The author of "Harry Potter" franchise has announced a new production and addition to the series. Through her Facebook account, J.K. Rowling announced that a "Harry Potter" prequel is in the works as a stage production. Since the time the series ended both in the form of a book and movies, Potter fans have been craving for more. Finally, they received their early Christmas gift as the announcement was made last Friday.
J.K. Rowling Announces Production of Harry Potter Prequel in a Stage Production
"J.K. Rowling is pleased to announce that she is collaborating with the award-winning theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender on a new stage play to be based on the Harry Potter stories," read the announcement on Dec 20, 2013, on J.K. Rowling's Facebook page.
According to the announcement and reports based on it, the new production will take fans back in time, when franchise protagonist Harry Potter lived in a house of muggles, in a closet under the staircase. The storyline will explore the early years of Harry's life as an orphan and an outcast.
J.K. Rowling will be a co-producer of the upcoming "Harry Potter" project. She will also collaborate with the writer but not write the script herself. As per the announcement, a writer and the directors are being finalised. The project will move on to its development phase in the year 2014.
"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," said J.K. Rowling in the Facebook announcement about "Harry Potter" prequel production while explaining her decision of the production.
What to Expect in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Prequel? (Spoilers)
The play will bring forth tales from Harry Potter's early life, living as a muggle and with muggles, oblivious to his skills of wizardry and existence of Hogwarts. It was only on Harry Potter's 11th birthday when it was revealed to him by Hagrid that he is a son of much respected wizard and a witch. Until then, he lived a miserable life with the Durselys, which will be explored in the Harry Potter prequel.
Synopsis of "Harry Potter" play on the J.K. Rowling's Facebook page read:
"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..."
Sadly, the play in development is only restricted to UK theatres, for now. No dates have yet been announced, but speculations about the plot are already running wild, since the time it was announced that J.K Rowling will be producing "Harry Potter" prequel in the form of a stage production.
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