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Harry Potter: Film Wizardry 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. Brian Sibley is the author of other bestselling behind-the-screen books, like The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy andlike Harry Potter: Film Wizardry 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. Brian Sibley is the author of other bestselling behind-the-screen books, like The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy and The Land of Narnia. The book includes Producer's Diaries from the Harry Potter films' executive producer David Heyman.


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Harry Potter: Film Wizardry 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. Brian Sibley is the author of other bestselling behind-the-screen books, like The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy andlike Harry Potter: Film Wizardry 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. Brian Sibley is the author of other bestselling behind-the-screen books, like The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy and The Land of Narnia. The book includes Producer's Diaries from the Harry Potter films' executive producer David Heyman.

30 review for Harry Potter: Film Wizardry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    One of My Harry Potter Treasure Books ********************************* 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. One of My Harry Potter Treasure Books ********************************* 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

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    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 potterhead/>-Emma 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. Find more of my books on Instagram

  3. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (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 sne (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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rose Heartfilia

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aparajitabasu

    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 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    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: 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. More of Purplycookie’s Reviews @: http://www.goodreads.com/purplycookie Book Details: Title Harry Potter Film Wizardry Author Brian Sibley Reviewed By Purplycookie

  8. 5 out of 5

    Reading Teen

    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 a 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 http://www.readingteen.net/2010/12/bo...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eline

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Finnegan

    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 skeptica 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!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    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 throughto 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    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 f 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    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!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    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

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tiastika Mauliza

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    La La

    Very nice, with tons of photos, drawings, and paper replica inserts. I bought another copy used, so I could take the replicas out and use them for Bookstagram photo props!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jonna Kristina

    a more compromised version of Harry Potter Page to Screen but with some new information. the book being designed my MinaLima and the extra paper props like the marauders map and the yule ball program included made it a simply delightful read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christine Spoors

    This book gives such a wonderful insight into how the Harry Potter films were made. It was great to read comments from the producers, directors and actors about their experiences filming the series. It really made me appreciate how much work went into the films, especially with props and the sets. All of the concept art we get to see in the book is absolutely gorgeous, if it was available to buy I definitely would! The best thing about this book is all the the removable props you get, I am so ha This book gives such a wonderful insight into how the Harry Potter films were made. It was great to read comments from the producers, directors and actors about their experiences filming the series. It really made me appreciate how much work went into the films, especially with props and the sets. All of the concept art we get to see in the book is absolutely gorgeous, if it was available to buy I definitely would! The best thing about this book is all the the removable props you get, I am so happy to have my own Marauder's Map!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    OwlBeReading

    I kind of glossed over this one and mainly looked at the pictures because I already know all of the information. This was just a way for me to ease out of the Potter universe. Overall the formatting is great, writing spectacular, and incredibly informative. I'm going to use this as a model for my yearbook spreads! Anyway happy reading.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cherry Wallis

    One of my very favourite books which talks about the magic and film wizardry that went into the making of harry potter, and talks about the characters in depth... ..and don't get me started on how many pull-outs and fun things are crammed inside. Perfect for any lover of the wizarding world.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This book was pretty cool, with all the details to the building of the sets and the characters. Also I enjoyed the notes from the producers and actors in it. It is a really great book with a lot of information in it, I recommend it to every Harry Potter fan.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    Couldn't give this any less than 5 stars. It's interesting but not too long, with awesome images, funny anecdotes and amazing removable extras. Can only recommend it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I don't know if I've ever been so tempted to just keep a library book forever.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Barrera

