From the Creative Team Behind the Celebrated Movie Series

By Brian Sibley

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Readers` Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sevil
I'm a really big Harry Potter fan. It was amazing to read some interviews to get closer to the film making process. I would suggest this book to people that like Harry Potter movies and would like to know a little more about it.
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juliaevelin
This is the MOST amazing book I have ever seen. $40 seemed expensive, but after seeing this book...it is a steal! The book alone is worth more than 40 dollars. THe information, pictures, interviews are all a dream come true to a Harry Potter fanantic. But to top it all off it has at least 10 for fun pulloouts including Hary potter's acceptance letter, the Maruaders map, the Quidditch World Cup programme etc. Amazing...absolutely amazing!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
matt williamson
This book is GREAT, it does go over some of the same things you found in the specials but the most fun is the pages with pamphlets on them, they are entertaining and take you a little farther into the world of HP. I had a great time reading it and learned some awesome things about the filming of the movies. The detail that went into making the movies is amazing. Loved this book.
The Stranger I Married :: What Happened in Vegas :: A Touch of Crimson: A Renegade Angels Novel :: Colours of Love (Colours of Love Series Book 1) :: Harry Potter a l'ecole des sorciers (French edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
priyanka prakash
I received the book in a timely fashion after I had been backordered from another source. The book is just as described...the binding and pictures are beautiful. It would make a wonderful coffee table book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ronda ringer
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, It is full of cool memorabilia from the movies with lots of pop-up and add-on surprises.
It covers all movies and it is fun for all ages.
GO BUY IT NOW!:D
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
char decoste
Very complete exciting book. Great for any Harry Potter fan. I love taking it out and exploring when I need a little Harry Potter magic. Has also helped when planning Harry Potter parties giving me theme and decorating ideas.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jandro
I'm pissed that a month after I bought this they went through and added part 2 of deathly hallows in. The movie had been out on DVD for awhile too. I wish they had warned me that a part of the franchise would not be in it. I would have waited to buy it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
samantha quinn
As a total Harry Potter fan, I just knew this book was a 'must have'. I'm delighted to report that I wasn't mistaken. When I first received it, I skipped any reading, and went straight through to the little extra finds. There are more than described in the sales description. Without giving away any information, I must say that Harry Potter film Wizardry is a very good compilation of ALL the films. You'll enjoy every single page. :)
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martin pierce
This book is WAY more than I expected! I thought it was just going to be behind the scenes info and pictures, and it is.. BUT what I didn't realize was that it comes with "pull outs" too! There's a mini(?) marauders map, a photo album, a ticket stub, and some other things I can't remember. It's m ore than a book, I love the memorabilia that comes with it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
osman baig
My eleven-year-old daughter loved this activity book. It is loaded with well-thought-out activities and information on how the movies were created. The entire book was loaded with what I have come to expect from a J.K.Rowling product - hands-on, up-to-date information that is perfectly suited for whichever age group she is aiming at. I am a complete fan of this author and the people she has chosen as her crew.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
britt
Simply put, it's a great book that both adults (myself) and kids (my child) can enjoy.

I love all the features and inserts (Ministry of Magic ID, Advanced Potions book with stickers etc, etc, etc). The level of details is amazing.

Actual *reading* (as opposed to looking at the pics) was a lot of fun. It is fascinating to learn how these movies came to be.

I guess this is not a very informative review; but if you like the fandom, buy this book. It's very well written, with lots of details, fun facts and great pictures.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lakmi
This book is just "WOW"- I love all of the memorabilia from the book and movie!! It has great information about shooting the films and gives you insight into what the actors were feeling during each movie.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hallie
Bought this because when I went to buy the last one, it was completely sold out.

It is great and I can't really tell you the differences between this one and the old one.

Great gift for HP fan!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
gayle
Identical to blue book entitled, "Harry Potter Page to Screen, The Complete Filmaking Journey". Only difference was this book had some extras attached to some of the pages (Harrys hogwarts acceptance letter was enclosed in an envelope, taped to one of the pages; Yule ball tickets; sample of the Quibbler attached to a page; Potion Book attached to a page). As far as the content, both books were identical. They were the same............WORD FOR WORD and PICTURE FOR PICTURE. So, I wouldn't purchase both, like I did. I just did't knw.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
aemen
My roommate got this book for her birthday and as soon as she showed me I had to have it. Not only is there a ton of behind the scenes and special content in its pages but the pictures and sketches are great as well. There are also really neat removable prop reproductions that make the book totally worth buying.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
pujan
I don't know if this is an isolated incident from the store, but I received a book with a missing attached page (the Hogsmeade page)! I checked with my friend who owns another version of the book, and there's supposed to be a candy cardboard page attached. But mine has a missing page with dried glue residue! It's such an inconvenience, and I'd hate to return it and wait for a new one to arrive. Another thing is, the Marauder's Map had a small tear in the upper left mid-corner. I was going to keep this as a collector's item, but I figured I should just buy one at B&B for a higher price. But I'm sure the item won't be defective there.

Material-wise, I think it's a great book! The attached props were amazingly detailed. Just beware of the store.

4 stars for the product, 3 stars for the service.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
hariska
I order this book on behalf of my 12 year old daughter, who received an the store Gift card as a Christmas present. The order was placed on Jan 30, 2011 and the book arrived on Mar 11, 2011. I stayed with the store even though I was subjected to many, many days of "kid" pressure to cancel the order and to go with her to purchase the book from a brick and mortar store. The rational for staying was simply cost. the store was offering a much better price at the time than other stores. the store customer support gets "5 stars" for their responsiveness to my multiple queries on the status of my order. The delay, as I understood it, was due to the publisher and the store not having the inventory on hand. Unfortunately, this was not represented accurately in the item data, which I politely pointed out to the store. They did eventually update the data on the item but it is hard to tell the accuracy unless other customers provide input as well.

Once the book finally arrived, I asked my daughter: "So, was it worth the wait?" Her response was a resounding "YES!". She had the book for about half a day and carried it with her the whole time and crawled into bed reading it as well. She did flipped the books pages for me, but was not ready to let go of it quite yet, so I can't really give you a detailed review on the actual content. This review is really based on my daughters reaction. As such, I would have given the book "5 stars" but I took one away for the shipping delays.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
leonardo olmos
I love this book, I just have a few complaints.
First, it was in bad condition. But I could take that, since it got shipped from the US.
Second, it was missing a lot of things inside. I don't know if that was just me, or if it's like that for everyone? The Marauders map, something that was supposed to be on the Yule ball page and the proclamation stuff was gone. There were just empty flaps.
Yet, it was not used and there was plastic around the book. Has this happened to anyone else?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
akenji
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).
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
james stewart
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. With forwords by Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint this is a personal perspective and insight into those who worked on the films - from costumes to props, sets and the characters themselves.

My favorite pages include -

* Diagon Alley (pages 26-27) with fold-out map of shops including Apothecaries, Gringots bank and Olivanders wand maker.

* Quidditch (Pages 48-51) including game rules, broomsticks and uniforms.

This is a must-have book for any fan, which is truly overwhelming and any Witch or Wizard's dream...
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
joexu88
I have the first edition and this one only has an extra four pages. The photo album was quite disappointing, but if you do not have the original addition, this would still be good to have. the store shipped this package very poorly so that all the pages are bent so please do not buy this from them.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
a r fulkerson
Due to part of a missing page (it must be a publishing problem), I wound up returning, reordering and then finally returning the book back to the store. It did look cute, though, but I don't think I would have loved it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sarahb
I bought this at the Harry Potter studios in London, and I still can’t believe I never heard of this book before. Everything is expensive there, but I actual didn’t find this book to be that expensive. You get a lot of super awesome gadgets, like a marauders map and an invitation to the Yule ball (I’m not going to spoil everything here, but trust me it is worth your money!)

Someone put a lot of hours of work in this piece of magic and it shows. It is incredibly detailed and every page is a new discovery. It is designed by the designers of the film sets and that makes it even more of a collector’s item.

