The Elder Wand. The Marauder's Map. The Sword of Gryffindor. These items, along with so many others, are essential to Harry Potter. The film series is a visual spectacle. Every frame is rich with meticulous detail, and the wizarding world allows for some unique design elements.
"Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault" contains just about everything you'd want to see close up from the films. If you are interested in production design, set decoration, or similar aspects of filmmaking then you've got to see this book for yourself. As a Harry Potter fan, I was already quite familiar with how much effort went into designing the films - but the book has so many different artifacts in such great detail that it's impossible not to be impressed.
"Harry Potter: The Character Vault" is a fascinating book that details the characters from the films. Everyone is included - Harry, Ron, Hermoine, Snape, Dumbledore, Voldemort, etc. The main characters get 4-5 pages each, while minor characters usually get a single 2-page spread.
The book profiles each character, and the text from Jody Revenson (author of many previous Potter books, including Magical Places) is insightful and well written. For some characters, there are a few words about the actor as well as his/her casting and process. But most of the text is dedicated to discussing the look of the characters; that is, how they are translated visually from the page to the screen. This means discussion about costumes, makeup, hairstyling, and props.
"Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films" celebrates the many locations of the Harry Potter film series. I have always thought that the Harry Potter movies have some of the best production design of any films, and so a book dedicated to highlighting that work is a must-own in my view.
The book is full of color photos and conceptual artwork. Each location also has plenty of text discussing the context in which each location appears in the films as well as the design process.
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