Review: Harry Potter Fan-Made Prequel

Ahead of the return to the World of Harry Potter in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes a short fan-film that hopefully inspires the Harry Potter-verse to maybe take a page from Marvel.

This one is also prequel titled, Severus Snape and the Marauders, taking Potter fans back to the days when Harry’s parents roamed the halls of Hogwarts. This 25-minute film is less Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and more Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in tone. The plot finds Harry’s dad, James, and his squad (Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and the rat Peter Pettigrew) hanging out at the bar reminiscing on their final days at Hogwarts and looking ahead to the Wizarding Wars.

Things quickly turn when Severus Snape enters the pub, presumably looking for Harry’s mom, Lilly. James decides it’s time to end things with Snape once and for all. Some quick back and forth leads to a wizarding duel that is essentially the Daredevil-hallway-brawl of wand battles with Snape as Daredevil. Lilly eventually intervenes, and we’re left with Snape sitting at the same bar next to a man in a cloak.

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Harry’s dad comes off as a kind of a jerk while Snape comes off as a wizarding badass but at the same time a deeply vulnerable character. It foreshadows who Snape will become and why he will make the choices he does. It also gives you a really good idea of why he could easily become one of Voldemort’s Death Eaters.

According to Buzzfeed, the crew shot for four days, but post production took more than a year. That shows. The special effects are on par with anything you’d see on network TV. The acting is good enough though not great. The attention to detail in the script, borrowing from what we already know about Harry Potter, his parents and Snape makes up for any of the actors shortcomings.

J.K. Rowling has opened up the Potter-verse online, onstage, in the movies and of course in books, so why not television? We’ve seen Marvel have success transitioning some of its characters from the page to the small screen. I think this would work for Harry Potter as well. I know I’d watch an 8-episode Netflix series about James, Lilly and Snape during their Hogwarts days, and I don’t think I’m alone.


Justin Chechourka
Justin Chechourka
By day, I am the Multimedia Manager for a major infrastructure project. By night, I am a sports loving, pop culture addicted, craft beer swirling, technology enhanced father of 3 small super heroes. I was a TV news producer for nearly 15 years, but I have a passion for writing. It’s a passion that is only matched by what my wife calls my uncanny ability to maintain a brain full of (mostly useless) facts about sports, beer and comic book-based movies & TV.