It is completely about the films. That means there are a lot of stories you would never get to know otherwise. There are funny stories about first kisses on set and emotional stories about the last film and how they became a real family on set.

If you are a Harry Potter fan, you need to read this book right now!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
reeya patel
This is the best Harry Potter book (that hasn't been written by J.K. Rowling) since The Lexicon! It combines each of the different "Vault" books into one big book with interviews from the cast, behind the scenes info about the sets and props, and what makes this book truly remarkable, is the removable items such as the marauders map. The price is a bit steep, but is totally worth it as an addition to any devoted Potterhead's collection. The removable items include: four educational decrees, the marauders map, a yule ball program, Harry's aceptance letter, boxes of sweets (The Pepper Imps made me think of Scorpius), potions stickers, and a photo album of different scenes from the movies.

I was a bit skeptical to get this at first because of the price, but am glad that I did. It will be displayed with all of my other Harry Potter merchandise! I would highly recommend this book to any Potterhead!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sue johnson
This was one of my Christmas gifts, and I spent most of Christmas day reading this book. 'It is full of many cool things. There are little envolopes that have a bunch of stuff from the movies. Harry's acceptance letter to
Hogwarts, the Maurader's Map, Dolores Umbridge's educational decrees. You can't understand my delight as I turned each page to find... stuff. Really cool stuff.'''''''''''''''
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All of the main characters have their own page, giving you information about the actor who plays them, how that actor was chosen for the role and, in cases such as Alastor Moody and Lord Voldemort, how they were transformed into their character. To some people, I can see how this might sound a little boring. It isn't. This book, this awesome book is highly recommended to anybody who is even slightly interested in Harry Potter. Even if you still think that it's boring, get for the things that come with it. Ever wanted to read the Marauder's Map? Here's your chance. And it also has snapshots from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. These pictures show The Room of Requirement before and after Fiendfyre is set to it and The Room of Requirment in it's Dumbledore's Army hideout form. It also has many concept art drawings of pretty much everything. Pretty much every page has concept art drawings of characters, creatures, and structures.

Seriously, any fan of Harry Potter would be practically drooling over this book if they had any sense at all. It is highly enjoyable and it points out small details that are in the movies that you never noticed before. It is a seriously awesome book.

Austin Readingteen.net
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mandy
I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I have read each book numerous times. I own all of the movies, and have watched them several times each. I check my favorite Harry Potter news site-The Leaky Cauldron-daily for all the latest stories on the fandom. This led me to believe that I knew a good deal about the behind-the-scenes going on in the movies. Harry Potter Film Wizardry quickly made me realize I was wrong.

The first thing I noticed when opening the book was the amazing graphics. Flipping through the pages leads to many beautiful eye-catching pictures, text, and maps. Upon opening the book, I immediately flipped through it and soaked in all the images. This allowed me to check out the book's layout. Each section represents a different Harry Potter movie. In each chapter you will find "A Production Designer's Notebook and Producer's Diary," with sections that describe various characters, locations, or creatures from that movie.

A great example of the layout can be see when looking at the chapter which discuses Goblet of Fire. This section contains information on the Quidditch World Cup (QWC), Miranda Richardson's portrayal of Rita Skeeter, and the Dark Mark. The pages containing information about the QWC contain an extra pull-out section; something that can be found throughout the book. In this case the bonus material is a program from the Quibbler. Other extras include a Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes product catalog and Marauder's Map.

Review: I found this book to be a readable version of the DVD extras. The format allowed me to take in the images and text at a leisurely pace. The text held details that even I-a rabid Harry Potter fan-didn't know. I thought this book was very informative and entertaining. I recommend it as a must-read for fans of the Harry Potter books and movies.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lindsey
I have a strict rule in our household: If you want to see the movie, you have to read the book first. My son (8) and daughter (5) have been interested in Harry Potter since the Wii game landed in our household at Christmas-time. That interest was augmented by the fact that they know my husband and I went to see "The Deathly Hollows" without them. Consequently, we began reading a chapter or two per night (beginning with Book One, of course) and are now about half-way through the second book, The Chamber of Secrets. The books are a huge hit with both kids who sit transfixed during our evening reading times, hanging on every word. I love that.

