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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 compendium features exclusive stories from the cast and crew, hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and concept illustrations sourced from the closed film sets, and rare memorabilia. As the definitive look at the magic that made cinematic history, Page to Screen is the ultimate collectible, perfect for Muggles everywhere.


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  • Hardcover: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 1st edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062101897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062101891
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9.8 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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167 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 26, 2011
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A tome this most certainly is! Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey is a behemoth of a book, and I had not expected it to be this huge (not that I'm complaining). It is an oversized hardcover with an embossed photograph of Hogwarts on the cover. It looks like a magickal volume and in a way it is, for it captures all of the magic of the Harry Potter movies, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone all the way to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two. Any self-avowed fan of the HP stories and movies will treasure this beautiful volume filled with movie lore, and many more.

The first color photograph one comes across as one flips the book open is a full size portrait of Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts (Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in HP films 3-8). His face expresses both concern and puzzlement, and it is almost as if he is there to welcome readers on a journey of knowledge and discovery which is what this book ultimately rewards the reader with. Flip to the next page, and one's attention is captured by a double-page (full spread) painting of Hogwarts, majestic in all its splendor, though details are rather fuzzy. There is also a fold-out spread of the main cast in movies 1-8 - the actors portraying Dumbledore, Hagrid, Hermione, Harry, Ron, Snape, Lucius Malfoy, Prof McGonagall, Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley, the twins Fred and George, the Dark Lord, and many more.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 13, 2011
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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 seven Harry Potter titles. The second is "The Art of Harry Potter" and that covers the characters, locations, creatures and artifacts. The third is the epilogue. It took me several days to finish reading.

I want to make special mention on the layout of the content which is beautiful and thoughtful. All the stunning photos and art are published at high resolution. On some pages, there are illustrations or patterns printed on a thin gloss that gives the page a slight shine as you flip over. The text is set on light cream coloured paper. There's an illustrated drop cap that starts every chapter, and every section in the chapter ends with a nice symbol. Even the choice of typography used is excellent.

The first part featuring the film production stories are a joy to read. It starts right at the beginning, from getting the copyright to make the films, to casting and filming right to the last day. There are lots of interesting details to read about, such as interactions between the actors and film crew, how the stage and props are made and the challenges and considerations of filming.

You read about how the children were like deers in the headlight on their first day of filming. There were extensive laughing, constant looking into the camera.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By C. Heiremans on October 27, 2011
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This new addition to my Harry Potter bookshelf is more than worthy of the considerable amount of space I had to clear for it. Page to Screen offers a more narrative and linear look at the making of all eight Potter films than its predecessor, Film Wizardry, with a more encyclopedic tone. That's not to say that this book isn't beautiful to look at; every single page features concept art, stills, or production photos, greatly enhancing the prose. Overall though, the pages are much more geometrically oriented, with text and pictures appearing in blocks, rather than the scrapbook style of Film Wizardry (and both are fantastic!)

The book is organized into two sections and almost feels like two books in one. Part one is a narrative of the making of each film, and part two highlights the people (and creatures), places, and things of Harry's world. Part one is more text-heavy and features numerous quotes from people who worked on all aspects of the films. One thing that I particularly appreciated was the (near) equal attention spent on each film. It is clear that every single decision about these films was made with love and care, with artistic considerations rather than monetary ones. Although we definitely learn about some of this in Film Wizardry, there is plenty of new information in this tome that makes it well worth the purchase. Learning more about the process of making these films and all of the thought that went into them helps the reader appreciate the films as more than a movie version of the books.

The second part is much more picture-heavy with "articles" about characters, props, sets, and creatures and resembles an encyclopedia.
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