    I really enjoyed reading this book and reading how the films came to life. I love behind the scenes stuff as it shows the incredible amount of work that goes into a film or films. I loved the actors' POV's of their characters and their take on bringing their characters to life. I also enjoyed the little additives such as the map, stickers, candy box replicas and much more placed throughout the book. This is definitely a must have for all who love the books and films.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    How I Came To Read This Book: I think I spotted it at Costco and browsed through it at Chapters and was completely sold on it, at least enough to put it on my Xmas list, where I received it from my mom and dad. The Plot: It's essentially a scrapbook of the seven released Harry Potter films (plus a brief preview of the 8th). Jam-packed with notes from the actors, producers, directors, and crew members, it tells the story of how things came to be in the Potter world. It also features lo How I Came To Read This Book: I think I spotted it at Costco and browsed through it at Chapters and was completely sold on it, at least enough to put it on my Xmas list, where I received it from my mom and dad. The Plot: It's essentially a scrapbook of the seven released Harry Potter films (plus a brief preview of the 8th). Jam-packed with notes from the actors, producers, directors, and crew members, it tells the story of how things came to be in the Potter world. It also features loads of exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, and a bunch of super neat replicas of items from the film - like your very own Marauders Map, Yule Ball invite, and Weasley Wizarding Wheezes catalogue. The Good & The Bad: I actually loved this book, and it *should* be getting five stars, however about a week before I started reading it, I happened upon three documentaries about the films on A&E. I was inspired to watch them b/c my dad is currently reading the books and it made me miss them. Anyway, MUCH of the content from the documentaries is reiterated in this book, word-for-word, as in, not all of the content is original - much of it was lifted from interviews that exist elsewhere. That being said, the vast majority of people probably wouldn't have realized this is the case, and more to the point, wouldn't care. For every piece of repeated info (particularly with the earliest film, because it had a documentary of its own), there were three things I didn't know, and was completely in awe of. There were two things I mainly took away from reading this. Number one, I was astonished at how much of the effects are actually done manually. Whether something as simple as the wedding tent in the last film actually being real, or that they built a replica version of Buckbeak the Hippogriff that the kids interacted with on the third movie, I was sincerely taken aback by the level of craftmanship, creativity, and dedication to making these films as incredible as they are - whether or not the viewer actually realizes it. Case in point, the section on Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) and how they have to double everything for size shots was bewildering. The second thing is the book really gave me an appreciation for the strength of the cast, and the people behind the films, as a production unit. In particular, seeing the three young stars on the call sheets and imagining how things evolved over the years where they actually knew what to expect on a film set...it was pretty impressive that they made it through this decade-long film experience and missed out on so much of their youth, although I'll bet a few galleons many kids out there would happily trade places. Truth be told, the book is a great companion piece to the movies, AND to the documentaries I watched (which I believe are currently packaged with new special 'Ultimate Edition' rereleases of the first few films). I *almost* wish they'd released it after the eighth film so it could receive the same attention as the other movies (another reason for the 4 stars, as I predict a rerelease) but it also got me super buzzed leading up that film's debut this summer. It's actually a great souvenir of this fantastical series, especially since it's designed & laid out by members of the HP crew. The Bottom Line: The most engaging behind-the-scenes 'documentary' you'll ever get your hands on. Anything Memorable?: just the weird coincidence that I watched those docs at the exact same time as I started the book pretty much. 50-Book Challenge?: Book #3 in 2011.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    Immerse yourself in the spellbinding wizarding world of Harry Potter; with the film phenomenon’s captured on the page! This definitive companion to the series of eight Harry Potter films contains behind-the-scenes magic and exclusive content, which will delight and amaze any fan. One can learn why the Yule Ball ice sculptures never melt, and where Galleons, Sickles and Knuts are ‘minted’ alongside the inspiration behind Hogwarts Castle and the deadly Dementors. This hardback volume is written an Immerse yourself in the spellbinding wizarding world of Harry Potter; with the film phenomenon’s captured on the page! This definitive companion to the series of eight Harry Potter films contains behind-the-scenes magic and exclusive content, which will delight and amaze any fan. One can learn why the Yule Ball ice sculptures never melt, and where Galleons, Sickles and Knuts are ‘minted’ alongside the inspiration behind Hogwarts Castle and the deadly Dementors. This hardback volume is written and designed in collaboration with the cast and crew, who brought JK Rowling’s fantasy world vividly to life on the big screen; by delivering an enchanting interactive experience for readers. I was instantly transported into Harry’s world wherein I uncovered exciting film-making secrets and discovered unpublished photographs and stunning artwork. This book also includes amazing props from the film set that are removable, facsimile reproductions such as; * Yule Ball Invitation * A fold-out Marauders Map! * Borgin and Burke’s pamphlet * Quidditch World Cup guide and my favorite of all… * Your Hogwarts acceptance letter…which one receives at aged 11 This collectable volume offers a privileged look at the Harry Potter films and the talented group of muggles that made movie magic. I highly recommend this book to all who are as obsessed as I am with the Harry Potter creation, as it is definitely worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY for the amount of detailed content is mind-blowing! Not only is the cover and binding absolutely beautiful, but inside is a treasure trove of EVERYTHING you could possibly think of within all the films. Perfectly balancing high-quality images and props with written information, this book is jam-packed with fascinating facts and is visually dazzling. With forwords by Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint this is a personal perspective and insight into those who worked on the films – from costumes to props, sets and the characters themselves. My favorite pages include – * Diagon Alley (pages 26-27) with fold-out map of shops including Apothecaries, Gringots bank and Olivanders wand maker. * Quidditch (Pages 48-51) including game rules, broomsticks and uniforms. This is a must-have book for any fan, which is truly overwhelming and any Witch or Wizard’s dream…

