JK Rowling’s Cursed Child may not be a Harry Potter prequel but Severus Snape and The Marauders most certainly is.
Fans of the franchise have long yearned for a novel or film following the adventures of Harry’s parents before he was born and now a group of them have come together to make one themselves.
The Broad Strokes collective –
who are behind Facebook page Harry Potter Untold Tales – launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film and achieved their goal, meaning they could produce a pretty snazzy-looking short by the looks of the trailer:
"Set in 1978, just after Harry Potter’s father James graduates from Hogwarts, he and his friends Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew celebrate at a bar, contemplating their place in a war they are to soon become a part of,” the film’s synopsis reads. “When Severus Snape enters the same bar, James Potter decides to do something about Snape once and for all.”
It’s full of teenage wizarding angst, with that all-important love triangle – involving Snape, Lily and James – at the heart of the tale, as always.
The team previously produced The Greater Good, a 17-minute short film about the duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindewald, which Rowling wrote about in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. It was quite the hit on YouTube, with more than 2.9 million views to date.
And if Broad Strokes have their way the Snape-centred short will be ready for release in December so Potter fans would do well to watch this space.