It's safe to say that approximately 95 percent of the student films floating around out there in the world will be thoroughly ignored. That can be a humbling truth for a lot of aspiring filmmakers. For some of the lucky ones, though, they'll get to have J.K. Rowling give them permission to recreate one of her stories, and they won't be ignored at all. For them it's awesome. And so Harry Potter 's "Tale Of Three Brothers" came to life.
For those unfamiliar with "The Tale Of Three Brothers," Harry Potter readers were first treated to the story in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, wherein it's introduced as a wizarding world fairytale chronicling the lives of three brothers and their respective relationships with death. It was also published separately in Tales Of Beedle the Bard, but when it comes to the Harry Potter universe the story of the Peverell brothers is a big one in terms of theme and plot in the story of Harry and his fellow magical folk.
The story stands on its own well enough, though, and it got its own animated short film within Deathly Hallows Part I. Some students at the New England School of Communications, wanted to make their own live-action version, however, and so they did. All miraculously with the permission of Warner Bros. and Rowling — the former of which is usually notoriously stingy over copyright issues.
Like we said above, that permission might have something to do with the tradition of student films largely flying under the radar and being quite unlikely to rake in the big bucks, but regardless of where this film is headed, the trailer certainly makes it seem like it wasn't hastily thrown together in the Doritos-fueled pre-finals haze a lot of student films are. Check it out:
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