We as Potterheads can’t get enough of the magical world that J.K created and we always seem to crave more. To find yet again another excuse to dive back into the stories and adventures that we love so much. We’ve attended Hogwarts for almost a decade, got back 19 years later and even made a jump into 1930’s America.
We still have to wait at least another year until we can see the rest of Newt Scamander’s adventures. But no fear, because we have something else to look forward to this year: an unofficial prequel to the Harry Potter film series. The founders of Tryangle Films, Gianmaria Pezzato and Stefano Prestia got inspired after rereading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
“We (the creators) 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.”
They started a Kickstarter campaign to get enough money to actually execute their idea. But the crowdfunding campaign was pulled after a lawsuit with Warner Bros. because of copyright violations. But a settlement was reached: the film became a non-profit project but was a fan-based professional video. Fans began to lose hope of the film ever being made, but a trailer for the unofficial movie was unveiled earlier this week.
The campaign was pulled, and just as fans were beginning to give up hope of the film ever getting made for real, a trailer for the unofficial movie was unveiled in the last couple of days.
In the trailer we see Grisha McLaggen, the heir of Gryffindor, who is on the hunt for Tom Marvolo Riddle who disappears after the Hufflepuff heir is murdered.
In 1943 a scandal took place around Hepzibah Smith, the heir of the Hufflepuff family. She was murdered, but without a real suspect, her house elf got the blame. Grisha McLaggen doesn’t trust this case and starts her own research. While doing so she comes across a very familiar face: Tom Marvolo Riddle. Not much is known of Hepzibah’s early life, but as an older woman, she befriended the young Tom during one of her visits to Borgin and Burkes. After Hepzibah revealed her two greatest treasures, Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup and Salazar Slytherin’s Locket, during one of Tom’s visits to her home, Tom supposedly killed her and used her death to make the cup into a Horcrux.
We have enough to talk about and hopefully will get a new trailer soon. Until then, what do you think of this project? Did WB make a good decision by letting Tryangle continue their project? Or are they going to regret not making their own Voldemort movie?
The film will be online on Youtube around the end of 2017. And keep an eye on TGON for the latest updates!