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Rowling's Potter novels were turned into eight films in all, with Daniel Radcliffe playing Harry, alongside Emma Watson as Hermione and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley.Reuters

The Harry Potter books which spawned a massive film franchise and made author JK Rowling millions of pounds are reportedly heading to London's West End.

According to the Daily Mail, a new version of the wizards' school tale will be turned into a stage play by late 2015.

Although Rowling will not write the script for the play, she is expected to act as a producer. The show will tell "the previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast".

London and New York producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are said to also be on board for the project.

Rowling said the vision put forward by Friedman and Callender was the strongest she had seen, having been approached countless times to adapt her blockbuster series for the stage.

"[It] 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," she said.

"After a year in gestation, it is very exciting to see this project moving onto the next stage."

It's not yet known which theatre the play will be staged at or who will take the lead role as the boy wizard.

Daniel Radcliffe played Harry in the eight films, alongside Emma Watson as Hermione and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley.