5eva5 reviewed this|about 2 years ago
As a huge Potter-fan, books and films, I just had to pick up this hefty tome - and at 7.3 lbs (about 3,5 kg), it certainly is a tome. The first part covers each film in order (e.g. casting actors, writing scripts, directorial choices, etc.) and the second part covers the art (e.g. construction drawings for models, storyboards, schematics for the various props, etc.).The most obvious thing about the book, apart from its huge size, is the production quality. They certainly went out of their way to create an especially beautiful book. The paper- and print-quality is exceptional so the reproduction of the art is perfect. Also, they've added a few bonuses - for example, there are "hidden" illustrations on many pages.Content-wise, they have been organized and thorough. The books starts with an introduction which explains how the producer got hold of a script of the first book before it was published as a book, so they immediately optioned the film rights but had to wait until the book had gained popularity momentum before raising money for the film(s). It then goes through the process of finding the crew and cast and continues with a detailed description of each of the films. Part two of the book has sections on the characters (and their costumes), locations, creatures, special effects, etc. along with concept drawings or photos from the films. The writing tries to present mainly behind-the-scenes information, since readers of this book will have seen the films ("Sort-of-spoiler:" Neville wore a fat-suit!).If I were really looking for something to gripe about, I would have wanted a section on Hedwig and the other animals and I would have wished for even more technical production information (as if Cinefex Magazine had produced the book). Also, sometimes information from one section is repeated (verbatim) in another when the subjects are overlapping. However, I do understand that they have to exclude some information when putting eight movies into a "mere" 500+ page book, and also that the perfect balance between the wishes of a "normal" fan and a severe film-nerd cannot be reached, so these are small gripes indeed.This is easily one of the most beautiful books I own and it's really a must-have for any fan of the Potter films.