Husson University NESCOM students revisit the world of Harry Potter in new film

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The students of Husson University's New England School of Communications are bringing to life a piece of best selling author J.K. Rowling's famous book series- Harry Potter. Last Friday the students of NESCom released the first trailer to their new short film "The Tales of Three Brothers." The film is based on a short story from J.K. Rowling's book "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" which was featured in the seventh Harry Potter book, "The Deathly Hollows." Now the magic is coming to Bangor.

"I just remember a feeling of disbelief when I got the email saying that we were going to be working on a project that had to do with Harry Potter because that's not something you expect to be doing while you're a student at a college," said the film crew's Key Grip, Spencer Roberts.

Harry Potter fans rejoice, "The Tale of the Three Brothers" is coming to the silver screen. It took three years for NESCom to secure the film rights from Warner Brothers. But the thirty member crew of students and volunteers only had one semester to film the movie, which was shot only in Maine locations.

"We only used Saturdays because we had to find a day where everybody on the crew would always be available. So early on we said everybody clear your Saturdays, we'll shoot twelve hour days if we have to, and we will just go out there and we will get it done," said Roberts.

The film's producer, Timothy Reid, said, "There are scenes in there, locations that we were only at for a single day. So we had to make sure we squeezed a lot of time into one single shoot."

Now, as the crew prepares to screen the finished product next month, they look back and talk about their favorite parts of shooting the film.

"I think everybody loved shooting the bridge scene, which you only see a couple of shots of it in the trailer, but the buzz is a lot about that C.G.I. shot with the boards flying in," Roberts said.

The students say it's exciting to have the chance to work on a film with such a famous theme, But at the same time, the pressure to uphold the expectations of Harry Potter fans is a heavy burden.

"It's very intimidating to have to put your own work into a fan base that is so devoted to that material, but we're really hoping what we're giving is a meaningful contribution to that world," said Roberts.

The majority of the student crew are seniors at Husson University. With graduation barely a month away, many of the crew members see this film as a starting point of new career.

"The whole crew is hoping that being on this project will open up opportunities in the future for them," Roberts said.

"In the future I would love to just keep being able to do stuff like this," Reid said.

The trailer to "The Tale of the Three Brothers" is now on YouTube. There will be a preview screening of the film on May fourth at the Gracie Theatre. Students hope that after the screening the film can move on to be screened at film festivals. For more information on the preview screening and to see the trailer, visit


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