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Harry Potter and the West End debut

JK Rowling has announced Harry Potter will return - but this time it will be on the stage.

The author said she is working on a stage play that explores the boy wizard's early years under the Dursleys' staircase.

The team behind the project said it would focus on 'Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast'. Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Although she will not script the play herself, Rowling will co-produce the project with theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.

Rowling said: "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."

JK Rowling to screenwrite new Harry Potter spin-off

JK Rowling is to make her screenwriting debut for a Harry Potter spin-off film based on a minor character in the series.

Author JK Rowling will be visiting the wizard world once again. Credit: Press Association

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will feature fictitious author Newt Scamander, writer of the Hogwarts textbook of the same name.

Rowling made the decision when she was asked by Warner Bros for permission to create the film.

She said: "As I considered Warners' proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn't dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros."

It's not the only project the author has taken on since completing the Potter series - Rowling has since released two novels.

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Law firm pays for revealing JK Rowling pseudonym

JK Rowling was said to be "very angry" after her pseudonym had been leaked by Russells. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

JK Rowling has received a substantial payout at London's High Court from a law firm which breached her confidentiality by revealing she was writing under a pseudonym.

The Harry Potter author has donated the money to charity.

Rare Harry Potter book fetches £150,000 at auction

A rare edition of the first Harry Potter book, which was personally annotated by JK Rowling, has sold for £150,000 at auction.

One-of-a-kind: Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The unique copy of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone contains 22 of the authors own illustrations along with a revealing commentary.

Published in 1997, the book was sold to a telephone bidder at Sotheby's in central London, also up for auction was a copy of Roald Dahl's Matilda, with new illustrations by Quentin Blake, which sold for £30,000 making it the second highest sale of the evening.

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The royals at war: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge duel

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get some tips on duelling with their wands. Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge enjoying her new wand. Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge duelled with wands like wizards from the Harry Potter movies after a crash course in the magical arts.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry share a joke over a spell or two. Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry share a joke over a spell or two. Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Wire
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