“Harry Potter: The Character Vault” Is Here

With all the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child news happening last week, you may have missed another exciting development – Harry Potter: The Character Vault is now available.

We first posted about The Character Vault back in May, and now this sumptuous edition, written by Jody Revenson, has arrived just in time for the holidays. The Character Vault follows two previous releases by Revenson, Harry Potter: The Creature Vault and Harry Potter: Magical Places From the Films, and if you’re the owner of either of those books, you’ll be glad to know that this one is just as lovely.


Character vault book cover

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The Character Vault features concept art and design secrets for all of your favorite Potter characters, from mainstays like Harry and Draco to less-often-seen – but still beautifully imaged – characters, like the Gray Lady, Cedric Diggory, and Kingsley Shacklebolt. Revenson even delves into elements of the Potter design that fans may not have even considered before, like what goes into making members of the same family look like they belong together or how it was decided what Quidditch uniforms should look like.


Pages from the Character Vault depicting Quidditch uniforms


As an added bonus, included with the book are two posters, one depicting several members of the Order of the Phoenix, the other showing several Death Eaters. Though the posters are sparsely designed, they are lovely and should make a fine addition to any Potter decor.


Two pages depicting Harry and Voldemort from the Character Vault


Of course, my favorite aspect of The Character Vault is the inclusion of a number of pieces of concept art. The Harry Potter films are so richly imagined, but lovely as they are, we only see part of the work that goes into them when we see the finished product on-screen. It’s wonderful to see some of the artistic genius behind the films we love so well.


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Jessica J.

I've been making magic at MuggleNet since 2012, when I first joined the staff as a News intern. I've never wavered from the declaration in my childhood journal, circa October 2000: "I LOVE Harry Potter! If I clean my room, my mom says she'll make me a dinner a wizard would love!" Proud Gryffindor; don't hate.

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