The world's most famous wizard is taking his broomstick to the stage. Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has announced a new play entitled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will open in London next summer.
British author J.K. Rowling announced the play on Twitter to mark the 18th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". Between 1997 and 2007, a series of seven novels recounted the adventures of boy wizard Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts wizarding school. A global publishing phenomenon, the books have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, with eight film adaptations making more than $7 billion at the box office. Even after the series has finished, fans still flock to the Pottermore website and Hogwarts-themed attractions in London and Orlando, Florida.
First discussed by Rowling in 2013, the new play will tell an "untold part of Harry's story". Plot details are scarce, but Rowling says it isn't a prequel. Addressing the question of why she didn't write a new novel, the author says the stage is "the only proper medium for the story".
The play is a collaboration between Rowling, producer Sonia Friedman, director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne. Bafta-winning scribe Thorne has written for "Skins", "This is England" and "The Fades" on TV. He has written several plays, and in 2013 adapted vampire movie "Let the Right One In" for the stage. The new Potter play reunites several of the minds behind "Let the Right One In", also including director Tiffany, Tony-winning set designer Christine Jones and Tony-nominated choreographer Steven Hoggett.
The music for the "Cursed Child" will be created by Ivor Novello and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and artist Imogen Heap. Her work has been featured in films and TV shows including "Garden State", "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and the OC's much-parodied second season finale. She's also known for her innovative use of technology in making music, including as she performs.
The cast is yet to be announced.
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will open in London's West End, at the Palace Theatre, currently home to a stage adaptation of book and film "The Commitments".
Although the series of books form a complete story, fans clamour for more Potter action. The new play will join another spin-off arriving next year, a movie adaptation of Rowling's 2001 book "". The film will star Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne and will be released in November 2016.