The Harry Potter fandom is a force to be reckoned with. Fan fiction and fan art are typical results of an adoring fandom, but the tale of the boy who lived has spawned conventions, musicals, parodies, and a zillion other things. That may sound like an exaggeration, but seriously, that fandom is intense. And I mean that in the best way.
The new short film I Ship It from filmmaker Yulin Kuang uses one of the phenomenons generated by HP, the genre of “wizard rock” (basically where people write and perform songs related to the books in some way), as a jumping off point for its own story about a girl going through a difficult break up with her boyfriend and former bandmate. Like many of Yulin’s projects, the film stars Mary Kate Wiles (Squaresville, Kissing in the Rain, and many other YouTube videos) and Sean Persaud (A Tell Tale Vlog, also Kissing in the Rain). Playing the douchey ex is Joey Richter, best known for portraying Ron Weasley in the internet’s favorite unofficial Harry Potter musical: StarKid’s A Very Potter Musical. The film also features original songs by Kirstyn Hippe. And once you’ve watched the whole thing, there will still be a bunch of extra features to check out, some that have already come out (and can be found at the end of the video) and some scheduled to be released in the next few days.
I Ship It is one of fourteen films by YouTube content creators funded as part of the New Form Digital Incubator series, designed to help foster the careers of new filmmakers for a digital generation. So keep an eye out for some of our other favorite films to come from that initiative over the next few days! And as always, don’t forget to share.