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Harry Potter Film Wizardry Revised and Expanded review

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Harry Potter Film Wizardry Revised and Expanded by author Brian Sibley, is a massive collection of fantastic memorabilia from ten years’ worth of filming, with everyone pitching in down to the producers, the different directors that have each shared their vision and genius with the franchise, the production designer and, of course, the three main actors (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) who each weigh in with memories of their funniest and worst times on set while filming the iconic roles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively, in the movies.

The book starts out with forewords from the three main actors, who each share their personal thoughts, experiences and feelings from working on the Harry Potter film franchise for the past decade. They talk about how they relate to the characters they’ve played and how proud they are to have been given the opportunity to be a part of such a magnificent experience, and the journey they’ve shared with their characters while growing up on the film set. Producer David Heyman, who has been there since the beginning as the one who read the first Harry Potter book and immediately asked his friend at Warner Bros. about making it into a movie, wrote his own introduction , talking about the start of filming the movies and the impact they’ve had on him and on the world.

Harry Potter Film Wizardry Revised and Expanded is set up chronologically according to each movie, and includes insights into the characters, sets, scenes, production notes. Also featured are hundreds of behind-the-scenes images, concept art, production photos, movie stills and models, and interviews with cast and crew. Any Potter fan will absolutely fall in love with the details in the films that were never revealed throughout the movies’ releases, included shots of thestrals, Buckbeak, Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and so much more.

 

Harry Potter Film Wizardry book cover

 

The interviews with the cast and crew are very insightful. It clearly shows how much effort and care everyone put into bringing these characters to life on the big screen. And not only was this the norm for the main characters, but there was just as much intensity focused on the authenticity of the minor roles, too. Any fan in love with Sirius Black and Bellatrix Lestrange will be anxious to read about how Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter immersed themselves into their characters’ histories to make them feel as real and true as J.K. Rowling did when she wrote them for the Harry Potter books.

One of the best things about Harry Potter Film Wizardry Revised and Expanded is the props and reproductions found throughout the book and how they are presented to the reader. While they are all amazing and perfect in their detail, the ones that really jump out are the Marauder’s Map, the Quidditch World Cup program, the Yule Ball program, a Educational Decree Proclamation issued by Dolores Umbridge, and a shopping catalogue from Borgin & Burkes with an image of the Opal Necklace and the words “Price: on request.”

This revised and expanded edition also contains new material from Harry Potter and the  Deathly Hallows, Part 2, since the original Film Wizardry book title was published before the release of the last film. There is also an exclusive, removable photo album, with never-before-seen photos of the cast and crew from all eight films.

All of the pages of this book reflect the care and devotion that the cast and crew put into every aspect of their work at Leavesden Studios. You won’t be able to go through everything that this book contains in one sitting, and even after looking through it once you will still want to go through it again and again. It is a definite must-have for any Harry Potter fan and belongs right up there with any fan’s collection of Harry Potter books. It is a great gift for the holiday season.

Harry Potter Film Wizardry Revised and Expanded is available now at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

 

 

 

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