We already knew that J.K. Rowling wasn’t done with the Happy Potter universe as she’s pitched a film based off the novel ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them’. In fact the idea went over so well with Warner Bros. that there are now multiple spin-off movies being planned! Just don’t expect Daniel Radcliff (‘The Woman In Black‘,’Frankenstein‘) to revise his role as Harry. However, Harry isn’t off the table for Rowling’s future endeavors!
Does this mean there’s plans on re-casting a younger Harry Potter? Is Rowling returning with a new novel to further explore the world?
Not at all. Rowling is bringing Harry back but in an all new format. She is going to be co-producing a play about his early years! From books to films to movies to games to Legos, Harry has been around in many incarnations but this will be the first time that he’s taking to the stage. Not only will it be on the stage but it will be in London’s West End!
The play will actually take place prior to Harry’s enrollment in Hogwarts. This pretty much shoots down much of a chance of any wizardry from happening unless it’s told through the point of view of someone watching his past via magic and possibly nudging him in the right direction. I wouldn’t get my hopes up there though.
The producers of the play, Sonia Friedman (‘The Book of Mormon’,’Mojo’) and Colin Callender (‘The White Queen’,’Dracula’) mentioned that the play will “offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard” where we find out “the previously untold story of Harry Potter’s early years as an orphan and outcast.”
The ‘Harry Potter’ play should be launching at some point within the next two years, though no writer or theater have been attached to this project at this time. While Rowling won’t be writing the play, she and Warner Brothers will be collaborating on it.
What do you think? Could a play about Harry Potter succeed or will it be cursed as ‘Spider-Man on Broadway’ seemed to have been?