Severus Snape and the Marauders Fan Film Shines an Even Worse Light on Harry Potter’s Dad

Are you a fan of the Marauders – James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew – from the Harry Potter universe? You’re either going to love or hate this new fan film, Severus Snape and the Marauders.

We saw the Marauders mostly as adults in the book and film versions of J.K. Rowling’s work and just a glimpse of what trouble they actually got up to during their time at Hogwarts (hint: the boys weren’t very nice to Severus Snape). Fans have taken the liberty of writing oodles of fanfic for the group but Broad Strokes Productions (see more of their work here) took it to another level with Severus Snape and the Marauders.

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.

It’s a very interesting piece of fiction but if I’m being honest, I almost couldn’t make it through the whole thing. I know those beloved characters weren’t always the nicest people but this is a whole new level of cruelty on all their parts. It’s tough to see it played out. Still totally worth a watch though as the acting and effects are top notch.

The Severus Snape and the Marauders production had their Kickstarter page shut down for the project over similar intellectual property concerns as the recent Star Trek fan film from Axanar Productions, but was allowed to carry on with the film as-is.

The Mirror reports director Justin Zagri talking about Warner Bros. contacting them “They did contact us. They did not shut down the film. They just asked us not to raise any more money. The movie will still release. The Kickstarter page makes it look that way but we are still on board and under Warner Bros good graces.”

4 Responses to “Severus Snape and the Marauders Fan Film Shines an Even Worse Light on Harry Potter’s Dad”

  1. Alexander George Grauwiler says:

    A really well made an interesting take on the material. The ONLY thing that bothered me was the way Voldemort looked at the end. As he hadn’t been ‘defeated’ by harry yet he wouldnt be all snake faced. He would still look like Tom Riddle. Apart from that it’s really good!

    • Yeah, that threw too. Otherwise great little piece. And having been around guys who acted like dicks in high school that turned out to be better people later, I can see this aligning with James and the boys.

    • Molly Weisenbach says:

      they talked about that in some of the comments on the video; they said they tossed both ideas around and it ended up being a tough decision, but i think it boiled down to the fact that they wanted to make sure everyone would know who he was. :)

  2. Cami Troncoso says:

    Nope. Nope nope nope. Didn’t like it at all. Effects were great, I honestly have a new appreciation for Severus Snape, but the Marauders? The actors are wonderful, but the plotline, to me, was horrible. I mean, I know they weren’t the best guys and all, but i think they’d already tuned down all the big-headedness. It’s expected a bit from Sirius and James, but i picture him as less of a git, at least at that age. Kudos to Mick, his portrayal of Snape was great :D And well, I guess everyone has their points of view and this film wasn’t exactly mine, but it was great nonetheless and you can see all the work that has been put into it.
    Also, too little Lily for my taste. She wasn’t just a prize to James, that part i really did dislike.