Enter this Film Wizardry book. This book is chock-full of full-color photos of the characters as they appear in the movies, complete with bios and details about each one. It has a pull-out copy of Harry's letter notifying him of his acceptance to Hogwarts, a fold-out copy of The Marauder's Map, entire spreads dedicated to the locations and sites in each book and more. Even for a couple of kids who have not seen the movies yet, it has proven to be the perfect visual companion to our readings. At the end of each reading, they bolt for this book (which they now keep at the foot of the stairs so they don't even have to run all the way up to retrieve it), and look up the places and people they "met" during our reading time that night. For our purposes, I was a bit worried about spoilers since it contains the characters and places from all of the movies. But instead, it has just produced an occasional "AHA!" moment when we read a passage that calls to mind something they've seen in the Film Wizardry book. There are even preview shots from the yet-to-be-released final movie.

Fans (young and old alike) who have already read the books and seen the movies will also love this visual guide and the walk down memory lane it provides. It is loaded with movie "ephemera" above and beyond what I've already mentioned (Yule Ball tickets, Ministry ID booklets, labels from Slughorn's Apothecary, copies of declarations from the Ministry of Magic, and on and on). Film Wizardry a visual and hands-on dream come true for Harry Potter enthusiasts.

The Bottom Line: The most imaginative and complete Harry Potter companion book on the market. (This review originally appeared on my blog. See profile for details).
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
chrissy hennessey
It’s been a while since I have indulged in a good old fashioned move tie in book and this one is quite special.

Not only just a simple book but it contains paper based artefacts inserted into multiple pages which adds a new multimedia dimension to an otherwise movie book around the filming process.

More picture book than reading material but still enjoyable and informative.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jezcab
"Film Wizardry" is a book that works well on so many levels. You can treat it as a coffeetable book, full of photos from all the Harry Potter movies. You can view it as a behind-the-scenes look at the movies (though if truth be told, the various extras on all the 2-DVD sets already do a great job at that). You can look at it as a wonderful treasury-style gift for a special young person's birthday or holiday. You could also value it as an incredible inspiration for anyone who is into crafts and DIY propmaking for amateur movies or roleplaying. The book contains not only close-up photos of props and costumes but also has various replicas of several paper props we see in passing in the movies. The Marauder's Map, Harry's invitation to Hogwarts, a guide booklet for the Quidditch World Cup, various potion labels, etc are all here for you to enjoy and use if you wish. I can easily imagine someone who is into a live-action roleplaying game going nuts for days here, because these high-quality reproductions are a wellspring of inspiration. On top of this, the beautiful design of the book from a layout perspective will keep you coming back to it to reread and to enjoy many, many times.

I attended the travelling exhibition of Harry Potter film props and I can vouch for the accuracy and the quality of the prop reproductions in this package. This is the rare fantasy film book that both fans and nonfans will enjoy and find useful. I really cannot recommend this book enough.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
melissa lacassin
I love the books and films, but really thought this book would go more in-depth on the art of the film franchise. It was very disappointing to see only small thumbnail-sized images of the art, and for a book covering 8 films, this one could easily have been 300 pages. The art of Adam Brockbank and Andrew Williamson alone are certainly deserving of full-page spreads, and even production designer Stuart Craig- who's equally talented- had only a few sketches included in the book.
Although this book has great pull-outs that any fan would love to put up on their walls, I'll still be waiting for a book that properly showcases the works of the talented conceptual artists who worked on these classic films. If anyone wants to see a great example of a book that excellently shows the art of film, check out "The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean,"The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean. The "Harry Potter" artists are worthy to have their work shown in a similar manner.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lily at bookluvrs haven
Okay...let me admit something right off the bat. I am almost 40 years old. Yes, I have children but they are still too young for Harry Potter. So this book is MINE! And it is so, so good. I feel like such a dork for the sheer excitement I feel reading the book. I am not finished with it yet but what I have discovered so far is amazing.

First of all, when you open the cover, there is a place to sign your name (I wouldn't...as this book has huge collector's item potential) but the point is that it looks like a Hogwarts text book. For a brief moment, it made me feel school-aged again (which is a good thing!). Then you open the second page and you are swiftly transported into the world of the Harry Potter movies and, let's face it, it is a magical place to be. When I got to the page about the Dursleys and saw the Hogwarts envelope, I felt a genuine thrill! And when I opened the envelope and Harry's letter was actually enclosed, I jumped up and had to show everyone in the house (admittedly, no one cared ;)). The point is...there are suprises and treasures throughout the entire book....not to mention fascinating tidbits and historical background concerning the making of the movies.

I cannot imagine anyone giving this joy of a book less than 5 stars. But, well, my rating is obvious. It is one of the coolest things this near-40-year-old has seen in a long time and I cannot wait to continue the journey!

If you are a fan, you WILL enjoy this!! Until next time, solemnly swear to be up to no good...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chingypingy
This is an amazing and thoroughly enjoyable book. I saw this shrink wrapped at Barnes and Noble and wanted to buy it even without being able to see inside. 39.99 looked like a fair price from the cover art and size of the book. My wife cautioned me not to buy anything so close to Christmas and lo and behold Santa read my mind. I have a feeling Santa also had the good fortune of picking this up from the store for the affordable 25.69, which is a bargain in my mind.

For anyone who enjoys the Harry Potter books and/or movies this won't be a disappointment. It touches on most every event and character with a number of incredible reproductions to enjoy. Examples of this are the Marauders Map, a program from the Quidditch World Cup, actual candy boxes from Honeydukes (that can be assembled), potion labels and many, many others. The photography, summaries and interviews are already remarkable but these pull out items are what makes this book extra special.

The only downside is with so many locations, characters and events covered there isn't space to cover anything in great detail. But this is a small complaint since all the desired information is in the books and films. This isn't meant to be comprehensive but rather an overview or "memory book". And finally, not really a complaint but I wonder about it being released now with only part II of Deadly Hallows left unreleased and therefore not represented in the book. It doesn't exactly detract from the quality of the book but it does feel a little off finishing with the penultimate film in the series.

Perhaps there will be a revised version later with the added, final touches that includes the all important climax. If and when that happens I'll have to decide on keeping them both or purchasing the new volume and discarding the one I have now on my night stand.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rhiannon reese
This book contains secrets for filming the movies including wardrobe choices, scenery, models used, filming techniques, and a look at characters.

My Thoughts: I really loved the in-depth look into the Potter world. It made me want to go back and have a movie marathon. I didn't like the fact that there was nothing about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. I can see not having in the book for spoiler reasons, but then I wish they had waited to release the book when the last movie appeared because it feels so unfinished without it.

