Harry Potter: Lord Voldermort prequel film surfaces online

Harry Potter is the gift that keeps on giving

Ilana Kaplan
New York
Monday 15 January 2018 17:29
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Voldemort. Credit: Warner Bros.
Voldemort. Credit: Warner Bros.

Seven months after being greenlit by Warner Bros, the unofficial Harry Potter prequel about Voldemort has premiered online.

The film titled - Voldemort: Origins Of The Heir - is a 50-minute prequel that chronicles the story of Grisha McLaggen, the Griffyndor heir who spearheads the search for Tom Riddle.

The prequel takes place following the murder of the Hufflepuff heir, and McLaggen is under the impression that Riddle can still be redeemed.

The film is narrated in flashbacks and accentuated with elaborate costumes, special effects and beautiful sets.

Back in 2016, the Tryangle Films production originally sourced for funding on Kickstarter, but it was taken down from the site after Warner Bros claimed "copyright infringement" with the project.

Luckily director Gianmaria Pezzato made a deal with Warner Bros in June 2017 so that the movie could be released as not-for-profit.

Of the project, Pezatto previously said, “We wondered,’What made Tom Riddle become Voldemort? What happened in those years, and what really went down at Hogwarts when he came back?’ A lot goes unspoken."

He then added, "This is the story we want to tell: The rise of the Dark Lord before Harry Potter and his first demise."

Even though Warner Bros has started to explore the backstory and origins of the wizarding world with the Fantastic Beasts series, the fan-made film definitely adds some colour to the story.

Hopefully there's an official one coming in the near future.

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