Harry Potter And The Return Of The Dark Lord (& 9 Other Harry Potter Fan Films That Look Awesome) Fan films can be almost as good as the original – and these Harry Potter inspired films are some of the absolute best.
Since the publication of the first book, Harry Potter has become one of the most fascinating sagas. Many fans have been inspired by the original story to create their own versions related to this amazing world. So, Harry Potter not only has an original literary and cinematic universe, it has also served to stimulate the creativity of fans.
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Although most of the fanfictions are literary, some of the fans have ventured to create quite interesting audiovisual productions, which start from J.K. Rowling”s original story, but develop alternate situations. These fan films are ideal for viewers who are interested in the expansion of the universe and want to continue consuming content related to the wizarding world.
Arsalaan Khan Films was in charge of this amateur film, where a boy listens to the story of how Harry beat Voldemort. The young wizard”s concern increases when he realizes that Harry does not have the Elder Wand.
The fan film starts from the premise of a new prophecy, where the wizarding world is in danger again. The Dark Lord has returned before, so it”s a valid idea and one of the biggest concerns of fans.
Apple Juice Productions is in charge of this series of fan films based on Lily Evans” life, when Voldemort”s threat was beginning to be more evident. In addition to Harry Potter”s mother, Neville”s mother (Alice Fawley) is also present, there, they live a series of adventures before facing the dark forces.
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The producer has a feminist vision and tries to tell geek stories where a lot of women are part of the production team, among them are the writers Amanda Taylor and Katie Kaniewski and the director Rebecca Frost.
Anime fans will be fascinated by this short version of the Harry Potter story set in the apocalyptic Neo Tokyo (with references to the film Akira). This is a great example of geek humor that shows great energy and passion for both worlds.
This cyberpunk anime in the style of the “80s has a animation of Shamoozal, showing futuristic scenarios and cybernetic wizards. Without a doubt, it is an excellent version for the senses.
7 Life After Fred
All Harry Potter fans mourned Fred”s death, because he and George were always seen as a team and are among the favorite characters in the saga. This fan film is touching and melancholy, and will remind viewers of all the mischief done by the Weasley twins.
Life After Fred was made by Julianna Ulrich and Brian T. Ulrich and has a very good production and special effects. The plot reflects a common day in George”s life after Fred”s death, a story that all the fans of the twins must see, although it will stir up many feelings.
This prequel focuses on the relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald, and is based on the duel between the two powerful wizards that resulted in the death of Ariana Dumbledore. In the moving story is also present Aberforth, who cannot rescue his sister and blames Albus for her death.
Justin Zagri directed, wrote and edited this fan film from Broad Strokes Productions, which shows how the friendship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald ended, and how it affected forever the brothers who could never recover from the curse against their sister.
5 Mischief Managed
This film made by a group of students from University of Oxford has an excellent setting that resembles the original films. It is produced by Foregone Films and follows Lily, James, Remus, Peter, Sirius and Severus during Valentine”s Day 1978.
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Mischief Managed achieves an excellent result that is evident in the naturalness of the performances. This fan film does not feel uncomfortable like many of the productions of this style, instead it shows in a normal way the love between Lily and James and the problems with their friends.
The Day Muggles Found Out is a short film with a rather original and funny story based on the Potterverse. In it, two friends explore the world of the Muggles through tourism, magic Polaroids and recreational drugs.
The Italian fan film is written and directed by Giulio Fiore and viewers around the world can enjoy it by placing the subtitle option on YouTube. The short film has been well received, fans appreciate that it does not attempt to replicate the original plot, but instead takes a creative license to showcase the cultures of the wizarding world.
3 Severus Snape and the Marauders
This is another Broad Strokes film, made by fans for fans, with a great result that makes the short film look professional. The plot takes place after Harry”s parents graduate.
The film brings together the Marauders (James, Sirius, Remus and Peter) and tells the story of their intimidation against Snape and the role they will play in the next war in the wizarding world. The movie is very popular among fans and has more than 8 million reproductions.
This mockumentary was created twenty years after the Second Wizarding War. It is directed and written by Nicholas Acosta and produced by Rhett Swanson and Sam Puefua, with the intention of showing the feelings of those who fought in the war and survived.
The concept is very interesting because it does not require the development of a story with big special effects, but instead it deepens in the emotions of the wizards about the war against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. This good use of a limited budget has received very good reviews from the fans on YouTube.
1 Voldemort: Origins of the Heir
This 50-minute film is the most famous among the fan-made productions. The story directed by Gianmaria Pezzato and produced by Stefano Prestia is an (unofficial) prequel to the Harry Potter saga about Tom Riddle”s rise to power.
Voldemort: Origins of the Heir faced legal problems with Warner Bros., but then they came to an agreement: Tryangle Films could keep the film and release it only if they didn”t make a profit on it. The Italian fantasy production has an impressive aesthetic that is quite close to the original films, which is why it has gotten millions of views on YouTube and very good reviews.
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