Friday, December 20, 2013

J.K. Rowling to produce Harry Potter stage play in London

All sorts of rumors have been flying this year about the future of the Harry Potter franchise - specifically where J.K. Rowling's concerned.

First fans heard that the esteemed author was working on an 8th Harry Potter book (false), then they heard that she'd write a new Harry Potter spin-off movie (true!).  If you're lucky enough to live in London, however, you can check out her latest work of Potternalia live in a few years - a Harry Potter stage play.

The Daily Mail reports that Rowling will collaborate with another playwright for a show that's slated to run in the West End. While there's no title attached to the play just yet, fans of magic, Death Eaters, and flashy robes might be disappointed - the story will be focused on Harry Potter's early, pre-Hogwarts years.

From what precious few details are available, the play will focus on "the previously untold story of Harry Potter’s early years as an orphan and outcast" and it should "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."

This is hardly the most fertile area of the Potterverse to set a show in, admittedly, but it's nice to see that Rowling plans to flesh out Harry's early years to something a bit more substantive than a cautionary foster care story.

There's no word on whether there'll be flash-forwards to Harry's time as a Hogwarts student, or if the play will include glimpses into the early lives of other Potter characters - but who cares?  It's more canon Potter material for fans to look forward to!

The unnamed play is scheduled to begin its run in 2015.