Harry Potter fans, this one is for you. As well as the new film series in the works (details on that here), J K Rowling is going to co-produce a new play about the early years of Harry Potter. The play will show what it was like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs at No. 4 Privet Drive. It will explore the previously untold story of Harry’s childhood as an orphan and outcast and will also feature some favorite characters from the Harry Potter books.
Sonia Friedman (The Book Of Mormon) and Colin Callender (former HBO Films president) are the other co-producers. Rowling will collaborate with a writer, but she will not write the play herself.
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.”
Is a prequel a good thing to do? Could the Potter brand be diluted with this play? Would you want to see it?