved Harry by being brave enough to lie to Voldemort. Snape is by far the bravest, most extraordinary hero in the series. And let's not forget Regulus Black, who knowingly sacrificed his life at a young age in order to destroy ONE Horcux and give others a possibility to finish the job. Slytherin more than redeemed itself in the series. And the epilogue reinforces this when Harry tells Albus that it's okay to be in Slytherin. I knew in 2007 that Albus HAD to be a Slytherin. Surely the House system has changed by the time he goes to school? Surely Hogwarts is sorting students on their qualities and recognizing that all four Houses are valid and none are evil? Surely Hogwarts would rather abandon the House system than continue to train dark wizards in Slytherin?Yes, in The Cursed Child, my dream came real and Albus was sorted into Slytherin. And he became best of mates with Scorpius, just like I had hoped. But there is no redemption for Slytherin to be found. The Slytherin children continue to be [email protected]#$%!&, even to "their own." They bully Albus and Scorpius. We are never for a second shown that Albus possesses Slytherin qualities, nor are we shown that a lot of people can possess the Slytherin traits (cunning, shrewdness, leadership skills) and still be a amazing person. This play just reinforces the same old Slytherin prejudices. There was an opportunity to redeem Slytherin, and it was lost. Spectacularly.-Everyone else has said it and I will say it, too: Time-Turners. No. Just...no. There was plenty of material possible without having to revisit the "greatest hits" dates of the original series. How convenient that the play ends on October 31, 1981. It's Back to the Future. And not in a amazing way. I actually groaned when I saw the date. And again, not in a amazing way. Not to mention that Time-Turners have always been self-fulfilling; they are a closed loop, if you will. We've never seen them change anything. Going back in time always happened. Essentially, when you go back in time, you're only doing what you've ALREADY done. In Azkaban, Harry and Hermione always were there- they didn't change anything. They didn't change time. They just repeated what they had already done. We also have never seen anyone "go back" with a Time-Turner. They just catch up with the e you telling me that there are no other stories to tell? There are- fanfic is full of better ideas that don't involve traveling through time (and don't obtain me started on the fact that a canon Time-Turner can't travel that far back.) I was hoping this would be a Hogwarts fic, maybe interspersed with Harry dealing with his issues. Maybe even Snape wasn't dead. In canon, we never see a body after the fact, not a grave, or a funeral. A find for Snape would have created my heart so happy. But maybe I read too much fanfic. There are logical ways to create that happen, too. Draught of Living Death, always carrying Nagini's antivenin with him, etc. Or, barring that, what if Snape's portrait was included instead? Albus befriending the portrait at Hogwarts? Portrait Snape as Albus's mentor and advisor? Sign me up.-Cedric. Where do I begin with Cedric? I'll begin here: how convoluted is it to imagine that Cedric living would have resulted in Harry's death and Voldy's success? There is no possibility that this is where Delphi would have started, prophecy or no. No chance. If I had the ability to travel through time, and I wanted Voldemort to win, I would not begin with Cedric Diggory. I would have started with convincing V not to attempt to slay Harry. (I know she gets there eventually, but it's a Plan B.) I would have traveled to another time and killed Harry. Or prevented the destruction of a Horcrux. Or talked V into changing a Horcrux into something less obvious. Or talked him out of taking Nagini to the final battle. Or corrupted Harry into joining V instead. The possibilities are endless. But saving Cedric is not on that list. It's not. It can't be defended. It's a HUGE coincidence that saving Cedric would cause him to become a Death Eater. And logically, Delphi would have not known this or even considered the possibility. The "prophecy" was a ridiculous, clearly last-minute addition in order to lend some credibility to going back to the Triwizard Tournament. But we know Cedric. There's not a possibility that he would become a Death Eater. He's the most loyal, fair-minded hero in the entire series. It's not even slightly believable.-There's a second Time-Turner? What?? It's like the second begin device in Contact. I know I'm mentioning too much fanfic, but seriously, there are better amateur stories. And better HP time travel stories out there. JK destroyed all the Time-Turners for a reason during Order of the Phoenix. So they wouldn't ex machina the entire story. Are there really no other ideas?? Here's one: Harry being the Master of Death creates some interesting possibilities. I know he destroys the Elder Wand, but maybe he still is the Master of Death as the latest owner of the Hallows? Wouldn't that be a better story? Harry discovering he can't die? Or maybe gifted with unique powers from Death?-We come to the worst of all. Voldemort has a child. Voldemort. Has. A. Child. It's hard to write that, because that's ridiculous. It's dumber than what most 12-year-old fanfic authors would come up with. It's rehashing the same old tired storylines, a issue that plagues most sequels. "But this time, Voldy's a hot chick!" Not to mention, the logistics of her birth are impossible to believe. This means that Bellatrix was heavily pregnant at Easter, when she tortured Hermione at the Manor. Also, who would have returned to the Manor after the final war to search a baby? Well, logically, the Malfoys would have. So Draco should know, at the very least. If we insist on this storyline of V's baby, I would have preferred (by a LOT) that Scorpius really was Voldemort's kid. We all knew from the beginning that he wasn't, because we all just knew the story wouldn't have gone that way. What an amazing shock it might be to have Draco produce the second Time-Turner and explain that the rumors are true! And how does Scorpius deal with that? How would his friendship with Albus have progressed? How would Harry feel about his son in any kind of relationship with Voldy's kid? See? It's a more intriguing story than what we were given.-Lack of complexity. Books 1-7 were brilliantly constructed, with tips of what was to come almost from the beginning. The Cursed Kid is not complex. There is no challenge. I love reading to my 7-year-old and exploring those complexities in the first 7 books. It's work for her, but ultimately worth it. TCC is formulaic and lacking the depth and cleverness of the originals. Hermione puts easy riddles on her bookshelf to hide the Time-Turner? Really? That's only one example!-I know that this next point is the ultimate fanfic reader hang-up. Let's face it: everyone's in fanfic. But I believe I know why, or at least why I have fun it. Fanfic is the best possibility to see how small changes might affect a well-known story and well-known characters. What if Harry were sorted into Slytherin? What if Voldemort didn't bring Nagini to the final battle? What if Lily died but James didn't? What if Sirius didn't go after Peter in '81 and had the possibility to raise Harry? These sorts of hypothetical situations are the cornerstone of amazing fanfic. And they are why fanfic exists, to be honest- to see the ripples in the pond that small changes can make. I think this is why everyone is in fanfic. It brings up some interesting ideas: If Harry had a crush on Draco, how would that have affected Sixth Year? Or if Harry had been in a relationship with Cedric, how would that have changed the Triwizard Tournament? Would he have personally tried to save Cedric after the fact? Love and relationships are the big, pivotal plot points in most stories on the planet. Changing relationships up helps us see various possibilities in a well-worn story. It's a fun exercise!I say the above because I wish you all to be aware that I am not some fanfic-crazy woman who wants all the characters to be . I just like the mental exercise of imagining how small changes affect the entire story. When I heard that the Cursed Kid would be about Albus, and then I saw the pictures of Scorpius, I beautiful instantly hoped first that they would be friends, and then I wondered how them being more than mates could affect the characters (Harry and Draco can handle being civil, but could they be in-laws?) And I almost got my wish. Scorpius seemed to have deeper feelings. It is expressly written that he has problems with Albus flirting with Delphi. That he was jealous. I know Dumbledore is . But come on- they can't be afraid to insinuate that at least a few people in the wizarding globe are . Statistically, a lot of of them should be. At least leave it ambiguous, like with Dumbledore. Instead, they have to contain at the very end that Scorpius likes Rose. Rose, the least interesting hero in the whole damn play. And that's saying Thoughts:I suspect that the play itself is spectacular. The acting, the costumes, the sets, the unique effects, all of them are most likely breathtaking and divert from the plot issues. But reading just the script exposes all the issues. We have no opportunity to be distracted by the spectacle. That's why I think releasing this was a large mistake.I'm worried that this has tainted the first books for me. I don't wish to read Goblet of Fire and picture Albus and Scorpius (and Scorpius 2) there during all three tasks. Ultimately, this story adds nothing, only subtracts. There must be literally thousands of stories in the wizarding globe to tell. I'm so disappointed that JK signed off on a story that included Time-Turners, happenings from Books 1-7, and Voldemort 2. It's poorly-constructed fanfic that we now are forced to accept as canon.I want this all hadn't happened. I was enjoying picturing what the whole gang was doing now. Now that I know, I want I didn't know. I'm going to go back to better stories. I'm going to eat my feelings and pretend it didn't end like this.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I should say, I'm a heavy Harry Potter fan. I'm such a fan of the novels that, at times, I can't watch the movies because they are nothing like the books. I eagerly awaited the arrival of this script, and hoped that it would continue the story in a method that left me longing for more. I was severely 'll read it in the other reviews, I'm sure, but the plot holes and characterization of this story were just horrendous. There is no other word for it. You might search yourself, as I did, occasionally swept along in the story, but that doesn't create it a amazing story. It certainly doesn't excuse the not good writing which is filled to the brim with trope after trope, cliche after cliche, corny phrase after corny phrase. That JK Rowling would lend her help to a script of such not good quality is inconceivable. Perhaps she was confunded?By page 42 I was ready to be done, by page 242 I was laughing hysterically. This script is pure tripe. I don't have a issue reading it in script form. I would rather read it in a script than be distracted from its flaws by flashing lights and (what I'm sure is) amazing n't pay to read this book. Rent it from the library, or borrow a copy if your curiosity is that insatiable.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-3-27 19:22

    I love Harry Potter - like have a Harry Potter tattoo and obsess over it kind of love. I'm also an English major who took multiple courses on reading plays of all kinds. So I am used to the set up and with awesome unique effects could see this being entertaining to sit through just for nostalgia sake. However, it was bad. The plot was terrible. The characters were out of hero by a lot... Doing things I didn't understand. It was insulting to read that something as silly as being embarrassed could turn Cedric into a death eater- his hero was one of dignity, loyalty, and strength. To insinuate he could just have one embarrassing moment and end up being a death eater is unreal. Not to mention the giant plot hole of the time turner suddenly working in a method that it never has before (and in fact, was expressly written that it never could work in the method it does in Cursed Child). It read like a mediocre fan fiction written by someone who has only seen the movies. I was incredibly disappointed. If I was being more honest I would give this 1 star... But giving something in the Harry Potter universe such a low score is honestly hurting my heart.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-3-27 19:22

