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This spring, the students of Government College University Lahore has come up with yet another ground breaking achievement, the Pakistan’s first ever fan-made Harry Potter movie, The Last Follower and The Resurrection of Voldemort, and the audience has loved it.

The 84-mins film, full of magical visuals and inventive and exciting sequences, this weekend was exclusively premiered here at the University’s Bukhari Auditorium, and it held its audience spellbound.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi was the Chief Guest at the movie premier which was attended by a large number of students and Ravians who were all very anxious to secure a chance to watch the movie in the Bukhari Auditorium.  

While the Harry Potter fandom is not a stranger to fan-fiction but this is the first time Pakistani youth went this far. The Last Follower and The Resurrection of Voldemort is Pakistan’s first ever Harry Potter movie, filmed at GCU as Hogwarts. The film is produced by a group of young Ravians who also formed their production house, Khyaali Productions.  The trailer of the movie was released last year and got instant public response and media attention worldwide.

The movie starts after some years of Harry Potter series and we see students roaming in the castle but then the story gets fold with some mysteries later on. The main cast of the movie includes rising stars, Umer Darr, Jazib Alram, Mariam Hassan Naqvi, Talha Chahour, Dua Marium, Sheikh Mubashir and Habib Chaudary. The visual effects are done by Zeeshan Hameed. Ibrahim Hassan was the Associate Director and Productions head of the movie. Hammad Javed led production while Sheikh Mubashir is the Assistant Director of the movie.  

The movie has been written and directed by a very talented Ravian, Waleed Akram, who says that, the gothic architecture of GCU pushed him to introduce this new genre in the industry. “I started this venture with a single camera and the whole movie has been shot with this not much high-tech camera.”

He said that ‘if there is Hogwarts in this world, it’s GCU Lahore. We are very proud to be associated with the GCU.”

Waleed Akram expressed gratitude to Vice Chancellor Prof. Asghar Zaidi for encouragement and support to the team Khyaali Productions throughout the process of finalising and releasing this movie at the GC University Lahore. He requested that the heads of other universities to grant him permission to exhibit this movie on their campuses. He also shared his plans for cinema release of the movie after necessary permissions and clearance from the Sensor Board.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi said that Pakistan is full of talented youth like Waleed, Jaazib, Umer and Mubashir in every field of life, and the leadership need to nurture the habit of strong encouragements of youth whenever they show talent like this. He said that Khyaali Production formed by the alumni of the GC Dramatic Club had taken the Harry Potter to a whole new level for the Pakistani fans. The Vice Chancellor wished them success in life, saying “they have all skills and passion to become big filmmakers and made their country and alma mater proud.”

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