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J.K. Rowling to work on Harry Potter stage play


LONDON (AP) -- 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.

Rowling's Harry Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies around the world and were adapted into eight Warner Bros. feature films.

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dlaynedesign December 20 2013 at 4:27 PM

WITHOUT THE MAGIC IT SOUNDS UNINTERESTING AND DONE BEFORE

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DPobseser December 20 2013 at 4:18 PM

But it's already been done! Not professionally, but it's one of the best!! AVPM, AVPS and AVPSY! I love those plays so much! <^.^

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Denis December 20 2013 at 4:13 PM

I love you J. K.

It is a wonderful idea to explore Harry's early years. The plight of an orphan is not easy.

very very interesting.

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mrnaturallyphree December 20 2013 at 2:56 PM

Hasn't this woman made enough money yet?
Give this project up and do something entirely new!

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jmfabianorpl December 20 2013 at 1:49 PM

Not the worst idea, but where's our modern-day Porters and Sondheims to write us ORIGINAL material, rather than just adapt movies?

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racebird1k December 20 2013 at 1:08 PM

for an old hide she looks good too. I'd hit it once.

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franplatt December 20 2013 at 4:56 PM

I'm sure that JKR doesn't care what you think of her looks, and guess what? Neither do we!

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BipDBo December 20 2013 at 12:11 PM

I've read the books and watched the movies. My 10 year old daughter has read them 3 times. Her last birthday was set in post Voldemort Hogwarts. I played professor Longbottom and taught potions, where we did several "magic" chemistry experiments, potions that had been developed by the now adult wizard characters we made things like giant toothpaste developed by Hermoine for Grawp and "doxycide" developed by Harry to clear out doxies from the curtains in the Black house. It was a blast for my wife and I and the kids.
I also love theatre. My favorites so far have been "Wicked" and "Les Miserables."
I'm therefore very excited about a Harry Potter stage production. Hopefully, it may help drum up more interest for theatre in youth as the book series did for reading.

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mypathoflight December 20 2013 at 12:55 PM

My birthday is in March. Is that enough time for you to plan my party? :-D

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car4068043 December 20 2013 at 12:11 PM

Jeez whats next-post Hogwarts with Harry unemployed and working at a Fish n' Chips stand? Enough already.

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raree34 December 20 2013 at 12:37 PM

you don't have to go.....don't feel bad if you don't agree

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krimsonkombatant December 20 2013 at 12:06 PM

This sounds kind of pointless. I love Harry Potter but seriously, this? If they want to milk it for more money then do a story pre-Potter at Hogwarts with Lily, James, Sirius etc.

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Angela Malaney December 20 2013 at 12:22 PM

I agree, lets do something different.

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ewing1936charles December 20 2013 at 3:30 PM

ENJOY - or stay out of the theater (you would be better at home in front of the tele) ,

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mauraquin December 20 2013 at 11:49 AM

I can't wait for that.

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