FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Voldemort: Origins of the Heir (2018)
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I’m a Fulya Kantarmaci and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is Voldemort: Origins of the Heir…
This fan-made prequel to the Harry Potter film series follows Tom Riddle (Stefano Rossi), later known as Voldemort, a powerful wizard and chief antagonist in the Harry Potter franchise.
Sitting at over 11.5 million views as of this writing, Voldemort: Origins of the Heir runs at 53 minutes and goes through the backstories of each Hogwarts House heirs: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.
The film begins with a wizard packing a suitcase of a few well-known items, followed by the showing of what turns out to be Tom Marvolo Riddle’s diary.
Cutting to an epic battle, Heir of Godric Gryffindor Grisha McLaggen (Maddalena Orcali) fights against Russian wizards, only to be captured after being hit with an unexpected spell. This allows for the set up of the film’s narrative structure: Grisha is strapped to a chair and questioned by General Makarov (Alessio Dalla Costa). With veritaserum flowing through her veins, she has no choice but to answer Makarov’s questions truthfully, and so unfolds the story of all four heirs.
Voldemort: Origins of the Heir’s cinematography is beautiful! I absolutely loved each shot’s framing and the film has also been cut together well. For a fan-made piece, the manner in which some of these scenes are so skilfully constructed is pleasantly surprising.
This film was generally amazing with a couple of exceptions. Unfortunately, all the actors were dubbed over. This made it difficult for me to concentrate on the story because their mouths were not in sync with the voice actors’ dubbing. Also, a bit of the story dragged on for a little too long.
Voldemort: Origins of the Heir is a well-made production by the fans of the magical world of Hogwarts. 3½ / 5
Starring: Stefano Rossi, Maddalena Orcali, Andrea Deanisi, Andrea Bonfanti, Gelsomina Bassetti, Alessio Dalla Costa, Davide Ellena, Aurora Moroni, Andrea Baglio.
Director: Gianmaria Pezzato | Producer: Stefano Prestia | Writer: Gianmaria Pezzato (based on characters and the book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling) | Music: Matthew Steed, Stefano Prestia | Cinematographer: Michele Purin | Editor: Gianmaria Pezzato
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