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Fan-made Harry Potter prequel trailer goes viral after getting Warner Bros.’ approval

In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Ralph Fiennes portrays Lord Voldemort in a scene from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” A fan-made film called “Voldemort - Origins of the Heir” is supposed to be released on YouTube later this year.
In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Ralph Fiennes portrays Lord Voldemort in a scene from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” A fan-made film called “Voldemort - Origins of the Heir” is supposed to be released on YouTube later this year. Associated Press

To the surprise of no one, a new Harry Potter film trailer created a buzz on social media last weekend, generating 39 million views on Facebook.

But the trailer didn’t come from Warner Bros., the company that created the eight-part Harry Potter film series based on J.K. Rowling’s popular books. “Voldemort - Origins of the Heir” is a fan-made film created by the independent film company Tryangle Films.

Director Gianmaria Pezzato and producer Stefano Prestia will release the film for free on YouTube and hope to have it finished by the end of the year, according to polygon.com. They were allowed to create the film after getting approval from Warner Bros.

Last summer, Tryangle started a crowdfunding campaign to help get the project started, but Warner Bros. swiftly shut it down. Pezzato and Prestia later had a conversation with the company and were allowed to proceed with the project as long as they didn’t profit from it, according to polygon.com.

Instead of focusing on Harry Potter, the protagonist from Rowling’s series, the movie tells the story of the antagonist in Rowling’s series, Voldemort. Pezzato and Prestia’s goal was to show what led Tom Riddle to become the “Dark Lord,” according to a press release from the film company.

You can watch the teaser trailer here:

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