Who Says the Fans Have No Say in the Movies?

Creatives, writers and dreamers all have moments when they wish the world of the story would go on. For Harry Potter fans, we’ve already gotten more than originally intended with the Fantastic Beasts movies.

Now, we’re getting even more stories because these fans took it on themselves to continue the story and make their own movie. Co-directors Gianmarie Pezzato and Stefano Prestia came up with the idea during a re-read of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The aim is for the movie to be available by the end of the year.

It started as a crowdfunded project, but was shut down in July 2016 because of copyright issues. It has since been given the go-ahead by Warner Brothers under the condition that it’s a non-profit film. This is great news for fans because it’ll be released for free on YouTube.

Only a week after the trailer for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir was launched, it reached more than four million views on YouTube. On Facebook, it reached over forty-two million views with nearly seven hundred thousand followers.

What does the story hold? Will we be siding with Voldemort in the end, or will he remain the villain? Will Grisha survive? What other characters will we recognize? Personally, I’m on the edge of my seat after a one minute trailer.

This should be an inspiration for all film school students and independent filmmakers (but don’t break copyright laws).

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  • Connor Sassmannshausen is a screenwriter, video producer, and social media organizer with the Initiative Production Company. She loves watching movies, nerdy t-shirts, travelling and taking broken things apart (but not necessarily putting them back together).

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