Fans raised €15,000 for the film, which has already been watched 7m times. Guardian Australia’s resident Harry Potter nerd gives her verdict


The Harry Potter bạn community is a wonderful, slightly terrifying thing. It has devoted hundreds of thousands of words khổng lồ fanfiction khổng lồ fill in the gaps of the world JK Rowling created, in some cases doing a better job than official spinoffs lượt thích The Cursed Child (notoriously terrible exceptions notwithstanding).

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Potter fans care deeply about their world. So it’s perhaps not surprising that a group of devoted Italian fans crowdfunded €15,000 to lớn make a 52 minute-long film on Voldemort’s origin story.

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What is surprising is that it’s actually … good?

Well “good” might be going too far, but expectations were low. Pezzato does weird things with camera angles, including multiple extended close-ups on the characters’ eyes; the dialogue is fairly rubbish except for one excellent scene which is lifted beat for beat from the books; and the English dubbing is not great.

But the visual effects are, in many places, better than the multimillion-dollar Warner Brothers movies. The costuming & sets are also good.

The magic actually looks pretty good?

— Calla Wahlquist (
callapilla) January 17, 2018

Stefano Rosđê mê as Tom Marvolo Riddle, the Hogwarts student who later became Voldemort through the magic of anagrams, is appropriately handsome và has a way of speaking when angry that makes it look as though he is trying lớn unhinge his jaw – perfect for the heir of Slytherin.


— Calla Wahlquist (
callapilla) January 17, 2018

As the resident Harry Potter nerd at Guardian nước Australia, I was given (read: begged for) the task of watching the film for đánh giá & comedy purposes. This was a good decision, because I’m not sure anyone but a devoted Harry Potter nerd could follow the plot.

There are horcruxes (objects enchanted lớn contain a piece of a person’s soul to lớn ensure their immortality); continuous references lớn the four founding members of Hogwarts; frequent shots of Tom Riddle’s diary (the main plot point of Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets and the first known Voldemort horcrux).

There is also an interrogation scene in a Soviet bunker. That is not canon, unless I missed a Rowling tweet.

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The basic plot is that Riddle at Hogwarts was part of an exclusive gang of four composed of the descendants of all the Hogwarts founders. Lazurus Smith is the heir lớn Hufflepuff, Wiglaf Sigurdsson is the heir to lớn Ravenclaw, Grisha McLaggen (connection khổng lồ odious canon quidditch bro Cormac McLgren unknown) is the heir lớn Gryffindor.

The heirs have sầu a superiority complex và a fairly cheesy oath about making the world a better place. They are all looking for the heirlooms of their houses.

Riddle ruins it all by clapping sarcastically at their oath và breaking the Hufflepuff heir’s arm. Classic Voldemort.

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The movie mainly follows Grisha as she tries khổng lồ break into the Soviet Ministry of Magic lớn steal Tom Riddle’s diary in order to figure out how lớn “save sầu Tom from himself”.

She is captured và interrogated by a Russian general who provides exposition and prompts Grisha to throw to lớn a series of flashbacks in which her 12-year-old self is played by an actor clearly in her early 20s.

This clearly 25-year-old woman said "I'm just a second-year student, Tom" aka I am 12 years old see just look at my braids.

— Calla Wahlquist (
callapilla) January 17, 2018

There is a twist at the kết thúc which is genuinely enjoyable if you don’t allow súc tích or the rules about how magic is supposed lớn operate in this universe get in the way.

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Voldemort: Origins of the Heir has an average star rating of 4.7/5 on Facebook from 4,800 review, with points taken off for the poor unique dubbing và liberties taken with canon details of the history – a fanfiction sin some cannot abide. IMDb, meanwhile, was less kind, with an average rating of 5.8/10.

On Tumblr, where fanfiction evolved khổng lồ develop entirely new species, viewers were mostly positive sầu, aside from legitimate complaints including what fool would deliver veritaserum (truth potion) intravenously when you can just drink the stuff, and “not enough Bellatrix”. The film has already spawned its own tín đồ art.

I wouldn’t watch it before you have sầu seen A Very Potter Musical and certainly not before Potter Puppet Pals, but there are worse ways lớn spend 52 minutes – like reading My Immortal.

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