The latest chapter in the Harry Potter franchise is here, but it hasn’t come from the mind of JK Rowling. The hour-long YouTube video, Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, focuses on the formative years of ‘he who must not be named only they already did in the title of the movie already so we’ll just say it’, Voldemort!
Created by Tryangle Films, the 50-minute video, which has over six million views already, was officially sanctioned by Warner Bros., the studio responsible for the original Potter film franchise, under the condition that the project be not-for-profit and released solely on YouTube.
Sure, it’s no Hollywood blockbuster–the accents and lip syncing are choppy at best, there are lots of close-cropped shots around the eyes that linger too long and the sound track is far from the happy earworm heard in the original films–but the story is there, as is the action. And when it comes to fresh HP content, we muggles will take whatever we can get!
Special effects-wise, there’s plenty of wand play and even some of those creepy clouds that Voldemort can’t seem to leave home without. Backing for the film came from a successful 2016 Kickstarter campaign, and luckily so because that stuff isn’t cheap to make!
Without spoiling anything, the movie answers the question its creators left us with after finishing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; namely, how and why did Tom Riddle become Lord Voldemort? Readers already know most of it, but now it’s time for viewers to get in the game.
All in all, it’s one unofficial prequel that’s worth an hour of any true Harry Potter enthusiast’s time. If Tryangle is taking requests, could we get the Dumbledore prequel next, please? And this time just make it two hours.