    Most of this book is just reverberating the plot of former books through dreams etc. it's awful. At one point it says 1994, then says 25 years ago and the back says 19 years this point they are just trying to create cash and don't care about the fans or hero authenticity or accuracy. They were all weak characters, and not the young, charming, inexperienced weak, that you'd expect from past writings. They all came across as middle aged disgruntled Muggles, lol. Too true for me - no charm.I don't think Rowling even read it. If she did, she should be ashamed.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-3-27 19:22

    I almost didn’t read thing because the reviews were so harsh, but the plot on wiki sounded like something I wanted to happen since book one. This epic story comes in the form of a play manuscript and leaves much up to the imagination! If you are powerful with your own HP imagery, then this will be a pleasure to read. It will take a couple of chapters to obtain used to the format, no doubt, but press on! Just when you think you have it figured out, there is a plot twist I had not seen a writer, I become skeptical when authors don’t push plots to their full interest. This story reveals layer by layer a question I have been asking for eons: “What would happen if Potter got sorted into Slytherin?” But then it goes a step further than you can imagine. This is all I can say without revealing spoilers about this spellbinding book. The whole cast and squad is show to help with an epic tale. Prepare yourself for the ride of a lifetime and (PLEASE) don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-3-27 19:22

    D for Dreadful.I read the reviews but didn't think much of all the one-stars. I figured hardcore Harry Potter fans were just being too harsh in reviewing after years of inventing their own futures for all the beloved characters.I was so wrong.I wish to stress that I really really wanted to like this addition to the Harry Potter canon. I even wanted to read it quickly so I could obtain to Amazon to leave a amazing review, defending the plot and characters. Unfortunately, it truly did fall short in my eyes. The characters don't seem like themselves, the plot seems rushed and full of holes, and there are so a lot of unnecessary and incompatible story inclusions that seem incorporated just to be able to revisit old characters. I was, regrettably, disappointed.SPOILERS ---->First, I agree with a lot of of the comments left here in that having Albus Potter be sorted into Slytherin was great. However, there was no explanation of why and no vindication for Slytherin House either. I would have hoped that Slytherin was finally shown in amazing light, but this did not really happen either. There were hardly any signs of ambition or leadership in Albus or Scorpius. How did they end up in Slytherin, anyway? Also, why was there no mention of Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff?The idea that Albus and Scorpius wouldn't understand (or care about) the consequences of using a time turner to change a significant historical happening at the age of 14 is preposterous. Even if Scorpius was mildly tempted just to follow his friend, he would be intelligent enough to test to dissuade Albus from actually making any changes in history. He is portrayed as intelligent like Hermione, but this certainly didn't fit. And to test to set things right by doing it a second time? And on top of that, doing something entirely various that second time hoping it would place things back in order?! e largest plot problem I had was that Voldemort has a child, and with Bellatrix Lestrange before the War of Hogwarts, no less. We saw Bellatrix in book 7 in detail the year before she died. As someone pointed out, the idea that she was pregnant while fighting Harry, Ron, and Hermione in Malfoy Manor and no one message is absurd. Maybe I'm missing something in the timeline on this one. Also, Voldemort would have planned much better than to leave his descendant with no proper care or plan for the future. Voldemort took every precaution and went further than any wizard known in history to assure his immortality. He would have had related care and preparation for his plan ly, there is a huge problem with the characters in this story. I thought that the reviews of changing characters might be attributed to them growing into adulthood. Now, though, I really don't think so. There was a mix of odd sappy behavior and furious rages from Harry who had always been respectful of others and learned to control his emotions towards the end of the series. Hermione was preoccupied and sloppy. Ron was no longer witty or clever but included as some kind of foolish comic relief. Draco was the peaceful voice of reason. It really didn't create sense to me. As for the flashbacks, they seemed so forced and unnecessary - only existing to give the audience a possibility to revisit characters. Even they were disappointing revivals, though. Dumbledore seemed emotional and unhelpful, Cedric was full of spite, and Snape was sentimental and kindhearted (even if Snape was amazing in the end, he was never one to obtain emotional - he himself states that it is a key to his Occlumency skills!). Very disappointing.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    Spoilers!!Huge Harry Potter fan-- 16 years of reading!! So I was incredibly excited for the fresh one. I hold wondering if there's a therapy group where all the disgruntled fans can congragate and weep together. I'm also refusing to consider in cannon as it was not JKR herself who penned. What they did to the INTEGRITY of these characters. I'm sick over it. The entire 7 book series was about friendship, love and loyalty, and Harry knew that; and most importantly, knew that's what created him various from V. You're telling me, he, Ron and Herm didn't continue to live and instil those values in their children? Rose was a bully, who was prejudice versus someone without knowing them first. Harry would never said he wished his child wasn't his, or sacrificed his kid's only friendship over gosip. Harry wouldn't have choosen work over time with his family, which after all he'd been through WAS ALL HE EVER WANTED.If someone were to ask me, what is your favorite thing about Harry Potter?, I would hands down reply: Harry Potter's moral integrity, that is the heart of the series. It's his choosing to sacrifice himself for what is good. It's choosing friendship over suspicion. It's a defiant effort to turn towards the pain of loving and losing, then choosing not to love at all. It's choosing to do what right, and best for others even when it hurts, is inconvenient, or scary. It's fighting for truth and justice, even when you're the only one doing it. And when you move away from those central themes, the integrity of who we know Harry (and friends) to have PROVEN himself to be, you destroy Harry Potter and all that he stood for for 7 books. This fresh book is the worst kind of trash, the one that destroys the soul of our so, what they did to calm, measured, quirky, wise Dumbledore, making him a weepy, rude mess, who spoke in cliches, issuing a completely unnecessary "apology" to why Harry was at the Dursleys, when Dumbledore had already apologized profusely for that in HP5 AND severely told off the Dursleys in HP6 for their abusive behavior! It was just phony emotional ! And Ron's a proper idiot who got drunk during his wedding?! He would have never disrespected Hermione like that. Hermione was neither clever, nor charming; she didn't come up with hardly any solutions. And what a weak, floppy mess Harry was during the war scene?! His 16 year old self could have fought better. It's like they sucked the soul out of the books, like a dementor wrote it!! This is not even pointing out the horrible plot holes! No, I refuse this book is real. It's a bloody mess!

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    So, I just finished reading Cursed Kid and...I'm incredibly disappointed. I knew full well that this was merely a script and not a full-blown story. I'm totally fine with that..except for the fact that it's terrible.*possible spoilers*The initial excitement of holding a fresh HP book wore off incredibly quickly. The characters in CC have almost no semblance whatsoever to their real HP counterparts. They are flat and dull in so a lot of ways.And what's with the relationship between Scorpius and Albus? I fully expected this to turn into a full-blown romantic relationship because they reiterate their feelings for one another over...and over...and over...But it doesn't really add anything to the plot when they do!Speaking of plot...this one is terrible! Time travel, angsty teenage drama, more time travel, random daughter of Voldemort, more time travel...There are more holes in this plot than a cheese grater!Ugh..I have read the original HP series through a lot of times, and will continue to do so. But this book will never be reread. I will likely give it away or give it to Goodwill as soon as my wife finishes reading it..o stars because I can't 'hate' anything HP, but this is cutting it incredibly close.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-3-27 19:22

    I love the Harry Potter series. I read the books multiple times a year, watch the films frequently and have read a lot of extra articles from pottermore. I had to wait a few days to obtain this book because of money flow problems but Now that I have read it I fully regret ever reading this.while I was looking forward to this and I knew it would be a script from a play not an in depth novel that I am used to; even with expectations being lowered a small to accommodate this being a play, nothing could prepare me for this travesty of a rstly: time travel is a weak plot line at best. After waiting years for a fresh story from Jo we obtain "what would have happened if Cedric hadn't died" this was such a allow condly: Cedric being embarrassed during the triwizard competition would have been enough to cause someone who we remembered as brave, and selfless, to become a death eater? What type of garbage is that? How dare they drag his name through the mud and tarnish his memory like irdly: Voldemort has a child? This is such a plot line cop out and even while reading it this doesn't create sense. Voldemort was conceived under a love potion, he doesn't know or understand love. Even with Bellatrix falling head over heels for him, in what universe do these two obtain together and create a baby? And wouldn't Hermione have noticed that Bellatrix was pregnant when she used polyjuice potion to become her so they could enter her vault in Deathly Hallows?And then Scorpious and Albus constantly referring to eachother as their best mate got to be annoying. And I am still wondering what qualities either of these boys possess that had them sorted into ere were parts I did have fun but they were few and far between. This is without a doubt garbage and I hope that Jo did not write this and that a corrected ver of this will appear on pottermore or in print at a later date. My only hope is that I can return to reading the original 7 books and seeing the original 7 films without this mashup of not good plot lines tarnishing my love for Harry Potter.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    (enough said)

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2017-10-16 18:1

    I too am a large Harry Potter fan. I have read every book and watched every films multiple times. I was so disappointed with this play. I love reading plays so that wasn't the problem. The story itself was awful, boring, and so predictable. I knew the min the hero was introduced that she was going to be the person who caused all the mess and it really wasn't even an interesting mess. It was just not up to JK Rowling's writing standards -- I was quite shocked frankly that her name is on this.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-3-27 19:22

    I rarely review, that being said, i am so unbelievably dissapointed in this "story". I do understand that J.K didnt write this, but i feel that someone carrying on her legacy should have somewhat of her writing style. This has none of that. Ive been reading these books since the 2nd one came out, I wanted to love this, and i hope the play itself is as amazing as its being hyped to be. Its not that its in script format, It is just imo that the writing is horrid. Its like the worst 'fanfic' ive ever read.

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    The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West []  2020-1-26 21:51

    This book has a large scope but the author has a knack for picking out telling info and keeping the narrative moving.

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    Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days []  2020-2-12 19:18

    I have been to Africa and found the author's travels interesting. I had already experienced most of what he wrote about. It was an ok book but I would not read it again. You might search it interesting if you are planning a trip to the little towns in western Africa. I usually have fun real memoir type books but I didn't really have fun this book. A Peace Corp person wrote a book called Giraffes Tell Secrets by Jeanine Morgado that you may wish to read instead of this book. I know Jeanine as she was in the Peace Corp with my daughter and I am beautiful sure it is a real story of living in remote Namibia. Another amazing book about Africa is What is the What by Dave Eggars.

