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Harry Potter: Film Wizardry

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Immerse yourself in the world of the spectacular Harry Potter film series, and 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. Written and designed in collation with the cast and crew that brough ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Harper Design (first published 2010)
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Mohammed Arabey
Oct 09, 2013 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing
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 g
Dec 05, 2012 Parka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book

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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 Ha
Het boek over de films! Lees hier mijn recensie (met foto's van de inhoud) hier:
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 setting
Oct 25, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kathryn by: Angie and Lisa
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.
Harry Potter Film Wizardry is most definitely a stunning book. And in the hands of the right person, it would make for a very enthralling fan-girl or fan-boy behind-the-scenes movie experience.

However for me, I LOVE the Harry Potter books so much more than the movies -- the books just capture and convey so much EVERYTHING in a way that the movies can't. I don't know who David Thewlis is (ha ha) but Professor Lupin sums up my sentiments exactly:
"A huge fan of the Harry Potter books, David [Thewli
Dec 19, 2015 Susi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Visuaalisesti erittäin kaunis kirja. Maistui toisellakin lukukerralla yhtä hyvälle, ja kaikki extrasälä (kuten kelmien kartta) saa hihkumaan edelleen innosta.
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 actor w
Lisa Vegan
Jan 09, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all fans of the Harry Potter films who like behind the scenes information
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 ...more
Amy Finnegan
Sep 17, 2013 Amy Finnegan rated it it was amazing
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 . . . .
Mar 28, 2016 newt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
May 01, 2012 Radwa rated it it was amazing
كتاب رائع لأى شخص معجب بهارى بوتر ,,
هناك وراء الكواليس لكل الآفلام , صور رائعة و معلومات كثيرة جدا لم تعرفوها عن الافلام
Jan 05, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Harry Potter Geek Fans Everywhere!
Recommended to Hannah by: Kathryn
Shelves: favorites, 2011-reads
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 ...more
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 dou
Oct 30, 2010 Mackenzie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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 ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Hanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was an amazing read, it gives you a breif roundup of how everything was done.
You see pictures how the actors grow up on every movie.
The productions crew, some of them have taken something from the movies, and reteinde it. Cool.
Christine (weereader)
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
Jorge Rosas
Dec 31, 2015 Jorge Rosas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book based on a series of films based in a series of books; well for such a task this book was excellent! Basically it’s the history of how the films were made and the interactions between J.K. the fandom and the film makers. Yet, it uncovers so many Easter eggs and fascinating data, also explains why there are some minor and mayor differences between books and movies. The mayor influence of the geniuses in the creative department, the actors and producers, it’s all in here! And the extras! Wo ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
First read Dec 29-31, 2012
Second time Sept 2013
Lauren (Lauren Reads YA)
Check out the full review (with pictures!) here:

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 pi
Mar 28, 2013 Lucinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harry-potter
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
Jan 12, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans!
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 exclu
J.W. Patten
Aug 20, 2013 J.W. Patten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An earlier review I wrote mentioned the idea of what could possibly be said that hasn't been said already about the books of Harry Potter.
And a picture's worth a thousand words...right?
Which brings us to the movies of Harry Potter.
I was a huge fan of the naturally, I became a huge fan of the movies.
The debate to this day still rages on...what's better: the books or the movies?
The answer is both, and for different reasons.
In the books you get J.K. Rowling's vision for her magical world
Mar 10, 2011 Brodie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
Mar 12, 2016 Puck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Echt een must-have voor Harry Potter fans!

Ik kocht dit boek in combinatie met het Page to Screen boek en de HP boeken van Jody Revenson, maar dit is echt mijn favoriete boek qua uitwerking! Alle pagina's zijn even mooi en gedetailleerd!

Daarnaast zitten er veel extra's bij zoals o.a. een Yule Ball uitnodiging, Honeydukes doosjes, Potions stickers en de Marauders map!
I found this book in the bookstore, all wrapped up, and when I saw it, I knew I had to have this. This book is absolute must-have for all the potterheads. There is everything about the characters, actors, directors, places, Leavesden studios...You can read about how the Dursleys's furniture was picked. You open the letter which Harry got. You see how the Yule Ball was made. There is Maradeurs's map! Posters, invitations, stickers...From the first film to the the Deathly Hallows pt 1. Almost ever ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Savannah rated it it was amazing
This book is great for all harry potter fans! Its 140 pages long and includes things from all 8 movies. Yes, even DH part 2! It is really in depth, I never knew how much thought they put into making the movie! I am not done yet but it is not a story, but an in depth look at the making of all the movies. Things are included with the book-such as the Maraders Map, and harrys letter to hogwarts, and a yule ball invitation-So far my favorites parts are the Yule Ball and the Wedding. I LOVE THE WEDDI ...more
Marina Crespo
Jan 23, 2016 Marina Crespo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es genial, con mucha información y contenido. ¡¡Se lo recomiendo a cualquier fan de la saga!!
Dec 22, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Had it for years but didn't want to open the plastic finally decided it was time. It was worth it!
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Brian Sibley is an English author who has written over 100 hours of radio drama and has written and presented hundreds of radio documentaries, features and weekly programmes.

In 1981, he co-wrote BBC Radio 4's adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings with Michael Bakewell, and has also adapted C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast for Radio 4, for which he rec
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