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.
All the important artifacts central to the story are here: everything from Harry's Hogwarts acceptance letter to the the three Deathly Hallows. But you also get to see background items that aren't necessarily central to the films, but nonetheless help to further immerse the viewer in the magical world. Examples include the paintings in the halls of Hogwarts, potion collections, and the food at the Yule Ball feast. Everything is printed here in great detail for your inspection.
The most common type of imagery are pictures of the artifacts themselves; although there is also plenty of concept art, storyboards, etc. The team at Harper Design did an excellent job assembling and publishing this book. Images are very clear and are printed large enough for detail to emerge.
Some of the most interesting pieces in the book:
- Quidditch Gear, including the Golden Snitch
- Collection of Textbooks and the Monster Book of Monsters
- Voldemort's eight Horcruxes
- Various covers from the Daily Prophet
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: At Hogwarts
Chapter 2: The Sorcerer's Stone
Chapter 3: The Triwizard Tournament
Chapter 4: Brooms
Chapter 5: Food & Drink
Chapter 6: Publications
Chapter 7: Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes
Chapter 8: Wizard Inventions
Chapter 9: Horcruxes & Hallows
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