Since Warner Bros. isn't going to deliver the "Harry Potter" prequel we all desperately need — and no, I do not count "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" because literally no one asked for that — "Potter" fans did what they do best: They made it themselves.
Filmmaker Justin Zagri recently released a 25-minute, fan-made "Harry Potter" film all about Severus Snape and the Marauders.
It takes place in 1978 after James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew all graduated from Hogwarts. The friends run into Snape in a bar when the Wizarding World is on the brink of war. Needless to say, conflict ensues.
Now, "Harry Potter" fans have been making fan stories about Snape and the Marauders for years, but this film is so high-quality, it's INSANE, y'all. Seriously, hit play and you're suddenly fully immersed in the Wizarding World in a way you haven't been since "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2" came out.
Zagri, who is a video editor based in Los Angeles, is basically my hero. He explained his process in an interview with BuzzFeed.
I did a poll on our Facebook page with a few story options, and it was almost unanimous that the fans wanted a story about the Marauders. So, I read the books again, did some research, and came up with a story that I feel had something to say, while making sure we got to know both Snape and the Marauders when they were transitioning into adults, and how events of their past helped shape their future.
I highly recommend a watch to anyone who loves "Harry Potter" and has 25 minutes to spare, especially all you Snape fans out there. Oh man is this film going to stab you in the heart... but, like, in a good way.