Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Harry Potter Film Wizardry" by Brian Sibley

Are you a fan of the Harry Potter movies?  If you are, you should check out Harry Potter Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley.  The book discusses the making of all eight films in the series.  (Be aware that there are two versions of this book.  The 2012 version does cover all eight films, but the 2010 one may not.)  It covers many aspects of the film-making process, from how some of the actors came to be involved to the reasons for various decisions about sets and costumes.  Each film is explored by describing various sets and creatures that were introduced in that film.  Scattered throughout the book are pages devoted solely to particular characters and the actors who portrayed them.  In addition to the many pictures (including concept art, models, and movie stills), there are a few extra visual aids to add to the enjoyment of the book.  (Did you think you'd ever get to unfold & view the Marauder's Map?!?)  In case you've been missing Harry Potter but haven't had time to sit down & re-watch all the movies or reread all the books, reading Sibley's book--or even just looking through all the pictures!--will bring back the whole story!

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