Stories like Harry Potter live on long after the final page has been read. The power of such stories fuel the imagination of fans. Especially with a story as complex and rich as the Potterverse, fans keep on writing fan fiction or fanfilms. While the quality is not always amazing, sometimes fans create things that can rival the original. In June 2017, a trailer was uploaded to Youtube. The trailer for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir garnered over thirty millions views in less than 48 hours.
Many fans wondered if it was indeed an official new film. Many have asked for a film based on either Voldemort’s early years or the Marauders. Yet when it was announced it was a fan-made film, people were even more impressed. The trailer looked fantastic and felt like the real thing. Yet we still had to wait a few months before the release of the film on Youtube.
Yesterday it was uploaded for free on the video platform. Naturally I watched it to see if it is any good.
The film is a prequel of the original films, although not truly canon. It tells the story of Grisha McLaggen, Gryffindor’s heir, who infiltrates a Russian safehouse in search of Tom Marvolo Riddle’s diary. She gets caught and is injected with Veritaserum, which compels her to tell the truth. She shares all she knows about Tom Marvolo Riddle and his descent into darkness. While some scenes are taken from the books, most are made up.
Plenty of characters are also not canon, such as the three other heirs of the Hogwarts houses. There are some inconsistencies, for example, Tom says to the Ravenclaw heir: “You want to prove that the raven is better than the snake?” I mean, the Ravenclaw symbol is still an eagle. But most of these inconsistencies are small and only noticeable if you are a hardcore Potterhead. There is also an unexpected twist at the end, which was nice.
For a fan-film with a budget of 15000 dollars, it looks and feels very professional. Some of the shots are truly gorgeous and the attention to detail is perfect. I was also very excited about the special effects. While not all of them were perfect, the special effects were mostly very well done and felt realistic. It made me excited enough to grab my wand and run outside shouting spells at random people. Just for the record, I didn’t actually do that because that would be weird.
While I think most of the actors were great, especially the guy playing Tom, I did have an issue with the dubbing. The original actors are all Italian and therefore they probably have an accent. There’s no issue with that. I assume they had British actors do voice-overs to make the characters sound British. The only problem with that is that it is a little bit obvious. At times the lips move while the voice does not quite keep up. Despite the fact that I enjoyed watching the film, that was a bit of a bummer for me. But then again, considering the budget and how nice the film looks, this should not deter you from watching it. The film might not be official, but I do think J.K. Rowling will enjoy this film.
Watch the film here and let us know what you think: