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Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey

4.53 of 5 stars 4.53  ·  rating details  ·  18,696 ratings  ·  280 reviews
"Harry Potter: Page to Screen" opens the doors to Hogwarts castle and the wizarding world of Harry Potter to reveal the complete behind-the-scenes secrets, techniques, and over-the-top artistry that brought J.K. Rowling's acclaimed novels to cinematic life. Developed in collaboration with the creative team behind the celebrated movie series, this deluxe, 500-plus page comp ...more
Hardcover, 531 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Harper Design (first published January 1st 2011)
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Parka
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey
(More pictures on my blog)

This book exceeded all my expectations, and it certainly befits the Harry Potter film saga.

This is a large format 532-page hardcover. It's so huge and hefty so you can't really hold it for reading without resting it on something, like your lap. The cover is beautifully designed with an embossed title and a window looking at Hogwarts.

There are three parts to the book. The first is "The Making of Harry Potter" and covers the complete film making process of all the seve
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Mackenzie
Nov 21, 2011 Mackenzie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
Shelves: non-fiction
Just how much information is too much information? This is something each fan of the Harry Potter movies need to ask themselves before buying the book. Harry Potter Page To Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey is a book that promises to do exactly like the title says. It gives the complete story of the filmmaking process of the Harry Potter movie franchise. Do some people, who've probably closed the chapter to that part of their life when the last movie came out last July, actually want to kn ...more
Melissa
This gargantuan tome details every stage of the process that transformed the J.K. Rowling books into the Warner Bros. movies. When the movies originally came out, I was seriously disappointed with the obvious discrepancies from movie to movie as well as some of the missing plot (as almost every fan of the books was, I suppose). This book gave me a look at the decision making process that the producers, directors, and most importantly the screenplay writer followed, and allowed for a better under ...more
Katie
At first, I was in love with this book. I am a big fan of the books and then the movies, and I always wondered how they adapted those wonderful books for the big screen. There is just so much information in this book, and it is presented artistically through pictures as well as words. When I finished it, I felt like I knew so much more than I could have ever asked for. However, after a while, I realized that something was missing. The book discussed the changing directors and how they brought th ...more
Melissa
This book was beautiful. I loved everything I learned and I enjoyed reading about all the work they put into these movies. So much work that they put into it and to think some of the details were't even noticed in the films. Like the details that they put into the broomsticks and the smaller details of the set. It is very inspiring, especially to me because I'm a filmmaker. Makes me want to work harder and be more dedicated to my work. I know it was a big book, but honestly I felt it could have ...more
Caitlin
An amazing Christmas gift... no way is this amazing volume going to be merely a coffee table book. I plan to read it cover-to-cover and soak up every amazing little detail that went into making this series.

It's fun to see which anecdotes I remember from magazine articles over the years, and which details are entirely new...

FUN TIDBITS:

This book has kind of made producer David Heyman one of my heroes. Love how he said he first grew interested in working on Harry Potter because he just generally a
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Jennifer
I often begrudge movies the fact that they are not like the book, but it's really like comparing apples and oranges-- though similar, they are inherently different.

It was fascinating to read what each actor thought of their own character-- Fiona Shaw had the most keen insights into her character of Mrs. Dursley that has sparked within me a desire to revisit the early HP novels and pay closer attention to the lesser-focused Dursley dynamic between the matriarch and her nephew (that is often overs
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Megan C
Mar 10, 2012 Megan C rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans, film buffs
Shelves: favorites, media, hp
Wow. Just wow.

As soon as I got this book, I knew I would have to read it cover to cover to really feel complete. I couldn't just skim, I had to know everything! And it was lovely and so rewarding. I knew a lot of stuff, granted, but that's what comes with being so immersed in this universe for so long.