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    Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days []  2020-2-12 19:18

    This was one of the best books I've read! Sorry to have it end. I learned so much about west Africa. The author was non-judgmental and just told it like it is or was. I still think of this book and highly recommend it. Want everything I read could be this good. Good? No, EXCELLENT! A lot of book I start, I can't finish but I may actually read this one again someday. I don't know who wouldn't love it

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    Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days []  2020-2-12 19:18

    The travel experiences of a young man sight-seeing in the smaller, more remote countries in Africa. It was interesting because it is something I would/will never do. Brought the lives of daily people to our attention. Modes of transportation, hotels, foods that we don't understand. But in the middle of people who do not speak English, still he finds people who wish to support him.

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    Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days []  2020-2-12 19:18

    Tom Coote is the true deal, an old globe style explorer with a modern writers gift. This book takes you along into the shady globe that is everyday life in West Africa to this day, a globe most people have no knowledge of. Books like this not only enlighten and entertain but play an invaluable role in educating people about the true world. Once you begin it, it will be hard to place down.

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    The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West []  2020-1-26 21:51

    Quite amazing history of the time period from about 900 to about 1100. It gives you a fine understanding of how Christendom tamed the old pagan ways of Europe while in the process incorporating some of the fighter virtues that these pagan peoples possessed.I give it four stars rather than five due to the story sometimes getting bogged down in info that create the reading a bit hard going, combined with Tom Hollands writing style that, while eloquent, can be a bit convoluted and deducts from the overall reading experience.

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    The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West []  2020-1-26 21:51

    I consider myself a history buff and love ancient Roman and modern Asian history, but basically haven't paid attention to the Middle Ages/Mediaeval history since high school. As Holland's newest book shows, that was certainly a mistake. According to Holland's The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West, the early Middle Ages, around the turn of the millennium, proved to be an extremely necessary time not just in European history, but also the separation between church and state and the idea of progress more fore the millennium, a lot of Christians in Europe became apprehensive as, in the Book of Revelation, St. John predicted that the Antichrist would rule the globe and the end of days would be near. The exact date was uncertain, but though to be a thousand years after Christ's birth (1000 AD) or his resurrection (1033 AD, the more accepted number after nothing happened in 1000 AD). During this time, Europe (coincidentally?) suffered internecine warfare, rogue knights, Viking raids, threats from a rising Islamic Caliphate, and a host of other problems. When the millennium came and went, both religious and secular leaders realized they had better solidify their own dominions on earth since the end of days might take longer than expected. However, unlike James Reston's The Latest Apocalypse: Europe at the Year 1000 A.D., Holland's book does not focus on the myths and legends surrounding the millennium, but rather the historical e thrust of the book focuses on the political and religious changes that accompanied, and were influenced by, the millennium. Most necessary for Holland's story is the rise of the papacy. Before the millennium, the papacy was simply an office available for ambitious roman elites. The line of popes consisted of more than a few incompetents, youthful puppets, dilettantes, and gigolos. Furthermore, a lot of bi received the positions through bribery and other patronage (known as simony). By the mid-1000s, religious reformers, with a stronghold in the monastery in Cluny, succeeded in installing one of their own, Pope Leo IX. Thereafter, popes increasingly exercised their temporal and religious authority, with Pope Leo IX being the first to declare a holy battle (against Norman marauders in Italy). The story culminates when Gregory VII excommunicates the Saxon King Henry IV when the latter sought to appoint and control local bi, as kings had traditionally done. Henry successfully begs for forgiveness at Canossa, but not before the globe realizes that the papacy is strong and that the Pope controls religious affairs. Holland argues this led to the division between church and state that has proven so crucial to Western civilization (and contrasted to Islam, where Islamic law covers both secular and religious issues).The years surrounding the millennium marked a time when Europe ceased trying to imitate the ancient Roman Empire and started to forge its own distinct future. Initially, European kings, such as Charlemagne, simply sought to emulate Roman emperors and even went to Rome to be crowned by the Pope. During the early Middle Ages, Europe also underwent a transformation in political authority. Holland describes the rise of knights and castles as responses to weak governments in the West and the ambitions of local elites. Proselytization of the barbarians also plays a bigger role. It is particularly interesting to see how Saxons, Vikings, and other fighter tribes "reinterpret" Christianity to endorse their traditional fighter is book is amazing because, in addition to being a history lesson, it also describes the origins of so a lot of things still with us today. For example, in the Frankish, Saxon, and other kingdoms, we see the beginnings of the modern nation states of Western Europe. Holland also describes how the Scandinavians, Hungarians, and others who had been outside the Roman Empire were eventually Christianized. We also see the first major incidents of anti-Semitism, in Orleans in 1010 (Holland claims that before then, Christian communities had been largely tolerant of Jews). Also, next time somebody tells you that you need to "go to Canossa," you'll know what to do.Holland has a amazing knack for finding unbelievable anecdotes and enjoys repeating them at face value. He breathlessly recounts how heredity was a significant problem for heirs because, "as the ancients had long since proved, both sperm and menstrual blood were suffused with the essence of an individual's soul." Hence, princes required to assure competitors and topics that they had inherited the prior king's noble traits through his semen. Meanwhile, the Scottish, trying to claim a noble heritage for their proud peoples, claimed to have descended from the Pharaoh's daughter who had found Moses in a bulrushes. her name - Princess Scota of course! One of my favorite stories was the tip Polish bi gave for punishing a rapist: "nailed his scrotum to a bridge, [and] then, 'after a sharp knife has been placed next to him,' be confronted with the unpleasant options of self-castration or suicide." Thou shalt NOT lust.Having said that, I don't think the book works as well as Holland's other books (Persian Fire: The First Globe Empire and the War for the West and Rubicon: The Latest Years of the Roman Republic) simply because he covers too much. Unlike those two books, which covered pivotal events, The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West really deals with a 150-year time period. There aren't really any central characters, and this period of history covers so a lot of kings, princes, and popes that it simply becomes difficult to remember them all. Furthermore, the narrative often skips around to various parts of Europe and occasionally goes on tangents (I'm still not sure how necessary the Russians were to all of this). However, at the end of the day, I think Holland rightly felt he had to place in this background because, unlike the history of Julius Caesar, few readers know enough about the early Middle Ages to appreciate the significance of the millennium and Canossa. In that sense, for readers (like myself) who have small background in Mediaeval history, it is necessary to not obtain too overwhelmed by the info and hold the larger picture in mind. If you do that, you'll be shocked this history changes your view of the West.

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    Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days []  2020-2-12 19:18

    I received this e-book in a promo from the author. An interesting read. At first I was small offended by his cavalier assessments of the individuals and scenes he intentionally placed himself in. The references to history, philosophical judgements and consequences of colonialism were informative and appropriate although sometimes long and divergent. Amazing sources for further reading. The narrative was at times choppy and repetitive; like cryptic journal entries from someone in a hurry. Hard to imagine getting a sense of a country from a pass through, but there were some perfect observations of the flavour and economic climate, the on the ground reality for a lot of of the folks he came in contact with, gave me the taste to investigate the region.

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    Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days []  2020-2-12 19:18

    Truly satisfied

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    The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West []  2020-1-26 21:51

    Perfect collection of unknown facts (like that there would be no Renaissance without the Arabs transmitting the ancient and fresh knowledge to the then barbarian Europe) and connecting them in sensible method to what later became us, the West.

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    The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West []  2020-1-26 21:51

    Tom Holland is amazing as usual. Read as much of his work as you can obtain your hands on.

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    The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West []  2020-1-26 21:51

    Very amazing book. Helps greatly in understanding a lot of aspect of middle ages and the impact of religion of western civilization. Agree with some other reviews in that it does obtain a small tedious but also believe the detail is essential to understanding. Highly recommend to anyone interested in the rise of Christianity and / or European history.

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    The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West []  2020-1-26 21:51

    As is normal for Tom Holland, very interesting book. I have to go back and read another time to absorb it all. Moves quickly and jumps from put to put to place, time to time.

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    Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days []  2020-2-12 19:18

    The title created me believe that it was a serious scholar who hade written the book. I was wrong. I had hoped for a book related to The Mask of Anarchy: The Destruction of Liberia and the Religious Dimension of an African Civil War, written by Stephen Ellis. A fast look at the reviews told me that it was a amazing book. And it is. But not at all what I had e author is a normal traveller describing his rather fast journey through West Africa. He stays rarely more than one night at each place. He intercepts his own experiences and thoughts with info he has sought out in books. His thoughts are sometimes interesting to read, but he is is not a scholar. One must not expect that, as I did. It isn't even on the level of a journalist, but an normal travel writer.His book is more related to Robert D. Kaplan's book The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy, but he doesn't have his insights or knowledge to create related contemplations during his l this said, I read the book quickly, had issues putting it down, laughed some, got irritated sometimes, which is good. His thoughts on the region are amusing and don't come close to Kaplan's dystopic vision, which is also good. But he didn't stir my imagination and didn't create me wish to visit West Africa.I believe he would have more insights, more things to say, if he had stayed there longer and didn't just do a normal backpack tour with a sour face. What I mean is that even though he had all these descriptions from various books, he doen't seem interested to obtain to know the travel to a put if you wish to write something worthwhile you have to stay there a while and not just take a fast look at it and say that is madness, and move on.

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    Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days []  2020-2-12 19:18

    At times I did not wish to place it down; it felt as if I myself had been there with the writer. Four stars because it has several omissions of words that rudely yank you off the story and bring you back to your chair and your own world.

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    Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days []  2020-2-12 19:18

    Written just as the Arab Spring was beginning, but before Khadaffi was overthrown and before the Ebola crisis created things worse in West Africa, this travel book offers a revealing glimpse of life in West Africa. Appallingly primitive where everything is barely functioning, the book rightfully suggests that everyone in authority is either to blame or incompetent or misguided. I can't imagine anyone wanting to retrace the author's steps, yet if you wish to understand this part of Africa, this is an necessary point of view to read.

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    Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days []  2020-2-12 19:18

    An daily travelogue of a trip through western Africa by whatever means of transportation is available. It was created interesting by the exotic locale, the tales of how to deal with the daily things we take for granted in developed countries, and the bits of history which provide a bit of insight into how these countries got to where they are today - both amazing and bad.

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    The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West []  2020-1-26 21:51

    I have read all of Tom Holland's books (well, not all of the fantasies), and this one does not disappoint. I am also reading the "standards" and this one remains the most readable and provocative (believe it or not). Holland is up on the recent academic theories and controversies, and definitely takes sides. But he's a amazing enough scholar to be skeptical of, but willing to listen to, the more far out interpretations. The combination of amazing writing, as always, and amazing scholarship create him a compelling authority.

