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Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Revised and Expanded) Hardcover – October 23, 2012


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"Visually scrumptious, filled with fun gimmicks and cut-outs, and acts as a guide to the series as well as the production challenges" Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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 collaboration with the case 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an enchanting interactive experience, transporting readers to the wizarding world by sharing film-making secrets, unpublished photography and artwork, and exclusive stories from the stars.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 the Harry Potter films and the talented group of Muggles that has made true movie magic.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Revised & enlarged edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062215507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062215505
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 got this book for my 10 year old daughter who is a huge HP fan.
Paanmo
The book is beautiful and high quality with tons of photographs and interesting information about the films.
RainCityGirl
For those who love the movies and want to read more about the movie-making experience, this is a great book.
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95 of 95 people found the following review helpful By darkroseofsorrow on November 28, 2012
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I own both Harry Potter Film Wizardry and Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Revised and Expanded) and they are almost identical.

The only differences are:
1)The 1/3-page paper belt which wrap the book cover
2)In the 2010 version, the last 2 pages are "sneak peak" of the final movie. These 2 pages are gone in the 2012 version and the photos from these 2 pages are nowhere to be found in the Revised and Expanded version. In the Revised and Expanded version, we get 6 pages of new materials from the final movie: the return to Gringotts, the Battle of Hogwarts, the Deathly Hallows, and the Tales of Three Brothers.
3)An additional material: a pocket/envelope, which contains a booklet Film Photo Diary, embedded on the inner side of the back cover. Nothing spectacular about this additional material: just a few photos from each of the movies (and only 1 page is dedicated to each movie).

For those who missed out on the 2010 version, go ahead and purchase this. It is as good as the 2010 version.
For those who already own the 2010 version, you may want to think twice before purchasing this.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RainCityGirl on December 7, 2012
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My 9 year old is super into Harry Potter and this is such a fun book for him ... it has all kinds of cool extras like a copy of the Maruader's Map that really make it special. The book is beautiful and high quality with tons of photographs and interesting information about the films. A must have for HP fans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CSandiego on March 3, 2013
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This book is as well made as it first version and has some extras (photos and info) related to "The Deathly Hallows", including a small photo album of the whole journey. If you are a Potterhead and don't have the old one, go for it. It's sad they didn't save this book until all movies were made because the new stuff is great and owners of the previous one will most likely want this one as well.
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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 and designed in collaboration with the cast and crew, who brought JK Rowling's fantasy world vividly to life on the big screen; by delivering an enchanting interactive experience for readers. I was instantly transported into Harry's world wherein I uncovered exciting film-making secrets and discovered unpublished photographs and stunning artwork. This book also includes amazing props from the film set that are removable, facsimile reproductions such as;

* Yule Ball Invitation
* A fold-out Marauders Map!
* Borgin and Burke's pamphlet
* Quidditch World Cup guide

and my favorite of all...
* Your Hogwarts acceptance letter...which one receives at aged 11

This collectable volume offers a privileged look at the Harry Potter films and the talented group of muggles that made movie magic. I highly recommend this book to all who are as obsessed as I am with the Harry Potter creation, as it is definitely worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY for the amount of detailed content is mind-blowing! Not only is the cover and binding absolutely beautiful, but inside is a treasure trove of EVERYTHING you could possibly think of within all the films. Perfectly balancing high-quality images and props with written information, this book is jam-packed with fascinating facts and is visually dazzling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carson Hines on October 7, 2013
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FANTASTIC book! Perfect for a lover of the movies. Shows how everything evolved from the first to the last. The inserts were superb. Avoid buying at book stores. Every one I found was damaged in some way. This one from Amazon was still perfectly wrapped and in mint condition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George R. on December 25, 2012
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Detailed book includes description of the wizardry in the movies. Easy to read and follow, great illustrations. Highly recommended for children or adults.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamil on August 22, 2013
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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 settings; and the actors, including the three stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, hit memory lane to disclose some of the best, funniest, and sometimes most uncomfortable times they had playing Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the films.

The book begins with a foreward from Dan, Rupert, and Emma, who gush about how much of an impact the series made in their lives. Dan remarked on the journey both he and Harry endured in the ten years; Rupert took pride in playing brave Ron Weasley, the "ultimate ginger," in his words; and Emma voiced her respect for her young, annoying, brainy Muggle-born fictional counterpart she thought she had nothing in common with early in the series, but who she embraced with all her heart by the end. It then lead into the first of many producer's notes scattered throughout the book, where David Heyman, the man who read the first Harry Potter book, fell in love, and immediately insisted on making the films, explained how he began to piece the movies together well over ten years ago.

Author Brian Sibley compiled the scrapbook with a combination of production notes, countless cast and crew interviews, set visits, knowledge of the book and film series, and production photos and movie stills to make the quintessential anthology of the Harry Potter film series.
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