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Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I haven’t read this one yet, it’s on my TBR list.  My son received it as a gift for Christmas, but he’s at that age where he just doesn’t have time for reading.  He’d rather work on computer programming!  Maybe he’ll take up reading again over the summer.  

Until then, for those Potterheads  like me out there who haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, here’s the Book Beginnings:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Kings Cross

A Busy and crowded station.  Full of people trying to go somewhere.  Amongst the hustle and bustle, two large cages rattle on top of two laden trolleys.  They’re being pushed by two boys, JAMES POTTER and ALBUS POTTER, their mother, GINNY, follows after.  A thirty-seven-year-old man, HARRY, has his daughter, LILY, on his shoulders.

Albus: Dad.  He keeps saying it.

Harry: James, give it a rest.

James: I only said he might be Slytherin.  And he might so…(Off his dad’s glare.)  Fine.

Albus (looking up at his mum): You’ll write me, won’t you?

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s a blurb from page 56:


The trolley witch’s hands transform into spikes.  She smiles.

So please retake your seat for the remainder of the journey.

Albus: You were right, Scorpius.  The train is magical.

Scorpius:  At this precise moment in time, I take no pleasure in being right.

Albus:  But I was also right–about the viaduct–that’s water down there, time to try the cushioning charm.

Scorpius: Albus, this is a bad idea.

Albus: Is it? (He has a moment’s hesitation, then realizes time for hesitation has passed.)  Too late now.  Three.  Two. One. Molliare!

He incants as he jumps.

Scorpius: Albus…Albus…

What do you think?  How do you feel about reading a book in script format?  Do you wish J.K.Rowling wrote this as a novel?


26 comments on “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Book Beginnings and Friday 56”

    • Really? Isn’t he Draco’s son? I might have that wrong. I expected to not like him because Draco was so unlikeable! I was surprised when I did do this little excerpt, though. Okay, can’t wait to read this now!

    • I hope so, too, Joy 🙂 I have to admit, I think part of the reason I haven’t read this one yet is because of the format. I’m glad to know that you enjoy works like that 🙂

  1. I love Harry Potter, but haven’t read this yet. Reading books in play form doesn’t usually work out well for me. Maybe if I listened to the audio version . . .

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. I struggled with this a bit because of the script format, but the story itself is good enough that I’d love to actually see a performance of it some day. I hope you enjoy the read.

  3. Hi Jo-Ann

    Oh Dear! Now I’m going to be a real party-pooper, as not only do I not like the style of writing very much, but I am also not a Harry Potter lover at all.

    My 80+ mother-in-law read and enjoyed all the books, but I just couldn’t get into them at all and hubbie and I have only ever watched the first film and decided not to buy the rest of the series!

    It placed us at something of a disadvantage when we went to Universal Studios Florida and did the Harry Potter ride, as we were neither of us very clued up about what was going on in the background story – But we struggled on heroically and enjoyed it as best we could 🙂 🙂

    Thanks fo sharing and ‘Happy Reading’


    • Haha! That’s okay…Harry Potter is for everyone I suppose! That’s awesome that your mother in law liked the books, though. And yes, not having the background would put you at a disadvantage at Universal, I would imagine, anyway I’ve never been there, myself.
      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by, Yvonne!

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