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    The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West []  2020-1-26 21:51

    I picked up this novel after reading Holland's Rubicon and Persian Fire, due partly to my preference for the author's narrative style of presenting history, and partly due to the intriguing topic matter.I've read a number of works on the Middle Ages and am passingly familiar with the characters and the happenings that shaped the history of the era. Nevertheless, as he did so well in his earlier two works, Holland has a method of taking well known topic matter and giving it enough of a twist to capture the reader's attention. In addition, his narrative style of presenting history is far preferable to the dry, textbook style utilized by a lot of other this work, Holland examines the Middle Ages, roughly from the reign of Constantine to the early 12th century, through the prism of the spread of Christianity, the sometimes extreme tension between religious and secular rulers, and challenges posed by adjacent pagan and Islamic encroachment.Whether you are a well read student of the era, or a newcomer, I can highly recommend Forge of Christendom and other historical works by this author.

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    The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West []  2020-1-26 21:51

    tom holland is "the man" wish to know the truth from a amazing historian, find no further.

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    End []  2020-11-17 19:59

    Quick delivery, no damages happened during the shipping, over all.. well worth the is a classic, a solid 13 tracks, plus a intro which means, 3 of the 17 songs were average or just so-so.which to me is a solid album considering on average most albums with 17 songs, would only have 4 to 6 songs you would like and the rest you would skip. honestly "The End" "When the Smoke Clears" "Da Unbreakables" & "Most Known Unknowns" were my favorite albums by these guys.

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    End []  2020-11-17 20:0

    Amazing Album

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    End []  2020-11-17 20:0

    it is so dope not every song but the amazing ones on here are worth buying over anx three six. body [email protected]#$%!s so hard u cant even hear the rapping and that song created my sub smell like a fire ball went through it!! go and obtain ten of these cds!!!

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    End []  2020-11-17 20:0

    One of my favorite Three 6 albums

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    End []  2020-11-17 20:0

    One of the best three six mafia CDs there is if you are a fan of Juicy J and DJ Paul or three six mafia you need to obtain this album. I required to buy it again because I lost my original copy.

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    End []  2020-11-17 20:0

    like their newer items and mixed stuff, but this cd sucked mostly. not worth 10 bucks at all. vocals sounded like wierd montras. beats were okay on some songs. definatley not pumped up on this cd at all

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    End []  2020-11-17 20:0

    Three 6 Mafia is my favorite rap group of all time. I can't say that about any other rap group. The End cd is one of the classic gems in the Three 6 Mafia melody catalog. Why? When they first came out, they are the ones that came out with the crunk sound. It was hard and rough. I think that's why a lot of people like the old melody of Three 6 Mafia instead of lets say there latest album called The Latest 2 Walk. I got most of their cd up until that one cause it was too mainstream. The Most Known Unknowns was a more crunk album compared to the Latest 2 Walk album. Since I bought this one, I listen to it nearly every day. One other reason this is a amazing album to buy is because its the latest album that they created on Prophet Entertainment.

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    End []  2020-11-17 20:0

    One of their best albums ever, also test Globe Domination, Both Worlds *69 and Ghetty Green from Project Pat! HCP!

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    End []  2020-11-17 20:0

    Typical 3-6.

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    Brand fresh cd. Defiantly one of three six mafias best album.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2019-11-29 18:0

    Most of this book is just reverberating the plot of former books through dreams etc. it's awful. At one point it says 1994, then says 25 years ago and the back says 19 years this point they are just trying to create cash and don't care about the fans or hero authenticity or accuracy. They were all weak characters, and not the young, charming, inexperienced weak, that you'd expect from past writings. They all came across as middle aged disgruntled Muggles, lol. Too true for me - no charm.I don't think Rowling even read it. If she did, she should be ashamed.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2019-11-29 18:0

    Have read the 5 star reviews on here, the problem is not that this was written as a screen play. This problem with this screen play is that it totally rips apart the story of Harry Potter and will create you question the entire series. As an avid Harry Potter fan I spent my childhood reading and rereading the stories, delving into the detailed globe that is Harry Potter with its imagery and developed characters. None of the characters in here felt right. (SPOILER) Ginny was subdued, Harry was an Arse, Ron sounded like he might belong in St. Mungos, Hermione sounded old, bitter and unpowerful, and Draco was the only original hero I actually liked which is versus everything in me that is Griffindor.Wish that I would not have read, JK Rowling should have left the series as the perfection it was and not sold out.SPOILERUmmmmm the Trolley Witch is a creature that has claws and keeps children on the train? WHAT? What is this god poor madness. At least have some sort of enchantment that prohibits them from getting off the train. That is all.

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    Me llego muy bien, en tiempo.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production []  2020-2-12 21:21

    I love the Harry Potter series. I read the books multiple times a year, watch the films frequently and have read a lot of extra articles from pottermore. I had to wait a few days to obtain this book because of money flow problems but Now that I have read it I fully regret ever reading this.while I was looking forward to this and I knew it would be a script from a play not an in depth novel that I am used to; even with expectations being lowered a small to accommodate this being a play, nothing could prepare me for this travesty of a rstly: time travel is a weak plot line at best. After waiting years for a fresh story from Jo we obtain "what would have happened if Cedric hadn't died" this was such a allow condly: Cedric being embarrassed during the triwizard competition would have been enough to cause someone who we remembered as brave, and selfless, to become a death eater? What type of garbage is that? How dare they drag his name through the mud and tarnish his memory like irdly: Voldemort has a child? This is such a plot line cop out and even while reading it this doesn't create sense. Voldemort was conceived under a love potion, he doesn't know or understand love. Even with Bellatrix falling head over heels for him, in what universe do these two obtain together and create a baby? And wouldn't Hermione have noticed that Bellatrix was pregnant when she used polyjuice potion to become her so they could enter her vault in Deathly Hallows?And then Scorpious and Albus constantly referring to eachother as their best mate got to be annoying. And I am still wondering what qualities either of these boys possess that had them sorted into ere were parts I did have fun but they were few and far between. This is without a doubt garbage and I hope that Jo did not write this and that a corrected ver of this will appear on pottermore or in print at a later date. My only hope is that I can return to reading the original 7 books and seeing the original 7 films without this mashup of not good plot lines tarnishing my love for Harry Potter.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production []  2020-2-12 21:21

    Spoilers!!Huge Harry Potter fan-- 16 years of reading!! So I was incredibly excited for the fresh one. I hold wondering if there's a therapy group where all the disgruntled fans can congragate and weep together. I'm also refusing to consider in cannon as it was not JKR herself who penned. What they did to the INTEGRITY of these characters. I'm sick over it. The entire 7 book series was about friendship, love and loyalty, and Harry knew that; and most importantly, knew that's what created him various from V. You're telling me, he, Ron and Herm didn't continue to live and instil those values in their children? Rose was a bully, who was prejudice versus someone without knowing them first. Harry would never said he wished his child wasn't his, or sacrificed his kid's only friendship over gosip. Harry wouldn't have choosen work over time with his family, which after all he'd been through WAS ALL HE EVER WANTED.If someone were to ask me, what is your favorite thing about Harry Potter?, I would hands down reply: Harry Potter's moral integrity, that is the heart of the series. It's his choosing to sacrifice himself for what is good. It's choosing friendship over suspicion. It's a defiant effort to turn towards the pain of loving and losing, then choosing not to love at all. It's choosing to do what right, and best for others even when it hurts, is inconvenient, or scary. It's fighting for truth and justice, even when you're the only one doing it. And when you move away from those central themes, the integrity of who we know Harry (and friends) to have PROVEN himself to be, you destroy Harry Potter and all that he stood for for 7 books. This fresh book is the worst kind of trash, the one that destroys the soul of our so, what they did to calm, measured, quirky, wise Dumbledore, making him a weepy, rude mess, who spoke in cliches, issuing a completely unnecessary "apology" to why Harry was at the Dursleys, when Dumbledore had already apologized profusely for that in HP5 AND severely told off the Dursleys in HP6 for their abusive behavior! It was just phony emotional ! And Ron's a proper idiot who got drunk during his wedding?! He would have never disrespected Hermione like that. Hermione was neither clever, nor charming; she didn't come up with hardly any solutions. And what a weak, floppy mess Harry was during the war scene?! His 16 year old self could have fought better. It's like they sucked the soul out of the books, like a dementor wrote it!! This is not even pointing out the horrible plot holes! No, I refuse this book is real. It's a bloody mess!

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production []  2020-2-12 21:21

    I'm a HUGE HP nerd, just trust me on that. So even though I knew it was just a play script that J.K didn't write but liked it enough to allow them place her name on it, I had to read it for ere is no method this should be officially thought of as the 8th story. She ended 7 fine and this just completely ruins that epilogue, she should never have allow this be considered part of the HP universe. I went into this with low expectations and I was still a small disappointed. The characters don't act like they would if this were written by J.K. or any normal fan that know and love them as much as a lot of us do. The story skips over a bunch of things-i obtain it, it's a play... But the first few years at Hogwarts in the beginning were just a waste. You obtain to see some of the characters you love but others that you assume will be in it are completely ignored. I mean, the story has Hogwarts in it, where is Neville? Where is Hagrid? You're left completely in the dark about what has happened to a lot of these characters, not even a mention of them if they are alive or dead. The story itself is a bit ridiculous and is completely predictable. I won't give any spoilers but the whole thing is just one person after another whining about their daddy this if you are curious and create your own decisions, but for me I want I hadn't. I re-read 1-7 ever year (at least once a year, if not 2-3 times) unfortunately this book will sit on my shelf and never be read again. :-(

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2019-11-29 18:0

    Allow me begin by saying this, I love harry potter. I read the books 2-3 times per year since I was a child. I've grown up with these books. These books are a part of me, I've named my kids after characters in these books. I have 3 tattoos, all of which are harry potter. I'm a dedicated fan, entirely obsessed to be candid. I have waited for this book like the rest of you.I can handle the fact that it's written as a play, I was expecting this. I was fully prepared to accept this. I waited all night for this to be released to my kindle (it's 3 a.m and I've just finished). I sped through the cursed kid and my final thought was, this was disappointing .I'm skeptical of how much jk rowling actually contributed to this. I obtain more of a harry potter vibe from the unbelievable beasts trailer than this entire book. The plot was bad, almost everything was bad. It was like a poorly written sucks that I'm saying this because harry potter is a part of soul. I went into this thinking it was everything I'd ever hoped for.I'm not saying don't buy the book, by all means buy it. Read it. See for yourself. I'm not being cynical, rowling is the queen of my world. This is the first and likely only poor review I will give regarding her.Just be warned, this does not feel like harry potter. This was not intricate, well excuted, thought out, or clever. The characters were not real to themselves. I think the best method to go into reading this and saving yourself from despair is to read it as a fanfic and not the real works of rowling. It would be tolerable had her name not been involved, I expected so much more.And now I will test to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art. I still have huge hopes for unbelievable beasts and that's enough for now.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2019-11-29 18:0

