Nerd Confessions Podcast: We pull out our wands of wizardry this week as we prepare to cover a fan made film for the Harry Potter universe. That film is Voldemort: Origins of the Heir! This is the biggest fan film project for the Harry Potter universe yet with a run time of nearly an hour and a budget of over 15,000 Euro. Are too many liberties taken with the Harry Potter canon? Is the English dubbing too distracting? Who the heck are Gianmaria Pezzato and Stefano Prestia, the founders of Tryangle Films? What happened with the Warner Brothers dispute against the film? Why is Ellie Moran always so tired and grouchy? We cover all this and more! Watch or listen along as we discuss!

Watch the full fan film on YouTube by following this link: https://youtu.be/C6SZa5U8sIg

Now available on iTunesStitcherYoutube and below:

Show Notes

Voldemort: Origins of the Heir

What is Voldemort: Origins of the Heir?

Spoiler alert if you haven’t at least watched the first few Harry Potter films! Voldemort: Origins of the Heir is a fan made film that depicts the story of Tom Riddle’s rise to power who would later be known as Voldemort, the main antagonist in the Harry Potter saga. This makes the film an unofficial prequel to the Harry Potter films and books.

The film introduces us to the 4 heirs of the 4 houses (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin) in a struggle with Voldemort. In the Harry Potter canon universe, only Voldemort has been stated to be the heir to his respective house because of the Slytherin house value on bloodlines and pure blooded wizards. Heir to the house means that they are related by blood to the founder of the house.

The film follows the heir of Gryffindor, Grishna Mac Laggen as she tries to stop the emergence of Voldemort.

The movie consists of a majority Italian cast which means that the original language spoken in the film is Italian. The film is also dubbed over in English and readily available for viewing on Youtube. As of now the Tryangle Films channel on Youtube has 351,447 subscribers and the film itself over 12 million views.

Production

The movie was conceived by Gianmaria Pezzato and Stefano Prestia (Tryangle Films based in Italy) and financed by a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in 2016, achieving around $30,000 in donations. Due to litigation with the Warner Brothers company the crowdfunding campaign was ended July 2016 due to copyright violations. The result of the dispute was similar to the fan made film for Star Trek, Axanar. Tryangle Films was able to proceed with the production of the film under the agreement that they would not generate profit. The first trailer released in June 2017.

This isn’t the first time Warner Brothers has attempted to shutdown a fan film. In 2015 they had a dispute with crowdfunded fan film, Severus Snape and the Marauders. After the Tryangle Films had the dispute with Warner Brothers they reached out to the creators of Severus Snape and the Marauders as they were big fans of the film and had a similar issue. Justin from the team stated that Warner Brothers allows some leeway for it’s fans and that after being cut off from donations he had to put $6,000 of his own money into his film.

Stefano restia played the role of Producer, practical effects, audio mix/edit and foley. The is no previous listing of films or projects for Stefano and he appears to be fairly private on social media. This could also potentially be due to a language barrier?

The film was directed, edited and written by Gianmaria Pezzato. Unlike the other founder, Pezzato is more vocal. In an interview with Polygon, Gianmaria stated that the concept of the film came from re-reading the sixth novel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which spurred a number of questions they hadn’t thought about the first time around. “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.”

In total the Cast and Crew of the film is only a total of 20 people.

The film released on Youtube is a total of 52 minutes of 40 seconds. To put this into perspective Severus Snape and the Marauders is only 25 minutes and 33 seconds in length.

The film was released on Youtube on January 13th, 2018.

Notable Cast

  • Stefano Rossi as Tom Marvolo Riddle, Hogwarts alumnus
  • David Ellena as Lord Voldemort
  • Maddalena Orcali as Grisha McLaggen (main heroine, narrator for trailer and heir to Godric Gryffindor)
  • Aurora Moroni as young Grisha McLaggen
  • Andrea Deanisi as Wiglaf Sigurdsson (heir to Rowena Ravenclaw)
  • Gelsomina Bassetti as Hepzibah Smith (aunt of Lazarus Smith)
  • Alessio Dalla Costa as General Makarov (Auror of the Soviet Union Auror department)

Reception

The film is currently rated a 5.4 out of 10 from 2,064 user reviews on IMDB.

Since this is for view on Youtube we can also use the likes and dislikes as a rating. Currently the film has 474k likes and 21k dislikes with as stated previously over 12 million views.

Overall Thoughts and Opinions

Was the American Youtube version too poorly dubbed and distracting? For some characters, others were able to pull it off much more convincingly.

What do we rate it? 7.5 out of 10.

That’s it for this week!

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