Even Voldemort is getting an origin story – and it looks awesome


The Dark Lord shall rise again, without the help of a horcrux this time. A new, fan-made Harry Potter prequel will dive deep into Voldemort’s origin story.

When J.K. Rowling’s iconic Harry Potter series ended, there was one general consensus: “I’m not going home. Not really.”

The magic of the wizarding world swept the country, leaving fans wanting more even after seven books. And, thanks to Pottermore, the wizarding world stayed open. Fans got brand new stories and learned more about their favorite characters. Now, a fan-made film is going even deeper, taking on the story of Voldemort himself.

Check out the teaser below:

Voldemort: Origins of the Heir is being brought to life by Tryangle Films and has been in the works since 2016. The film did raise some flags over at Warner Bros. Studios, but appears to have been given the okay.

Now, it’s time to break down those 53 seconds, and figure out everything that the film is bringing. Wands at the ready?

Potter Timeline

In July 2016, Rowling teamed up with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany to create Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The story takes places 19 years after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and focuses on the next generation of wizards.

Voldemort: Origins of the Heir will take place long before the events of J.K. Rowling’s series. The first few seconds of the trailer sees Tom in what looks like the Slytherin common room, still in his school clothes, but the story will focus on Tom Riddle’s time after leaving Hogwarts.

Tom looks to be in his early 20s (experiencing a bit of a hipster phase) and still mostly human-looking. But by the end of the teaser, much to the delight of fans, Voldemort’s terrifying red eyes are starting to take over.

Creation of Horcruxes

The film appears to throw one Horcrux in particular into the spotlight: Helga Hufflepuff’s cup. As explained in the books, the cup belonged to Hepzibah Smith, a descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. Presumably it is not the first Horcrux Voldemort ever created, but it could give fans a look into exactly how it’s done.

Of course, it won’t be the only Horcrux that makes an appearance.

In a first look at the new incarnation of Tom Riddle, it’s hard to miss Marvolo Gaunt’s ring – the same one that would later attempt to kill Dumbledore. Whether or not it’s a Horcrux at this point is unclear.

The film’s Facebook page also teases the appearance of other Horcrux, including Salazar Slytherin’s locket. As book fans might remember, Hepzibah Smith was also the owner of that at one point.

A New Hero

By the looks of the things, Voldemort won’t be the only heir with a story. The trailer is narrated by a female, revealed to be Grisha MacLaggen, the heir of Gryffindor. Though the case of Hepzibah Smith’s murder went cold, MacLaggen believes dark magic was involved, and is on Tom Riddle’s trail.

The film creators have not shared much on her character, but she would provide the perfect opportunity for the Sword of Gryffindor to resurface.

Though not technically part of Harry Potter canon, Voldemort: Origins of the Heir has fans everywhere getting excited. The Facebook page has amassed 626,696 followers and promises more teasers to come.

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Voldemort: Origins of the Heir is expected to hit YouTube by the end of 2017.