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Harry Potter Play: J.K. Rowling Announces Stage Prequel To Famous Series

By Tyler McCarthy t.mccarthy@hngn.com | Dec 20, 2013 10:30 AM EST

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Harry Potter author announces a new stage play that will tell the untold story of the boy wizard's life before attending Hogwarts. (Photo : Reuters)

Harry Potter is definitely one of the most iconic characters in the world. He has covered the mediums of books, film and now the famous child wizard will be taking his story to the stage.

J.K. Rowling has announced she will be working on a play about Harry Potter and his life before he was told about his powers and invited to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

In a statement made on Friday, the author said the stage version of the show will "explore the previously untold story of Harry's early yeas as an orphan and outcast." She will be a co-producer on the show along with a veteran team of theater producers including Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. The statement said Rowling will collaborate with a writer but will not actually write the script herself, according to AP News via The Huffington Post.

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So far the writer and director of the show have not been chosen and no opening date for the performance has been announced.

"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. 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," Rowling wrote on her official Facebook page.

Rowling's novels have spanned seven books and eight movies. To date, the Harry Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies around the world.

This is not the first news from J.K. Rowling this year. She announced a few months ago that she would be writing another film script in the same world as the iconic series. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is a fictional book that existed within the realm of the characters in the original series. Rowling penned it as a real book by the fictitious author Newt Scamander.

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