Harry Potter Film Wizardry: From the Creative Team Behind the Celebrated Movie Series

Harry Potter Film Wizardry: From the Creative Team Behind the Celebrated Movie Series

by Brian Sibley, Warner Bros


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ISBN-13: 9780593066485
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication date: 11/28/2010

About the Author

Brian Sibley has serialized and broadcast numerous radio and TV programs for the BBC, including: J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, and Gormenghast, for which he won a coveted Sony Radio Award. Sibley's film books include the best-selling The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy and Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey, as well as The Disney Studio Story, Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times, and The Land of Narnia. He lives in London, England.

David Heyman is Executive Producer for the Harry Potter films.

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Harry Potter Film Wizardry: From the Creative Team Behind the Celebrated Movie Series 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
katemac08 More than 1 year ago
Really beautiful book, a must-have for any Potter fan!
StephanieBarnz More than 1 year ago
Besides being a huge Potter fan, I am also involved in costuming and production for theatre performances, so I have loved this book! I have only had it a few days, but I haven't been able to put it down. My other Potter nerd friends have also been quite enthralled. There are so many interesting fact, interviews, stories, and pictures. Definitely worth buying
theeglasschild More than 1 year ago
The book is absolutely wonderful. There are a ton of awesome pictures, and information. The replicas are amazing. It is definitely worth getting!
feather25 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when I was picking up the latest release of the DH 1. To say I was pleased is putting it mildly. I highly urge the seniors out there to add this to their shelves to keep abreast of the youngn's
AyleeArgh on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is not the only movie companion guide written by Brian Sibley. He is also the author of a companion guide for The Lord of the Rings. And I can see why Warner Brothers would have wanted to hire him for the job. Sibley has written a fully comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the Harry Potter films. Harry Potter: Film Wizardry gives an insider view of the amount of work that has taken place at Leavesden Studios (where the majority of scenes in the movies have been filmed) over the years by thousands of crew members. I really felt that I got a full appreciation of the scale of the movies, the attention to detail, and what goes into making the sets, creatures, and props. How Stuart Craig, the production designer for all of the movies, has never received an Oscar for his work in the movies is beyond me. I can't even begin to list the interesting tidbits I learned in this book. There are simply too many of them! Of special note are the interludes by producer David Heyman, the man responsible for bringing J.K. Rowling's books to the big screen and doing so respectfully, as a true fan of the books himself. Harry Potter: Film Wizardry is a must read for any Harry Potter super fan!
Ella_Jill on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book describes the making of all the Harry Potter films, except the last one which hadn¿t been released yet when the book was published. I¿ve found it interesting not only from the standpoint of a HP fan, but also as a window into the modern movie-making process in general (at least, if they have a huge budget). One of the things that struck me when reading this book was how much actors are apparently expected to put up with. For instance, in the third film there¿s a scene where Harry¿s Aunt Marge is floating away and his Uncle Vernon tries to anchor her and ends up lifted in the air too, with her eager-to-help dog latching on to his leg. When I watched this scene I was sure most of it was done via computer animation. But it turned out that Pam Ferris who played Aunt Marge was actually wearing a huge body suit, and as Richard Griffiths who played Uncle Vernon explains, ¿I was tethered to Aunt Marge, and we were lifted 30-40 feet in the air¿ and Ripper the dog was just hanging on with his teeth ¿ to my ankle! And, boy, were they strong teeth! And as we got higher in the air, I was thinking, `I just want to die now!¿¿ In another example of a rather cavalier treatment of actors, in the fourth film, there¿s a scene where Harry steals an artificial egg from a dragon and falls down the castle roof in the process. Once again, when I was watching this, I was dead sure I was watching a computer-generated sequence. But as Daniel Radcliffe recalls, ¿Some of the stunts were a bit scary. I was on a wire, and I fell, I think, 40 feet very, very fast. That was terrifying¿ it was really scary!¿ OK, so he was on a wire. Was there no chance at all that something would snap or slip? Or that he would hit the side of the castle while hanging from this wire? It seems to me from reading this book that filmmakers sometimes forget that what they are doing is entertainment, make-belief, and just because a character was bitten by a dog or fell from the roof doesn¿t mean that the same should happen to the actor. Another thing that surprised me was how much time, effort and money gets spent on props for minute and/or unnecessary scenes ¿ props that the film audience doesn¿t get to see in any amount of detail anyway. For instance, for the first film ¿the props department minted a small fortune in Galleons, Sickles and Knuts.¿ Well, in any film, when a character walks into a store and buys something, do you ever notice what kind of coins he pays with? Similarly, for the second film ¿the graphic arts and props department joined forces to create the complete works of Gilderoy Lockhart.¿ I¿ve recently watched this film again on DVD, and the scene where Lockhart gives Harry the stack of his books is shot from the side, so that even the cover of the top book isn¿t visible. It could have been a stack of any hardcover books. Or take the one-third-sized model of the Weasleys¿ home, The Burrow, which required six months of painstaking effort to make, just so that it could burn down in six minutes. Was it absolutely necessary to have this scene of the burning house which was later rebuilt by Mr. Weasley? Couldn¿t they simply return home to find it in ruins or some few still burning rafters? And what about a one-third model of Draco Malfoy created so that Hagrid could lift him and take him to school after Draco gets injured by a hippogriff, without it becoming obvious that Hagrid is not of half-giant size? Well, couldn¿t Malfoy¿s friends manage to get him to the hospital wing, as he was pretending to swoon? (But at least Tom Felton was lucky that the hippogriff was played by a model and computer animation, and so he didn¿t have to get injured for real.) I could really go on and on. The one other artwork I can¿t refrain from mentioning are the individual wands with all sorts of embellishments created for various characters. In the books, all wands are supposed to look like simple wooden sticks. The woods differ, the lengths differ s
