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'Harry Potter' play: Move over new movie, stage production shares Harry's past

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A “Harry Potter” play has fellow fans of the Boy Who Lived thrilled this week, as JK Rowling — while still working on a new “Harry Potter” movie based on the life and experiences of Newt Scamander and “Fantastic Beasts” — has confirmed that she is also working on a stage production to serve as a prequel to the books. While most details surrounding this magical play are still under wraps, what is known is that the future theater production will focus on the young boy wizard’s life while living with the Dursleys, well before he ever visited Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Yahoo! News tells what’s known so far on the exciting project this Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Some “Harry Potter” fans are still reeling from the fact that not only is an upcoming film based on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” coming out within the next few years (as well as a special new movie presented at the Orlando Studios resort featuring some classic characters from the film franchise), so it might be hard to take in at first that JK Rowling has announced she’s making a play for the boy wizard as well.

For those readers who have enjoyed the original “Harry Potter” books, fans will know that much of Harry’s life with the Dursleys was miserable but only briefly described. He is shown to be an enduring, but unloved and unwanted orphan by his grumpy Uncle Vernon, snappish Aunt Petunia, and cruel cousin Dudley. Everything changes, of course, when he receives his letter from Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Rowling said in a statement that the play will "explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast.” His past especially is hinted to be shared with audiences. The talented author will be serving as a co-producer of the show just as she is working directly with the new movie, and in tandem with British stage production legends Sonia Friedman and producer Colin Callender.

"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.

No writer or official director have been made known on the new “Harry Potter” play just yet, nor has an opening date (even tentatively) been announced. But for this no doubt magical show, we have a lot to look forward to, and development is expected to begin in the U.K. late in 2014.


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