Let’s be honest; we were all absolutely devastated when we realized the Harry Potter books and movies were coming to an end (and we are not ashamed to admit we shed a few tears). So we were pretty relieved when J.K Rowling announced a new immersive world within Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
But for some hard-core fans, this just wasn’t enough.
A group of Harry Potter uber-fans have now created a story of their own, which they’ve called Voldemort: Origins of the Heir. The prequel follows the life of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (we’re not risking it) as the young Tom Marvolo Riddle, and they’ve even created their own nifty trailer. And it’s pretty epic. Here’s the trailer for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir:
However, the new movie won’t follow Tom himself. Instead, the story will focus on the adventures of the heir to Gryffindor, Grisha Mac Laggan after the murder of Hufflepuff descendent, Hepzibah Smith. Grisha believes there’s more to the murder than it seems, and suspects foul play and dark magic – which leads her straight to Tom Riddle.
As it’s a fan film, intricate details of the in’s and out’s of the Harry Potter franchise are entwined within the storyline. Which we love – because as much as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was great, it was quite far removed from the Wizarding World during Harry Potter’s time (although the next movie will include a young Dumbledore and the epic Grindelwald/Dumbledore feud). So expect to see references to Salazar Slytherin’s Locket and Helga Hufflepuff’s locket in Voldemort: Origins of the Heir and Riddle’s attempts to create his Horcruxes and the chaos that ensues.
The filmmakers of the new movie were inspired by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and wanted to know more about the events that drive Tom Riddle to become He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named – so they made up their own story (genius). They originally created a Kickstarter fund to fund their project which was taken down by Warner Bros. last summer. However, it seems they’ve now reached an agreement with Warner Bros. and are continuing with their movie – with it set to be released on YouTube in the fall.
And we’re pretty excited.