    I, just like countless millions around the globe, love all things Harry Potter, from the first day the first book was in my local bookstore through my nth re-read of the entire series, as well as watching all eight films more times than I can admit.But then I read the fresh Harry Potter play/bookand I hated it.I will ill test to say why without e characters. We have spent over a decade watching Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Draco Malfoy mature from kids int young but powerful ose are not the characters we will see in this play. In THIS play, Hermione is a shrew. And is employed in other than expected after reading Deathly Hallows, and after Rowlings' post-Potter interviews. This Hermione is NOT a nice lady. Treats her mates as underlings and her husband as she would an unwanted stray. With mange. Her brilliance has dimmed to a few riddles weak enough for the reader to obtain long before the protagonists.Harry is a workaholic who seems to have avoided his life since Book 7. His desk reflects his private life, a mess. And his great, hard-won abilities in Defense Versus Dark Arts? Not evident in this story. In fact, he seems weaker now than he was in his Triwizard Competition days. And he, too, is barely tolerable. Not at all the sympathetic waif-turned-savior who we cared for, feared for, and a lot of of us secretly wanted to be...And Ron. Not good Ron. Always the third in the trio. Harry had his Scar and his Destiny. Hermione had the brains. But Ron... Ron was their heart. Ron was no idiot - "the best played android game of chess" from the first year days showed us that. But really, without him and his devotion to both Harry AND Hermione, Voldemort would have won. Ron was Harry's first, last, and best friend. And he was all that and more to Hermione. It was Ron, really, who taught Harry what love is. But here - here he is only the Comedy Relief. More pathetic than a three legged dog following the master who kicks him, he becomes less important, less interesting, and less credible as the same Ron Weasley we followed for seven years of his ckily enough, they are really only background. The protagonists are Albus, Harry's middle child, and Scorpius, Draco's only child. Albus seems the main protagonist, but the story would go nowhere without Scorpius.Unfortunately, Albus is... Thoroughly unlikable. He lives in the permanent pity-party of a middle kid raised in the showdown of a popular father. He divorces himself from his brother and cousin moments after the play begins. He creates his own misery, despite plenty of options.And Scorpius never fleshes out into more than a weak copy of both Ron and Hermione to Albus-as-Harry. Friend, but with definite suggestions that under the right cirtances, there could be more than friendship between the boys.And and almost all of Albus' troubles are his own immaturity (even taking his age into account) and his own self-pity, perhaps even self-hatered.Even his his attempts to undergo trials to better himself, to prove himself worthy to be a son to the Boy Who Lived... Well, unlike Harry, Albus seeks his own trouble, deliberately, with warning after warning, and nearly causes irreparable hurt everyone he should have , yes. The characters were a e setting? Replace "Hogwarts" with "the Tardis" or "the USS Enterprise" and you do not change the story one iota. Just substitute "sonic screwdriver" or "phasers" for "magic wand," as appropriate.And as for the plot: I basically told you that it is the story of a middle kid of a popular and distant father who tries to search value in himself, but not in any amazing way. I won't mention plot devices, but let's just say this one has been so overused in the science fiction, fantasy, and even comic book literature of the past decade that there was no doubt that only the use of the Harry Potter name got this play produced in the first short, there is nothing new. Nothing special. Nothing interesting. Just used plot devices and the destruction of characters the globe has loved for nearly two decades to tell the story of an unlikeable, slightly spoiled, self-pitying boy with middle-child syndrome who, when offered a fresh life, a fresh chance, time and again held on to his daddy problems so hard that I, for one, only finished reading this play because I wanted to see how low it would sink. As a middle kid myself, I had no pity for wling sold out on this one. Audiences will love to go back "home" to Hogwarts and our heroes (with a villain or two, or there is no conflict to resolve). But when they leave, and re-read the original books, re-watch the movies... How a lot of will see the magic in this play was all in their own desire to obtain more time in a beloved globe that ended with the Deathly Hallows?

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production []  2020-2-12 21:21

    Allow me begin by saying this, I love harry potter. I read the books 2-3 times per year since I was a child. I've grown up with these books. These books are a part of me, I've named my kids after characters in these books. I have 3 tattoos, all of which are harry potter. I'm a dedicated fan, entirely obsessed to be candid. I have waited for this book like the rest of you.I can handle the fact that it's written as a play, I was expecting this. I was fully prepared to accept this. I waited all night for this to be released to my kindle (it's 3 a.m and I've just finished). I sped through the cursed kid and my final thought was, this was disappointing .I'm skeptical of how much jk rowling actually contributed to this. I obtain more of a harry potter vibe from the unbelievable beasts trailer than this entire book. The plot was bad, almost everything was bad. It was like a poorly written sucks that I'm saying this because harry potter is a part of soul. I went into this thinking it was everything I'd ever hoped for.I'm not saying don't buy the book, by all means buy it. Read it. See for yourself. I'm not being cynical, rowling is the queen of my world. This is the first and likely only poor review I will give regarding her.Just be warned, this does not feel like harry potter. This was not intricate, well excuted, thought out, or clever. The characters were not real to themselves. I think the best method to go into reading this and saving yourself from despair is to read it as a fanfic and not the real works of rowling. It would be tolerable had her name not been involved, I expected so much more.And now I will test to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art. I still have huge hopes for unbelievable beasts and that's enough for now.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2019-11-29 18:0

    I love the Harry Potter series. I read the books multiple times a year, watch the films frequently and have read a lot of extra articles from pottermore. I had to wait a few days to obtain this book because of money flow problems but Now that I have read it I fully regret ever reading this.while I was looking forward to this and I knew it would be a script from a play not an in depth novel that I am used to; even with expectations being lowered a small to accommodate this being a play, nothing could prepare me for this travesty of a rstly: time travel is a weak plot line at best. After waiting years for a fresh story from Jo we obtain "what would have happened if Cedric hadn't died" this was such a allow condly: Cedric being embarrassed during the triwizard competition would have been enough to cause someone who we remembered as brave, and selfless, to become a death eater? What type of garbage is that? How dare they drag his name through the mud and tarnish his memory like irdly: Voldemort has a child? This is such a plot line cop out and even while reading it this doesn't create sense. Voldemort was conceived under a love potion, he doesn't know or understand love. Even with Bellatrix falling head over heels for him, in what universe do these two obtain together and create a baby? And wouldn't Hermione have noticed that Bellatrix was pregnant when she used polyjuice potion to become her so they could enter her vault in Deathly Hallows?And then Scorpious and Albus constantly referring to eachother as their best mate got to be annoying. And I am still wondering what qualities either of these boys possess that had them sorted into ere were parts I did have fun but they were few and far between. This is without a doubt garbage and I hope that Jo did not write this and that a corrected ver of this will appear on pottermore or in print at a later date. My only hope is that I can return to reading the original 7 books and seeing the original 7 films without this mashup of not good plot lines tarnishing my love for Harry Potter.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production []  2020-2-12 21:21

    Most of this book is just reverberating the plot of former books through dreams etc. it's awful. At one point it says 1994, then says 25 years ago and the back says 19 years this point they are just trying to create cash and don't care about the fans or hero authenticity or accuracy. They were all weak characters, and not the young, charming, inexperienced weak, that you'd expect from past writings. They all came across as middle aged disgruntled Muggles, lol. Too true for me - no charm.I don't think Rowling even read it. If she did, she should be ashamed.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production []  2020-2-12 21:21

    I, just like countless millions around the globe, love all things Harry Potter, from the first day the first book was in my local bookstore through my nth re-read of the entire series, as well as watching all eight films more times than I can admit.But then I read the fresh Harry Potter play/bookand I hated it.I will ill test to say why without e characters. We have spent over a decade watching Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Draco Malfoy mature from kids int young but powerful ose are not the characters we will see in this play. In THIS play, Hermione is a shrew. And is employed in other than expected after reading Deathly Hallows, and after Rowlings' post-Potter interviews. This Hermione is NOT a nice lady. Treats her mates as underlings and her husband as she would an unwanted stray. With mange. Her brilliance has dimmed to a few riddles weak enough for the reader to obtain long before the protagonists.Harry is a workaholic who seems to have avoided his life since Book 7. His desk reflects his private life, a mess. And his great, hard-won abilities in Defense Versus Dark Arts? Not evident in this story. In fact, he seems weaker now than he was in his Triwizard Competition days. And he, too, is barely tolerable. Not at all the sympathetic waif-turned-savior who we cared for, feared for, and a lot of of us secretly wanted to be...And Ron. Not good Ron. Always the third in the trio. Harry had his Scar and his Destiny. Hermione had the brains. But Ron... Ron was their heart. Ron was no idiot - "the best played android game of chess" from the first year days showed us that. But really, without him and his devotion to both Harry AND Hermione, Voldemort would have won. Ron was Harry's first, last, and best friend. And he was all that and more to Hermione. It was Ron, really, who taught Harry what love is. But here - here he is only the Comedy Relief. More pathetic than a three legged dog following the master who kicks him, he becomes less important, less interesting, and less credible as the same Ron Weasley we followed for seven years of his ckily enough, they are really only background. The protagonists are Albus, Harry's middle child, and Scorpius, Draco's only child. Albus seems the main protagonist, but the story would go nowhere without Scorpius.Unfortunately, Albus is... Thoroughly unlikable. He lives in the permanent pity-party of a middle kid raised in the showdown of a popular father. He divorces himself from his brother and cousin moments after the play begins. He creates his own misery, despite plenty of options.And Scorpius never fleshes out into more than a weak copy of both Ron and Hermione to Albus-as-Harry. Friend, but with definite suggestions that under the right cirtances, there could be more than friendship between the boys.And and almost all of Albus' troubles are his own immaturity (even taking his age into account) and his own self-pity, perhaps even self-hatered.Even his his attempts to undergo trials to better himself, to prove himself worthy to be a son to the Boy Who Lived... Well, unlike Harry, Albus seeks his own trouble, deliberately, with warning after warning, and nearly causes irreparable hurt everyone he should have , yes. The characters were a e setting? Replace "Hogwarts" with "the Tardis" or "the USS Enterprise" and you do not change the story one iota. Just substitute "sonic screwdriver" or "phasers" for "magic wand," as appropriate.And as for the plot: I basically told you that it is the story of a middle kid of a popular and distant father who tries to search value in himself, but not in any amazing way. I won't mention plot devices, but let's just say this one has been so overused in the science fiction, fantasy, and even comic book literature of the past decade that there was no doubt that only the use of the Harry Potter name got this play produced in the first short, there is nothing new. Nothing special. Nothing interesting. Just used plot devices and the destruction of characters the globe has loved for nearly two decades to tell the story of an unlikeable, slightly spoiled, self-pitying boy with middle-child syndrome who, when offered a fresh life, a fresh chance, time and again held on to his daddy problems so hard that I, for one, only finished reading this play because I wanted to see how low it would sink. As a middle kid myself, I had no pity for wling sold out on this one. Audiences will love to go back "home" to Hogwarts and our heroes (with a villain or two, or there is no conflict to resolve). But when they leave, and re-read the original books, re-watch the movies... How a lot of will see the magic in this play was all in their own desire to obtain more time in a beloved globe that ended with the Deathly Hallows?

