Monday, May 21, 2012

Auror's Tale: A Harry Potter fan film worth getting excited over

By all accounts, the momentum behind Harry Potter fandom is still going quite strong. Many expected it to fizzle after the release of Deathly Hallows Part II, but that prognostication failed to take into account the decade of fan-created projects and the debut of Pottermore.

With the last book written and the last movie screened, Harry Potter fans now have something else to look forward to: Auror's Tale, a fanfilm written by and for adults set in the gritty underworld of New York City... and it looks pretty awesome.

This is the wizard equivalent of holding your gun sideways before you shoot someone

Auror's Tale is a new, darker take on the young adult lit universe of Harry Potter and is immediately distinguished by its artistic eye and substantial production values. Helmed by Leo Kei Angelos, Auror's Tale is set to release in 10 episodes beginning in the summer.

In an effort to avoid JK Rowling's legal team, Angelos and his company aren't looking to make any money off of the series... so Auror's Tale will be free for as long as it's allowed to run online.

Set in Manhattan, the story follows Hawthorne an Auror who joins New York City's Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Shortly after joining up with the DMLE (New York's... Magicalist?) he runs afoul of the Hellhounds- a gang of depraved wizards who are using magic to control the world of organized crime in the four boroughs because- presumably no wizard, dark or otherwise, would ever go to Staten Island.

Ok, so I made that last part up... although I haven't seen anything to suggest that they're filming in Staten Island. Anyway, here's the teaser trailer:

Despite how incredible it looks (and it looks pretty incredible!), I can't help but think it looks like Harry Potter meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with a bit of Kindred: The Embraced thrown in for good measure. Maybe it's the roof-top, pre-dawn fight scenes or the fact that I've always wanted that show to come back in a less Aaron Spelling-y sort of way.

Vampires were so much cooler in the early 90s...