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Now updated to include all eight of the acclaimed motion
pictures, Harry Potter: Film Wizardry Revised and Expanded
gives readers a front row seat to the magical journey that brought J.K.
Rowling's wizarding world to the big screen. Step off Platform Nine and
Three Quarters and into the hidden world behind the scenes of the
Harry Potter film series as Brian Sibley, author of The
Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy, The Land of
Narnia,
and other bestselling behind-the-screen books, makes the
magic more real than ever with stunning art, removable extras, a new
Harry Potter photo album, and interviews with director David Yates;
actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman; and
other members of the cast, crew, design and production teams.


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Reviews for Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Revised and Expanded):

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November 28, 2012

Not much of a difference from the first edition
I own both Harry Potter Film Wizardry and Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Revised and Expanded) and they are almost identical.

The only differences are:
1)The 1/3-page paper belt which wrap the book cover
2)In the 2010 version, the last 2 pages are "sneak peak" of the final movie. These 2 pages are gone in the 2012 version and the photos from these 2 pages are nowhere to be found in the Revised and Expanded version. In the Revised and Expanded version, we get 6 pages of new materials from the final movie: the return to Gringotts, the Battle of Hogwarts, the Deathly Hallows, and the Tales of Three Brothers.
3)An additional material: a pocket/envelope, which contains a booklet Film Photo Diary, embedded on the inner side of the back cover. Nothing spectacular about this additional material: just a few photos from each of the movies (and only 1 page is dedicated to each movie).

For those who missed out on the 2010 version, go ahead and purchase this. It is as good as the 2010 version.
For those who already own the 2010 version, you may want to think twice before purchasing this.
5

Oct 27, 2012

One of My Harry Potter Treasure Books
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It's an elegant, wonderful, crazy arranged movie book.

First of all it got "Page by Page" The Movies and how it done, The Actors , Their coming of age ... How they made the amazing magical stuff that the movie is filled with it whether clearly viable or even insignificantly but related to the world of the movie and the full picture.

And for me as a Harry Potter big fan , and a collector ,My biggest surprise was the AMAZING gifts One of My Harry Potter Treasure Books
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It's an elegant, wonderful, crazy arranged movie book.

First of all it got "Page by Page" The Movies and how it done, The Actors , Their coming of age ... How they made the amazing magical stuff that the movie is filled with it whether clearly viable or even insignificantly but related to the world of the movie and the full picture.

And for me as a Harry Potter big fan , and a collector ,My biggest surprise was the AMAZING gifts from the movie, specially My Hogwarts acceptance Letter and The Marauders Map.


So YES I've got my Hogwarts Letter, unfortunately not by owls :(


Mohammed Arabey
from Sep 2011
to .. Always ...more
5

Apr 02, 2015

Growing up in the world of Harry Potter meant my upbringing was a little unconventional and hard work at times, but I wouldn't change any of it for a second. I will always be proud to have been part of these film and I want to thank everyone - all the directors, all the crew, and all my co-stars - for teaching me so much and for giving me so many memories to treasure. And of course, thank you to Jo Rowling for giving me this opportunity in the first place.
-Emma Watson

A must have for die-hard Growing up in the world of Harry Potter meant my upbringing was a little unconventional and hard work at times, but I wouldn't change any of it for a second. I will always be proud to have been part of these film and I want to thank everyone - all the directors, all the crew, and all my co-stars - for teaching me so much and for giving me so many memories to treasure. And of course, thank you to Jo Rowling for giving me this opportunity in the first place.
-Emma Watson

A must have for die-hard potterheads. So much insider information and additional little anecdotes make my heart overflow with happiness.

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5

August 18, 2016

Amazing!!
Amazing!!! I'm a die hard Harry Potter fan and I finally bought this for myself! I wish I had done so earlier! There's great info throughout the whole book but the best part are the little surprises every couple of pages. They have replicas items from the films inside. From potion bottle labels to Yule ball invitations. I love it!!!
5

January 28, 2017

Love it! Will need two copies!
Love this album!!! Essential to every Harry Potter collection. This book is a treasure chest of information, images and keepsakes from the Harry Potter universe. I only wish it contained the Wanted Posters for Sirius Black, Bellatrix Lestrange and Harry Potter.

