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Harry Potter - Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey [Hardcover]

Bob McCabe
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1 Nov 2011
From the acquisition of the film rights to the casting of Harry, Ron, and Hermione and the assembly of the creative team, Harry Potter: Page to Screen is a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of the most popular film series in cinema history, as told by the people who made the magic real. Harry Potter: Page to Screen traces the cinematic process of bringing J.K. Rowling's beloved books to big-screen life. From the moment the book was optioned to the last film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, this book reveals all the filming secrets, never-before-seen images, and the most memorable moments real and fictional of the Harry Potter saga. Comprehensive interviews, quotes, and stories from the Harry Potter creative team and cast round out the hundreds of images, providing context and an insightful, in-depth look at the inner-workings of the Potter world. Daniel Radcliffe recounts how his personal life was shaped by playing Harry Potter; his narration sets the tone for the book and connects the many voices of the Harry Potter family. Not only do Radcliffe and his fellow cast members discuss the reality of growing up Potter, they also reflect on the countless memories that made the Potter experience so unique: meeting J.K. Rowling; Richard Harris's (the original Dumbledore) death; the effects of 9-11 on the cast and crew; and the day to day experience of bringing a film to life. Fully supported by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Harry Potter: Page to Screen is created by the same team responsible for the hugely successful Harry Potter: Film Wizardry, and is sure to delight Muggles everywhere.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 540 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062101897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062101891
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 24.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"To call this a labour of love is like calling the Taj Mahal a shed... A coffee-table volume worthy of the most successful movie series of all time." --Heat

"Sure to delight die-hard muggles." --Daily Record

"The book is sumptuously illustrated with stills photography and concept art. You could get your fill without reading a word, but coupled with insights this is an astonishingly detailed accounts of the passion, talent and effort poured into the series. 5 stars." --Empire

"The level of interview access is impressive, and author Bob McCabe weaves contributions from talent on both sides of the camera into an entertaining, trivia-packed retrospective. But it's the artwork that really draws you in. It's a feast for the eyes, packed with behind-the-scenes photos and stunning concept art. If you're into the movies, you'll want this on your bookshelf." --SFX Magazine

"A fascinating look behind the making of the movies." --Home Cinema Choice

"Anyone interested in this field of fantasy art should invest in this beautiful, rich source of inspiration. 5 out of 5." --Imagine FX

"Fans who aren't quite ready to wave off the wizarding world just yet will devour Harry Potter: Page to Screen, which gives the ten-year film franchise a worthy send off." --We Love This Book

"An immense tome that might have fallen from Dumbledore's own bookshelves... A sumptuous style guide to the phenomenon." --The Independent --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Bob McCabe is a noted film critic, broadcaster, journalist and screenwriter. He is the author of Dark Knights and Holy Fools: The Art and Films of Terry Gilliam and several other film books, including authorised biographies of The Pythons and Ronnie Barker, The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies and the BFI book on The Exorcist. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Magical 21 Oct 2011
By Quinn
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What can I say about the book... wow. I pre-ordered a copy after seeing the promotional youtube video and was thrilled to receive my copy today (quite a bit earlier than expected, thanks amazon). I was instantly overwhelmed by the size of it - it is incredibly heavy and visually stunning. The hardback cover is sturdy with beautiful presentation and a lovely picture of Hogwarts on the front. There is no tacky blurb or explanation of the book on the back cover either which is refreshing. The sheer volume of information and pictures inside the book make it worth the money as there are behind the scenes photographs, cast interviews, beautiful artistic impressions and photographs of many details you may have missed while watching the movies. My favourites include the fold-out intricate drawings of the Death Eater masks and the wonderfully detailed plan of Hogwarts.
The contents are as follows:
'Part I: The Making of Harry Potter' contains sections for each movie including introductions, photographs, descriptions, sketches and how each director/screenwriter etc faced challenges in adapting the book and how they accomplished it. There is a breakdown of important sequences from the movie so you can learn how they created The Battle of Hogwarts, Illuminating the Inferi etc. My only complaint is that the first book/movie is listed as 'Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone' which annoyed me a little as I'm British and remain loyal to the Philosophers Stone (of course).
'Part II: The Art of Harry Potter' covers each character/costumes, locations/set design, creatures/special makeup and digital effects and artifacts/prop making. The concept art is breathtaking and I was thoroughly interested in how they brought all the magical creatures to life on the big screen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! 7 Nov 2011
By fabkids
As others have stated, this book is huge. It's a beautiful book and a perfect Christmas present for my Harry Potter mad daughter. Very quick delivery as well, ordered Saturday, delivered Monday!

Can't recommend this book highly enough!

Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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If you are a fan of the HP films who can handle seeing "behind the scenes", then you just HAVE to read and own this masterpiece. I have just torn myself away to rest my aching neck, legs and wrists, after 4 hours non stop reading the first 118 pages (covering the first three films).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ANY POTTER FAN!! 30 Oct 2011
I pre-ordered this a few weeks back and was suprised when it arrived before the release date.

Its a massive book, I didnt realise it was going to be that big (it doesnt even fit on my bookshelf), but regardless I love it. It has soo much interesting information in it.

I cried a few times whilst reading, especially when they are talking about the end of the franchise and the golden boards. Its a tear jerker alright.

A great book for any Harry Potter fan. I have every single once released, fantastic to add to your merchandise and also a great buy for christmas. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 28 Oct 2012
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The book is gorgeos and the photos are wonderful. I simply sat down and read the book from one end to the other. I still come back to my favorite parts, read them, take in the pictures and compare in my mind to what I saw on screen.
Such a fantastic product and I recommend it to all Harry-fans out there:-)You'll not be dissappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 26 Oct 2011
By S. Yung
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Just like all the other reviews, this book is absolutely fantastic! It is so detailed, covering all 8 films, character designs, each different locations, items, everything you ever wondered about the making of the Harry potter films is in here. The brilliant photos, artwork and explanations compliments each other so well I am actually going to read all 528 pages!
This gorgeous hardback book is a must for all fans of Harry potter the books and the films.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great!! 26 Oct 2011
By lau108
I have recived this book today and it`s complete amazing!!
It has a lot of photos and interesting facts. Every potter fan must have it!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding 21 Oct 2011
By MrMate
The thing which surprised me the most when it arrived (6 days before release I might add)was the sheer size of the book. Its officially the biggest book I own now, and that includes all my textbooks. The 500+ page number descriptor is true, but what isn't noted is that many of the pages fold out to display very long and detailed features or artwork.

Speaking of the imagery, its a spectacle to behold. There is an ideal balance of film production shots, and the never-before-seen concept art. The photos from the making of the films are perfectly linked with the text, and provide real insight into how the scenes were prepared and made so seamless on screen. It's the artwork though which is a real winner. It's fantastic to see early visualisations of what we've all come to see on screen. There are some truly 'wow' pieces of art including long-shots of Hogwarts and the Flying Keys in Philosopher's Stone.

The book is divided into several sections including the specific films, then there's are sections for characters, locations, creatures, and artefacts. Each section includes it's own contents page to make navigating this large book quite efficient. One of my favourite inclusions in this text is the blue-print of Hogwarts - its very VERY detailed.

To summarise, this book is an essential read for Harry Potter fans. I recieved 'Film Wizardry' last Christmas, and thoroughly enjoyed it, but this is something else. Its 3x longer and 3x more detailed. I was worried that a lot of the information would be repeated but am happy to report that it isn't the case. Go on, treat yourself to what I am starting to think might become the ultimate Harry Potter reference book on the market.
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