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article imageJ K Rowling collaborating on Harry Potter West End play

By Eileen Kersey     Dec 22, 2013 in Entertainment
London - J K Rowling's seven-volume Harry Potter series of books quickly became a firm favorite, enjoyed by adult readers as well as children. A series of movies followed and now there is news of a stage play.
The Harry Potter series of books kicked off with The Philosopher's Stone in 1997 which was a huge success and ultimately sold 450m copies worldwide. Fans could hardly wait for the next book to be released. Over the nest few years all seven books were gradually published, along with associated movies.
Fans who were left wanting more, when Rowling completed the Potter saga, can now look forward to a West End stage play about Harry Potter.
The Guardian reports that J K Rowling is collaborating on a West End play for 2015 about Harry Potter's life as an orphan and outcast, before he went to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rowling told the Guardian:
"Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia [Friedman] and Colin [Callender]'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. After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase."
The Philosopher's Stone begins with Potter as a baby, being left in the care of relatives after his parents are killed. The story picks up with ten-year-old Potter who lives with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and their obnoxious son, Dudley. Dudley is spoiled rotten while poor Harry lives in a cupboard under the stairs.
The West End play will fill in the 10 year gap.
The play's producers, Callender and Friedman, said the play would tell "the previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast". Both are qualified to take on the role of producer with Friedman being one of the producers behind "West End hit The Book of Mormon, while Callender worked on the Broadway play Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks".
The big question now for fans is who will play young Harry Potter?
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