Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Harry Potter: Film Wizardry” as Want to Read:
Harry Potter: Film Wizardry
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Harry Potter: Film Wizardry

4.47 of 5 stars 4.47  ·  rating details  ·  36,481 ratings  ·  423 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Harry Potter, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Harry Potter

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Mohammed Arabey
One of My Harry Potter Treasure Books
*************************************

description
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.
descriptiondescription
And for me as a Harry Potter big fan , and a collector ,My biggest surprise was the AMAZING g
...more
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 sneak at at Deathly Ha
...more
Joost
Het boek over de films! Lees hier mijn recensie (met foto's van de inhoud) hier:
http://nerdygeekyfanboy.com/recensie/...
Aditi
Aug 09, 2012 Aditi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All the muggles everywhere (And the occasional witch or wizard)
Shame on you.
That's right. That's what I said.
Shame on you if you call yourself a Harry Potter fan and do not have a newly minted copy of this beautiful tome.
You have been a disappointment to the higher powers of Harryverse.


If I could, I would write this entire review in bold. (Underlined and italicized). But that would look like I'm screaming.
I probably am.

This is a Beautiful book!! It is magical . There I've said it. And displayed what a crazy fan I am.

Okay, cough, now to the salient poi
...more
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 and setting
...more
Beth Sniffs Books
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
...more
Kathryn
Oct 25, 2012 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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
...more
Lisa Vegan
Jan 09, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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 . . . .
...more
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
...more
Radwa
كتاب رائع لأى شخص معجب بهارى بوتر ,,
هناك وراء الكواليس لكل الآفلام , صور رائعة و معلومات كثيرة جدا لم تعرفوها عن الافلام
Hannah
Jan 05, 2012 Hannah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Harry Potter Geek Fans Everywhere!
Recommended to Hannah by: Kathryn
Shelves: 2011-reads, favorites
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
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: Fleur's dou
...more
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 AN ...more
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
...more
Hanne
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.
Rebecca McNutt
In grade seven I went through a Harry Potter phase (obsession). At the same time, I didn't have any money, I was in grade seven and spending most of my cash on candy and movies, and the local bookstores on the crudtastic army base didn't have this one so it took me 'till now to order it and read it.

Was it worth it? Hell, no! This book is stuffed with more filler than a Thanksgiving turkey! The writing was silly and played out more like advertising and promotional material. Much of the book was p
...more
Eryn
First read Dec 29-31, 2012
Second time Sept 2013
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
...more
Brittany
Jan 12, 2011 Brittany rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
...more
J.W. Patten
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 books...so 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
...more
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 ...more
Julie
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
Savannah
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
Rachel
Ganz nett, aber wirklich brauchen tut man es nur als Hardcore-Fan.
Rebecca
This book is packed full of details about how the films were made and all the processes they went through. It shows the journey and growth of Daniel, Emma and Rupert throughout the films and how they faced the acting challenges. But best of all it gives you free pull outs including a mini Marauder's Map, a programme for the Quidich World Cup and a Potions book. This book is packed full of sketches, freebies and all the knowledge you would want to know about the films. It's a must-have for every ...more
AHMED ADEL SALAMA
Any HP fanatic will LOVE it!
these movies were not easy to make. a lot of creativity & passion went on to it..

Also a little bit of magic!

JK
This was wonderful; I really, really enjoyed it.

I am by all means a fan of the Harry Potter books before the films, but I have always been very impressed by how the films have taken shape and evolved over the years. I think they do a good job of representing the wizarding world in a visual form. This book gives an amazing insight into how this is achieved, and some of these ways and means are absolutely incredible.

The photographs, storyboards, and concept art that were printed in the book were b
...more
Rachael Hewison
I found this book in the gift shop when visiting the Harry Potter Warner Bros studio. I'd found myself a little disappointed by the studio as there wasn't many comments from the actors themselves or stories on how costumes or sets were designed and planned. This book filled out what was missing.
It's layout was perfect; it was colourful, packed with photos and ordered in a simple but effective way, following chronologically through the films but with relevant additional pages. If I could critique
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
IIT Bombay Reader...: The best Harry Potter book and why 7 48 Aug 30, 2012 09:18AM  
Books + Movies + ...: FILM FEST spring/ summer 2012 15 13 May 31, 2012 12:51AM  
  • Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey
  • Dear Mr. Potter: Letters of Love, Loss, and Magic
  • The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasury of Myths, Legends, and Fascinating Facts
  • An Unofficial Muggle's Guide to the Wizarding World: Exploring the Harry Potter Universe
  • Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter: Analysis of Books 1-4
  • MuggleNet.com's What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Falls in Love and How Will the Adventure Finally End?
  • Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures
  • Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon
  • Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book: Based on the Film Phenomenon
  • Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter
  • Harry Potter and History
  • Muggles and Magic: J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon
  • Mugglenet.com's Harry Potter Should Have Died: Controversial Views from the #1 Fan Site
  • Harry Potter Schoolbooks Box Set: Two Classic Books from the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • Mapping the World of Harry Potter: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Explore the Bestselling Series of All Time
  • The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter
  • The End of Harry Potter?
  • The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike
4941
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
...more
More about Brian Sibley...
The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Official Movie Guide Through the Shadowlands: The Love Story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman

Share This Book