A fan-made film about Tom Marvolo Riddle is currently making the rounds online piquing the interest of Harry Potter fans who are still clamoring for new content from the famed franchise. Titled Voldemort: The Origins of the Heir, which is spearheaded by Tryangle Films, the project aims to tell the backstory of the famous villain before he turned into the evil Lord Voldemort in the book and film series.
For a time, the project went through a legal battle with Warner Bros. given that the movie studio owns the right to the property, forbidding anyone to use any of the concepts and characters from the Harry Potter saga without their permission. During the debacle, its Kickstarter campaign was clipped by the company until Tryangle bosses Gianmaria Pezzato and Stefano Prestia had a dialog with the property holders. Seeing the potential in the property, Warner Bros. eventually okayed the production and let the crowdfunding for the film to continue under the condition that it will be a non-profit production.
A sneak peek for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir (seen above) teases how the film will track the footsteps of Tom Riddle as he slowly ascends into power. The film introduces a brand new character - Grisha McLaggen, who is dubbed as the heir of Gryffindor. The story will seemingly be told from her perspective as she narrates her quest in stopping the dark wizard before he further wreaks havoc in both the wizarding and muggle worlds.
Watching the teaser for the project, it was obvious that it was given careful thought and consideration. The attention to detail is superb that it almost looks like an official upcoming film with its sweeping landscape backdrops, great editing, and impressive animation. Further proving Pezzato and Prestia's devotion for their passion project, the fan-made film even has a website of its own where the two creators share how they came up with the idea of a Harry Potter prequel film centering on Riddle. “There are some clues in the books which have not been 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,” they explained.
With the movie set in the prequel era of the Harry Potter series, it is unknown whether it will also tie-in to the current official spin-off to the franchise in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or not. The debut iteration of the Eddie Redmayne flick was set in the 1920s while Voldemort: Origins of the Heir is expected to be set in between 1940s to the 1950s which means that if there will be any connection, Tryangle will have to find a way to refer to the events of Fantastic Beasts.
Movies nowadays are no longer just a one-way medium of expression. Fans have been very involved in various conversations before and after they see a film. If Warner Bros. eventually changes its mind and decides it wants to fund Voldemort: Origins of the Heir and release it as a full-length feature film, it won't be the first time that a fanfiction was picked up by a movie studio. The Fifty Shades trilogy which came out as a novel series and then adapted into a film threequel first started as a fanfiction stemming out of the Twilight saga.
Source: Tryangle Films
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018