Extras

No. 4 Privet Drive
- Hogwarts Acceptance letter

Diagon Alley - Under Construction
- Borgon and Burkes store catalog

The Sorting Hat and The Hogwarts Houses: Slytherin
- Advanced Potion Making

The Village of Hogsmeade
- Honeydukes Confectionary boxes

The Quidditch World Cup
- 422nd Quidditch World Cup Pogramme

The Yule Ball
- Yule Ball

Imelda Stanton as Dolores Umbridge
- Proclamation Decrees: No. 29, No. 30, No. 83, No. 98

Confidential Graphics: Production Designer's Notebook
- The Marauder's Map

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes
- Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes Product Catalogue

The Ministry of Magic
- Ministry of Magic Identify Card, Mafalda Hopkirk

Inside Back Cover
- Film Wizardry Photo Album
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Dec 24, 2010


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There still isn't any Harry Potter art books, but this movie companion is probably the best thing any fan could wish for.

Harry Potter Wizardry is 160-page hardcover and designed like a scrapbook with little goodies — booklets, stickers, maps, even Harry's letter of acceptance to Hogwarts, etc - attached to the pages. The cover is also nicely embossed. It's printed by publisher Collins Design.

The book covers all the seven films, including a sneak at at Deathly
(More pictures at parkablogs.com)

There still isn't any Harry Potter art books, but this movie companion is probably the best thing any fan could wish for.

Harry Potter Wizardry is 160-page hardcover and designed like a scrapbook with little goodies — booklets, stickers, maps, even Harry's letter of acceptance to Hogwarts, etc - attached to the pages. The cover is also nicely embossed. It's printed by publisher Collins Design.

The book covers all the seven films, including a sneak at at Deathly Hallows Part 2. It's packed with all sorts of interesting things from the Harry Potter movies. There are chapters on characters, the schools, mythical creatures, strange locations and stories about the wizardry world. You can read about all the teachers Harry had, the different villains from each movies, Ministry of Magic or all the strange inventions created by Ron's twin brothers.

There are plenty of photos shot behind the scenes showing the sets, the miniatures and models, actors and there are even some pieces of artwork and sketches.

The commentary provided includes interviews with the actors and staff. They talk about everything from creating sets like the Hogwarts castle to how they film the movie with computer graphics elements. I'm impressed with how much content is included.

This is the book Harry Potter fans have been waiting for. Grab it. ...more
5

Mar 20, 2012

Not very much new information but it's very interesting and always nice to reread and refresh the mind about the Harry Potter movies. Besides I love the extras such as the letter, the Quidditch flyer, the Yule Ball invitation and so on.
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December 6, 2012

Damaged book by Amazon and new editition not much different than the first
I have the first edition and this one only has an extra four pages. The photo album was quite disappointing, but if you do not have the original addition, this would still be good to have. Amazon shipped this package very poorly so that all the pages are bent so please do not buy this from them.
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Dec 14, 2010

Just splendid! Thank you so much, Annie, for the great gift :-)

Highly recommended to fans of the HP series. You will find so many amazing behind-the-scenes stories and interesting tidbits; I love the blend of insights about/from the actors, as well as the directors, screenwriters, set designers, props, costumes, etc. It's just fantastic! So much more detailed (and fun!) than I could have imagined.
5

February 20, 2018

Fantastic! This movie is an overview of the filming ...
Fantastic! This movie is an overview of the filming of Harry Potter and I loved it! It's colorful and beautiful, really magical. Every page is immersed in the design and world of HP. The book features most of the characters, creatures, sets, etc. and goes through the movies chronologically.
I especially loved the Marauders Map, Hogwarts acceptance letter, Yule Ball program, etc. These added an awesome touch of the real thing.

