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Another Harry Potter movie, anyone? Well, of sorts.
The origins of this movie lie firmly in the strange world of the 'fan film', with a group of Potter fanatics raising £13,200 to launch what - perhaps uncharacteristically for fan films - seems like a very slick, professional production.
Looks like all their work has paid off - Voldemort: Origin Of The Heir has now been given the go-ahead from Warner Bros. - the team behind the original series of Harry Potter films. Their approval means that it will stream later this year.
The smart and sleek production is reflected in the trailer, which looks as dark yet gripping as the later films in the series. Good news? See for yourself:
Credit: Tryangle Films
The movie stars Stefano Rossi as the young Tom Marvolo Riddle, the future Dark Lord Voldemort himself, during his rise to power. Maddalena Orcali, meanwhile, plays a brand new character: Grisha MacLaggen, the heir to Gryffindor.
Warner Bros. have already thrown some weight behind their own Potter prequels, with the recent hit Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the story of 'magizoologist' Newt Scamander, proving a big success.
Initially, the movie production giants had served a warning notice to Tryangle Films, the team behind the Voldemort prequel. They even told the company's creators to abandon the project - but now they've done a U-turn.
It's unsure why WB made the 180-degree twist, but details such as Tryangle not taking on the project for profit, and their plans to distribute the film online for free, may have helped.
One of the founders of Tryangle, Gianmaria Pezzatto, told Polygon: "We wondered, 'What made Tom Riddle become Voldemort? What happened in those years, and what really went down at Hogwarts when he came back?'
"There are some clues in the books which have not been transposed at all in the movies, but a lot goes unspoken.
"This is the story we want to tell: the rise of the Dark Lord before Harry Potter and his first demise."
Credit: Tryangle Films
It means there's life in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter franchise yet - Fantastic Beasts ends well before Dumbledore goes to collect Tom Riddle from his orphanage.
The trailer for the film has gained over 30 million views on Facebook and over two million on YouTube.
Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes, appeared at number seven on a recent IGN poll of the top 100 movie villains.
The winning villain went to Star Wars' Darth Vader - The Joker, Dracula, GLaDOS, Dr Doom, and Magneto all filled in the gaps in between.
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