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.
Though the film falls a little bit short of big-studio quality, fans have been supportive of the production since its inception in 2016.
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.
The movie is 52 minutes long and can be watched for free on YouTube.
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