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    Harry Potter y el legado maldito: El guión oficial de la producción original del West End (Spanish Edition) []  2020-1-15 21:37

    Soy Daniel, tengo 12 años y les quiero decír algo, este libro me parecio padrísimo. Tambien me gustó que tuviera diálogos

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    Harry Potter y el legado maldito: El guión oficial de la producción original del West End (Spanish Edition) []  2020-1-15 21:37

    Great

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    Harry Potter y el legado maldito: El guión oficial de la producción original del West End (Spanish Edition) []  2020-1-15 21:37

    Muy rebuscado, no me gusto

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    Harry Potter y el legado maldito: El guión oficial de la producción original del West End (Spanish Edition) []  2020-1-15 21:37

    With the adventures of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling singlehandedly saved the publishing industry. It is impossible to overstate the impact these books had on both kid and adult readers. The anticipation for the next sequel! The midnight release parties! While you missed all that excitement, you now have the joys of being able to read all the books at ease do read the books; don’t just watch the RENTS BEWARE: As Harry Potter ages, the topic matter grows more mature. J.K. Rowling was quite clear that she was not writing for young children. These books grow increasingly more intense. Exercise caution.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2019-11-29 18:0

    Ian Malcolm: I’ll tell you the issue with the scientific power that you’re using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as quick as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you’re selling it, you wish to sell it.Let's be clear...this was not written by JK...this is based on her series. And that becomes terribly clear very early on. Additionally, the number of names that are dropped is astronomical! Anyone worth knowing in the Potterverse is up front and counted. As in main character. The story, the plotline...it meanders all over the put that the reader wonders if the writers had a clue to begin with or if it was just to "stand on the shoulders of geniuses." There was no method this was going to fail...none. The generation that grew up reading Harry's stories are now buying their own books and financing their own plays. Their imagination was set free with JK's works and personally I think that was one of her greatest gifts...engaging our imagination. This reads like fan fiction, poorly written fan fiction and not even with any amazing ships!Your writers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they n't do it. Hold Harry, Ron, Hermione, McGonagall, Ginny alive in your memories instead.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2019-11-29 18:0

    I am an aggressive fan of Harry Potter.What a disappointment to read this ry slow and irritating first two third of this book is really letting down of us Harry's st one third is ok type.But anyway it shows beautifully about the conflicts of father son pio hero is marvelous.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2019-11-29 18:0

    I rarely review, that being said, i am so unbelievably dissapointed in this "story". I do understand that J.K didnt write this, but i feel that someone carrying on her legacy should have somewhat of her writing style. This has none of that. Ive been reading these books since the 2nd one came out, I wanted to love this, and i hope the play itself is as amazing as its being hyped to be. Its not that its in script format, It is just imo that the writing is horrid. Its like the worst 'fanfic' ive ever read.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production []  2020-2-12 21:21

    I love Harry Potter - like have a Harry Potter tattoo and obsess over it kind of love. I'm also an English major who took multiple courses on reading plays of all kinds. So I am used to the set up and with awesome unique effects could see this being entertaining to sit through just for nostalgia sake. However, it was bad. The plot was terrible. The characters were out of hero by a lot... Doing things I didn't understand. It was insulting to read that something as silly as being embarrassed could turn Cedric into a death eater- his hero was one of dignity, loyalty, and strength. To insinuate he could just have one embarrassing moment and end up being a death eater is unreal. Not to mention the giant plot hole of the time turner suddenly working in a method that he never has before (and in fact, was expressly written that it never could work in the method it does in Cursed Child). It read like a mediocre fan fiction written by someone who has only seen the movies. I was incredibly disappointed. If I was being more honest I would give this 1 star... But giving something in the Harry Potter universe such a low score is honestly hurting my heart.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production []  2020-2-12 21:21

    I am an aggressive fan of Harry Potter.What a disappointment to read this ry slow and irritating first two third of this book is really letting down of us Harry's st one third is ok type.But anyway it shows beautifully about the conflicts of father son pio hero is marvelous.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production []  2020-2-12 21:21

    Ian Malcolm: I’ll tell you the issue with the scientific power that you’re using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as quick as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you’re selling it, you wish to sell it.Let's be clear...this was not written by JK...this is based on her series. And that becomes terribly clear very early on. Additionally, the number of names that are dropped is astronomical! Anyone worth knowing in the Potterverse is up front and counted. As in main character. The story, the plotline...it meanders all over the put that the reader wonders if the writers had a clue to begin with or if it was just to "stand on the shoulders of geniuses." There was no method this was going to fail...none. The generation that grew up reading Harry's stories are now buying their own books and financing their own plays. Their imagination was set free with JK's works and personally I think that was one of her greatest gifts...engaging our imagination. This reads like fan fiction, poorly written fan fiction and not even with any amazing ships!Your writers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they n't do it. Hold Harry, Ron, Hermione, McGonagall, Ginny alive in your memories instead.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production []  2020-2-12 21:21

    I rarely review, that being said, i am so unbelievably dissapointed in this "story". I do understand that J.K didnt write this, but i feel that someone carrying on her legacy should have somewhat of her writing style. This has none of that. Ive been reading these books since the 2nd one came out, I wanted to love this, and i hope the play itself is as amazing as its being hyped to be. Its not that its in script format, It is just imo that the writing is horrid. Its like the worst 'fanfic' ive ever read.

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    Harry Potter y el legado maldito: El guión oficial de la producción original del West End (Spanish Edition) []  2020-1-15 21:37

    Llegó a tiempo y en increíbles condiciones. Estoy muy feliz con mi compra.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2019-11-29 18:0

    I love Harry Potter - like have a Harry Potter tattoo and obsess over it kind of love. I'm also an English major who took multiple courses on reading plays of all kinds. So I am used to the set up and with awesome unique effects could see this being entertaining to sit through just for nostalgia sake. However, it was bad. The plot was terrible. The characters were out of hero by a lot... Doing things I didn't understand. It was insulting to read that something as silly as being embarrassed could turn Cedric into a death eater- his hero was one of dignity, loyalty, and strength. To insinuate he could just have one embarrassing moment and end up being a death eater is unreal. Not to mention the giant plot hole of the time turner suddenly working in a method that he never has before (and in fact, was expressly written that it never could work in the method it does in Cursed Child). It read like a mediocre fan fiction written by someone who has only seen the movies. I was incredibly disappointed. If I was being more honest I would give this 1 star... But giving something in the Harry Potter universe such a low score is honestly hurting my heart.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production [Book]  2019-11-29 18:0

    Spoilers!!Huge Harry Potter fan-- 16 years of reading!! So I was incredibly excited for the fresh one. I hold wondering if there's a therapy group where all the disgruntled fans can congragate and weep together. I'm also refusing to consider in cannon as it was not JKR herself who penned. What they did to the INTEGRITY of these characters. I'm sick over it. The entire 7 book series was about friendship, love and loyalty, and Harry knew that; and most importantly, knew that's what created him various from V. You're telling me, he, Ron and Herm didn't continue to live and instil those values in their children? Rose was a bully, who was prejudice versus someone without knowing them first. Harry would never said he wished his child wasn't his, or sacrificed his kid's only friendship over gosip. Harry wouldn't have choosen work over time with his family, which after all he'd been through WAS ALL HE EVER WANTED.If someone were to ask me, what is your favorite thing about Harry Potter?, I would hands down reply: Harry Potter's moral integrity, that is the heart of the series. It's his choosing to sacrifice himself for what is good. It's choosing friendship over suspicion. It's a defiant effort to turn towards the pain of loving and losing, then choosing not to love at all. It's choosing to do what right, and best for others even when it hurts, is inconvenient, or scary. It's fighting for truth and justice, even when you're the only one doing it. And when you move away from those central themes, the integrity of who we know Harry (and friends) to have PROVEN himself to be, you destroy Harry Potter and all that he stood for for 7 books. This fresh book is the worst kind of trash, the one that destroys the soul of our so, what they did to calm, measured, quirky, wise Dumbledore, making him a weepy, rude mess, who spoke in cliches, issuing a completely unnecessary "apology" to why Harry was at the Dursleys, when Dumbledore had already apologized profusely for that in HP5 AND severely told off the Dursleys in HP6 for their abusive behavior! It was just phony emotional ! And Ron's a proper idiot who got drunk during his wedding?! He would have never disrespected Hermione like that. Hermione was neither clever, nor charming; she didn't come up with hardly any solutions. And what a weak, floppy mess Harry was during the war scene?! His 16 year old self could have fought better. It's like they sucked the soul out of the books, like a dementor wrote it!! This is not even pointing out the horrible plot holes! No, I refuse this book is real. It's a bloody mess!

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-1-19 20:56

    Most of this book is just reverberating the plot of former books through dreams etc. it's awful. At one point it says 1994, then says 25 years ago and the back says 19 years this point they are just trying to create cash and don't care about the fans or hero authenticity or accuracy. They were all weak characters, and not the young, charming, inexperienced weak, that you'd expect from past writings. They all came across as middle aged disgruntled Muggles, lol. Too true for me - no charm.I don't think Rowling even read it. If she did, she should be ashamed.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-1-19 20:56

    I, just like countless millions around the globe, love all things Harry Potter, from the first day the first book was in my local bookstore through my nth re-read of the entire series, as well as watching all eight films more times than I can admit.But then I read the fresh Harry Potter play/bookand I hated it.I will ill test to say why without e characters. We have spent over a decade watching Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Draco Malfoy mature from kids int young but powerful ose are not the characters we will see in this play. In THIS play, Hermione is a shrew. And is employed in other than expected after reading Deathly Hallows, and after Rowlings' post-Potter interviews. This Hermione is NOT a nice lady. Treats her mates as underlings and her husband as she would an unwanted stray. With mange. Her brilliance has dimmed to a few riddles weak enough for the reader to obtain long before the protagonists.Harry is a workaholic who seems to have avoided his life since Book 7. His desk reflects his private life, a mess. And his great, hard-won abilities in Defense Versus Dark Arts? Not evident in this story. In fact, he seems weaker now than he was in his Triwizard Competition days. And he, too, is barely tolerable. Not at all the sympathetic waif-turned-savior who we cared for, feared for, and a lot of of us secretly wanted to be...And Ron. Not good Ron. Always the third in the trio. Harry had his Scar and his Destiny. Hermione had the brains. But Ron... Ron was their heart. Ron was no idiot - "the best played android game of chess" from the first year days showed us that. But really, without him and his devotion to both Harry AND Hermione, Voldemort would have won. Ron was Harry's first, last, and best friend. And he was all that and more to Hermione. It was Ron, really, who taught Harry what love is. But here - here he is only the Comedy Relief. More pathetic than a three legged dog following the master who kicks him, he becomes less important, less interesting, and less credible as the same Ron Weasley we followed for seven years of his ckily enough, they are really only background. The protagonists are Albus, Harry's middle child, and Scorpius, Draco's only child. Albus seems the main protagonist, but the story would go nowhere without Scorpius.Unfortunately, Albus is... Thoroughly unlikable. He lives in the permanent pity-party of a middle kid raised in the showdown of a popular father. He divorces himself from his brother and cousin moments after the play begins. He creates his own misery, despite plenty of options.And Scorpius never fleshes out into more than a weak copy of both Ron and Hermione to Albus-as-Harry. Friend, but with definite suggestions that under the right cirtances, there could be more than friendship between the boys.And and almost all of Albus' troubles are his own immaturity (even taking his age into account) and his own self-pity, perhaps even self-hatered.Even his his attempts to undergo trials to better himself, to prove himself worthy to be a son to the Boy Who Lived... Well, unlike Harry, Albus seeks his own trouble, deliberately, with warning after warning, and nearly causes irreparable hurt everyone he should have , yes. The characters were a e setting? Replace "Hogwarts" with "the Tardis" or "the USS Enterprise" and you do not change the story one iota. Just substitute "sonic screwdriver" or "phasers" for "magic wand," as appropriate.And as for the plot: I basically told you that it is the story of a middle kid of a popular and distant father who tries to search value in himself, but not in any amazing way. I won't mention plot devices, but let's just say this one has been so overused in the science fiction, fantasy, and even comic book literature of the past decade that there was no doubt that only the use of the Harry Potter name got this play produced in the first short, there is nothing new. Nothing special. Nothing interesting. Just used plot devices and the destruction of characters the globe has loved for nearly two decades to tell the story of an unlikeable, slightly spoiled, self-pitying boy with middle-child syndrome who, when offered a fresh life, a fresh chance, time and again held on to his daddy problems so hard that I, for one, only finished reading this play because I wanted to see how low it would sink. As a middle kid myself, I had no pity for wling sold out on this one. Audiences will love to go back "home" to Hogwarts and our heroes (with a villain or two, or there is no conflict to resolve). But when they leave, and re-read the original books, re-watch the movies... How a lot of will see the magic in this play was all in their own desire to obtain more time in a beloved globe that ended with the Deathly Hallows?

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-9-23 20:8

    I rarely review, that being said, i am so unbelievably dissapointed in this "story". I do understand that J.K didnt write this, but i feel that someone carrying on her legacy should have somewhat of her writing style. This has none of that. Ive been reading these books since the 2nd one came out, I wanted to love this, and i hope the play itself is as amazing as its being hyped to be. Its not that its in script format, It is just imo that the writing is horrid. Its like the worst 'fanfic' ive ever read.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-9-23 20:8

    Allow me begin by saying this, I love harry potter. I read the books 2-3 times per year since I was a child. I've grown up with these books. These books are a part of me, I've named my kids after characters in these books. I have 3 tattoos, all of which are harry potter. I'm a dedicated fan, entirely obsessed to be candid. I have waited for this book like the rest of you.I can handle the fact that it's written as a play, I was expecting this. I was fully prepared to accept this. I waited all night for this to be released to my kindle (it's 3 a.m and I've just finished). I sped through the cursed kid and my final thought was, this was disappointing .I'm skeptical of how much jk rowling actually contributed to this. I obtain more of a harry potter vibe from the unbelievable beasts trailer than this entire book. The plot was bad, almost everything was bad. It was like a poorly written sucks that I'm saying this because harry potter is a part of soul. I went into this thinking it was everything I'd ever hoped for.I'm not saying don't buy the book, by all means buy it. Read it. See for yourself. I'm not being cynical, rowling is the queen of my world. This is the first and likely only poor review I will give regarding her.Just be warned, this does not feel like harry potter. This was not intricate, well excuted, thought out, or clever. The characters were not real to themselves. I think the best method to go into reading this and saving yourself from despair is to read it as a fanfic and not the real works of rowling. It would be tolerable had her name not been involved, I expected so much more.And now I will test to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art. I still have huge hopes for unbelievable beasts and that's enough for now.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-10-19 18:58

    I rarely review, that being said, i am so unbelievably dissapointed in this "story". I do understand that J.K didnt write this, but i feel that someone carrying on her legacy should have somewhat of her writing style. This has none of that. Ive been reading these books since the 2nd one came out, I wanted to love this, and i hope the play itself is as amazing as its being hyped to be. Its not that its in script format, It is just imo that the writing is horrid. Its like the worst 'fanfic' ive ever read.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-10-19 18:58

    I am an aggressive fan of Harry Potter.What a disappointment to read this ry slow and irritating first two third of this book is really letting down of us Harry's st one third is ok type.But anyway it shows beautifully about the conflicts of father son pio hero is marvelous.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-11-25 20:16

    Ian Malcolm: I’ll tell you the issue with the scientific power that you’re using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as quick as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you’re selling it, you wish to sell it.Let's be clear...this was not written by JK...this is based on her series. And that becomes terribly clear very early on. Additionally, the number of names that are dropped is astronomical! Anyone worth knowing in the Potterverse is up front and counted. As in main character. The story, the plotline...it meanders all over the put that the reader wonders if the writers had a clue to begin with or if it was just to "stand on the shoulders of geniuses." There was no method this was going to fail...none. The generation that grew up reading Harry's stories are now buying their own books and financing their own plays. Their imagination was set free with JK's works and personally I think that was one of her greatest gifts...engaging our imagination. This reads like fan fiction, poorly written fan fiction and not even with any amazing ships!Your writers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they n't do it. Hold Harry, Ron, Hermione, McGonagall, Ginny alive in your memories instead.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-11-25 20:16

    Most of this book is just reverberating the plot of former books through dreams etc. it's awful. At one point it says 1994, then says 25 years ago and the back says 19 years this point they are just trying to create cash and don't care about the fans or hero authenticity or accuracy. They were all weak characters, and not the young, charming, inexperienced weak, that you'd expect from past writings. They all came across as middle aged disgruntled Muggles, lol. Too true for me - no charm.I don't think Rowling even read it. If she did, she should be ashamed.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-11-25 20:16

    I'm going to begin by saying, I grew up with Harry Potter. I am still currently for probably the thousandth time rereading the books I grew up loving. Harry Potter and the cursed kid is abismal. Harry, Ron, hermione, Draco, everyone is completely lost in this, they are just names used at this point. The story was sloppy and very rushed, moving years in only a few pages. I understand that as we grow older we change but this had very small left of anyone. At best I can describe it as a very poorly written fan fiction. Everything about what I at least loved about Harry Potter was completely removed. I understand this was a script for the play but I don't think it remotely was written by jk. If it was I would expect info from previous books to be correct and not severely muddled like the films were. I am very dissapointed, and am not considering this a Harry Potter book, it was abismal. If there is anything I want I could tell jk, it's this: we loved Harry yes but his story ended, we wish more yes, but we fell in love with the world, and that is what we wish more of. Tell us a story that has nothing to do with him or his family.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-12-4 18:55

    I love Harry Potter - like have a Harry Potter tattoo and obsess over it kind of love. I'm also an English major who took multiple courses on reading plays of all kinds. So I am used to the set up and with awesome unique effects could see this being entertaining to sit through just for nostalgia sake. However, it was bad. The plot was terrible. The characters were out of hero by a lot... Doing things I didn't understand. It was insulting to read that something as silly as being embarrassed could turn Cedric into a death eater- his hero was one of dignity, loyalty, and strength. To insinuate he could just have one embarrassing moment and end up being a death eater is unreal. Not to mention the giant plot hole of the time turner suddenly working in a method that it never has before (and in fact, was expressly written that it never could work in the method it does in Cursed Child). It read like a mediocre fan fiction written by someone who has only seen the movies. I was incredibly disappointed. If I was being more honest I would give this 1 star... But giving something in the Harry Potter universe such a low score is honestly hurting my heart.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-12-4 18:55

    I'm going to begin by saying, I grew up with Harry Potter. I am still currently for probably the thousandth time rereading the books I grew up loving. Harry Potter and the cursed kid is abismal. Harry, Ron, hermione, Draco, everyone is completely lost in this, they are just names used at this point. The story was sloppy and very rushed, moving years in only a few pages. I understand that as we grow older we change but this had very small left of anyone. At best I can describe it as a very poorly written fan fiction. Everything about what I at least loved about Harry Potter was completely removed. I understand this was a script for the play but I don't think it remotely was written by jk. If it was I would expect info from previous books to be correct and not severely muddled like the films were. I am very dissapointed, and am not considering this a Harry Potter book, it was abismal. If there is anything I want I could tell jk, it's this: we loved Harry yes but his story ended, we wish more yes, but we fell in love with the world, and that is what we wish more of. Tell us a story that has nothing to do with him or his family.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-12-13 19:6

