10 million views in week!!

That’s what this Harry Potter origin film trailer has picked up since it came out last week – and we got pretty excited when we saw that they would be making a prequel film for the Harry Potter story, looking at Voldemort – or Tom Marvolo Riddle – as a young boy and how he became the Dark Lord.

You can check out official trailer here:

Apparently, the idea for the movie has come from fans, who made a fan-trailer in the first instance, which has now been agreed by Warner Bros to expand into a full feature film… Due in 2018, the main reason Gianmaria Pezzato and co-director Stefano Prestia have got the go ahead was because they are making the film for no profit and will release it for free on YouTube.

The idea came from a re-reading the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where the pair found themselves with several questions. There are clues in the book that have inspired their ideas, but as with most book to screen adaptations not all could be explored in the main movies. The content of the trailer also suggests that it might draw on details from the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which is currently running on the London stage.

So, what do you think of a film will tell the story of the rise of the Dark Lord before Harry Potter ever existed? Hopper and I were pretty excited when we saw this and we loved Fantastic Beasts from the wizarding world of JK Rowling… We can’t wait for more!