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J.K. Rowling producing 'Harry Potter' stage play, a prequel

12/20/2013 by Kristina Lopez

Fans of the "Harry Potter" franchise will get a more in-depth look at the boy wizard's life before Hogwarts in a new stage play.

J.K. Rowling announced on her website on Friday, Dec. 20, that she is working with theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender on a play in the United Kingdom which will be based on the previously untold story of the early years of Harry's life as an orphan.

Rowling will serve as a co-producer on the project which will also include favorite characters from the books. According to a statement on her website, Rowling will collaborate with a yet-to-be named writer on the project, but will not write the play herself.

"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," Rowling said in a statement. "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."

The "Harry Potter" series consisted of seven books that were eventually adapted into eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe as the titular character.

In September, it was announced that Rowling is going to make her screenwriting debut with a film that will be based on Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." The movie will focus on the book's fictitious author Newt Scamander.

Rowling wrote two books after finishing her work on "Harry Potter." She wrote the adult novel "The Casual Vacancy" and she also wrote the detective thriller "The Cuckoo's Calling" under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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