Harry Potter to Become a Play, Says Author J.K. RowlingBy: Meaghan Ellis - December 20, 2013
Fans all over the world have seen the eight film installments of the the world-renowned Harry Potter film series inspired by author J.K. Rowling. Now, Rowling plans to take the film to the stage in a new play. According to Associated Press, Rowling announced Friday that she is currently working on a stage adaptation of the boy wizard’s life.
However, the play will actually chronicle his life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. So, the play will give viewers a different perspective to enjoy as opposed to viewing a reenactment of one of the films. Harry Potter fans will definitely have something new and vibrant to anticipate from the ever-popular series.
The seven-book Harry Potter series begins with Harry, an orphan raised in lackluster conditions by a resentful aunt and uncle, receiving a letter informing him of his wizardry. The new stage play will unveil the prequel to Harry’s life before this period in his life. Rowling explained on her website that the play will capture, “what was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs.”
The play is expected to “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast,”she explained. Rowling, who serves as a co-producer for the stage project, will work alongside prominent theatrical producers, Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. While Rowling is known for her creative authorship for the award-winning work, she will only serve as a collaborative entity where the script-writing is concerned.
“Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage.”
No further details have been released for the upcoming Harry Potter play. The director for the project has yet to be chosen, and there are no opening dates as of yet. The work is still in the preliminary stages, so more details will be released with time.
Rowling’s Harry Potter novel series has sold more than a staggering 450 million copies worldwide.