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren (LaurenHannah.net)

    Check out the full review (with pictures!) here: http://laurenreadsya.tumblr.com/post/... This book. THIS BOOK. It's seriously one of the best things I own. It made me feel ALL THE THINGS. It's basically like a giant scrapbook full of information & photographs about the films & characters, thoughts from actors, directors & designers, behind-the-scenes, concept art, sets, and (paper) props scattered throughout the book. You might think that this is one of those books with a lot of pictures and almost no text, but that' Check out the full review (with pictures!) here: http://laurenreadsya.tumblr.com/post/... This book. THIS BOOK. It's seriously one of the best things I own. It made me feel ALL THE THINGS. It's basically like a giant scrapbook full of information & photographs about the films & characters, thoughts from actors, directors & designers, behind-the-scenes, concept art, sets, and (paper) props scattered throughout the book. You might think that this is one of those books with a lot of pictures and almost no text, but that's not the case with this one! There is actually a lot of information, more than I expected. The font is pretty small as well, so a lot of text fits on each page. Also, the book smells a bit weird, but I kind of like it. I'm going to have to give this book 4 out of 5 stars instead of 5 out of 5, unfortunately. Because it was published in 2010, it doesn't have much on the Deathly Hallows films, which is disappointing. Though it's a really smart way to make us all buy the sequel, Harry Potter Page to Screen, which I'm definitely going to do once I grow a money tree, because that one is even more expensive than the first one. It's a book of amazing quality, and it's pretty expensive, but it's totally worth the money. Harry Potter Film Wizardry is a must-have for all Harry Potter fans.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brodie

    I loved this book! The design and layout alone was fantastic - the designers did an amazing job on every page. It's the kind of book that you could continually flip back through if only just to admire the art. This is an absolute must for Harry Potter fans - funny anecdotes, comprehensive details about the design and structure and casting process for each film. Seriously, I have gained such a new appreciation for the films from reading this. You don't realise just how much work goes into every d I loved this book! The design and layout alone was fantastic - the designers did an amazing job on every page. It's the kind of book that you could continually flip back through if only just to admire the art. This is an absolute must for Harry Potter fans - funny anecdotes, comprehensive details about the design and structure and casting process for each film. Seriously, I have gained such a new appreciation for the films from reading this. You don't realise just how much work goes into every detail. Plus there's a bunch of pull outs like the Marauders Map (I confess I tapped it and said "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good" hehe), Harry's Hogwarts acceptance letter, Umbridge's order of declarations, stickers, booklets, etc. Such fun! Every page was a joy to pore over - it's a beautifully designed book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)

    This is a wonderful large hardcover compendium of the hard work of the crew and cast of Muggles that brought Rowling's famed Potter novels to life, "Harry Potter: Film Wizardry" transports lowly Muggle readers magically to the behind the scenes secrets of wizarding movie magic. Investigative Muggles discover secrets, unpublished pictures, props, sketches, artwork, and exclusive stories from the major stars. I really got a major kick out of the interactive ephemera: removable reproductions like l This is a wonderful large hardcover compendium of the hard work of the crew and cast of Muggles that brought Rowling's famed Potter novels to life, "Harry Potter: Film Wizardry" transports lowly Muggle readers magically to the behind the scenes secrets of wizarding movie magic. Investigative Muggles discover secrets, unpublished pictures, props, sketches, artwork, and exclusive stories from the major stars. I really got a major kick out of the interactive ephemera: removable reproductions like labels, stickers, and playbills. It makes the book's journey more enchantingly real, part of its magical allure and spell. A top shelf collectible tome; a gem in every hard studying self respecting Muggle library...!

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