The book set-up feels similar to that the DK style - with lots of pictures and a page or two of information on each subjects. I loved all the photographs, sketches, and drawing made by the crew. It's a fascinating read - just perfect for fans of the Harry Potter movies.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer lee
When I first got my hands on this book at a local bookstore, I could only imagine the wonders in it, as it was completely sealed in plastic wrap. I assumed it would be a great film guide with a few surprises, but I never imagined it would be as extraordinary as it was! The vivid color photographs and concept art really make you appreciate the movies and books even more. You really get to study the detail, where as in the movies, you are just passing through, far more busy with the characters and stories to notice all those little details that give the places and things they see, touch, and use that give the movie so much more life. Most Making Of books don't include the actors much, we hear mostly from the set designers, directors, etc. But in this one, you get first hand interviews of all of the key players and many supporting actors as well. Easy to read, but immersible into the world. Just like the novels themselves, meaning whether your 10 or 50, you will enjoy reading this book! The fact they included Deathly Hollows Part 1 and 2 is fantastic, being we don't even have the movies out there, so such a thing is unheard of to release so much. And as my fellow reviewers pointed out, the inserts throughout this book make this a MUST for any Harry Potter fan. Even if you don't like the movies, those inserts are still a great addition to anyone who loves the novels! You have the Marauder's Map for instance, who wouldn't want that? And for those looking to cosplay as characters from the series, I highly suggest you check out the copy of Advanced Potion Making. Its not a replica of the book, just the cover. But what's inside the book is just fantastic. Label stickers with various potions and ingredients. Buy some old bottles of different shapes and sizes, make some "potions and ingredients" to match, and stick the labels on the bottles. Then line your kitchen spice rack with them or bring a few with you for cosplay. This is also a very good reason to get TWO copies of the book, one to keep pristine and the other to pull out all the fun things. Also included the letter sent to Harry by owl accepting him to Hogwarts. The Proclamations by Umbridge. Nearly anything you can think of is there, for you to hold. Though of course we all know they are nothing more than replicas, it still feels very neat to be holding a part of Hogwarts in your hand. I don't know about the rest of you, but I got my ticket to the Yule Ball, I'll see ya there!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
winter
I wouldn't normally spend $25 on a book but this is awesome. It's worth it. We have had it for couple years and my kids still look at it. They are upstairs reading it right now. It is full of cooL pictures and other interesting things like actual letters, spells, potion making, poster things. Its full of stuff. I wish they would make one like this for Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. It they made one like this for any other movie, I would get it in a heartbeat.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brittiny
This book comes with many illustrations from the movie as well as full-color glossy pages. It looks like a really big magazine with zero advertisements.
There are many surprise pull-out items, like your own copy of Harry's invitation letter to Hogwarts and tickets to the Yule Ball. This is filled with things that will
make a Potter fan delighted. I was so surprised by the high quality of this book relative to the price. I would definitely buy this again!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vivek srinivasan
This book is a good compilation of every major aspect of the Harry Potter story as seen on the movies. Interviews with the actors, producer, script writer... along with well executed replicas of some of the story's objects (that could be fit in a book) like the "Marauder's map", the invitation to the "Triwizard cup's ball" and more.

You'll have in your hands a view to the backstage plus the in-between movies.

As a Harry Potter books and movies follower, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
melati
I got this for Christmas and have to say, it's one of my favorite gifts! All of the information (IE: Alan Rickman was iffy about playing Snape??? WHAT??? Tom Felton didn't audition for Draco Malfoy at first.... He auditioned for Harry???) and the beautiful pictures are almost overwhelming. And we get so many little extras like Harry's letter inviting him to Hogwarts, a ticket to the Yule Ball and even a map of Hogwarts like in POA. I couldn't be more happy with this book. There's even a little section on HP7!!!! An absolute must have for any HP fan!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nathan rostron
I was recently given this book for my birthday, and I have to say that it is stunning. I made it half-way through the book in one evening when the lights were out thanks to a recent snowstorm. I suppose there is no better way to read a book about Harry Potter than by candlelight, but, even if you don't have that excuse, this is a must-have!
The stories from the actors, designers, crew, producers and directors of the series are truly special and provide insight into these films that most people would never have access to. There are wonderful photos of sets, original drawings, interviews and a few special extras for the true Harry Potter fan.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of all ages!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lindsey stevens
This is a terrific addition to the Potter universe as the depth rivals that of the films. Little things like "ads" for magical products and the Weasley's Wizard Wheezes catalogue add incredible layers to the interactive tome. Fans will remove all sorts of items like Slughorn's Apothecary labels of products used in the movies. There is plenty of information and articles on how the films made the Roweling realm realistic, which include supporting photos, salt as snow and much more.

Sent to me by the publisher, you can't help but tear this fabulous entry apart. My spouse cringed when I ripped open the cellophane and had cardiac arrest when I pulled out Potter's acceptance letter to attend Hogswarts Hall; though he also marveled at the details of the castle and cave, etc. and touched the pullouts (he cannot have my ticket to the Yule Ball). In fairness, he laughs at people who claim they owned that first Spiderman (see Amazing Fantasy #15) as he once did, but admits his copy was worth chump change because his mom bought it for him at a bazaar and he read it as a tweener a zillion times. Now if I can only obtain a second ticket to the Yule Ball so he can escort me; perhaps an order of Pumpkin Juice or with the help of Professor Snape. This is a great holiday gift for that young fan or in my case the ancient collector (wonder if there is Potter could put the cellophane back on).

