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Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book Paperback – March 29, 2016
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Rather than discuss how this is like or different from the books and/or movie series except to note that, once again, most of the iconic images seem to be taken primarily from the movie, I will discuss only how I feel about it as an adult coloring book.
As with the first two books in this series, there is a team of illustrators involved with the designs in this book. I thought the second book in the series was fairly cohesive but I think this new book takes a step back again. It is easy to see the differences in design styles. There are some designs that are just a tad more detailed than simple line drawings while there are also many which involve extremely small and intricate elements. These will probably take sharp pointed pencils or ultra-fine nibs to color.
I am pleased that, as with the second coloring book, there are less designs with heavy black space. I consider this change from the first book to be a huge improvement and am happy with my design options apart from printing issues (see below.) Once again, they have included glossy pages at the end of the book. I will use them as I did the first time around, as a reminder of the actual colors of the characters and scenes. I don't necessarily use those colors but it is nice to have a reminder handy.
I will provide details on the physical coloring book below but here is a quick overview of what I found:
78 Pages of Harry Potter Designs
Designs are printed on both sides of off white/cream page
Pages are not perforated
Designs merge into binding
Designs spread across two pages
Alcohol based markers bleed through page
Water-based markers leave slight shadows of color on back of page
India Ink pens do not bleed through
Gel pens leave a slight shadow on back of page
Coloring Pencils work well with this paper
The book is printed on both sides of off-white (almost cream) heavyweight and non-perforated paper. A good number of the designs are printed across two pages and merge into the binding (which is glued rather than sewn.) I did a count and this is what I came up with: 34 one page designs, 3 of which are “wallpaper” repeating patterns; 22 designs spread across two pages – 2 of which are wallpaper style designs.
Once again, many of the more memorable scenes are spread across two pages and merge into the binding. I was able to slightly break the spine of the book and get it to lay fairly flat. In my copy, the images line up well and no parts of the design were lost in the actual binding.
My first book in this series had a very weird kind of musty odor. I'm happy to say that both the second and this third books does not have the offensive odor I encountered in the first book. I hope this is true for everyone who buys this coloring book.
I am now running consistent tests of various coloring mediums on all of my coloring books. I will list the mediums in the comments section below for anyone interested. Here are the results of my tests:
All of my alcohol-based markers bled through the paper readily. My water-based markers all left a slight shadow of color through the page – not enough to leak through the book but enough to ruin the design on the back side of the page. My Tombows fared the best and did not leak through with one swipe of the brush but by the second one, there was a definite shadow showing.
My India ink artist pens did not bleed through nor did they leave a discernible shadow. My gel pens all left a slight shadow on the backside of the page. Not enough to see the color but still a shadow of sorts. My coloring pencils were the best option. They worked well and behaved according to their type of lead and use (soft lead and hard lead.) The soft lead pencils blended and layered well and the hard lead made good precise marks and did not leave dents on the back of the page.
I will use coloring pencils, India ink pens primarily for this book. I've already started a project using various markers knowing that I will ruin the wall paper style designs on the reverse side of the page. As I would never color that particular designs, it was not a hard decision to make. While using markers, I am using and I recommend that you use a blotter page under the working page to keep the ink from seeping further.
There are 96 pages in this one. Not all are pages to color because they have added color stills from the movies in the back but I like that. The pages are pretty detailed so will keep you busy and happy for a while.
I was really happy to see Professor Snape and his potions classroom in this one since he’s my favorite character.
I do have one huge beef with the coloring books. They aren’t scored so you can tear them out and the bigger issue is they don’t lie flat so you are going to end up having to break the spine of the book to get it to lay flat. If you don’t it’s going to be almost impossible to use.
I hope Scholastic fixes this problem.
While some people will, or have, no doubt, complain[ed] that some pics are 2 pages and joined so far down in the spine that they cannot be torn out to display. O_o ...Um...I'm going on 59. I don't display my coloring book pages on my walls or fridge. nope. stopped that in grade school. no matter how pretty i think they are or how well i did or didn't color them...just, NO.
no offense meant to those of you who consider that bit of information to be of vital importance. I'm truly sorry if you thought that this was offensive and an intentional barb thrown in your direction. Nope.
It was meant to be a subtle nudge of assistance.
I do wish they had made these pages single-sided, but that happens with most books, and seems to especially with the mass-produced books that come from publishers. I use prismacolor pencils in these books and they work quite well with no worry of bleed-through.
This is a fun book to colour and one that would make an ideal gift for the Potter fan in your life. Even as a muggle I found some magic in this book.
My son has always gravitated towards art and I knew that this coloring book would be a great addition to his art/coloring book collection.
The quality of the books and paper is excellent! We also love the color photos each book has in them, to use as reference if needed.
You will not be disappointed!
I have purchased the following from this line of Harry Potter coloring books; HP original, HP Magical Creatures, HP Magical Places & Characters and HP Magical Artifacts. The only one I have not purchased is the HP Postcard coloring book.
In my opinion, the only downside of this book (and the others) is that the pages are not perforated. We like to remove some of our favorite pages, not only for easier/more comfortable coloring but to also display what we have created in frames. It is difficult to remove a page from these books.
Overall, I am VERY satisfied with my purchase! My son and I adore all of them! :)