Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) – John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) – John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

Author: John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J. K. Rowling

Release Date: July 31, 2016

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 343

Source: Library

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

4 out of 5 stars


The final installment to the Harry Potter series, and I have to say, by the end I was pleasantly surprised.

I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on this book. Some love it and think that it was a great addition, and some thought it was pointless and full of plot holes. I didn’t love it as much as the first seven books, but I did enjoy it.

At the beginning I was confused as to why this was a thing because I felt like it was tainting my way of seeing Harry and the rest of the characters, but by the end I was thoroughly enjoying it. I don’t know if this was a very detrimental addition to the story, but the storyline was quite interesting.

Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy are best friends, and then Harry is an ass for two seconds and forbids them from being friends because he and Draco weren’t very friendly with each other. At the beginning I was kind of traumatized because they were making Harry to be really mean and it made me sad. He is part of the golden trio. He can’t be mad and not accepting of his son. Anyway, Albus and Scorpius decide to go and save Cedric Diggory because Albus overhears a conversation between Harry and Amos Diggory, Cedric’s father. It follows the two friends as they try and figure out how to save some blood from being shed, then getting out of a very sticky situation.

I don’t want to spoil anyone because this is the last book in the series and I know not everyone has read it, but I really loved the ending. It showed how selfless Harry is, and how much Ginny loves him. And how perfect Ron and Hermione are for each other. It also had some redeeming qualities for Draco, too.

I do have to say, I’m quite sad that this journey is over. This was one of the first series I had ever started, and it will always *ha* have a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to read the Harry Potter books to my kids and instill a love for reading in them. It’s okay, I’m only seventeen. It’ll be awhile ;)

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) – J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: July 21, 2007

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 784

Source: TBR List

It’s no longer safe for Harry at Hogwarts, so he and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, are on the run. Professor Dumbledore has given them clues about what they need to do to defeat the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, once and for all, but it’s up to them to figure out what these hints and suggestions really mean.

Their cross-country odyssey has them searching desperately for the answers, while evading capture or death at every turn. At the same time, their friendship, fortitude, and sense of right and wrong are tested in ways they never could have imagined.

The ultimate battle between good and evil that closes out this final chapter of the epic series takes place where Harry’s Wizarding life began: at Hogwarts. The satisfying conclusion offers shocking last-minute twists, incredible acts of courage, powerful new forms of magic, and the resolution of many mysteries.

Above all, this intense, cathartic book serves as a clear statement of the message at the heart of the Harry Potter series: that choice matters much more than destiny, and that love will always triumph over death.

5 out of 5 stars


I still can’t believe that it took me this long to finally read this final book. I really enjoyed it, just the same, though.

One thing. I think that the first 200 pages of this book were veryyyyy slow. It didn’t remind me of the fast pace of the first part of this series. I understand that it was probably because Harry didn’t know what to do, so Rowling wanted to capture that with her writing style, but it was a little hard to get through. Not much happened at the beginning, but it was great overall. The last half redeemed itself.

I don’t want to talk too much about this, as it is the 7th book, but the Battle of Hogwarts. Woah. It was so intricate and well thought out. Voldemort was ready to be the winner that he believed what Narcissa told him at the end.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: July 16, 2005

Publisher: Scholastic

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 652

Source: TBR Pile

It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…

5 out of 5 stars


Challenges Completed:

2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
  • A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
  • A book with a title that’s a characters name

Winter Biannual Bibliothon

  • BookTube Recommendation
  • Book you were excited for, but never picked up

I definitely should have read this when I read the first part of the series, because I loved it so much. Seriously, these books are just as good as everyone says they are and I am so glad that I read this at the beginning of this year. I can’t wait to finish the series out with Deathly Hallows.

This has been my favorite book of the series, thus far. So much has happened, and it finally felt like I had some answers about what was happening in everyone’s lives. I surprisingly didn’t know all of what had happened even though I’ve seen the movies countless times. I loved being able to understand! My favorite quote of the whole book was…

“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”

OH MY GOSH. I loved this part because Harry had always said that he’d be safe when he was with Dumbledore, so whenever he was about to be in trouble Hermione, Ron, and Ginny told him to make sure to stay with Dumbledore because he was safe. Then Dumbledore said the same thing about being with Harry and it was just so precious.

I don’t even know how to feel about this book because there were a lot of emotions. I can’t believe Snape. What an awful guy, like wow. I just want to say, though, that Harry and Ginny together was super cute. Even though they were only together for less than half the book, they were just so dang precious together. I loved seeing the way that they interacted with each other, and when Harry said or did something then immediately got Ron’s approval so then he wouldn’t be in trouble. Ahh so cute.

Okay back to the Death Eaters… I feel bad for Draco because he didn’t really know what he was doing. He obviously didn’t want to kill Dumbledore, but he’s still a bad person for assisting. I know he felt that he had no choice, but Dumbledore gave him a choice.

I’m anxious to see what characters turn up in the next book because I want to know how took the Horocrux. I want to see how Bill fares with his werewolf bites. I want to know what happens to Malfoy. I don’t remember what happened in the movies near the end. I think I just didn’t register the reality of it because I had never understood the real meanings behind things. I am also excited to learn more about the Deathly Hallows symbol and the story. Ahh I think I’m going to read the last book by the end of the month. GUYS GO READ THESE BOOKS IF YOU HAVENT.

