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Half-Hour Severus Snape and the Marauders Fan Film Shows the Wizarding World on the Brink of War

After years of crowdfunding and finagling with legal red tape, Broad Strokes Productions’ Marauders fan film has finally been released.

The movie begins with the recently-graduated Marauders at a bar, toasting the end of their Hogwarts days and discussing the growing unrest in the wizarding world (this scene actually gave me a lot of first-act Les Misérables feels). The movie then culminates in a satisfyingly action-packed duel between Snape and James.

Broad Strokes says of the film,

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. When Severus Snape enters the same bar, knowing the part he might play in the war, James Potter decides to do something about Snape once and for all.

As The Nerdy Bird’s Jill Pantozzi points out, it’s kind of difficult to watch just how cruel James is here to Snape, and I had a hard time taking the posturing aggression of the Marauders seriously. That’s not a complaint about the movie, I actually like that the characters are obviously just confused, scared, teenagers who are responding to a scary time with hyper-masculinity, it just makes some of these scenes a little cringe-worthy.

What do you think of the movie? Ten points to Broad Strokes Productions or nah?

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