BOOK REVIEW Harry Potter Film Wizardry Brian Sibley


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A spellbinding book

Whatever you think of the Harry Potter films, there’s no denying that the various design departments have worked some serious magic across the series. Okay, they had budgets that could have pulled Ireland out of financial crisis, so you’d expect the best, but the imagination of their designs and attention to detail has always been astonishing.

A lot of that detail is easily missed in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shots, so it’s good to have this simply sumptuous book to redress the balance. We’re rarely seen a making-of book so brilliantly designed, so gorgeously packaged and so entertainingly written, with contributions from all the key players from both sides of the camera.

But it’s more than just words and pictures. There are loads of great pull-outs as well, all completely authentic reproductions of props from the film: the Marauders’ Map, the letter inviting Harry to Hogwarts, stickers of labels from potions bottles, an invitation to the Yule Ball, a Ministry of Magic identity card... It looks like it should cost a fortune, but at £25 it almost seems too cheap.

Dave Golder

Deputy Editor, SFX

Ian Berriman has been working for SFX – the world's leading sci-fi, fantasy and horror magazine – since March 2002. He also writes for Total Film, Electronic Sound and Retro Pop; other publications he's contributed to include Horrorville, When Saturday Comes and What DVD. A life-long Doctor Who fan, he's also a supporter of Hull City, and live-tweets along to BBC Four's Top Of The Pops repeats from his @TOTPFacts account.