With a full 11 months until the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Harry Potter fans have been desperate for something to hold them over. Just in the nick of time, their prayers have been answered! A low-budget, fan-produced film called Voldemort: Origins Of The Heir has just been released online. The Tryangle Films is a non-canonical prequel which follows a young Tom Marvolo Riddle as he becomes the sinister, nose-less baddie we all know and love.
At one point, the movie was shut down by Warner Brothers due to obvious infringement of copyright laws. Unexpectedly, however, the movie's creators, Gianmaria Pezzato and Stefano Prestia, managed to secure a private meeting with the WB team, after which the movie was back on! Pezzato commented to Polygon:
The only thing we can say is that they let us proceed with the film, in a nonprofit way, obviously.
In the film, the four heirs of the Hogwarts houses (Slytherin, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff) are friends at Hogwarts. One of them, Grisha McLaggen, heir of Gryffindor, attempts to stop Riddle's rise to power. We follow her story through a series of flashbacks.
2) Voldemort: Origins of the heir (2018)— ludoiscrying (@ludovicaskarma) January 14, 2018
“Memories are made of something peculiar, trying to catch them can be dangerous. The good ones are hard to catch. The bad ones, on the other hand, they’re even harder to keep them away”#voldemortoriginsoftheheir pic.twitter.com/Hf13CtVnpN
The movie is 52 minutes long and can be watched for free on YouTube.