ByWill Wharton, writer at
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Will Wharton

If I'm honest, I'm still pretty busy scooping my jaw up off the floor after J.K.'s last announcement. You remember that whole thing with the Harry Potter spin-off that's set in New York?

Well it's time to rub your eyes in disbelief again as J.K. took to Facebook yesterday to drop yet another bomb-shell on us before the year is out.

Harry Potter will live on, in an official theatre production... of his early years living with the Dursleys!

From J.K. 's official Facebook page:

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.

I mean... already I'm like Merlin's BEARD!

But she continues:

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...

Ok so we're in Prequel mode, awesome, I'm down with that.

Disappearing snake tank walls, that kind of thing?

J.K. Rowling will also be a co-producer on the project, but whilst she will collaborate with a writer on the new play, she will not write the script herself.

Good news!

And now the obligatory official quote:

J.K. Rowling said:

"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."

Writers and directors are now being considered, and the project will move into development in 2014.

I'm also excited J.K. but since I don't live in London and don't plan a visit until the inevitable 2017 zombie apocalypse, I have no choice but to look forward to the HAS-TO-BE-HAPPENING movie adaptation.

Hold on to your Sorting hat's folks the Harry Potter ride is far from over!


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