Spin-off Blogathon: Moony, Padfoot, and Prongs

What about Wormtail? Screw that guy. 
Sati from the blog Cinematic Corner hosted this curious blogathon called Spin-Off
As the title suggests, the goal here is to pick a supporting character and bring it to the center stage, giving it the unlimited screen time that it always deserved.
I went ahead and chose three characters because they pretty much come as a package. But even so, one is the clear leader so it’s fine. Any average Harry Potter fan – which is to say any person who’s been born – has already figured out that those weird names up there belong to Lupin, Sirius, and James Potter – three of the four Marauders. I know I’ve just linked you to the HP wiki, but I won’t geek out on you.

My first thought was Tom Riddle, but that didn’t quite fit the criteria here, since he had plenty of screen time throughout the eight movies. Though it would be pretty neat, wouldn’t it? Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this prequel ever since we got a glimpse of how their lives must’ve been in The Order of the Phoenix, when Snape tries to teach Harry Occlumency (I even read some fan fics, I was hopeless). If you recall, in one of their sessions Harry tried to shield his mind from Snape’s intrusions, but ended up entering Snape’s own mind and there finding memories of James, Sirius and Lupin making fun of him (and Lily defending Snape). 
From that point on, I had a mental image of who these men were. And I say men because really, let’s skip to their senior year, please. So here’s what I pointlessly dream about: James would be the leader, for the sake of logic. Of course he may not be the most interesting character, but I’d like to believe that by the end of his journey through adolescence, he’d be just as complex as Harry in his own senior year. His love interest is quite obviously Lily, and that could be a good part of the plot since she didn’t seem to like him at first – he’s been called arrogant, and I’d not only tend to agree, but also would love to see that facet of him in full swing. Because flaws are the best part of any character. 

We’d have his friends, both Lupin and Sirius, and okay, alright, Peter could be there too. Lucius should be a part of it, but you HP connoisseurs can tell me if the dates match up. Either way, Snape and his big nose would be there to keep things interesting. 
But what would be the challenge… I don’t think Voldemort was a thing by that time, so that couldn’t be it. Again, you with the masters degree in HP can pitch in. There had to be some issue within the school, something big enough to be an important part of the film. As far as we know, James biggest concern was winning at Quidditch, but we need something more than a high school drama here. So figure it out, J.K. 
Anyway that’s it. Round up some cute brits and let’s do this.
the spin-off blogathon ends on March 30th


  1. March 27, 2014 / 11:31 AM

    Great idea! I would definitely go and see this! I’ve always wanted to know the group a bit more in a more desirable setting – something like a prequel, before Harry was left to his aunt’s doorsteps.

    • March 27, 2014 / 5:52 PM

      precisely, a sequel would be great! And to have a book too would be the dream.

  2. Brittani
    March 27, 2014 / 3:35 PM

    Fabulous idea! I would watch this movie in an instant.

  3. March 27, 2014 / 5:16 PM

    I’m not that knowledgeable abut HP universe but I really like this idea. I was always interested how their younger days looked. HP is filled with so many awesome minor characters, I’d love to see more of Bellatrix Lestrange.

    • March 27, 2014 / 5:53 PM

      Bellatrix would be cool too — maybe a film about how the Death Eaters became pals with Voldemort 😉

  4. Nikhat Zahra
    March 27, 2014 / 5:59 PM

    I really really really really want a movie about Sirius Black when he was young. He sounds like a dreamboat.

    • March 27, 2014 / 10:31 PM

      He does, doesn’t he? I figure he must’ve been fun and rather clever, with a good dash of rebel. I’m turning this prequel into a teen rom-com, haha

    • March 27, 2014 / 10:33 PM

      wow, you’re the first person I encounter that hasn’t seen them!

      That’s great news, I’ll definitely participate then!

  5. April 1, 2014 / 10:40 AM

    Lucius went to school with Tom Riddle, many years before the Marauders. 😛

    I love, love, love this idea! I’ve read many fanfics with them in focus, and they’re always hilarious. They would make for a great film, with a different mood and tone than HP, but still a great one. As far as the books go, the biggest struggles are Moony’s werewolf curse, the others learning to be animagi and of course, James chasing after Lily. I’d pay 3x the ticket price to see this film be made! Awesome idea, Sofia!!

    Source: PhD in Potterism 😀

    • April 1, 2014 / 7:51 PM

      Oh right, see? I knew I had the dates wrong on that one. I’ve read tons of fanfics too, some really good!! Thanks Elina, and hahah that’s a good PhD you got there 😀

  6. April 2, 2014 / 8:41 PM

    Such an amazing choice! For such a big Potterhead, I’m ashamed I didn’t think of it. I’m truly looking for the Newt Scalmander series, however a deeper exploration of the Mauraders would be so interesting and definitely something I would easily see. A prequel would be so much fun!

    • April 2, 2014 / 10:01 PM

      It would be a dream!! Yes I’m curious about the new movies as well, I hope they’re good.

    • April 2, 2014 / 10:37 PM

      Personally, I hope the Scalmander trilogy will play out like an Indiana Jones adventure series where we see him on different quests collecting plantlife and animals for his stories. Hopefully it will be a big success! 🙂

    • April 2, 2014 / 10:43 PM

      yeah that’s a good idea! I’m anxious to see how it compares to HP. I mean I know it’s totally different, but still, there could be something there.

    • April 2, 2014 / 11:07 PM

      Since JK Rowling is writing the screenplays, they’re bound to be accurate from her perspective. It’ll be fun to see her skills adapted for the big screen. 🙂

    • April 3, 2014 / 7:31 PM

      oh good, I didn’t know that! Makes me so happy, I want it to premiere NOW.

    • April 5, 2014 / 9:37 PM

      Me too! It’s bound to be a lot of fun! 🙂

  7. Nell C
    April 6, 2014 / 3:54 PM

    This would be amazing! Love the idea of a dream casting with a host of British actors! Lupin would definitely be one I would want to see a wider backstory for.

    Nell at And Nell Writes

    • April 6, 2014 / 4:43 PM

      Me too, his story sounds interesting! Also Snape, the little we got from his childhood and teen years got me really curious

  8. Josh
    April 17, 2014 / 1:21 AM

    Ooh, sign me up! That prequel sounds very promising.

    • April 17, 2014 / 10:18 AM

      it’s needs to be done (or at least written please)!

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