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There’s A New Harry Potter Fan Film And It’s Surprisingly Pretty Great


The saga of Voldemort: Origins of the Heir has been an ongoing and surprising one. A trailer for a fan made film dropped on June 1st last year, which was followed by a cease and desist from Harry Potter owners, Warner Brothers.

But after promising not to profit from the film, director Gianmaria Pezzato has finally released the pet project that he has been simmering since crowdfunding began in 2016.

Now the project has been released, it’s seen some – perhaps surprisingly – positive feedback, and the special effects look positively gorgeous.

After five days out, the fifty-two-minute fan film has already seen eight million views on YouTube.

The costuming, set design and special effects point to a team who are very much in love with the lore of the Harry Potter franchise.

Whilst the English dubbing leaves some to be desired; the lines are a little flat and the dialogue itself doesn’t help. The cinematography excels when it focusses on the sets rather than the characters – there are so many close-ups on eyes it feels a bit unnerving.

The Verge calls the film “fantastic,” whilst The Guardian says the film has “genuinely enjoyable” moments, with special effects “better than the multimillion-dollar Warner Brothers movies” which is high praise indeed!

The Telegraph is less favourable; it calls the film “glacially-paced,” “totally lacking [in] exuberance.”

The film has garnered 5.7 rating on IMDB.

Meanwhile, fan feedback has been mixed:

The film might not be up to the standards of the official Wizarding World movies, but it’s certainly a nice time kill before Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindlewald, the sequel to the Eddie Redmayne starring 2016 film.

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Brad Lengden
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