In case you're wondering, there is some overlap with Page to Screen (see my review here: https://www.amazon.com/review/R17H4CSCK0549/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8) but this book is much more visual. It's more exciting and fun. Worth getting both.
5

Apr 13, 2011

Normally I don’t elaborate on products or production based book, but this one is good enough to do just that.

With the end of the Harry Potter film franchise nearing, it seemed the right time to go back and savour the highlights of the ten-year long series. Harry Potter: Film Wizardry does just that: a scrapbook that encompassed the decade-long saga, where everyone from the producers, directors, and production designer explain in details how they conceptualised some of the plot points and Normally I don’t elaborate on products or production based book, but this one is good enough to do just that.

With the end of the Harry Potter film franchise nearing, it seemed the right time to go back and savour the highlights of the ten-year long series. Harry Potter: Film Wizardry does just that: a scrapbook that encompassed the decade-long saga, where everyone from the producers, directors, and production designer explain in details how they conceptualised some of the plot points and settings; and the actors, including the three stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, hit memory lane to disclose some of the best, funniest, and sometimes most uncomfortable times they had playing Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the films.

The book begins with a foreward from Dan, Rupert, and Emma, who gush about how much of an impact the series made in their lives. Dan remarked on the journey both he and Harry endured in the ten years; Rupert took pride in playing brave Ron Weasley, the "ultimate ginger," in his words; and Emma voiced her respect for her young, annoying, brainy Muggle-born fictional counterpart she thought she had nothing in common with early in the series, but who she embraced with all her heart by the end. It then lead into the first of many producer's notes scattered throughout the book, where David Heyman, the man who read the first Harry Potter book, fell in love, and immediately insisted on making the films, explained how he began to piece the movies together well over ten years ago.

Author Brian Sibley compiled the scrapbook with a combination of production notes, countless cast and crew interviews, set visits, knowledge of the book and film series, and production photos and movie stills to make the quintessential anthology of the Harry Potter film series. The book itself ended with a sneak preview of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, with nothing more than image captions under a dozen or so small photos from Gringotts and Hogwarts. Just enough of a teaser to make the reader wish there were a few more pages at the end, chronicling the end of the saga.

One of best features of the book, however, was that it focuses on so many of the minor details fans could never have been expected to notice, and the production teams that worked endlessly to make them. Here you have clear shots of Daily Prophetarticles and issues, rooms filled with creatures like Buckbeak and thestrals, various angles of the Room of Requirement both from Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows: Part II, Privet Drive and Diagon Alley, and countless rooms, corridors, and facets from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (I definitely wished there were more photos than only the sneak-peek of Gringotts).


"Everybody involved in these eight films knows that we have been part of something very special, and that there will never be another experience like this one," proclaims producer David Heyman in the introduction. He's right, of course, and while the people who made the movies were there for births, marriages, divorces and even deaths, fans have been along for the ride, hoping for a chance to sit in the front seat. This is finally it!

From tidbits like how Helena Bonham Carter perforated Matthew Lewis's eardrum with her magic wand in Order of the Phoenix, to grand designs like how the filmmakers created an entire Hogsmeade miniature village with intricately detailed micro-window displays the size of a £1 note, the book simply doesn't disappoint. It's the perfect mix of fact and -- as McGonagall would say -- "well-mannered frivolity."

On top of all that publisher Harper-Collins inserted over half a dozen prop replicas, like your very own sealed invitation to attend Hogwarts (addressed to Mr H Potter, The Cupboard under the Stairs, naturally), a Quidditch World Cup programme, and even a "real" Maurader's Map. There are also several fold-out pages, one of which contains the Black Family Tree Tapestry.

