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Harry Potter: The Creature Vault: The Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films Hardcover – October 28, 2014

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“It’s the kind of trivia only a true fan would know, and since it comes packaged in beautiful purple binding, it’s sure to make other muggles quake with envy.” (MoviePilot.com)

“If you are a fan of the films, and are looking for more details, insider information, and sketches galore, then this is the book for you and...a must have.” (Mugglenet.com)

“...it’s fun to see the way various creatures evolved before the final image.” (Geekdad.com)

“...this coffee-table tome is a comprehensive and delightful look at the memorable creatures that populate the magical world... A true collector’s edition...” (Examiner.com)

“...Revenson is one of the few—outside of perhaps Rowling herself—who is paid to know every twist, turn, first appearance, second appearance, elbow shape and snout color for every beast that has ever appeared in the Harry Potter movie series.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“...[the] book collects some of the most breathtaking concept art we’ve seen in ages of dragons and other magnificent creatures, from the Harry Potter movies.” (io9.com)

“Harry Potter: The Creature Vault is a fascinating look at how this menagerie was brought to life for the blockbuster Harry Potter film series.” (Hypable.com)

“VERDICT Visually stimulating and comprehensive, this volume is a much welcome addition to the Potter collection.” (Library Journal)

“The original Harry Potter creature concept art is utterly breathtaking. (Buzzfeed)

“The original Harry Potter sketches are all kinds of creepy, fuzzy and awesome.” (Hello Giggles)

“...a magical new coffee table book” (The Telegraph)

“...Harper Collins...released a new book featuring the astounding original concept art for many of the creepy-crawly (and cute and fluffy) creatures from the books.” (PopSugar)

“...features the gory, monstrous characters of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world like you’ve never seen them before.” (Seventeen.com)

“...gives readers a peek at how artists brought those creatures to the screen.” (Mashable)

About the Author

JODY REVENSONhas written extensively about the Harry Potter films and is the author of six books in theHarry Potter: Page to Screen Limited Edition, including Wizard Wear and Muggle Attire, Movie Magic, and Ten Years Later: Life On Set with the Harry Potter Cast and Crew. She has also written books about Jack Sparrow, the Disney theme parks, Dick Grayson, and Bugs Bunny. She lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Har/Pstr edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062374230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062374233
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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As a Harry Potter fan, I have quite a few companion books. The largest in my collection is Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey. Right after I bought Page to Screen, I discovered there was a collector's edition that included several other books. I did not get the collector's edition since I already have the main book, but I've always longed to see those additional books.

Harry Potter: The Creature Vault is actually the expanded version of the The Creature Shop Compendium book that is part of Harry Potter Page to Screen Collector's Edition.

This new edition has a makeover and now sports a purple coloured embossed cover. The page count has increased to 208. It's a beautiful looking compendium.

This book looks at all the creatures and magical plants that have appeared in the movie series. It's packed with creature designs, concept art, film stills and photos from behind the scenes which shows how the crew build the animatronics, maquettes, sculptures and life-size models such as the Basilisk or the dragons.

Concept art for the creatures comes in the form of sketches, watercolours and digital paintings. Bulk of the book consists the artworks with accompanying text. A few pictures were reused from Page to Screen but not a big issue.

Below's the list of chapters that group the creatures according to their type:

1. Forest Dwellers - Centaur, Unicorn, Acromantula, Hippogriff, Thestral
2. Lake Dwellers - Merperson, Grindylow
3. Sky Dwellers - Dragon, Cornish Pixie
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The 'Harry Potter: The Creature Vault'; 'The Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films' by Insight Editions and published by Harper Design clocks in at 208 pages. This purple, slightly embossed book (no ribbon) is a wonderful addition to your 'Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey Collector's Edition' collection and is quite reminiscent to the look and feel of 'A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department' (minus the orange). This thoroughly expanded book contains a new introduction, fully fledged descriptions, two to four times the amount of pictures per creature/plant, and what makes this special is that a majority of the pictures are new to this volume ... so minus the concept and organization, it is entirely new. As a bonus, the book comes with a small Eeylops Owl Emporium pamphlet and a pull-out Bestiary Poster of 16 creatures.

Intro (pg9)
Chapter I Forest Dwellers (pg13)
Chapter II Lake Dwellers (pg45)
Chapter III Sky Dwellers (pg59)
Chapter IV Trespassers (pg87)
Chapter V Shape-Shifters (pg101)
Chapter VI The Working World (pg119)
Chapter VII Dark Forces (pg141)
Chapter VIII Companions (pg163)
Chapter IX The Greenhouse (pg189)

In comparison, 'The Creature Shop Compendium'; 'Flora and Fauna from the Harry Potter Films' by Insight Editions and published by Amazon Publishing found in the 'Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey Collector's Edition' clocks in at only 128 pages. The green embossed, faux-leather book (with ribbon) has beautiful bounding, and although the page count, descriptions and images are far less for this edition, it does come with completely different pictures.
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I could not believe how excellent this book is. The pictures look like they are photographs from the film, but they are ACTUAL CONCEPT ART and sketches and paintings done by the individuals who designed and created all of the creatures in the films. Every single sketch, picture, and painting includes a detailed annotation of what the drawing is, who created it, and its purpose. It is absolutely incredible. I don't know how Revenson obtained access to all of these treasures, but I'm so thrilled that she created this book to share with us. The Creature Vault reads like a delightful textbook one might find at Hogwarts, and it's written incredibly well with a nod to Rowling's smooth flow of syntax and her wit.
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Recommended for Harry Potter Fans and Creature & Concept Design Fans.

This book is an Expanded reprinting of The Creature Vault book previously only available in the limited edition and tre expensive book set; Page to Screen Collectors Edition.

Embossed paper boards with a design meant to simulate fabric covered cover boards, accented with metallic gold - Emulating the previous limited edition. Very nicely done.

A few images are revisits from the Page to Screen tome, 90 percent of the images are exclusive to this volume.

Many many images through out, Full page, half page, quarter page and all.

Very complete use of the page layouts as every creature in the Potter universe is explored and given its fair share of page time; With the majority given multiple pages of insightful text and development art, both two dimensional and sculpted work.

All artwork is given it's proper attribution to the artist behind the work is most cases (WETA books does the best at resolving this, giving each artwork shown the initials of the artist and a decoder key).

The chapters break down as:

-Intro
-Forest Dwellers
-Lake Dwellers
-Sky Dwellers
-Trespassers
-Shape Shifters
-The Working World
-Dark Forces
-Companions
-The Greenhouse

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