J. K. Rowling is set to co-produce a new stage production about Harry Potter in his years before his time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The play will follow Potter as an orphan who is sent to live with his aunt, uncle and spoilt cousin Dudley, and famously lived in the ‘cupboard under the stairs’ before his adventures at Hogwarts with Ron and Hermione. There has been no explanation on whether the play will follow just Harry or also the Dursley family whom he resides with, or if it will also explore the lives of other Potter characters before their arrival at Hogwarts.
Rowling is not writing the play herself, but is currently working with an unnamed playwright on the script. Rowling is also collaborating with theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender for the production.
A recent statement regarding the production has been released explaining; “What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs? This brand new play, which will be developed for the UK theatre, will explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom Destiny has plans.”
The seven Harry Potter books are the biggest selling book series of all time, and the eight film adaptations between 2001 and 2011 have collected over $7.7 billion worldwide.
Rowling has said in a recent statement, “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. After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase. I’d like to thank Warner Bros. for their continuing support in this project.”
The production is expected to begin development in 2014.
Read the article at focusfilm.co.uk