I highly recommend 'Harry Potter Film Wizardry' for any passionate Harry Potter fan, from one proud owner of this marvelous book to you all. ...more
5

March 1, 2018

AMAZING Book for any Potter fan!
This has to be the coolest book. It is packed full of paper extras. My favorites were the Yule Ball program and Marauder's Map. It is full of movie insights and facts, and is very colorful. I am so glad I purchased the book thanks to a recommendation. I was wanting to buy the Marauder's Map from The Noble Collection, but was re-directed to this book, (there were multiple comments about it) because it was included with the paper extras. And it is definitely what I was looking for, and won't take up much room. It's really a masterpiece!
3

March 27, 2013

I wondered why the Amazon price was cheap, but it turns out the product I received was defective!
I don't know if this is an isolated incident from Amazon, but I received a book with a missing attached page (the Hogsmeade page)! I checked with my friend who owns another version of the book, and there's supposed to be a candy cardboard page attached. But mine has a missing page with dried glue residue! It's such an inconvenience, and I'd hate to return it and wait for a new one to arrive. Another thing is, the Marauder's Map had a small tear in the upper left mid-corner. I was going to keep this as a collector's item, but I figured I should just buy one at B&B for a higher price. But I'm sure the item won't be defective there.

Material-wise, I think it's a great book! The attached props were amazingly detailed. Just beware of Amazon.

4 stars for the product, 3 stars for the service.
5

Oct 03, 2010

If you are a Harry Potter fanatic this is a must-have addition to your library. It covers the Harry Potter world in a virtual 3-D approach. The book is full of surprises and beautiful artwork. Mere words cannot convey the enjoyment the reader will receive from this book.

This beautiful book offers a way to hold the wizarding world of Harry Potter in your hands. And as an extra special bonus there are sections about the final two films, including a preview of my favorite new discovery: Fleur's If you are a Harry Potter fanatic this is a must-have addition to your library. It covers the Harry Potter world in a virtual 3-D approach. The book is full of surprises and beautiful artwork. Mere words cannot convey the enjoyment the reader will receive from this book.

This beautiful book offers a way to hold the wizarding world of Harry Potter in your hands. And as an extra special bonus there are sections about the final two films, including a preview of my favorite new discovery: Fleur's double phoenix wedding dress. Also, learn why Yule Ball ice sculptures never melt, where Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts are really "minted," how to get a Hippogriff to work with actors, the inspiration behind Hogwarts castle, and why Dementors move the way they do.

The level of detail in the book is amazing. For example, the Quidditch program contains an advertisement for Pumpkin Juice. You might want to order two copies: one to keep pristine; and other to take out all the special art from its protective sleeves to decorate your room or office. I would love to pretend to do Christmas shopping out of the Weasley's Wizard Wheezes catalogue! I now have a new appreciation for the talent and vision of the filmmakers whose work is highlighted here. The text explains how movie magic was accomplished, down to the special salt that stands in for snow in the models, which has diamond shaped crystals and even crunches like the real thing.

The pictures, layout, and hidden goodies made the book worth the steep price. Not only is the book interesting, but it shows a lot of the objects and concepts included in the movies that you may have missed. It brings the world of Harry Potter to life as you turn each page. The artwork, footnotes, call sheets, snapshots, memories of the cast, crew and production teams all come together in a way that takes the reader into how the movies were made and feel a part of what must have been a truly remarkable experience for all involved.

It's the perfect gift for any long-time (or new) Potter fan—I got it for myself as a Christmas gift. You get to see, close up, so many of the magical things that were created to fill Harry's world. I know it's a cliché, but the book is almost magical. All of the special touches make it feel like you have a true treasure pulled right out of the Gringott's bank vault.


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Book Details:

Title Harry Potter Film Wizardry
Author Brian Sibley
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Dec 30, 2010

This was one of my Christmas gifts, and I spent most of Christmas day reading this book. It is full of many cool things. There are little envolopes that have a bunch of stuff from the movies. Harry's acceptance letter to
Hogwarts, the Maurader's Map, Dolores Umbridge's educational decrees. You can't understand my delight as I turned each page to find... stuff. Really cool stuff.

All of the main characters have their own page, giving you information about the actor who plays them, how that actor This was one of my Christmas gifts, and I spent most of Christmas day reading this book. It is full of many cool things. There are little envolopes that have a bunch of stuff from the movies. Harry's acceptance letter to
Hogwarts, the Maurader's Map, Dolores Umbridge's educational decrees. You can't understand my delight as I turned each page to find... stuff. Really cool stuff.