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

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Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: June 21, 2003

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 896

Source: Grandmother

It’s official: the evil Lord Voldemort has returned. His influence is suddenly everywhere in the Wizarding world, and his former allies, the Death Eaters, are returning to his side in droves. In response, the Order of the Phoenix, which worked to stop him during his last rise to power, has reconvened. This time, all of the adults Harry trusts have joined in. And even though Harry is at the center of many of their plans—Voldemort is intent on killing him, after all—they want so badly to protect him that they are keeping him completely out of the loop.

Problems are cropping up at Hogwarts, too, where government officials are meddling in just about everything. And just because Voldemort and the Death Eaters are threatening open warfare does not mean that fifth-year students get out of their exams. Meanwhile, Harry’s powerful connection to Voldemort seems to be growing even stronger, as he realizes that he has direct access to the Dark Lord’s mind. It’s time for Harry and his friends to take drastic action, but the course they choose will have terrible unforeseen consequences.

Truly dangerous times have arrived in the fifth Harry Potter novel, but it never loses the trademark fun, excitement, and wonder at the possibilities of magic.

5 out of 5 stars


It’s so much fun being in the Harry Potter world of Hogwarts and wizardry. I have always held a special place in my heart for Harry Potter, and this fifth installment is no different. This is the first book that is actually rather dark. The fourth is still getting to know the characters to a certain extent, and this one finally deals with all the issues in the world Rowling has created.

This book has been my second favorite so far; I think The Chamber of Secrets still holds my first spot as of now. I really loved reading this one because SO much happened! One of the reasons I love the Harry Potter books so much is because they read as a complex movie. They’re easy to understand, but there is depth and reasoning behind all the decisions that are made. This was the first in the series that I was legitimately angry at the book; as in throw it across the room angry. Umbridge made me want to push the book into the Chamber of Secrets. Honestly. Get a grip on your life, Umbridge, and stop being so evil and cold. Ugh.

My favorite part of this book was the friendship dynamic of the Golden Trio. I love watching Hermione, Ron, and Harry interact, so it was really fun. One thing that I didn’t expect to make it a little boring, was the lack of Quidditch. Now, I am not a huge sports fan, but not being able to see the joy that Quidditch gave Harry was a little hard. He loves it so much, and when he didn’t get to play, I could feel for him.

I can’t wait to continue on with this series and finish it out!

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

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Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: August 1, 1999

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 734

Source: Garage Sale

The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march…

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

As I have said at the beginning of every Harry Potter review, I love Harry’s wizarding world. I love absolutely everything about it. The idea for this book was so well thought out and I love that the two other schools come to participate in the Triwizard tournament. I really enjoyed reading about the three tasks that went on for the competetion as well. The first time I read this book it was my favorite of the ones I’d read, but reading it again made me realize that this one is slower than the others. That of course isn’t a bad thing, just an observation. The endings of all the Harry Potter books are my favorite parts. J. K. Rowling wraps everything up so nicely. You find out all the little things that you could have overlooked throughout the story. The plot ties itself together very nicely at the end.

Characters:

I love all these characters, just as I have since book number one. Krum and Fleur irritated me at the beginning because they acted so cocky and stuck up. I think one of the reasons they irritated me was because I know I’ve read this book, but I didn’t remember how they turned out. By the end of the book I really enjoyed Fleur. She really is a sweet girl and my favorite parts with her were when Ron blurted at her and asked her if she wanted to go to the ball with her and when Harry saved her younger sister from the depths of the lake in front of Hogwarts and she kissed both Ron and Harry on the cheeks. When I imagine her, I imagine a beautiful, skinny, tiny girl with white blonde hair. The movie portrayal of her is was perfect. Krum still ended up irritating me by the end because I wanted to hurt him when I thought he was doing one of the ‘Unforgivable Curses’ on Cedric during the competition.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Fleur in this Harry Potter because I would love to take her place and see everything from her perspective. I would want to know what she thought of Hogwarts and what her original responses were to getting her name drawn from the Goblet of Fire. I would love to have that accent as well, because why not? If I could, I definitely would.

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

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In Conclusion: Harry Potter


In Conclusion will be a meme created by yours truly that will be posted once a month for the #AYearAThon. This month was Harry Potter themed. I read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J. K. Rowling *review*, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J. K. Rowling *review*, and got halfway through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling.

I have enjoyed this read-a-thon because I can connect with other people reading the same things that I am. I love being able to talk about books, therefore the blog, and discuss parts that we loved or hated or just got annoyed by. I am so thrilled to be part of this group on Goodreads and watch the YouTube videos. I am very proud of how much I have read for this read-a-thon this month. I read a total of 1,113 pages of Harry Potter from the 3-9 of this month. That is pretty awesome in my opinion.

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#FridayReads (6)


Because I had been participating in the #AReadAThon I read only Harry Potter from the 3-9 of this month. I plan to finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling soon and then I will be finishing Talented (Talented #1) – Sophie Davis which I requested from NetGalley. If I remarkably can finish both of those this weekend I will move on to We Were Liars – E. Lockhart. I got this ARC *advanced reader copy* from Random House Publishers in exchange for a review on this blog.

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