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J.K. Rowling working on a Harry Potter stage play

Harry Potter is coming to the stage.

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.

The play "will explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast," her announcement said, and will "offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard."

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

"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," the author said in a statement. "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."

Writers and directors have yet to be chosen. No opening date has been set for the show.

Rowling's Harry Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies around the world and were adapted into eight Warner Bros. feature films. She is also writing the screenplay for a Potter spinoff film, inspired by the Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

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