All of the main characters have their own page, giving you information about the actor who plays them, how that actor was chosen for the role and, in cases such as Alastor Moody and Lord Voldemort, how they were transformed into their character. To some people, I can see how this might sound a little boring. It isn't. This book, this awesome book is highly recommended to anybody who is even slightly interested in Harry Potter. Even if you still think that it's boring, get for the things that come with it. Ever wanted to read the Marauder's Map? Here's your chance. And it also has snapshots from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. These pictures show The Room of Requirement before and after Fiendfyre is set to it and The Room of Requirment in it's Dumbledore's Army hideout form. It also has many concept art drawings of pretty much everything. Pretty much every page has concept art drawings of characters, creatures, and structures.

Seriously, any fan of Harry Potter would be practically drooling over this book if they had any sense at all. It is highly enjoyable and it points out small details that are in the movies that you never noticed before. It is a seriously awesome book.

Austin

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Dec 23, 2017

Lovely book with a lot of behind the scenes info and titbits sprinkled throughout. It's almost as interesting as visiting the HP Studios, although the part about the last film was very short.
5

Sep 12, 2013

What is it that’s so fascinating about this book, which looks at first glance to be little more than a gimmicky souvenir book?

I’ll start with the forward, quoting from series producer, David Heyman. He says, “It all began one winter morning in 1997. My assistant Nisha came into my office to recommend an unpublished manuscript by a first-time novelist that she had enjoyed. “What is it called?” I asked. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” she replied. “Mmmm,” I mumbled skeptically . . . . What is it that’s so fascinating about this book, which looks at first glance to be little more than a gimmicky souvenir book?

I’ll start with the forward, quoting from series producer, David Heyman. He says, “It all began one winter morning in 1997. My assistant Nisha came into my office to recommend an unpublished manuscript by a first-time novelist that she had enjoyed. “What is it called?” I asked. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” she replied. “Mmmm,” I mumbled skeptically . . . . That evening, I decided to read a few pages before going to sleep. I read and I read and I read, and by the time I lay the book down and looked at my watch, it was 4:00 a.m. Jo Rowling’s writing was so vivid, her imagination so rich . . . I knew immediately that I wanted to make it into a film . . . ”

Now, keep in mind that Heyman went after the film rights before the first book was even published, and the publisher itself (Bloomsbury in London), by no means predicted the book to be a bestseller! Rowling’s advance was (wait for it) only 2,500 British pounds – roughly $5000. Yup. The first printing was only 500 copies! Double yup.

In HARRY POTTER FILM WIZARDRY, David Heyman explains what happened to a handful of these first edition copies: he sent them to his lucky top tier screenwriters to see if anyone was interested in penning the script. First round . . . not a single one of them wanted to write the script (Idiots! And they even got to keep their 1st editions!) But in a later round, the wonderful Steve Kloves, who has written all but one of the scripts, signed on.

Another story that Heyman tells early in the book is about casting Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. I’d heard the legend, but wasn’t sure how accurate it was. Turns out, it’s entirely true: they had been auditioning young boys to play Harry for nine long months, and with just three months before filming was scheduled to begin, they had yet to find their main character! But lo and behold, Heyman happened to be at a play one night, and sitting one row in back of him was 10-yr-old Daniel Radcliffe, every bit the boy-wizard they’d been looking for. Fortunately, Daniel also happened to be an actor, and funny enough, his parents had already been approached by the film’s director, Chris Columbus, about Daniel auditioning because Columbus had seen him in the BBC adaptation of David Copperfield. But (you may not believe this part), Daniel’s parents hadn’t wanted him to audition, and turned down the offer. But once Heyman suggested it too, the Radcliffes finally agreed, and the rest is cinematic history.

Daniel was taking a bath when he learned that he’d won the role :)

These are just a few of the cool behind-the-scenes stories that are told in this highly entertaining book.