    Ian Malcolm: I’ll tell you the issue with the scientific power that you’re using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as quick as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you’re selling it, you wish to sell it.Let's be clear...this was not written by JK...this is based on her series. And that becomes terribly clear very early on. Additionally, the number of names that are dropped is astronomical! Anyone worth knowing in the Potterverse is up front and counted. As in main character. The story, the plotline...it meanders all over the put that the reader wonders if the writers had a clue to begin with or if it was just to "stand on the shoulders of geniuses." There was no method this was going to fail...none. The generation that grew up reading Harry's stories are now buying their own books and financing their own plays. Their imagination was set free with JK's works and personally I think that was one of her greatest gifts...engaging our imagination. This reads like fan fiction, poorly written fan fiction and not even with any amazing ships!Your writers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they n't do it. Hold Harry, Ron, Hermione, McGonagall, Ginny alive in your memories instead.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-12-13 19:6

    I, just like countless millions around the globe, love all things Harry Potter, from the first day the first book was in my local bookstore through my nth re-read of the entire series, as well as watching all eight films more times than I can admit.But then I read the fresh Harry Potter play/bookand I hated it.I will ill test to say why without e characters. We have spent over a decade watching Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Draco Malfoy mature from kids int young but powerful ose are not the characters we will see in this play. In THIS play, Hermione is a shrew. And is employed in other than expected after reading Deathly Hallows, and after Rowlings' post-Potter interviews. This Hermione is NOT a nice lady. Treats her mates as underlings and her husband as she would an unwanted stray. With mange. Her brilliance has dimmed to a few riddles weak enough for the reader to obtain long before the protagonists.Harry is a workaholic who seems to have avoided his life since Book 7. His desk reflects his private life, a mess. And his great, hard-won abilities in Defense Versus Dark Arts? Not evident in this story. In fact, he seems weaker now than he was in his Triwizard Competition days. And he, too, is barely tolerable. Not at all the sympathetic waif-turned-savior who we cared for, feared for, and a lot of of us secretly wanted to be...And Ron. Not good Ron. Always the third in the trio. Harry had his Scar and his Destiny. Hermione had the brains. But Ron... Ron was their heart. Ron was no idiot - "the best played android game of chess" from the first year days showed us that. But really, without him and his devotion to both Harry AND Hermione, Voldemort would have won. Ron was Harry's first, last, and best friend. And he was all that and more to Hermione. It was Ron, really, who taught Harry what love is. But here - here he is only the Comedy Relief. More pathetic than a three legged dog following the master who kicks him, he becomes less important, less interesting, and less credible as the same Ron Weasley we followed for seven years of his ckily enough, they are really only background. The protagonists are Albus, Harry's middle child, and Scorpius, Draco's only child. Albus seems the main protagonist, but the story would go nowhere without Scorpius.Unfortunately, Albus is... Thoroughly unlikable. He lives in the permanent pity-party of a middle kid raised in the showdown of a popular father. He divorces himself from his brother and cousin moments after the play begins. He creates his own misery, despite plenty of options.And Scorpius never fleshes out into more than a weak copy of both Ron and Hermione to Albus-as-Harry. Friend, but with definite suggestions that under the right cirtances, there could be more than friendship between the boys.And and almost all of Albus' troubles are his own immaturity (even taking his age into account) and his own self-pity, perhaps even self-hatered.Even his his attempts to undergo trials to better himself, to prove himself worthy to be a son to the Boy Who Lived... Well, unlike Harry, Albus seeks his own trouble, deliberately, with warning after warning, and nearly causes irreparable hurt everyone he should have , yes. The characters were a e setting? Replace "Hogwarts" with "the Tardis" or "the USS Enterprise" and you do not change the story one iota. Just substitute "sonic screwdriver" or "phasers" for "magic wand," as appropriate.And as for the plot: I basically told you that it is the story of a middle kid of a popular and distant father who tries to search value in himself, but not in any amazing way. I won't mention plot devices, but let's just say this one has been so overused in the science fiction, fantasy, and even comic book literature of the past decade that there was no doubt that only the use of the Harry Potter name got this play produced in the first short, there is nothing new. Nothing special. Nothing interesting. Just used plot devices and the destruction of characters the globe has loved for nearly two decades to tell the story of an unlikeable, slightly spoiled, self-pitying boy with middle-child syndrome who, when offered a fresh life, a fresh chance, time and again held on to his daddy problems so hard that I, for one, only finished reading this play because I wanted to see how low it would sink. As a middle kid myself, I had no pity for wling sold out on this one. Audiences will love to go back "home" to Hogwarts and our heroes (with a villain or two, or there is no conflict to resolve). But when they leave, and re-read the original books, re-watch the movies... How a lot of will see the magic in this play was all in their own desire to obtain more time in a beloved globe that ended with the Deathly Hallows?

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2021-1-15 18:51

    D for Dreadful.I read the reviews but didn't think much of all the one-stars. I figured hardcore Harry Potter fans were just being too harsh in reviewing after years of inventing their own futures for all the beloved characters.I was so wrong.I wish to stress that I really really wanted to like this addition to the Harry Potter canon. I even wanted to read it quickly so I could obtain to Amazon to leave a amazing review, defending the plot and characters. Unfortunately, it truly did fall short in my eyes. The characters don't seem like themselves, the plot seems rushed and full of holes, and there are so a lot of unnecessary and incompatible story inclusions that seem incorporated just to be able to revisit old characters. I was, regrettably, disappointed.SPOILERS ---->First, I agree with a lot of of the comments left here in that having Albus Potter be sorted into Slytherin was great. However, there was no explanation of why and no vindication for Slytherin House either. I would have hoped that Slytherin was finally shown in amazing light, but this did not really happen either. There were hardly any signs of ambition or leadership in Albus or Scorpius. How did they end up in Slytherin, anyway? Also, why was there no mention of Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff?The idea that Albus and Scorpius wouldn't understand (or care about) the consequences of using a time turner to change a significant historical happening at the age of 14 is preposterous. Even if Scorpius was mildly tempted just to follow his friend, he would be intelligent enough to test to dissuade Albus from actually making any changes in history. He is portrayed as intelligent like Hermione, but this certainly didn't fit. And to test to set things right by doing it a second time? And on top of that, doing something entirely various that second time hoping it would place things back in order?! e largest plot problem I had was that Voldemort has a child, and with Bellatrix Lestrange before the War of Hogwarts, no less. We saw Bellatrix in book 7 in detail the year before she died. As someone pointed out, the idea that she was pregnant while fighting Harry, Ron, and Hermione in Malfoy Manor and no one message is absurd. Maybe I'm missing something in the timeline on this one. Also, Voldemort would have planned much better than to leave his descendant with no proper care or plan for the future. Voldemort took every precaution and went further than any wizard known in history to assure his immortality. He would have had related care and preparation for his plan ly, there is a huge problem with the characters in this story. I thought that the reviews of changing characters might be attributed to them growing into adulthood. Now, though, I really don't think so. There was a mix of odd sappy behavior and furious rages from Harry who had always been respectful of others and learned to control his emotions towards the end of the series. Hermione was preoccupied and sloppy. Ron was no longer witty or clever but included as some kind of foolish comic relief. Draco was the peaceful voice of reason. It really didn't create sense to me. As for the flashbacks, they seemed so forced and unnecessary - only existing to give the audience a possibility to revisit characters. Even they were disappointing revivals, though. Dumbledore seemed emotional and unhelpful, Cedric was full of spite, and Snape was sentimental and kindhearted (even if Snape was amazing in the end, he was never one to obtain emotional - he himself states that it is a key to his Occlumency skills!). Very disappointing.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-1-19 20:56

    I love the Harry Potter series. I read the books multiple times a year, watch the films frequently and have read a lot of extra articles from pottermore. I had to wait a few days to obtain this book because of money flow problems but Now that I have read it I fully regret ever reading this.while I was looking forward to this and I knew it would be a script from a play not an in depth novel that I am used to; even with expectations being lowered a small to accommodate this being a play, nothing could prepare me for this travesty of a rstly: time travel is a weak plot line at best. After waiting years for a fresh story from Jo we obtain "what would have happened if Cedric hadn't died" this was such a allow condly: Cedric being embarrassed during the triwizard competition would have been enough to cause someone who we remembered as brave, and selfless, to become a death eater? What type of garbage is that? How dare they drag his name through the mud and tarnish his memory like irdly: Voldemort has a child? This is such a plot line cop out and even while reading it this doesn't create sense. Voldemort was conceived under a love potion, he doesn't know or understand love. Even with Bellatrix falling head over heels for him, in what universe do these two obtain together and create a baby? And wouldn't Hermione have noticed that Bellatrix was pregnant when she used polyjuice potion to become her so they could enter her vault in Deathly Hallows?And then Scorpious and Albus constantly referring to eachother as their best mate got to be annoying. And I am still wondering what qualities either of these boys possess that had them sorted into ere were parts I did have fun but they were few and far between. This is without a doubt garbage and I hope that Jo did not write this and that a corrected ver of this will appear on pottermore or in print at a later date. My only hope is that I can return to reading the original 7 books and seeing the original 7 films without this mashup of not good plot lines tarnishing my love for Harry Potter.

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production []  2020-1-19 20:56

    Allow me begin by saying this, I love harry potter. I read the books 2-3 times per year since I was a child. I've grown up with these books. These books are a part of me, I've named my kids after characters in these books. I have 3 tattoos, all of which are harry potter. I'm a dedicated fan, entirely obsessed to be candid. I have waited for this book like the rest of you.I can handle the fact that it's written as a play, I was expecting this. I was fully prepared to accept this. I waited all night for this to be released to my kindle (it's 3 a.m and I've just finished). I sped through the cursed kid and my final thought was, this was disappointing .I'm skeptical of how much jk rowling actually contributed to this. I obtain more of a harry potter vibe from the unbelievable beasts trailer than this entire book. The plot was bad, almost everything was bad. It was like a poorly written sucks that I'm saying this because harry potter is a part of soul. I went into this thinking it was everything I'd ever hoped for.I'm not saying don't buy the book, by all means buy it. Read it. See for yourself. I'm not being cynical, rowling is the queen of my world. This is the first and likely only poor review I will give regarding her.Just be warned, this does not feel like harry potter. This was not intricate, well excuted, thought out, or clever. The characters were not real to themselves. I think the best method to go into reading this and saving yourself from despair is to read it as a fanfic and not the real works of rowling. It would be tolerable had her name not been involved, I expected so much more.And now I will test to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art. I still have huge hopes for unbelievable beasts and that's enough for now.

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