Book Review: The Art Of Harry Potter

The Art of Harry Potter
By Marc Sumerak
Publisher: Harper Design | HarperCollins
Release date: November 21, 2017

Some might call it coincidental. I call it cosmic. Not only do I have the opportunity of writing a review on The Art of Harry Potter by Marc Sumerak today, but I may or may not – by happenstance – be currently cozying up in my comfy chair by the fireplace wearing a Harry Potter-themed tee shirt. It’s getting *quite* magical over here, and I invite you to join me.

The Art of Harry Potter features original art from the Harry Potter films and it is magnificent. Its massive dimensions (10.1″ width x 13.1″ height x 1.7″ depth) are only outmatched by its heft, which I consider a positive. It evokes the feeling of having access to a large, valuable volume…perhaps something found in the restricted section of the Hogwarts library?

“Beautifully crafted and presented in a deluxe, large format with lavish production values, these pages present a visual chronicle of the work by artists and filmmakers to bring the wizarding world to life on screen,” states Eric Bahrenburg of the Harper Design publicity department. This collection lets readers/viewers in with never-before-seen illustrations from the closed set of the Harry Potter films. With concept sketches, production paintings and storyboards, this is a jewel in the library of any true Harry Potter fan.

The pages are thick with a rich texture accompanied by a surprising variety of artistic styles amongst the images. Artwork is credited and captioned with identifying information and book quotes appear on pages, bringing back reminiscences as readers are carried along this timeless tale all over again. The vast, lush grounds of Hogwarts Castle are depicted from all angles imaginable and beloved settings like the quaint, snowy Hogsmeade and bustling, ancient Diagon Alley are featured. Character studies and magical creatures are explored in artful detail. From quidditch to horcruxes, brooms, potions, wands, and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, this book has it all. Perhaps most exciting of all are some surprising fold-out prints.

If I could frame each page and place it over every inch of empty wall space in my home without being judged, I would consider it. The Art of Harry Potter is a masterpiece.

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