Then there is all the mock memorabilia! I’ve seen books like this before, but nothing that even comes close to how cleverly it’s done here. Harry’s acceptance letter to Hogwarts, a four-page fold out with a map of Diagon Alley (along with a creepy Borgin and Burkes catalog), an Advanced Potion Making text book with adhesive labels for your own home-brewed potions, a Quidditch World Cup Programme, an invitation to the Yule Ball, and among many other such treasures, your very own Marauder’s Map! Oh, yes, my friends, it can all be yours!

But wait, there’s more!

I would have bought this book for the concept art alone. Or to be more precise, for this particular sketch of Hogwarts and its surrounding grounds, penned in a matter of minutes by J.K. Rowling herself, for the production designer.

In a nutshell, HARRY POTTER FILM WIZARDRY is 160 pages of pure awesomeness!! ...more
5

Nov 17, 2010

This is a beautifully made, informative, and fun movie companion book! Well, maybe this is nothing more than a glorified movie magazine in book form, but it gave me plenty of entertainment value. I adore the Harry Potter books and I really like the movies, and this is a fun book for fans of the movies. The book covers all 8 movies, so I got to see a (very) few scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 before the movie comes out. The graphic artists who designed the films and their This is a beautifully made, informative, and fun movie companion book! Well, maybe this is nothing more than a glorified movie magazine in book form, but it gave me plenty of entertainment value. I adore the Harry Potter books and I really like the movies, and this is a fun book for fans of the movies. The book covers all 8 movies, so I got to see a (very) few scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 before the movie comes out. The graphic artists who designed the films and their contents also designed this book, and they did a fabulous job, with both endeavors. There is much attention to detail, even including the printed on name plate at the beginning of the book.

The book chronologically covers the 8 movies, with many other movie related things scattered throughout the book. It’s very well structured, without being overly organized. The book is stuffed with plenty of photos, and there is a lot of behind the scenes information about how they did special effects, made various things and outfits, copies of many call sheets, storyboard sketches, etc. etc. etc. There are many mini interviews with cast members, directors, and others involved in the making of the films, and most of them had very interesting things to say. It’s amazing all the people, skills, materials, schedules, etc. needed to make these films. I was even more impressed when I realized the attention they paid to detail, and that makes sense given the high quality of the films. Short synopses of the movies are given, along with a bit about how and why there were deviations from the books. I got a much better look at so many of the props than I did while watching the actual movies.

Readers will see how J.K. Rowling was directly involved with some aspects of the filmmaking. For instance, she wanted Alan Rickman to play Snape, and when he said he couldn’t play him if he didn’t know the character, Rowling told him something about Snape that until that point she’d told nobody else.

Families with children interested in this book should buy one copy to keep pristine and at least one copy with which to play. There are all sorts of tear out and removable items: Harry’s invitation to Hogwarts, programs, product catalogue, tickets, cards, the marauder’s map, etc. props from the actual movies, some of them in sticker form, I think; I didn’t tear out anything. There are also several pages that fold out. Because of all these loose parts and some pages easy to tear/ruin, I very much doubt that this book will be available for borrowing at very many, if any, libraries. Because of all these props, this book can serve as a toy too, one that will enhance imaginative “Harry Potter” play. I bought one copy that I am keeping intact and I’m likely to share it with others only when the book is in my presence too. ...more
5

Dec 20, 2011

A totally entertaining book for fans of the HP movie franchise. Filled with insider tid-bits and behind-the scenes factoids from all 7 of the movies. Members from the cast and crew contribute to the sometimes funny, sometimes informative and always fascinating phenom that are the Harry Potter movies. Attention to creative and artistic detail is evident throughout the book. It's easy to get lost in just looking at all the tiny, (almost unseen), but beautifully rendered artistic elements A totally entertaining book for fans of the HP movie franchise. Filled with insider tid-bits and behind-the scenes factoids from all 7 of the movies. Members from the cast and crew contribute to the sometimes funny, sometimes informative and always fascinating phenom that are the Harry Potter movies. Attention to creative and artistic detail is evident throughout the book. It's easy to get lost in just looking at all the tiny, (almost unseen), but beautifully rendered artistic elements throughtout the book. BRAVO to the creative directors responsible.

As a bonus feature (of which I was deprived because this was a library book and some CRETIN stole them all from this copy), this book also contains interactive pullouts like a mauraders map, tickets to the Yule Ball, etc. - of which I am sure are every bit as cool as the rest of the book, but I cannot positively rate (because some CRETIN stole them all from my library copy).

One small quibble: I do hope the publishers will re-print a revised edition of this to include information from Part II of The Deathly Hallows. Unfortunately, this edition only covered The Sorcerers Stone through Part I of The Deathly Hallows. It would be wonderful to have more information on the finale and beyond.

A perfect book to spend a few hours on a lazy afternoon visiting with. Perhaps during the holiday season - as I did.
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Oct 30, 2010

An absolute must-have for all Potter fans, this Brian Sibley book is all about the magic of Harry Potter films. Think of it as a Harry Potter making-of extras in all of the HP movie DVDs, except they are in words (instead of in moving pictures) and more in-depth than anything I've ever seen in the DVD extras. I can't comment on it chapter by chapter; there are simply too many goodness inside this book. But suffice to say the book will appeal to those fans who are looking for collectible items An absolute must-have for all Potter fans, this Brian Sibley book is all about the magic of Harry Potter films. Think of it as a Harry Potter making-of extras in all of the HP movie DVDs, except they are in words (instead of in moving pictures) and more in-depth than anything I've ever seen in the DVD extras. I can't comment on it chapter by chapter; there are simply too many goodness inside this book. But suffice to say the book will appeal to those fans who are looking for collectible items AND fans who want to learn more about filmmaking, Harry Potter style.

The author of this book, Brian Sibley, is the same one who made the Lord of The Rings movie companion books. Sibley is no stranger to compiling materials from movies to create a profound source of information on these epic movie series. You can bet on Sibley's thoroughness in collecting the materials. But the biggest kudos go to the publishers (and Warner Bros., I suppose), for the exclusive package this book comes in - it is hard cover, filled with 'interactive' pop-ups (Yule Ball invitations, Borgin & Burke leaflet, etc.), and an elegant Potter-esque design. Definitely worth the money you pay for it. ...more
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Oct 27, 2012

This is easily one of my favorite Potter based books. It's wonderful to get a glimpse behind the actual making of the movies; and it's brilliant how much is actually shared - including replicas of popular props used in the movies. That's an amazing feature of the book.
I like how the layout of the book actually is. Essentially, it's a scrapbook of everything that the movies have featured over the decade. It's a wonderful thing; and it's one of those books that will live on and we will look back This is easily one of my favorite Potter based books. It's wonderful to get a glimpse behind the actual making of the movies; and it's brilliant how much is actually shared - including replicas of popular props used in the movies. That's an amazing feature of the book.
I like how the layout of the book actually is. Essentially, it's a scrapbook of everything that the movies have featured over the decade. It's a wonderful thing; and it's one of those books that will live on and we will look back at.
It's an absolutely amazing book, and completely worth the purchase.

It is completely and utterly magical. That's the easiest way to sum it up. If you haven't checked this out already; do so! ...more
5

Sep 17, 2011

It's every potterhead's dream to find something as cool as this, yes it may be expensive but I don't at all regret my decision of buying this. There are pretty little things stuck inside and very interesting facts to learn about the films/books there's a Hogwarts acceptance letter in there, a Yule ball invitation, and the Marauders map! I'm such a nerd so it's great for me to have little Harry Potter things that rarely anyone else has :3
5

Apr 05, 2017

I bought this book about a month ago and it's so stunning i could cry. The removable props are basically what harry potter fans need. It's worth the price, im so in love.
3

June 10, 2017

Good but....,
The book was as described but the hard cover has an indentation. I am not sure if the book was used or new, my daughter was disappointed with the condition of the cover
4

April 25, 2014

Great Gift
I bought this book as a gift for my sister-in-law. She loved it and said it met all of her expectations. It's a good choice for any Harry Potter lover.

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