Rowling writes Harry Potter prequel play

Are we ready for a play about Harry’s years before Hogwarts?

According to ew.com:

J.K. Rowling says she is working on a play about the boy wizard’s life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Rowling said in a statement Friday that the play will “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. “

Rowling will be a co-producer on the show, along with veteran theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. The statement said Rowling will collaborate with a writer but will not write the script herself.

Here is more:

The focus here seems to be on Harry’s more Dickensian life with the Dursley clan and his interior life—and certainly that life was more closely tied to the Wizarding World than Harry realizes in his first few years at Hogwarts….

Rowling says:

“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 expect we’ll see where the magical community intersected with his life, including Arabella Figg and Daedelus Diggle.

What do you think?

About Deborah Chan/Arabella

Deborah Chan, previously “Arabella Figg” I read the first three Harry Potter books in 1999 to see what the fuss was about and was hooked. After participating at HogwartsProfessor.com for several years, and then here at the pub, I joined the Blogengamot in 2009. I enjoy discussing and writing about the books I love, and particularly enjoy looking into characters' psychological and emotional motivations. My husband Rick and I live in Spokane, WA, where I’m a columnist for our newspaper, The Spokesman-Review. Our cat Casey Rose is my gravatar. Butterbeers all around!

11 thoughts on “Rowling writes Harry Potter prequel play

  1. HAHAHAHAHA, George. ;)

    It could be interesting. But with Rowling not writing it, I expect some HP-movie-type plot points designed to drive fans crazy. It’ll also be interesting to see whether it’s performed widely enough for, say, West Coast folk to see without having to drive more than an hour and a half. I might be up for going to Seattle, but further than that, no.

  2. I’m optimistic. Rowling is very protective of her story and characters, and has she yet disappointed us? She’s writing the play. The subject seems depressing and dark, but she can ably write both with humor.

    I expect to get more than the Pensieve-like views of Harry’s life that we’ve had to this point, and more backstory, especially of the intersection of the magical and Muggle worlds. I hope we learn more about Harry’s arrival at the Dursleys, how Petunia reacted to Dumbledore’s letter, how she persuaded Vernon to take Harry in after years of toxicity toward the magical world, etc.

    I think this news is a great Christmas gift.

    And in line with that, Merry Christmas, everyone!

  3. It will be interesting to see how far back into Harry’s early days they go back to.
    Will they start from Harry’s survival of the death curse from the Dark Lord and give some back story perhaps on what Dumbledore knew about Harry’s scar that he would not reveal to Professor McGonagall the night Hagrid delivered Harry to the Dursley’s.

    “Is that where- whispered Professor McGonagall. Yes, said Dumbledore. “He’ll have that scar for ever”. Couldn’t you do something about it, Dumbledore?”
    Even I could, I wouldn’t……….Scars can come in useful.”—–HPSS

    Do we not all know how true that statement is from book one through to the “forest again” and the “Heavenly Kings Cross” meeting with Dumbledore in book seven.

    Harry’s early days enduring the abuse and oppression of the Dursley’s was a builder of courage and character that I think Dumbledore knew he would have to work through within himself alone for the next ten years. For he would have much more to overcome and endure in his future days at Hogwarts and his internal/external battles with Voldemort.

    I hope they write this stage work to that end.

  4. I never thought DD knew what was really in store for Harry with the Dursleys. He was optimistic that his best chance was with relatives. He could never have known they would be so awful to an innocent child.

    I am hoping she will come up with a good explanation for that pesky missing 24 hours after the death of the Potters and before he is left on the steps at number 4. I would be excited to see it. My only concern is that a stage play, unlike a film, requires an actor to learn the script and act the part for 2 hours….every night. Where do you find a kid under ten to do a good job with that? The role of Harry must be the main character so that is a rather tall order.

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