Rowling Rejected Jackson’s Potter Musical Proposal

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October 1, 2010 | 8:50pm EST

Michael Jackson once approached J.K. Rowling with plans to turn her Harry Potter stories into a stage musical – but his idea was snubbed because the author was not convinced it would be a success.
Rowling’s series of books have been brought to life on the big screen and even inspired its very own theme park in Orlando, Florida – but the Brit reveals there was one big proposal she rejected, even though it came from the King of Pop himself.

In a candid new interview with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, which aired on Friday, she says, “Michael Jackson wanted to do a musical.

“I said no to a lot of things. For me, I love the films, I love the books, and there’s elements that I love around it… like the theme park. But I only wanted to do it because I knew it would be incredible.”