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Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Hardcover – November 16, 2010
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Andrew Williamson has worked as a lead concept artist on all of the Harry Potter films, including the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and Part II. Trained as an architect at Cambridge University and certified in 1990, he worked on the new British Library at Euston and a number of commercial and residential projects. His work has been published in numerous architectural publications, The Art of Batman Begins (2005), and he is currently developing a series of comic book projects.
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Things I like:
- The artwork was nicer than I expected, given the cheesey cover. The characters within look much less cartoonish than you would expect, and I quite liked that.
- It comes with a ministry envelope with three small posters (Undesirable Number One, a death eater warning, and a picture of the cover art) and a mini pop-up howler.
- The information talked about is interesting and not too well known, except to people that have watched most/all of the behind the scenes footage and documentaries.
- Several of the scenes (Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and the Forbidden Forest) are really engaging.
Things I don't like:
- There are only five scenes with pop-ups. (The first is Dumbledore's office, but all it has is the ministry envelope and the howler.)
- The scene for the Triwizard challenge and the graveyard scene are rather plain and unexciting. The dragon in the Triwizard scene looks... strange. The positioning is weird.
- The art is good, but the pop-up quality is only so-so. The castle especially sticks and doesn't open up right. I have to fiddle with it, and even then it still seems a little off.
- The numbers for the legend are really hard to see. I understand that they didn't want them to stand out and be distracting, but I genuinely couldn't even find some of them.
All in all, it was nice to look at, but it's a quick read. I have seen a few other adult (ish) pop-ups that retailed around the same price, and I expected it to be like those, so perhaps that's why I was a little let down. I imagine a young child would destroy this rather quickly, so I don't know that this would be a good gift for really young fans. I would highly recommend checking out the prices of third party sellers through Amazon, to get a more reasonable price. I'll probably prop this open next to my other HP things, probably on the Hogwarts or forest scene.
As if the fantastic artwork were not enough to make me buy this book, the unbelievable amount of source information on the filming of the Harry Potter franchise puts this book in a rank of its own. I have seen other well-made pop-up books about famous films, but I have never before seen one that explains about how the film was made and how the scenes were conceived. This book goes so far as to tell you the real-life name of Hedwig and the fact that the owl had "stand-ins." Because of this level of detailed information, reading it is a very satisfying learning experience. And if you are thinking that this information targets a more mature audience, think again. This book's descriptions of behind-the-scenes facts are written in a manner that most reading levels can easily grasp.
Adding together the brilliant artwork and informative content of this book, I would highly recommend its purchase to any Harry Potter fan.