What was happening in the wizarding universe before He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named rose to power? A group of Harry Potter fans sought to answer this question after reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince back in 2016.
“What made Tom Riddle become Voldemort?” they wondered. “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.”
Instead of sitting around daydreaming about the possibilities, the group organized as Tryangle Films and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund an original Harry Potter fan film. Although Warner Bros. hit them with a takedown notice when the campaign started picking up momentum, they negotiated and were able to proceed with the film as long as it wasn’t a for-profit venture.
This summer, the group shared a short trailer for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, which quickly gained over 30 million plays on Facebook as fans first laid their eyes on the high-quality fan creation.