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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; First Edition edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061997811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997815
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Immerse yourself in the world of the spectacular Harry Potter film series. 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 collaboration with the cast and crew that brought J. K. Rowling's celebrated novels to the silver screen, Harry Potter: Film Wizardry delivers an enchanting interactive experience, transporting readers to the wizarding world by sharing filmmaking secrets, unpublished photography and artwork, and exclusive stories from the stars. Full of removable facsimile reproductions of props and paper ephemera from the movies, this collectible volume offers a privileged look at the Harry Potter films and the talented group of Muggles that has made true movie magic.

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The Burrow The Yule Ball
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape The Cave

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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 brought J. K. Rowling's celebrated novels to the silver screen, Harry Potter: Film Wizardry delivers an enchanting interactive experience, transporting readers to the wizarding world by sharing film-making secrets, unpublished photography and artwork, and exclusive stories from the stars. Full of removable facsimile reproductions of props and paper ephemera from the movies, this collectible volume offers a privileged look at the Harry Potter films and the talented group of Muggles that has made true movie magic.


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I have been a professional writer for thirty years and a freelance broadcaster for the BBC in London for almost as long.

My career began as a radio-writer with dramatisations for the BBC which include serialisations of J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", C. S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" and Mervyn Peake's "Titus Groan" and "Gormenghast" for which I won a coveted Sony Radio Award. I have also made radio programmes on a wide variety of topics from the history of magic to the crimes of Jack the Ripper! Series of note include "A Century of Cinema", "The Sound of Movies" and "'Ain't No Mickey Mouse Business!"

My specialist interests have always been film (in particular animation) and children's literature and I have broadcast numerous radio and TV programmes and written several books about both these topics.

For the best part of a decade I presented weekly arts and film programmes on the BBC's domestic and World Service networks but have spent the last few years concentrating on books including a couple of best-sellers on the making of Peter Jackson's film trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings" and researching and writing that director's authorised biography, scheduled for publication in 2006.

I live in London with my life partner, a professional magician, in a house overcrowded with so many books, DVDs and CDs (not to mention all those old videos and gramophone records!) that it is seriously beginning to look like one of Amazon.com's smaller warehouses!

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I am a huge Harry Potter fan.
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The book is filled with high quality photos of the cast, props, movie stills and other behind the scenes pictures.
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The book alone is worth more than 40 dollars.
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful By D. N. Stone on October 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't yet been able to make it to Orlando, 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 double phoenix wedding dress. The level of detail in the book is amazing. For example, the Quidditch program contains an advertisement for Pumpkin Juice. You might want to order two copies: one to keep pristine, and other to take out all the special art from its protective sleeves to decorate your room or office. I would love to put some of the Ministry of Magic's Proclamations around the library! Or pretend to do Christmas shopping out of the Weasley's Wizard Wheezes catalogue. Having visited Hogsmeade this summer, I have a new appreciation for the talent and vision of the filmmakers whose work is highlighted here. The text explains how movie magic was accomplished, down to the special salt that stands in for snow in the models , which has diamond shaped crystals and even crunches like the real thing. This is the most exciting Harry Potter work to come out since The Tales of Beadle The Bard. The Stern Librarian (I own the complete works of Gilderoy Lockhart).
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By icefire6182 on October 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Harry Potter Film Wizardry was one of the most detailed books about the films I've found. The pictures, layout, and hidden goodies made the book worth the steep price. Not only is the book interesting, but it shows a lot of the objects and concepts included in the movies that you may have missed. It also has fold-out objects (Like The Marauder's Map), and a sneak preview of the finale of the series.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Tandy on October 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you're interested in the magic behind the making of the Harry Potter films, or the ephemera that they created, from Yule Ball tickets to Ministry ID booklets, Weasleys Wizard Wheezes packaging, labels from Slughorn's Apothecary or Harry's Hogwarts letter, you owe it to yourself to get this book. It's the perfect gift for any long-time (or new) Potter fan - you get to see, close up, so many of the magical things that were created to fill Harry's world. I know it's a cliche, but the book is almost magical.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on October 27, 2010
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The 5 star reviews are spot on for this terrific addition to the Harry Potter world. I finally got a chance to see it in person last night and I will be ordering one for myself and another to give as a gift to my brother, who I think will appreciate it even more than I do.

He & I were fortunate enough to visit the Harry Potter exhibit in Chicago last fall and, by choosing to go right after Illinois kids went back to school, we missed the crowds and were able to savor each costume, set and prop. (My favorite? The huge winged statue from the graveyard scene at the end of Goblet of Fire.) I even got to sit under the sorting hat! (Ravenclaw) Of course, there's a difference between seeing actual sets and props and in perusing pictures of them, but the creative minds responsible for putting this book together have done a fantastic job of making that difference as small as possible. The layout is exciting, the image quality (mostly) top notch and the extras - a Marauder's Map, a program from the Quidditch World Cup and another from the Yule Ball, among many, many others - are, IMHO, worth far more than the cover price on their own. (I was very tempted by the $35 Noble Marauder's Map when visiting the exhibit in Chicago, but chose to buy a nice replica of Harry's wand instead. Needless to say, I'm thrilled to get a Marauder's Map with this book even though I have to admit it's not quite as nice or as large as the one I passed up.)

While I understand the temptation felt by some of the other reviewers to do so, I'm not in the least inclined to tear this book apart to decorate or for any other reason. Instead, I'm incredibly pleased to have all this great info and these pieces of memorabilia all together in one attractive and high-quality volume.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pippa Lee VINE VOICE on October 23, 2010
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Back in 2007 when I wrote a review for a Harry Potter poster book, I bemoaned the lack of companion books for the Harry Potter films and wished that somebody would work on a serious "the-making-of " type of book for the HP movie series. So when I saw "Harry Potter Film Wizardry" on my Amazon's recommended future releases list last month, I went, "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!" and now that I have the book in my hands, I say, "Finally!" This is the book that the Harry Potter films deserve and the one movie lovers have waited for.

"Harry Potter Film Wizardry" covers the first six films and the first part of the Deathly Hallows. The behind-the scenes information and material contained in the book is probably a fraction of what seven films would generate, but Brian Sibley and the cast and crew managed to pick the most representative items from and the most memorable moments of each movie and filled the pages with photographs, sketches, storyboards, concept art and scenes from the films. This book is not only a delight to look at but also to touch. There is the letter addressed to "H. Potter, The Cupboard under the Stairs" to pull out from its envelope; Honeydukes candy boxes to punch out and assemble; the Yule Ball and the Quidditch World Cup programmes to admire, Proclamations to decorate your walls; the detailed Marauder's Map is ready for you to unfold, and there are a Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes product catalogue and the much more sinister Borgin and Burkes catalogue to pore over. These are, of course, clever and fun ways to present some of the props and ephemera created for the movies.

"Harry Potter Film Wizardry" will keep any fan of the HP films happily reading (and admiring the pictures) for hours. It belongs on the shelf of anybody who enjoys the magic of the movies. As for me, this book is a wish come true.
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