It’s not often that a fan film gets a major studio’s blessing to recreate or develop their own story. We’ve seen countless fan films taken down due to “copyright infringement” or “unauthorised use of licensed characters”. However, a fan-made live-action Voldemort origin story has gotten the greenlight from Warner Bros.
It’s easy to see why the Harry Potter-inspired fan film, titled for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, is something special. J.K. Rowling would be proud. Unlike many fan films, it has been really well-crafted – the CGI is top-notch and the tone is in line with the other films. Created by Gianmaria Pezzato and Stefano Prestia under their Tryangle Films banner, the fan film has gained tonnes of support from Potter fans around the world. Now it seems they have the support of Warner too.
“We had a private and confidential discussion with Warner Bros. who contacted us during the period of the crowd funding campaign. The only thing we can say is that they let us proceed with the film, in a non-profit way, obviously,” explained Pezzato.
Pezzato continued and explained his motivation behind their project. “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 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.”
Warner is allowing the film to be released under the condition that it remains non-profit. However, if it were up to us, we think Warner should offer these guys a job to do it full justice. Watch the trailer for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir below.