Harriet Klausner
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
robyn
This book is packed with great images from the films and with behind-the-scenes photos and initial concept drawings. The details of the production design are highlighted throughout (get a close-up of the Burrow, look inside Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, see the entire Black family tree tapestry, etc.). Beware, though, there a few images from the last two films.

The extras packaged in glassine envelopes or glued to the pages are what put this book over the top: Harry's Hogwarts acceptance letter on school stationary (in green ink of course), a Borgin and Burkes auctioneers pamphlet showing their most famous items; Libatius Borage's Advanced Potion-Making book cover with potion stickers inside; two Honeydukes candy boxes that you can punch out and fold (sugared butterfly wings and fiery black pepper imps); the 422nd Quidditch World Cup Programme; The Yule Ball Programme; several Educational Decree mini posters; a mini Marauder's Map; Weasley's Wizard Wheezes product catalogue; and a Ministry of Magic Identity Card.

My only complaints are that some photos are small (I wish I could see some sets in larger detail), and I wish the book were longer so some subjects could be given more than 1-2 pages. More initial concept art would be great too. However, I still highly recommend the book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
foroogh
This book is beautiful and informative, providing Harry Potter fans with lots of inside information about the films. One of the things I particularly love about this book is that it talks about the films in conjuction with the books, mentioning and explaining many of the differences between the two, but also how the films have affected the books (in very small ways). I only wish that this book could be twice as long. Hopefully, it is only the first of its kind, and many more books like this will be published.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
fanny
Excellent book! So many cool pictures and snippets of information, and I LOVE all the removable inserts. This is going to be a Christmas present for the girl I babysit. I was originally going to just get her a Marauders Map to play with, but this includes one, along with a dozen other things, and LOTS to look at. She's going to love it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jessica parks
Yes, I am basing this review on a book I am only about one-tenth, maybe one-ninth, through. I just don't want to rush it! I am not even reading all of it yet, but rather, stopping and enjoying whatever catches my eye. I can go back later! I feel like this is what I have needed to get through the mourning period now that it's all over! I can not say enough about how wonderful this book is! I think the fact that I already love it THIS MUCH says it all!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
elin
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
char utyro
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lissa
I typically write longer reviews, and for works that exist more in the realm of full literature. But I had to drop a line concerning the Film Wizardry book I received last Christmas.

I finally got around to reading it, well experiencing, from cover to cover. What a wonderful addition to the reader's collection. To join your seven books and eight films, how about a realistic copy of Harry's map! I loved reading about the actors and actresses from the film, their character interpretations, and the making of the movies. The details revealed concerning everything from directing to special effects and props are all fantasic glimpses into the tools employed to bring the world of Harry Potter not just to the screen, but to life.

My admission. In my the basement of my home, dedicated nearly entirely to fantasy and all things medieval, I have a small corner that houses potion bottles, my tribute to HP. Each of the bottles, antiques I've found here and there...yellowed and worn glass, has a label/sticker (from this very book) attached to add the final and most important touch. I think I'll be framing the map next.

