Lily Evans and the Eleventh Hour is a Harry Potter fan film told from Lily Evans’ perspective during her sixth year at Hogwarts.
Produced by Apple Juice Productions, Lily Evans and the Eleventh Hour is a non-profit fan film that any Potterhead will be interested in (although Jily shippers will particularly enjoy it). Be it in fanfiction or of films, stories set in the pre-Potter era have always been highly popular in Harry Potter fanworks.
Maybe it’s because the war between Voldemort’s Death Eaters and the Order is particularly exciting, or maybe it’s the dynamics among the Maraudeurs and the rest of the characters that attracts so many Potterheads. Whatever it might be, Lily Evans and the Eleventh Hour is yet another fan film that plays into this setting, and it does so incredibly well.
Be it fanfiction or fan films, portraying the characters accurately is always important (unless they’re purposely OOC to fit an AU setting). In this case, the fan film nails the characterization of most of its characters, especially for Lily, James, and Lupin. And even though the British accent is not that great, the witty dialogue along with the well-written dynamics among the characters makes up for it.
The film also finds a great way to take advantage of the static use of the camera, popularized by many other online productions such as web series. However, this style never detracts from the story. For one, it makes sense within the narrative for Lily to have a muggle camera. Secondly, it never gets boring because the characters are constantly moving around.
Lastly, the bedroom set is really well-done and makes it very fun to look for Easter Eggs. Obviously, the merit of doing all these scenes in just one go without any jump cuts goes without saying. The only technical aspect that could have been perfect is the audio, which could use some polishing in moments where characters are very far from the camera.
Lily Evans and the Eleventh Hour portrays these difficult dark times by showcasing the contrast between James’ pranks and fooling around, and the tension and worry of the war. The accurate portrayal of both Lily and James is really important here, as their relationship helps the audience understand the type of person Harry will become, and why his relationship with Sirius and Lupin is so relevant.
The fan film is divided into three episodes of approximately 6-9 minutes each. You can watch the fan film in just one sitting here: