Fans were excited when it was announced Warner Bros. would continue making films set in the wizarding world, though not starring Harry, Ron, Hermione or anyone else from the Harry Potter books. But I bet they’ll be even more excited when they learn author J.K. Rowling is co-producing a new stage play focusing on Harry’s earliest days before discovering he was a wizard and before going off to Hogwarts.
All right, perhaps it’s not the most thrilling choice of subject. In fact, I can’t imagine what would happen in such a play except seeing Harry living in the cupboard under the stairs, being mistreated by the Dursley’s, and generally being a miserable, lonely little boy. But hey, new Harry Potter is new Harry Potter, amirite?
The play will be produced by Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, with The Daily Mail reporting their play will “offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard” and tell “the previously untold story of Harry Potter’s early years as an orphan and outcast.” As of now the plan is for the play to open in London’s West End in about two years time, though no theatre has yet been chosen.
Rowling admitted Friedman and Callender weren’t the first to approach her about a possible Harry Potter stage show, but their idea “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.”
And of course, Rowling has more wizarding work ahead of her since she’s scripting WB’s spinoff film based on the Potter “textbook”, Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them; a film which we only assume, if successful, will lead to even more Potter spinoffs.
So, what are you thinking about a new play about Harry’s early childhood? With little else to go on it’s hard to guess what the play will really be about. Until then, Potterheads?