Listen up Harry Potter fans, big news is here. J.K. Rowling is working on a stage play about the beloved character of Harry Potter, featuring a story that fans have never been exposed to before. The upcoming stage production will debut in London’s West End.
First, J.K. Rowling was responsible for one of the most popular and best-selling young adult franchises in history, then they were turned into some of the highest grossing films, and now she has turned to the theater to further build on the franchise.
Unlike the films which were adapted from each book, Rowling’s new venture to the stage will explore a part of Harry Potter’s life that has never been seen before.
The play will be a prequel to the books, and show life of Harry Potter before entering the famous Hogwarts school that everyone got to know throughout the books and films.
Whether the story will simply feature Harry Potter living at 4 Privet Drive with the Dursley family, or feature his friends, Ron and Hermione, is unclear, but it could be an interesting way to tie them all together before meeting.
J.K. Rowling released a statement on her Facebook page which highlights the plot of the production as well as what has finally prompted her to bring the story to the stage.
The play will also explore Potter’s life as an orphan and outcast, before being accepted by the community of wizards and witches and having his life changed forever.
In addtion to the new play, J.K. Rowling will also be writing the script for an upcoming film based on a Hogwarts text book from the Harry Potter saga called Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them.
J.K. Rowling has also noted that she will enlist the help of another writer to pen the script of the play, but she has not revealed who it will be yet. However, it has been announced that she will be collaborating with with award-winning theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.
J.K. Rowling’s upcoming stage production has yet to be given a premiere date, but is set to begin production in 2014.
Some fans are already getting excited about the upcoming play.
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