Harry Potter at the Theatre

J.K. Rowling has reinvented herself over the past couple of years – and not just as Robert Galbraith, her adult thriller nom de plume. She has become one of the twitterati – sharing unvarnished, unapologetic opinions on everything from Scottish independence to refugees to Donald Trump.

She has also whet the appetite of her legions of Harry Potter fans with the news that the upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, after some early misdirection pointing otherwise, is indeed about the Chosen One and his son.

It comes as no surprise that Harry Potter would find a home on stage given that so many of the actors associated with the film series are associated with theatre.

Daniel Radcliffe, Harry himself, made headlines for his seemingly overnight transition to adulthood when he appeared in the revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus.

Michael Gambon, aka Albus Dumbledore, shone down from heaven in Nicholas Wright’s Cressida.

Gambon had an extracurricular interlude with another Hogwarts instructor, Maggie Smith aka Minerva McGonagall, on the cover of Stephen Poliakoff’s Joe’s Palace and, Capturing Mary.

Timothy Spall, the usually villainous Peter Pettigrew, gives good face on the cover of Mike Leigh’s All or Nothing.

More plays featuring the cast of Harry Potter (and even one written by one of them).