Great buy, great/short read, great experience. Recommended for the fan of the films and books alike. However, if you've only read the books, this might not mean as much to you.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mada cozmeanu
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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
iloveladyporn
This is a fantastic book for fans of the films and books. There are items such as: Harry's first letter from Hogwarts, Wizard Wheezes Catalog, Yule Ball Ticket, Quidditch World Cup Program, Potion's Book, Marauder's Map, and many more. It has wonderful background information from the film makers with details from the costume designers and set designers. There are tidbits about how J.K. Rowling helped to keep the film on track. It also has information from the actors and actresses from the films and the experience over the past 10 years making the films. Having read the books many times and seen the movies, I have already found many interesting facts that I hadn't known. I just got it yesterday and I'm sure I will continue to be impressed and amazed. Enjoy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gertie
I gave this book along with the Harry Potter pop up book to my Senior in high school for Christmas. She has not put this book down. She liked the pop up book but loves the film book. She has read all the HP books several times and seen the movies countless times. It is nice that this book is very detailed so that even a college bond senior enjoys it. She told me it was her favorite gift, it is well worth the price.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
laura vandenhende
Wow! This book has surpassed all my expectations! The book contains wonderful and interesting information for all Harry Potter fans out there and also includes samples or freebies as you read through the pages (Marauder's Map, Yule Ball Programme, Ministry of Magic Identity Card, etc). A great read and a must-have for the Harry Potter fan!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cherise williams
When I saw this book it was wrapped in plastic and you couldn't open it to flip through. However, me being the Potter geek that I am, bought it anyway. And when I unwrapped it, I nearly passed out. Each page is filled with great and entertaining info, covered with gorgeous pictures, and full of surprises. So many of the pages have little envelopes, packages, etc. that you can open, and they have things inside like a Maurauder's map or a Yule Ball ticket. Great for Potter fans, old and young! Very happy with my purchase. It is prominantly displayed in my bedroom!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rachael telford
This is an absolutely gorgeous book that lovingly shares the stories, art and crafts behind the movie-making. I loved the extra "bonus" touches, such as Harry's acceptance letter to Hogwarts and the Marauder's Map (although mine didn't work ;) I highly recommend this book for all HP movie fans from 10 to 120.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
emily wilkens
I have been a long time Harry Potter fan. And this book makes a great edition to any collection. Now, this is a big and heavy book. But it is filled with all kinds of information, pictures, and stories. If you love behind the scenes stuff, then this book is for you!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kimbarly
It's said that the devil's in the details, but in this case the magick is in the details: Every bed-curtain, wand, flask, feather, and potions book that went into creating the amazing alternate universe that is Harry Potter's world. A delight as immersive as the Pensieve.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cindy hoose
This book has absolutely everything about the movies, the book has very detailed descriptions on how they built the set, did makeup, made costumes, and creating interesting props! This book has so many amazing things to pull out from it, such as: a muraders map, yule ball program, harry's acceptance letter to hogwarts, and sooooooooooo much more. Incredible book, a must have for every harry potter fan!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
liz mooring
I bought thius with the idea of adding it to the grandkids Harry Potter collection which I also bought for them. But it is so fascinating that the grandkids will have to wait their turn.....Nana is enjoying every page! Oldest grandson used to ask 'How'd they do that?' Once he gets his hands on this book, his questions will be answered !
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
priscilla
it was soooooo perfect!!! i couldn't stop myself from grinning for an hour or two after i got it! :D i have to admit, the pages that had notes from dan emma and rupert almost made me cry :'( it was everything i wanted it to be and more!! i love the mini marauders map, the yule ball ticket and especially the proclamations from umbridge!! :D perfect for any potterhead
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
armand victor
You NEED this! It is my most beloved Harry Potter thing I own. Provides insight on the making of the films, and also has pop-outs such as the Marauder's Map, a Yule Ball invitation, a Hogwart's acceptance letter, a potion's notebook and many more! A great buy- also a fabulous gift for anyone you know who loves Harry Potter!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
monica edinger
I am a POTTER FREAK and this is the ideal present for one! It was amazing!!!!! Mine just came in the mail and i have no regrets! I look @ everything already and open up all the secret compartment! Definitely worth it...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kathleen
My twin brother and I are big fans of Harry Potter. We always wanted to know how they make the movies. This is a perfect book for HP hardcore-fans. One more thing: We were planning to buy the Noble's map for around $35. By just buying this book, we now own a Marauder's Map and other props.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
heidi adams
I think that Harry Potter books and movies are bad. Many people believe that the current economic meltdown is created by Harry Potter, the author did a bad thing writting the story. Magic is against God. The movies should never be seen. Harry go to hell!
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