Back in September we learned that author J.K. Rowling is working on writing a Harry Potter spin-off movie that will focus on minor characters from her hugely successful book series. Today we learn that she is also writing a new stage play that will feature her beloved, most famous character Harry Potter. BUT, lest you think this new play will focus on Harry’s adventures with witchcraft and wizardry you should know that the play will be a prequel to the events that take place in the very first Harry Potter book. Rowling’s new Potter project will focus on the character’s days living with his Muggle family before he learned of his magical heritage.
Harry Potter has traveled from page to screen – and now to stage. J.K. Rowling said Friday she is working on a play about the boy wizard’s life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rowling’s seven-book saga begins when Harry, an unloved orphan grudgingly raised by his aunt and uncle, receives a letter informing him he is a wizard. Rowling said in a statement that the play will “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast.” Rowling will be a co-producer on the show, along with veteran British theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. The statement said Rowling will collaborate with a writer but will not write the script herself. “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.,” Rowling said. Writer and director have yet to be chosen. No opening date has been set for the show, which will be developed in Britain next year.
I’m usually very weary of these kinds of prequel projects but I completely trust J.K. Rowling and the fact that she is so involved in the project says to me that this play will likely turn out great. I have no doubt that she will be very involved in the production of this play. It sounds like a writer will be hired to handle the heavy lifting but my guess is that Rowling knows exactly what the story is and how it should be fleshed out. It’s interesting that the focus of this play will be on the very “normal” life of Harry Potter. Before he found out about his magical abilities, he was just a regular kid that was mistreated and unloved by his family. Sounds like a fun time at the theater, eh? Again, I trust J.K. Rowling explicitly. I can’t wait to hear more. Does this sound like something that might interest you? Do you think this new Harry Potter stage play sounds like a good idea?