Darkness colors Voldemort in “Origins of the Heir”

With the beloved Harry Potter film series in its sixth year since the last movie, an unofficial fan film was recently released with the characters that J.K. Rowling created. The film is much shorter than a Harry Potter movie, but it has racked up 10 million views so far and was number one trending video on YouTube.

Its synopsis is simply about the way Tom Marvolo Riddle came to be known as Voldemort. The film starts off with a mysterious woman fighting off guards of an unknown place searching for a diary. As the motion picture comes along, it is panned in a sort of storyteller perspective of the Grisha McLaggen (the woman) who is the descendant of Godric Gryffindor (founder of the house of Gryffindor).

The setting of the film goes back and forth from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to where McLaggen is. McLaggen depicts how Riddle transformed and how the other descendants of the four houses of Hogwarts played a role.

To be frank, there were not high expectations for this movie. There are many other fan films with unique backdrops and storylines; however, this is a very noteworthy one, due to its unexpected ending. The movie itself gives Harry Potter fans a raw outlook on the series with the addition of yet another prequel.

I would say that if you enjoyed the Harry Potter series, you will be ecstatic while watching this. The film had decent cinematography and good acting. Coming from someone who did not watch the trailer, all I can say is that I was truly shocked at the end.

For the most part, I would give this film a 4 out of 5 rating because there were pros (new visuals of the Harry Potter world) and cons (minimal action compared to any Harry Potter movie) to both the plot and scenes of this fan-made film.

If I had watched the trailer, then I would have gotten more clarity to what was going down. There were several standout lines from the characters themselves, just like Rowling’s lines for characters such as Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter. One of the most memorable lines is: “There will always be darkness in this world, Igor. The darkness…is all that we have. How else…would we remember the light?”

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