This is a cross post from my new blog The Curiosity Complex.
First thing, first. This book is amazing and (even though heaps of people will probably complain) totally worth the price tag.
Also, this is a look and feel review. I plan to read it at my own speed (slow) and will try and do another review when I'm finished.
Purchased (special order that took over 2 months to arrive) from Dymocks.
Price: $110.00 but considering in Sydney at the Harry Potter exhibition they wanted $169.00, $110 is an excellent price.
This book is huge! It weighs 3.5kg (yes I did weigh it) and I was afraid that it wasn't going to fit on my bookshelf (but it does... geek dance). There are 540 beautiful glossy pages, some of them featuring clear embossed images, like shoeprints, wands and feathers, and there are a few fold out pages. Including one of the front featuring some of the main characters.
So, the contents...the book is divided into three parts:
Part I: The Making of Harry Potter
Setting the Scene
HP and the Sorcerer's Stone
HP and the Chamber of Secrets
HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban
HP and the Goblet of Fire
HP and the Order of the Phoenix
HP and the Half-Blood Prince
HP and the Deathly Hallows
This section is full of candid photos (including Voldemort reading a magazine), set design illustrations and behind the scene photos. It also includes strange things, like the characters heights, and tidbits from the various directors.
Part II: The Art of Harry Potter
Locations: Set Design
Creatures: Special Makeup and Digital Effects
Artefacts: Prop Making
This is my favourite section. It shows the characters costumes, including fabric swatches, information on tattoos, wands and makeup. It also showed art designs of main locations, including a snow covered model of Hogwarts (which is actually covered in salt, not snow) and designs from JK Rowling of Diagon Alley etc.
This section brought back a lot of memories from the Harry Potter Exhibition I went too in Sydney. Props of creatures and random artefacts that I saw, but had forgotten I'd seen.
Part III: Epilogue
The Golden Boards
Acknowledgements and Colophon
The last section isn't that exciting, but a little sad. Featuring photos from throughout the filming of Harry Potter, including the last group photos.
I've posted some photos of some of the pages I liked. Sorry about the quality of the photos. I used Hipstermatic, because for some reason my Camera app on my iPhone doesn't work :|
|Sirius Blacks' tattoo designs|
|Barty Crouch Jr aka David Tennant|
|My 2 favourite Harry Potter baddies :)|
|Blueprints of Hogwarts|
|Blueprints of the covered bridge that leads to Hagrids house.|
I hope you enjoyed this quick look at Harry Potter - Page To Screen. When I picked this book up I ordered another Harry Potter book. Harry Potter Film Wizardry. So stay tuned for the review of that one :)