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'Harry Potter' play coming to British stage

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
updated 2:07 PM EST, Fri December 20, 2013
Although Daniel Radcliffe and his "Harry Potter" co-stars graduated from the franchise in 2011, studio Warner Bros. is planning additional films set in the Potter-verse. One spinoff <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/12/showbiz/movies/jk-rowling-new-movie-potter/index.html?iref=allsearch' target='_blank'>will be based on a fictional Hogwarts textbook,</a> and another "Harry Potter" spinoff <a href='http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/jk-rowlings-quidditch-through-the-ages-earmarked-as-next-harry-potter-spinoff-film-8849021.html' target='_blank'>potentially could examine Quidditch</a>. Radcliffe, who has been busy with movies like "Kill Your Darlings," <a href='http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/daniel-radcliffe-says-no-to-new-harry-potter-film-20130918' target='_blank'>doesn't plan to make an appearance</a>. But what's the rest of the cast up to these days? Although Daniel Radcliffe and his "Harry Potter" co-stars graduated from the franchise in 2011, studio Warner Bros. is planning additional films set in the Potter-verse. One spinoff will be based on a fictional Hogwarts textbook, and another "Harry Potter" spinoff potentially could examine Quidditch. Radcliffe, who has been busy with movies like "Kill Your Darlings," doesn't plan to make an appearance. But what's the rest of the cast up to these days?
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • J.K. Rowling is developing a "Harry Potter" play
  • The story will follow Potter in his early years as an orphan
  • The play will go into development in 2014

(CNN) -- There's some magic coming to a British stage.

Author J.K. Rowling has announced she is developing a play based on her "Harry Potter" stories. According to her website, Rowling is working in collaboration with award-winning producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender on the project.

"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," Rowling 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."

Warner Bros. is owned by CNN's parent company, Time Warner.

Rowling will reportedly be a producer of the play and work with a writer, but she will not be writing the play. The story will follow Potter in his early years as an orphan.

Directors and writers for the play, which will go into development in 2014, are currently being considered.

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