First, J.K. Rowling announced a Harry Potter spinoff.
Now, the author has announced plans to take her beloved franchise in the opposite direction.
Rowling has confirmed that she's co-producing a stage production about the boy wizard’s pre-Hogwarts years, one that will ask and answer: “What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs?”
The play promises to ”explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast,” offering ”a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard.”
Further details are being kept a secret for now, but various characters from the books and films are expected to make an appearance.
Referring to fellow producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, Rowling said in a statement:
“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."
This exciting news arrives three months after Rowling shocked fans with the proclamation that she's developing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a big screen version of her “textbook” covering the magical Potter universe.