Harry Potter: Warner Bros. give blessing to Voldemort-centred fan film
The non-profit film will be released on Youtube
The movie is exploring the origins of Voldemort. Indeed, the film follows Tom Riddle's graduation from Hogwarts and sudden departure from his job at antiques shop Borgin and Burkes, prior to him committing several murders and transforming into the Voldemort Harry Potter readers will be all-too familiar with.
But while Harry Potter fans have had already worked themselves into a frenzy - with the film's first trailer (which has since been pulled down) already scoring millions of views - the filmmakers were quick to stress the movie wasn't associated with Warner Bros or JK Rowling.
However, it turns out the filmmakers have an agreement with the studio, allowing them to release the project online.
“We had a private and confidential discussion with Warner Bros who contacted us during the period of the crowdfunding campaign,” director Gianmaria Pezzato told Polygon. “The only thing we can say is that they let us proceed with the film, in a nonprofit way, obviously.”
One of the main reasons Warner Bros allowed Pezzato to continue is because Origins of the Heir will be released on YouTube for free. The filmmakers want to look further into Tom Marvolo Riddle’s past and how he became He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, having been inspired by JK Rowling’s sixth novel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.