Harry Potter and the Clone Catastrophe

The music may sound familiar, but the scenes aren’t what you’d expect; and the story is completely new.

That’s because it’s the brainchild of local teen Quintin Peterson who thought of the idea to create a Harry Potter themed stop-motion animation video.

“I’m into Lego stop-animation, I’ve been doing it for about a year-and-a-half now I think, and I just made a passing comment of ‘hey wouldn’t it be cool if we made a stop animation video with all these cool sets?’” said Peterson.

Those at the Naperville Public Library thought it would be, and challenged the library’s teen group, Tag Team, to make it their own.

“They started off writing a script for the video, and then that broke it down into different scenes, and they met several times over the summer and filmed the scenes,” said Kiersten Doucette, a Teen Services Librarian at the Naperville Public Library.

The five-minute video tells the story of how Lord Voldemort ruins Harry Potter’s life by teaming up with Malfoy, to create evil Harry Potter clones.

The clones then set out to play pranks on Harry Potter, but soon it’s too much to handle.

“Eventually he, with the help of Ron and Hermione, decide that he’s sick of this, not putting up with it anymore. So at the end he decides that he’s going to explode all the clones. So the story ends when he’s an old man 50 years later…but one survived!” said Peterson.

Each group member played a role in the process, from voicing characters, to moving the Legos, and taking close to 1000 pictures to seamlessly tell the story.

“Oh it was very fun, I really liked it. I loved the outcome I thought it was really cool and really well done,” said Kassidy Wiskari, a contributor to the video.

And the story has helped build friendships one scene at a time.

“By doing this project it was actually amazing to see how much we all had in common with each other and how much fun we could have together,” said Jessica Scheirer, another contributor to the video.

You can watch the full video on the library’s website at www.naperville-lib.org. And keep an eye out in the future for more!

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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