The Fidelius Charm has worn off, and now, the secret's out: J.K. Rowling is bringing "Harry Potter" to the stage.
The Wizarding World will makes its official stage debut in London's West End within the next two years, focusing on "the previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast." In other words, the "Potter" play takes place before the events of the "Potter" films and novels — but that doesn't mean familiar faces won't appear.
Here's our wish list of the "Harry Potter" icons we hope to see on stage:
You can't tell a story about Harry's childhood without the monsters who made it a living nightmare. Vernon, Petunia and Dudley Dursely are some of the most loathsome characters in all of "Potter," even if they pale in comparison to snakes like You Know Who. They "cared" for Harry in the years before the boy wizard enrolled in Hogwarts, so their exclusion from the stage play would be baffling on a number of levels.
If the stage show features scenes set before Harry's birth, then we're guaranteed to see his parents, James and Lily, at some point. But here's hoping we see more than just Harry's folks. Fans have long clamored for a spinoff tale centered on the Marauders — James, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew — and the stage show would be the perfect place to make it happen, if only for a scene.
The Order of the Phoenix
Harry didn't learn about his true place in the world until his 11th birthday, but he was always surrounded by magic. The "Harry Potter" show is a great opportunity to showcase the numerous protectors who watched over Harry in his early years, like secret-keeper Arabella Figg, motorcycle-riding Hagrid, or even the Hogwarts headmaster himself, Albus Dumbledore.
He Who Shall Not Be Named
Can a "Harry Potter" stage show exist without the snakiest Slytherin of them all? Lord Voldemort has to have an appearance in the new production, even if it's only in flashback form. Expect to see Voldemort's fateful assault on James, Lily and baby Harry at some point during the show.
Yeah, it's a pie-in-the-sky wish, but why not put it out there? Radcliffe is a seasoned theater veteran at this point, and it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about the world's most famous wizard. Imagine Radcliffe as Harry, narrating the tale of his early childhood. He wouldn't have to commit his entire life to the job: just a limited engagement, a couple of months at most. Radcliffe reprising Potter isn't the likeliest outcome imaginable, but stranger things have happened.
Which "Harry Potter" characters do you want to see up on stage?