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Harry Potter Film Wizardry Hardcover – October 19, 2010

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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an enchanting interactive experience, transporting readers to the wizarding world by sharing filmmaking secrets, unpublished photography and artwork, and exclusive stories from the stars.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an enchanting interactive experience, transporting readers to the wizarding world by sharing film-making secrets, unpublished photography and artwork, and exclusive stories from the stars.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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 37814th edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061997811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997815
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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