runner_roader on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A book detailing the past ten years of the Harry Potter films. This is an informational book that covers the actors and how they auditioned for the parts as the beloved Harry, Ron, and Hermione as well as all the other great actors. Its a behind the scenes glimpse of book to movie as J.K. Rowling conversed with the directors to help capture her stories on the big screen. Fun book that has the letter for Harry from Hogwarts and the Marauder's Map. Filled with a great deal of information which makes this book a hard one to put down.
VioletBramble on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A detailed look at the production design of the Harry Potter movies. The producers, directors and actors give insight on working with special effects, costumes, make-up, prosthetics, explosives and animated characters. Members of the production design team -- sculptors, builders, graphic artists, costumers, set design - discuss their roles and show what goes into making the world of Harry Potter look real on film. Topics covered : how they make the Quidditch players look like they're really flying, the whomping willow whomp, the Ford Anglia fly and Moaning Myrtle come twisting up out of the u-bend.My favorite sections were on make up/ prosthetics and graphics. Did you know that they are unable to make Ralph Fiennes look like he has a snake nose with make-up and prosthetics? They have to digitally alter his nose in every one of his scenes. The amount of graphic art work, much of which will only be on screen for a second, if at all, is staggering. They've printed thousands of copies of The Quibbler, and have shown 2 or 3 on screen. Not to mention the labels, boxes, books, proclamations and wanted posters.Which reminds me - the extras. Included in this book are a mini marauders map, a Yule Ball program, a Weasley Wizard Wheezes catalog, labels and more. I've had to fight the urge to label things in my kitchen cupboards with stickers for lacewing flies and boonslang skin.The book is predominantly graphics; photos/stills from the films/ filming and set building, story boards, artist and costumers drawings. Recommended for fans of Harry Potter or those interested in film production design.
MadameSynchro on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I'm torn between giving this book three or four stars. Keep in mine this book focuses solely on how the movies are created. I loved this book, they have tons of interesting things shoved in there from labels for potions bottles from Slughorn, to Educational Decrees from the Ministry of Magic, they even have a copy for the Marauders Map. They go into detail about character development, casting, set creation, etc. I never knew half of what I do now after reading that book. The attention to detail as far as set design goes, I always knew was great but finding out just how much time and effort was put into costumes alone was very impressive. I also liked how they decided what bits and pieces from the books would make it into the actual movie. My only wish is they would've included more things from the Deathly Hallows part 2. A nice book with some great things to play with if you're a true Harry Potter fan!
carma91 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Harry Potter Film Wizardry is really an awesome book. I got it for Christmas, and when I got the plastic off and opened it up and looked though it, I was pretty speechless, that¿s how cool it is. It¿s a very good quality book, with sturdy hard covers and shiny pages. Every page is full of pictures from the movies or concept art or pictures of the cast, and information about those pictures, and a lot of it is done up to look like a scrapbook or pages on a notice board (it really reminded me of JKR¿s website sometimes). There¿s information about all of the movies, the different characters and animals and places. It was all really cool to read the bits of information and because even though I did already know some of the stuff, there was a lot of stuff I¿d never heard of before. Another thing that made me interested in the book were all of the things that comes with it. There¿s a letter from Hogwarts, a programme for the Quidditch World Cup and for the Yule Ball, four Educational Decree signs, a Marauder¿s Map, and more. It¿s all very cool. The only little thing I have that could be better with the book is more stuff about Part 2 of Deathly Hallows. But with all of the other really awesome things in the book, I can live with that. All in all, a really awesome book!
Eurekas on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I am a true Harry Potter fan. I bought this at the Harry Potter Exhibition in Seattle. It is a very satisfying book. It is not just a picture book. It goes into great detail explaining not just how they made the movies but why they made the changes they made, and what some of the problems were. It has many bonus things inside which can be taken out and used for props, like candy boxes from Honeydukes, the Marauder's Map, and labels for apothecary jars, to mention only a few. I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone who loved the books and the movies.
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I got this book a while back when it first came out and I must say that it is one of the best books I ever got! From the outside, it may not look like a big book, but let me tell YOU it is completely packed with back-stage pictures, stories, pull-outs of flyers and letters, and more. I had such a great time reading about how the magic was created for these movies and how the directors and producers came to all of their decisions. I can't wait for the sequel of this book to come out in october!
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