Step aside, Fantastic Beasts. There’s a new Harry Potter film in town, and it’s here to make all our prequel dreams come true.
One of the most incredible aspects of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series is the elaborate weaving of backstories and histories of the wizarding world and its inhabitants. Sometimes, despite Rowling’s best efforts, fans of the franchise crave more knowledge, which often leads them to create fan-fiction based on the best-selling franchise. But for Gianmaria Pezzato, merely imagining just wasn’t enough.
Way back in 2016, Pezzato began a bid for funding on Kickstarter; he had a vision of a prequel film, based around the wizarding world’s favourite villain, Voldemort.
“We wondered, what made Tom Riddle become Voldemort?” Pezzato said of the idea behind his film. “What happened in those years, and what really went down at Hogwarts when he came back?”
What is Voldemort: Origins of the Heir about?
The film follows the heir of Gryffindor, Grisha McLaggen, who leads the search for Tom Riddle (or, as we know him, Voldemort) after a Hufflepuff descendent is murdered, and he mysteriously disappears.
But even though the film was in high demand with fans, the bid was pulled from the crowdfunding site due to legal issues only a few months later. Warner Bros – the company who created the original Harry Potter films, under the guidance of author JK Rowling – initially cited ‘copyright infringement’ in their takedown notice. Later, they came to an agreement with Pezzato that allowed him to continue work on his film. However, the deal stated that the film could only be released in a not-for-profit capacity, meaning that Pezzato will make little to no money for his work.
That hasn’t deterred Pezzato, however, nor has it dulled his sparkle. Voldemort: Origins of the Heir is beautifully made, with a fair amount of digital effects, elaborate sets, and impeccable costumes. It certainly fits in neatly with the original films of the franchise.
The film is cleverly done, as it plays out in a series of flashbacks. McLaggen is captured and held for questioning, and through this we are given glimpses into her past with Tom Riddle, and what really happened to turn him into one of Hollywood’s most terrifying villains. The plot is seamless and gripping, and the ending is unexpected and thrilling.
Is it worth watching?
So, for fans of the Harry Potter franchise, there is a lot to like about Voldemort: Origins of the Heir. Pezzato himself is clearly a huge fan of the original franchise, and he doesn’t deter from the elements of Voldemort’s story that we already know, he simply expands upon them.
Although it is likely that Fantastic Beasts will cover some of Voldemort’s backstory, since the franchise is expected to number five films, Voldemort: Origin of the Heir is a good diversion for fans, and an interesting take on one of the worlds most popular franchises.
Voldemort: Origins of the Heir is available to watch here.
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