Severus Snape and the Marauders

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Severus Snape and the Marauders
Severus Snape and the Marauders
Official release poster
Directed byJustin Zagri
Produced byLiana Minassian
Written byJustin Zagri
Music byAlexander Arntzen
CinematographyJohn Hafner
Edited byJustin Zagri
Broad Strokes
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • March 1, 2016 (2016-03-01)
Running time
23 minutes
CountryUnited States

Severus Snape and the Marauders is a 2016 American short film written by director Justin Zagri, based on Harry Potter characters by J. K. Rowling. It officially premiered[1] on March 1, 2016 at the YouTube channel Broad Strokes Productions.[2] The fan film caught the attention of BuzzFeed,[3] Entertainment Weekly,[4] Time,[5] Elite Daily,[6] Business Insider,[7] The Huffington Post,[8] IGN,[9] Seventeen,[10] Moviepilot,[11] MTV,[12] BBC America,[13] PopSugar,[14] The Independent,[15] and The Mary Sue.[16]


Severus Snape is enjoying a drink in a bar when a stranger, whose face is covered, joins him. Asking Snape about himself, Snape tells him a story.

Some time before, the Marauders – James Potter, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew – were in the same bar celebrating their graduation from Hogwarts. Upon seeing Snape, James challenges him to a duel. Before they all disapparate elsewhere, Lily Evans sees them.

They appear on a forest, and James and Snape start dueling. However, Snape eventually becomes victorious, so Remus, Sirius, and Peter join the fight, and they all produce the Fiendfyre spell, creating a big, four headed fire monster, with each head being their animal form. Snape disapparates to elsewhere in the forest, and Remus, Sirius and James do too, while Peter joins them on foot.

Using Legilimency, Snape predicts their next attack. However, the Marauders attack him at the same time, eventually having him cornered. Snape, remembering their bullying throughout the years, and Lily, rebounds the spells, applies the Cruciatus Curse to Sirius, and Sectumsempra to Remus. Before cursing Peter, he transforms into a rat and escapes. Snape approaches James and attempts to kill him, but Lily apparates before him, demanding an explanation. Snape apologizes for calling her a mudblood (seen in a flashback in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Lily tells Snape that she will forgive him if he changes and stops being with dark wizards, such as Bellatrix Lestrange. Lily disapparates with James, Remus, and Sirius.

Returning to the first scene at the bar, the stranger tells Snape that he knows how it feels to be subjugated and feared for one's talents. He then asks Snape to join his ranks. Snape demands to know who the stranger is. The stranger replies, "You know who."



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  2. ^ "Broad Strokes Productions".
  3. ^ "This Harry Potter Fan Film Is The Prequel We All Need And Deserve".
  4. ^ "Harry Potter prequel: Fan-made video surfaces".
  5. ^ "This Fan-Made Harry Potter Prequel Is Stunning".
  6. ^ "This Fan Made His Own 'Harry Potter' Prequel And It's Absolutely Incredible".
  7. ^ "This fan-made Harry Potter movie has surprisingly convincing special effects".
  8. ^ "This 'Harry Potter' Prequel Breathes New Life Into James Potter And Severus Snape's Backstory".
  10. ^ "This Fan-Made "Harry Potter" Prequel About the End of Lily Potter and Snape's Friendship is Heartbreaking".
  11. ^ "Fan-Made Short 'Severus Snape and The Marauders' Will Show the Pre-Potter World We've All Been Waiting For". Archived from the original on 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  12. ^ "Severus Snape and the Marauders is The Harry Potter Prequel You've Been Waiting For". MTV.
  13. ^ "WATCH: Harry Potter Fan Film 'Severus Snape and the Marauders'".
  14. ^ "FINALLY! There's a Harry Potter Movie About Snape and the Marauders'".
  15. ^ "Harry Potter fan movie to tell story of Severus Snape before the boy wizard was born'".
  16. ^ "Half-Hour Severus Snape and the Marauders Fan Film Shows the Wizarding World on the Brink of War'".

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