Voldemort: Origins of the Heir is expected to be released at the end of the year.
Warner Bros have given offical permission for the remarkable film which explores the origins of one of the greatest villains in cinema history.
Film maker Gianmaria Pezzato explained: “We wondered, ‘What made Tom Riddle become Voldemort? What happened in those years, and what really went down at Hogwarts when he came back?’”
The new trailer looks spectacular considering it is totally fan made and all the money was raised through crowdfunding.
YOUTUBEHarry Potter Voldemort fan film releases first trailer
Pezzato revealed that the film studio got in touch when the project attracted interest with a Kickstarter campaign. The fund raising was immediately suspended while Warner Bros decided whether to block the unofficial production.
The filmmakers were eventually permitted to continue under certain strict conditions.
He said: “We had a private and confidential discussion with Warner Bros who contacted us during the period of the crowdfunding campaign. The only thing we can say is that they let us proceed with the film, in a non profit way, obviously.”
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YOUTUBEThe film focusses on the origins of Voldemort
Pezzato said that the new project will draw on all the source materials from the JK Rowling books and associated movies, but will explore an untold aspect.
He added: “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.”
The trailer introduces a new hero – the heir of Gryffindor, Grisha Mac Laggen – as she tries to stop the emergence of Voldemort.
YOUTUBEThe heir of Gryffindor, Grisha Mac Laggen,
The plucky young wizard pursues her misgivings after Hepzibah Smith (descendant of the ancient Hufflepuff family) is found murdered.
The clues seem to point to Tom Riddle, but can anyone stop him?
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At Book Expo America this morning, Scholastic unveiled the new Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets cover designed by Kazu Kibuishi.
The new Harry Potter cover can be seen below in its high-res glory. Click for full size!
This cover depicts Harry and Ron arriving at The Burrow via their flying Ford Anglia. There are slight orange and red hues, which are sort of a throw back to Mary GrandPre’s original United States cover.
UPDATE: Hypable spoke with Kibuishi at BEA today to discuss the new cover, J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on new designs, and paying tribute to Mary GrandPre!
Below is a photo of Kibuishi with Scholastic editor Arthur Levine posing with the cover:
All seven Harry Potter books with new covers will hit store shelves this August. They will only be available in the paperback format. A box set will also be available and feature new artwork too.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’snew cover was unveiled in February. The remaining six covers will be unveiled throughout the summer, and we love looking forward to each new design.
While designing the covers, Kibuishi was hesitant to take on the huge task, he said in February. “As an author myself, I tried to answer the question, ‘If I were the author of the books – and they were like my own children – how would I want them to be seen years from now?’ When illustrating the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous novels and how those illustrations tend to feel. In a way, the project became a tribute to both Harry Potter and the literary classics.”
Hypable is at Book Expo America and will be speaking with Kibuishi after his signing today. We’ll share our interview with him later this afternoon.