This book really made me appreciate the movies more. I could understand more why they chose to do certain things, appreciate the changes they made. I loved the stories offered by the actors and the
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Heather
The first time I saw this, I flipped out. As someone who's obsessed with all things Harry Potter, I just had to get my hands on this massive book. Reading it was even more fun than I thought it would be. It goes through the entire process of making each movie, from selecting the cast to writing the scripts to bringing the incredible magic to life on screen. It's got the big-picture stuff, like the different directors' and producers' visions, as well as the details, like how they made each magica ...more
Emily
This book was underwelming for me. I've never been a huge fan of the Potter movies(mostly because they leave so much out that I love about the books), but if you're going to spend this kind of money on a book about the films, you're much better off buying the Film Wizardry book that was released last year. At almost half the cost, it has as many amazing photos and actual pullouts and inserts and focuses more on the individual characters and settings, where this book has no extras and focuses mor ...more
Heather
I'll just come out and say it: I freaking love Harry Potter. I loved the books as a child, I went to the cinema to see the movies as an adult and I still revel in anything Potter. Simple and to the point - this is a brilliant book for anyone who loves Harry Potter, especially the movies.

It details the journey of the book being picked up for movies, the casting process and then the recording of each film. It even gives away many of the secrets behind the movies. I lost count of the amount of peo
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Sarah
It's the Harry Potter Bible! The movies are amazing, too. This book is very informative and artistic. The visuals are fabulous and the pages overflow with juicy information.
Dana Cruz
Harry Potter Page To Screen is a narrative from the producer's skepticism (at first) towards Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, to the making of every movie, to the actors, to the settings, to the props, and down to the last day of the filming. There were also a hundred of photos taken from the set. I specifically love all the concept arts. Since the book was a big one, the images were quite big and you can see everything in detail.

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This image of a dragon is as big as my hand.

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Kirsty

What an amazing book! Everything I expected and more.

The book consists of a detailed chapter on each of the films, characters, costumes, locations, sets, creatures, makeup /digital effects, artifacts and prop making.

It's very well written, and the balance between photos and information is just right. The behind the scenes anecdotes and unknown tidbits, really make this an interesting and enjoyable read. All of the sections were informative, without tipping over into the over detailed, boring a
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Miri
Really, really cool behind-the-scenes information about the production of the Harry Potter movies. I learned so much about the Harry Potter universe, the actors, and the way movies are made. Like the fact that Mafalda Hopkirk was played by Sophie Thompson, the younger sister of Emma Thompson, and Bill Weasley was played by Brendan Gleeson's son Domhnall. And that the prop crew bought sixteen Ford Anglias from around the country to use in filming. That most of the amazing props and sets were real ...more
Brittany
Dec 06, 2011 Brittany rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Harry Potter FILM Fans
How I Came To Read This Book: I believe I first saw it in Entertainment Weekly and thought it'd be a good fit for my blog, so I requested a review copy.

The Plot: This is basically an encyclopaedia to everything on the Harry Potter films. The first half of the book is the 'story' of the eight films (although Deathly Hallows is combined into one chapter), including getting them made in the first place, before the series was the phenomenon it became. Each film is discussed in terms of how the casti
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Missy
This book is so incredibly awesome. The first half goes through detailed steps and behind-the-scenes information about how they made the movies with access from the producers, directors, designers, and the cast. The second half is mostly pictures of the design and artistry of the sets and costumes and everything else. I wish I had bought a magnifying glass for some of the pictures, and I wish I had more time with the book (I borrowed it from the library, but I would love to buy it someday). It r ...more
Emily Hunholz
“Harry Potter: Page to Screen” was really fun to read. It gives a great inside look at how the films were made. I especially enjoyed the beautiful photographs and the funny anecdotes provided by the actors. Here are a few of my favorite tidbits:

- Michael Gambdon (the 2nd, and far worse Dumbledore) never even read the books!!!! No wonder he didn’t have a clue how Dumbledore should act.

- James Phelps (Fred Weasley) worked as a runner on the set of the HP films. Matt Lewis took advantage and always
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Elisha Condie
Oh my goodness - this book is like a giant, fabulous fireworks display. You hardly know where to look and can hardly sit still it's so awesome. As much as I loved that other HP Film Wizardry book, this one is even MORE amazing. It's about 4 times bigger, for one thing.

It has all the details on how the movies were made. The costumes, the sets, the graphic designs (which killed me). It's so much fun to look through this book and see the why and how of the way the Harry Potter movies look.

