Rowling Plans “Harry Potter” Stage Prequel

Author J.K. Rowling is expected to co-produce a stage play about her boy wizard Harry Potter early years.

The Daily Mail reports that producers Sonia Friedman (“The Book of Mormon”) and Colin Callender (“The White Queen,” “Dracula”) are developing the project which aims to premiere on London’s West End within two years. A specific theater has not yet been chosen.

The story will take place before he discovered his magical side and enrolled at Hogwarts. Rowling will NOT write the play, but will collaborate with the still unannounced playwright. Warner Bros. Pictures is said to be involved as well.

Rowling has been approached several times about a stage adaptation of Potter, but it was Friedman and Callender’s vision that “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 very exciting to see this project moving onto the next phase.”