Uh, guys, why aren't we all full-scale freaking out over this yet? Apparently there is a fan made Marauders-era Harry Potter film in production, and it's coming out this year. Listen, maybe the rest of all y'all didn't spend a large chunk of your teenage years gleeful cackling and/or casually weeping long into the night while reading Marauders-era fan fiction, but for those of us who did, this is nothing short of a dream come true. The film is called The Gathering Storm, and follows the Marauders, Lily, Snape, and a ton of other characters fans will recognize in their sixth year at Hogwarts. It's gonna serve up some 1977 realness and my fangirl insides are dying with anticipation.
Look, I'm every bit as excited for the 2016 release of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie as the next Potterhead. And unlike most of Hagrid's pets, I don't mean to bite the hand that feeds me — but really, Hollywood's ignorance to the demands for a Marauders movie is straight up #rude at this point. Don't even try to tell me there wouldn't be an audience for it. The Gathering Storm was entirely crowdfunded, for Merlin's sake! WE OBVIOUSLY THIRST FOR THIS. Thankfully, people like these guys are stepping up to the plate.
We don't have a lot of information on the specifics of the plot yet, but the site's main page describes it:
The year is 1977, and You-Know-Who's forces are growing stronger. With the the end of the Marauders' time at school drawing closer, everyone is forced to choose a side.
They have a full cast list available on their Tumblr page, as well as background information about the film and where to stalk the proceedings over social media. (Don't tell me you had better things to do today.)
No word yet on the specific date of release, but we have this trailer to freak out over in the meantime, #bless us all:
And because 2015 is The Year Of The Potterhead, it turns out there are other fan-made films either already finished or in production. Here are a few other ways you can get your Marauder kicks while we wait ever-so-impatiently for Hollywood to make a shiny version of its own:
Severus Snape And The Marauders
Still bitter that you barely got to see any of the Pensieve flashbacks in the movie? Be bitter no more! This will make up for it one bazillion fold.
This Fan Made Trailer That Isn't An Actual Movie
I'm not going to say it makes total sense but I AM A JUNKIE GIVE ME WHAT YOU WILL.
In any case, we have a lot to get excited about, because if anything this just proves that Potterheads get the job done. If Hollywood won't do it, we'll do it ourselves. And if there does end up being a movie ... consider this article my official petition to get cast as Alice Longbottom, please and thank you very much.