If y
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Lotta
Ok, I didn't read the WHOLE book yet but every once in a while I pick up the book, get a random page and read for a while. It's a great book!
Michael
Aug 29, 2012 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
Shelves: harry-potter
This gargantuan tome of Potter information was wonderful. There are so many little stories about the actors and their journeys to Potter, the interplay between them and their thoughts on the characters that every Potter fan will be happy to read this book. I really wanted more information but the book could only be so big. There were nice pictures but I wanted to see more behind the scenes photos than there were, but the book as is was amazing. All Potter fans will enjoy this backstage view of d ...more
Kristi
didn't really "read" the whole thing.... but skimmed through and read some of it. This thing is AWESOM! A must have for fans of the HP films. This goes into a lot more depth than any other book on the movies, and I absolutely loved it. I'm so sad to see this whole franchise come to an end.
Brodie
Jul 19, 2011 Brodie marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2011
Full description and cover art added. Wow, this is going to be 100% more indepth than Harry Potter Film Wizardry and I thought that was amazing! I cannot wait to get my hands on this.
Beth F
This book is a fantastic book for all Harry Potter lovers and fans to read. At the start, it has the introduction of Harry Potter and how they found the actors. It is very interesting because you have the thoughts and feelings of the actors too. Then it has the complete making of each individual movie, from 1 – 8, the character profiles, creatures, places and artifacts. It has everything you want to know about behind the scenes, techniques and secrets and I highly recommend this to anyone who is ...more
Aparajitabasu
As I have said before I don't honestly review production design books but making an exception when Harry Potter falls into that category. Presenting my views over Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey by Bob McCabe.

Here is the summary of the book:

Harry Potter: Page to Screen opens the doors to Hogwarts castle and the wizarding world of Harry Potter to reveal the complete behind-the-scenes secrets, techniques, and over-the-top artistry that brought J.K. Rowling’s acclaime
...more
Bianca
This is pretty much Hogwarts a History, but about the films. Fans of the movies and films will enjoy this coffee-table worthy book filled with page after page of quotes from the cast and crew, interspersed with fantastic never-before-seen photos of the production process. I feel like you really don't need to be a film buff to enjoy this. There are interviews with major and minor actors, and some crew members I never even knew existed. The thought and work that went in to creating most every seen ...more
Amanda
Sep 20, 2012 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Potterheads
5 stars.
Potterheads will be drooling over this massive, spellbook size, dictionary-heavy encyclopedia of the Harry Potter films.

First things first, this book is MASSIVE. It's as big as my whole torso and a heavy as (maybe even heavier) than a dictionary. The cover is beautiful though. It's like a window looking to Hogwarts. It looks like a spellbook. My dad didn't expect me to actually read the whole thing. This was mine and my mum's conversation when I picked up the book:
Me: OMG it's so heavy!
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Erin Ashley
This is a book that every avid Harry Potter fan needs to own.

If you love Harry Potter then you probably love the movies aswell and this book gives you all the ins and outs of each movie, the sets, characters, props, funny stories and so much more. It is a massive book, and I mean that in every sense of the word. It is probably the same size as some of the books from the Hogwarts library itself! So it is pretty difficult to read it while lying in bed, word to the wise.

Probably what I liked most a
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Rebecca
I felt like a character in Harry Potter while carrying around this monster of a tome! It offers a highly detailed, fascinating look at the making of the movies, complete with my favorite part: The Art of Harry Potter. My mind boggles at how much concept art, props, set design, and more went into the films; and the paintings, miniatures, and costumes are incredible to see. There are lots of fun "did you know" type of tidbits, including:

--the idea of making the first book into a movie was hatched
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Lois
Amazing, in both content and size. Great stories, tons of information for Potter fans, gorgeous photos and concept drawings. My one complaint (well, besides the fact that you need major muscles to try to hold this book in any way while you're reading it): Where the heck are the main characters' pets, and especially Hedwig, Harry's owl, in all of this? I saw one photo in this whole gigantic book of Harry and Hedwig that mentioned the owl's name beneath it, and that was that. It just seems that in ...more
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