Title: J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places
Author: Jody Revenson
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s non-fiction, Activity
Book format: Hardback
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Description:  From the gilded halls of Gringotts and Hogwarts to the New York City of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, each page of this book delivers a fun, interactive experience for young readers as they discover how the extraordinary places and fascinating characters of the wizarding world took shape on-screen. Filled with lift-the-flaps, stickers and other engaging inserts, this engrossing book overflows with captivating facts about the movie magic used to create a world fit for witches and wizards. Including insights from the actors who played Harry Potter, Professor Dumbledore, Newt Scamander and many more, this book is a must-have for young fans of the Wizarding World.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:   This is an amazing book that’s just perfect for Harry Potter fans! This hardback is around A4 in size although wider and is beautifully embossed with shiny gold details and glossy images on both the front and back cover. Inside are thick glossy, and heavy, pages filled with colourful pictures and lots of little things to pull out and look at.

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‘Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places’ is the first book in the ‘J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic’ series and is all about the various characters from the films as well as key locations from the movies, explaining how they were made for the film, with lots of interesting details I just didn’t know. There’s a great introduction at the start of the book explaining a few details about how the films were made, including a quick diagram of where everything in Hogwarts is (drawn by J. K. Rowling herself!). After this the book focuses on ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them’ followed by the Harry Potter books.

Each page or double page spread features one character or a location such as Diagon Alley. There’s a few pieces of text, arranged in small snippets, among the pictures that explain the character or location in the movie and some fun facts about them. Some of the facts for the people include quotes from the actors about their characters or information about how a certain look was achieved. I had no idea about the issues Daniel Radcliffe had with some glasses and contacts and it was really interesting to read this and so many other facts. The places have information such as how sets were built and if they were based on a real location or were filmed somewhere real. I especially enjoyed finding out where all the various classes at Hogwarts were filmed, there’s a surprising amount of different locations! Not every character in the movies is given a whole page but most of the important ones are and the others are mentioned on a pull out page near the end of the book.

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Each page is filled with lots of photographs from the films and off-set as well as some illustrations, including some simple sketches. Many of the pages also feature extra things such as flaps to lift, fun things to turn (the sort of things when you pull a flap in a pop-up book it reveals something) and lots of pieces of paper stuck in with extra things to look at such as posters. I especially enjoyed the newspaper with the removable postcards hidden behind it and there was even a booklet with a storyboard of one of the scenes of Harry Potter, which looks like it’s the real story board as it’s even stamped! These little bits are stuck into the pages by a small flap and just make this book so much more fun and very special. There are stickers too and on the inside of the back cover there are two death eater masks slotted into a pouch which look really creepy and you can just attach some string and wear them.

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I can’t believe the quality of this book and how fun it is to read. I think anyone interested in Harry Potter or even how the movies were made will really enjoy this book. It’s so lovely it’s like a gift on its own which I recommend but it’s also part of a series of books and I’d also recommend them!

-Review first appeared online December 2017 – now republished here.

Do you like Harry Potter and the world around it?  What do you think of this book?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