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J.K. Rowling Is Working on a Harry Potter Prequel for the Stage

harrypotter-02J.K. Rowling has announced that she is working on a Harry Potter prequel. It’s a play!

Take deep breaths. It’s true! It’s true!

Rowling will co-produce the show with Sonia Friedman and Collin Callender.

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.”

What will the play be about?

It takes place before Harry goes to Hogwarts, while he is living with his aunt and uncle, The Dursleys.

On Harry’s 11th birthday, he receives a visit from Hagrid, who tells him he’s  a wizard and bustles him off to his new home at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizarding. And so the saga begins.

But that little boy who lived under the stairs for 10 years in abject misery is a pretty compelling character. Orphaned as a baby, Harry Potter was taken in by his aunt and uncle (at the request of one Albus Dumbledore). They have a son, Dudley, whom they favor and spoil while Harry gets along with hand-me-downs and paucity.

The Dursley family is quite horrible to Harry in the books, but they did take him in. And while he lives in their home as a child, Harry lives safely away from would-be Death Eaters under the protection of family. When Voldemort returns to full power, it becomes even more important for Harry to live with the Dursleys during his summers off from Hogwarts because the strong magic his mother invoked by sacrificing her life for Harry endures through his Aunt Petunia. It’s such a powerful statement about family and its importance — even when it’s imperfect.

Harry’s life leading up to all this is a great premise for a play. There is so much to explore here, from Petunia’s conflicted feelings to Harry and Dudley’s relationship. What a great story and great news for Potterheads as well!

Happy Christmas! May the news of this upcoming stage show warm and cheer you like a hand-knit sweater from Molly Weasley.

Photo Source: GuiltyCubicle

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