It’s no secret that here at RetroEnt we love Harry Potter, and that we STILL don’t know what to do with ourselves since the book series and the film franchise horrifically left us in the lurch. I mean, how could they do that to us?! Of course, we can still watch a Harry Potter movie a day (and two on a Saturday, obvs) and read the books in sequence, and then repeat – but we can’t help but feel a little like Oliver Twist. We want MORE.
Because we’re feeling a little devoid of magic in our lives, we were pretty excited to report a couple of months ago that a group of Harry Potter superfans had created an epic trailer for their movie, Voldemort: Origins of the Heir. Although we only had a trailer to obsess over, the whole movie has now been released on YouTube, which means you can get your Harry Potter fix for free. Is it our birthday?
This fan-made, unofficial movie was created by the Italian movie company, Tryangle, and is a spin-off film that follows the life of Tom Riddle and his journey to become He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (nope, we’re not gonna risk it). Although it definitely isn’t on par with Warner Bros, and definitely NOT on par with this new Harry Potter chapter created by an AI, we have to admire the time and effort put into this incredible piece of cinema. Directed by Gianmaria Pezzato, the cast and crew of Voldemort: Origins of the Heir had just €13,000 to make this movie into something special, and if you ignore the pretty rough dubbing over their voices, it’s actually a pretty decent addition to the Harry Potter story.
Tryangle have released a full statement on their website about their new film, and here’s what they have to say:
Voldemort: Origins of the Heir is a non-profit fan film, inspired by the Harry Potter universe. The idea was born while re-reading the sixth book of the saga, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. We wondered, ‘What made Tom Riddle become Voldemort? What happened in those years, and what really went down at Hogwarts when he came back? There are some clues in the books which have not be transposed at all in the movies, but a lot goes unspoken. This is the story we want to tell: the rise of the Dark Lord before Harry Potter and his first demise.’
Well, we’re sold. Since it’s release on YouTube on Saturday, the full movie has amassed more than 6 million views, to both positive and negative reviews. What do you think of it?