The world's favorite wizard is flying into the West End! J.K. Rowling is set to co-produce a stage adaptation of her Harry Potter books. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Rowling will not write the play but instead work with a playwright on the production, which will open in London in 2015.
The Harry Potter play will focus on "the previously untold story of Harry Potter’s early years as an orphan and outcast" before he arrives at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The show will "offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom destiny has plans..."
Broadway and West End veteran producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender will steer the production. Their vision, of all the many approaches Rowling received for a stage adaptation, was for the author, "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."
The seven-volume Harry Potter series has sold more than 450 million copies and been translated into 77 languages. The books were adapted into eight movies starring Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. It is believed that Warner Brothers, the studio that was behind the films, will also be involved with the stage adaptation.