The new Harry Potter Page To Screen: The Complete Film Making Journey is a fascinating book for anyone who wants to know more about the making of the Harry Potter movies. For me one of the best features of any of the Harry Potter movie DVDs is the extra features that they include, particularly the behind the scenes details that they have. This excellent new book takes you behind the scenes of all the movies and gives huge amounts of details about the film making process, the sets, the costumes and has lots of details about the movie making process.
When I first picked up the book it was in a traditional book store with a price tag of $75. And let’s be clear that ‘picking up’ this book is no easy task – it is heavy! At 531 large pages with very high quality binding this is a gigantic coffee table style book. I was more than prepared to pay the $75 price but as always wanted to check out the price on Amazon first. I was so pleased to see it offered there at a 40% discount. At $45 this book is a bargain.
Part I: The Making of Harry Potter
Setting the Scene
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part II: The Art of Harry Potter
Locations: Set Design
Creatures: Special Makeup and Digital Effects
Artifacts: Prop Making
Part III: Epilogue
The Golden Boards
Acknowledgements and Colophon
The Page To Screen book goes into a lot of detail right from the start. It is difficult to imagine a world without the books and the movies and it is interesting to read about how the Harry Potter movie franchise started out. David Heyman was skeptical at first about the new book and thought that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone did not seem ‘like a very good title’. Fortunately as soon as he read the book he ‘fell in love’. Even Heyman could never have predicted the amazing success of the Harry Potter movies and thought it would ‘at most, the first book might make a good, modestly sized British film”. Fortunately for all of us the Harry Potter movies became rather more than that.
The book is a must for Harry Potter fans who are fascinated by the movie. The quality high, the pictures breathtaking, and the insight it gives into the movie making process is fascinating. And at that price on Amazon is a deal too good to pass.