New 'Harry Potter' Prequel Could Be Best Thing Ever -- or Not

JK Rowling In the immortal words of The Godfather, "Just when I thought I was out -- they pulled me back in!" I can't even with how many years of my life I've lost cumulatively to enjoying Harry Potter in its various incarnations: Books, movies, themed exhibits in Times Square (but not the amusement park, because no one will go with me, true story). While I savored every minute of my life with Potter, I also felt really satisfied knowing that now the story was closed, I could move on.

Except, now I can't. Because J.K. Rowling is apparently producing ... a Harry Potter stage-play. You guys. It's too much. It's like having The Chocolate Touch. Chocolate is great, but you don't want it EVERY DAY FOREVER. Did I mention that Rowling isn't even writing the play? That doesn't seem fair! 


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Rowling is helping adapt the work with another writer and two producers to craft the story. Okay, cool, fine. But this all begs the question ... why? I mean, yes, Harry Potter is awesome. Harry Potter is a story for the ages. But I can't rationalize getting behind this project unless someone can look me in the eye and tell me that they are doing it to move the story forward and not just to line Rowling's Gringotts account with more gold, you know? (#nerd4lyfe)

Rowling seems to think that the story still has magical juice worth wringing out. In theory this gives me a flicker of confidence. In a statement she released about the new project, she said: 

The production will explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast living in the muggle world.

So it sounds like a prequel of sorts, which could be fascinating -- provided it's done right. After all, the best part of the series was Harry's escape from the world of Muggles. I don't know how I feel about a play where it's just Harry feeling misplaced and depressed. Harry Potter as Holden Caulfield, while hilarious, seems almost sacrilegious. That said, Rowling is CLEARLY no slouch. Fingers crossed this will be a play worth watching and not just another massaging of the cash cow. 

Which characters would make an appearance in the prequel do you think? What would you like to see happen? 


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