Harry Potter fans seem to be taking the production of series spin-off films into their own hands. A new short film based on the series, titled "The Greater Good", was released on YouTube on Tuesday following a screening in L.A. and it's amazing. The 17-minute film focuses on the final moments of Albus Dumbledore's friendship with the famous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald and is based on the brief history of Dumbledore featured in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. When Rowling announced three months ago that she would be penning screenplays of Harry Potter spin-offs, beginning with the fictional book Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, the Potterverse freaked out. A month later, Warner Bros., the studio that produced all eight of the Potter films, announced that they had trademarked other titles as well, that included The Tales of Beedle The Bard and Quidditch Through The Ages.
As we hope and pray that Warner Bros. options the spin-off films set in the world of Potter, we should also hope that they look within the stories to pull out gems like "The Greater Good" did. With exceptional special effects and impressive writing, the studio that brought us years of joy with film adaptations of Rowling's work might want to take some notes. Especially when it concerns the friendship and final meeting between Dumbledore and Grindelwald because after watching "The Greater Good", all we want is feature-length film about the adolescent wizards' quest for the Deathly Hallows and here are five reasons why:
ALL Of Their Plans
Gellert scolds Albus for letting love blind him in the face of all of their plans. All of their plans. We want to know, we want to see the planning happening and we want to know about their quest for the Hallows. How did they plan to take over the muggles? All of this is important information and we want to hear about it in great detail over the course of 90+ minutes.
The Evolution Of Albus
The internal struggle between power-hungry, naive, teenage Albus and the muggle-loving, wise, proponent of "love is stronger than magic" Albus that we knew and loved from Potter is necessary to share with diehard fans of the series. At what point did it become too much for him? Again — NEED TO KNOW.
The special effects in "The Greater Good" were enough to make us run, crying, to our Harry Potter DVD collections because we miss those flying blasts of light so much. They're beautiful and complex and immensely powerful and we just want and need more of them every day of our lives.
Albus And Gellert As Friends
We know how and why they met, when Gellert turned up in Godric's Hollow to spend the summer with his great-aunt (and famed author of Hogwarts, A History) Bathilda Bagshot, and we know that their desire for power brought them closer. But again, it'd be fun to watch them go from acquaintances to friends to enemies. Albus didn't know that Gellert Grindelwald would become the second most powerful dark wizards in wizarding history, or maybe he did and chose to ignore it?
Aberforth And Ariana Dumbledore
The Dumbledores have a seriously dysfunctional and tragic family history, which is both incredibly sad but also fascinating at the same time. "The Greater Good" aligns Albus and Aberforth against Grindelwald in the final duel, which makes it seem like even though Aberforth thought their quest for power was misguided, he still cared for his brother. (We know that Ariana's death is what drove them apart.) Ariana is also supposed to be an incredibly powerful witch, though she lacks control, how did Albus and Aberforth control that situation with no parents? You want to know, I know you do.
Here is "The Greater Good" in all of its magical glory: