Harry Potter Film Companions

Beginning in 2010 with the release of Harry Potter: Film Wizardry, Harper Design has published a number of books that go behind the scenes of the making of the Harry Potter films. These books provide readers with inside stories about the writing, casting, design, production, and overall creation of Harry’s world on-screen.

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating People

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Author: Jody Revenson
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick Press
96 pages

Featuring all eight Harry Potter movies and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, this magical book is the ultimate insider’s guide to the films from J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world for young fans.

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.

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Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault

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Author: Jody Revenson
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Harper Design
208 pages

Throughout the making of the eight Harry Potter movies, designers and craftspeople were tasked with creating fabulous chocolate-fantasy feasts, flying brooms, enchanted maps, and much more, in addition to numerous magical items necessary in a wizard’s everyday life—for example, newspapers with moving photos, vicious textbooks, and Howlers.

Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault chronicles the work of the graphics department in creating vibrant and imaginative labels for potions bottles, brooms, and candy; the creation of Quidditch Quaffles, Bludgers, and Golden Snitches, lovingly crafted by the prop making team; and the stunning inventiveness used by the entire crew to create a rich, bewitched filmic universe.

Accompanying the captivating text are never-before-seen art and design concepts, unit photography, and other filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive. This striking full-color compendium includes two exclusive bonus inserts—Gilderoy Lockhart’s classroom questionnaire and a Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes catalog—as well as many more surprises.

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Harry Potter: The Character Vault

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Author: Jody Revenson
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Harper Design
208 pages

A comprehensive, full-color compendium of the key characters in all eight of the Harry Potter films, filled with never-before-seen photographs and illustrations, covering the costumes, makeup, weaponry, and behind-the-scenes story that brought each personality memorably to life on the big screen. Harry Potter: The Character Vault offers fans a deeper look at the creative development of the characters introduced in the books and brought to life in the theatrical series.

Jody Revenson brings you closer to Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the students and faculty at Hogwarts, the bureaucrats at the Ministry of Magic, the Triwizard Tournament competitors, the wizarding world families, and the dark forces against them. Each profile in the book includes design sketches and unit photography showcasing the costumes of each character, along with an image of his or her wand and other iconic props specific to the characters—brooms, Harry’s Invisibility Cloak, Mad-Eye Moody’s eye and prosthetic leg, and more. Discover how Quidditch gear and Hogwarts robes subtly changed as the characters grew up and discover the fashion and artistry behind the Weasley style, the Yule Ball dresses and robes, Slug Club party wear, and Death Eater masks and costumes.

Interweaving interviews with the special effects experts, costume designers, makeup artists and the cast, Jody Revenson shows fans how the magic happens, revealing the unique filming techniques used to change particular characters’ sizes, such as a giant Hagrid and Madame Maxime, as well as special makeup processes that created the look of Harry’s Stinging Hex and Peter Pettigrew’s rat-like visage.

Featured throughout are intriguing profiles of the special makeup effects artists who share the most memorable effects they’ve used to transform ordinary actors into their extraordinary fictional counterparts. Harry Potter: The Character Vault is your exclusive all-access pass into the creative process of the largest film franchise of all time and comes complete with two exclusive removable features.

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Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films

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Author: Jody Revenson
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Harper Design
208 pages

A comprehensive and delightful look at Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, the Burrow, Azkaban prison, and all of the memorable places, both loved and feared, that brought the Harry Potter movies to life—a keepsake treasury bound in a debossed leatherette case and featuring a removable poster and interactive booklet. Grand in its design and package, Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond offers an unprecedented look at the creative process that transformed the magical locations of the wizarding world from the page to the big screen.

Inside, readers will discover the many challenges the studio faced to build the fantastical sites depicted in Rowling’s books, from Hogwarts Castle and its many classrooms and dormitories, to Diagon Alley and the Ministry of Magic. Organized by film appearance, Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films takes readers on a behind-the-scenes visual journey through all eight of the Harry Potter films. Jody Revenson provides detailed profiles of each location and pairs them with never-before-seen concept art, behind-the-scenes photographs, and film stills with supplementary information that reveals filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archives.

Gorgeously designed, visually stunning, Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films is truly is an unmatched look at the imaginative sets that were designed, built, furnished, and digitally enhanced specifically for the films. It also includes real-life scouting locations across the stunning countryside of England, Wales, and Scotland—many of which would later become the settings for Hagrid’s hut, Shell Cottage, the Hogwarts bridge, and other iconic places. This stunning full-color compendium also includes two exclusive bonus inserts: a map of Diagon Alley folded in an envelope in the back of the book and a “The Paintings of Hogwarts” catalog inserted in the text.

Harry Potter: The Creature Vault

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Author: Jody Revenson
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Harper Design
208 pages

Dementors, house-elves, merpeople, and Chinese Fireball dragons—these are just a few of the magical creatures and frightening monsters populating J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Harry Potter: The Creature Vault is a fascinating look at how this menagerie was brought to life for the blockbuster Harry Potter film series.

Detailed profiles of each creature include rare concept illustrations, behind-the-scenes photography, and filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive. A removable poster picturing each of the creatures and an interactive Eeylops Owl Emporium catalog complete this must-have package.

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Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey

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Author: Bob McCabe
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harper Design
540 pages

Harry Potter: Page to Screen, the follow-up to the New York Times best-seller Harry Potter: Film Wizardry, is a lavish and personal look at the entire filmmaking process that transformed J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series into a blockbuster movie franchise.

Featuring all-new interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Michael Gambon, behind-the-scenes anecdotes from producer David Heyman, production designer Stuart Craig, and director David Yates, and hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and concept illustrations, this book is the ultimate compendium for Potter fans young and old.

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Collector‘s Edition

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Released on December 4, 2012, the Collector’s Edition (of which only 3,000 were made) of Harry Potter: Page to Screen included the following:

  • A cloth-covered case, styled to look like a shelf from a shop in Diagon Alley
  • A cloth-bound edition of Harry Potter: Page to Screen 
  • Seven additional volumes detailing the Harry Potter creative team’s ten years of extensive efforts:
    • The Creature Shop Compendium: Flora and Fauna from the Harry Potter Films
    • Environments Envisioned: Building Fantastic Sets and Scouting Dramatic Locations
    • A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films
    • Movie Magic: Practical Props and Exciting Effects
    • The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets
    • Ten Years Later: Life on Set with the Harry Potter Cast and Crew
    • Wizard Wear and Muggle Attire: Costuming the World of Harry Potter
  • A replica of the The Monster Book of Monsters film prop
  • A gilded portfolio of five framable prints of original Harry Potter concept art
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Harry Potter: Film Wizardry

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Author: Brian Sibley
Publication date: October 19, 2010
Publisher: Harper Design
160 pages

Revised & Expanded Edition:
Publication date: December 6, 2012
Publisher: Bantam Press
164 pages

Immerse yourself in the world of the spectacular Harry Potter film series. Learn why Yule Ball ice sculptures never melt, where Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts are really “minted,” how to get a Hippogriff to work with actors, the inspiration behind Hogwarts castle, and why Dementors move the way they do.

Written and designed in collaboration with the cast and crew that brought J.K. Rowling’s celebrated novels to the silver screen, Harry Potter: Film Wizardry delivers an enchanting interactive experience, transporting readers to the wizarding world by sharing filmmaking secrets, unpublished photography and artwork, and exclusive stories from the stars. Full of removable facsimile reproductions of props and paper ephemera from the movies, this collectible volume offers a privileged look at the Harry Potter films and the talented group of Muggles who have made true movie magic.

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