Friday, April 1, 2011

Book Review: Harry Potter: Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley

Harry Potter Film WizardryISBN:  0061997811 (ISBN13: 9780061997815)
Release date:  November 1st, 2010
Publisher: Collins Design
Read from January 21st to March 26th, 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads:
On November 19th, the opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 will cause crowd scenes at movie theatres all over America. This large-scale, fully-endorsed book is the first to delve into this singularly successful film festival. Harry Potter Film Wizardry contains illuminating interviews with key cast members, producers, and directors; and high-quality behind-the-scenes illustrations of the settings and devices that make the movies come alive. Designed to resemble an antique spell book, this deluxe coffee-table hardcover casts its own magic.

I heard really great things about this book from other Harry Potter fans when it came out, and I was incredibly excited to finally get it.  It didn't disappoint.  If you're a Harry Potter fan, you absolutely have to buy this book.  Seriously.

It's divided up into sections by movie, and their's a production designer's notebook and producer's diary for each movie that actual people who worked on the movies (Stuart Craig and David Heyman respectively) talk about making the movies.  There are also lots of quotes from other members of the cast and crew.  It gives a lot of information about how the films where made.  Even if you're not a Harry Potter fan, this would be a great book if you're interested in film making.

It also comes with a lot of cool stuff inside the book.  You get a copy of Harry's Hogwarts letter, Umbridge's educational decrees, (my personal favorite) a Maurader's map, and more.  (I may have damaged one of my friend's hearing after screaming in their ear after seeing the Maurader's map for the first time.  I had a huge fan girl moment.)  I may make a video showing all of the awesome stuff in this book.

It's not something that I sat down and read all the way through.  (You can see at the beginning of the post that it took me about two months to get through the whole book.)  I liked picking it up every so often and reading bits at a time.  Even though there are tons of cool pictures and things, there's also a lot of information.  At first I thought it would only take a day or two to read, but I underestimated how much text the book contained.

This book is just amazing, and I'm so happy to own it.  I'll definitely be picking it up every so often just to look at the awesome pictures and read little bits and pieces.  (And, of course, play with the Maurader's map.  I may be a little obsessed with it.)  If you're a Harry Potter fan who doesn't own this book yet, you need to go and get it as soon as possible.

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