Friday, November 3, 2017

A Walker Christmas List pt. 3 (Hazza Potta!)

Harry fans, step forward.  This one's for you.

J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World Movie Magic #2 / Curious Creatures

"Meet the magnificent creatures and fantastic beasts of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World."

Is there anything more magical than this book series?  I can only imagine how fun they were to put together!  Serious amounts of detail and allll the special features.

You need to know ---> inside the book there's a part one and part two.  Part one is dedicated to Fantastic Beasts.  I don't agree with this decision.  To me, Fantastic Beasts will always and only be an add-on.  Maybe kids these days feel differently.  But they shouldn't.  Moving on. To be fair, this IS a book about magical creatures, so I *guess* it makes sense.

If you want to buy serious amounts of down time on Christmas day, these are the books for you.  There are behind the scenes pics, illustrations, sketches, pop ups (exquisite ones), inserts (collectors cards, clippings, a poster, a booklet), stickers, and screeds of information.  The pages are packed with photos and text, the kind of book a kid will get lost in for hours.

Disappointingly, Magical creatures aren't my thing. I reallllly need book #1, stat.  Meanwhile I'll hold onto this one as a valuable resource for magical research (I'm only half joking 😉).

J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World Movie Magic #3 / Amazing Artefacts

"The third title in an interactive series of books that features both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to create the ultimate behind-the-scenes guide to the wizarding world."

Okay, time to settle in.  This one is sooooo my cup of tea - start to finish.  Again, Fantastic Beasts is given a lot of room, but this time I'm more interested in the subject matter and therefore accepting 😉😂.  Some of inclusions in the Fantastic Beasts section are so spot on - especially the wand permit papers, I mean, come on.  There's also a super pretty, Art Deco style poster.  Bam.

When we move into the Harry Potter section, it's like coming home.  There's a copy of Harry Potter's acceptance letter (totes legit), a Daily Prophet, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, potion stickers and a poster of Dumbledore's sleeping portrait (amongst other doodads).  There are also instructions for making a wizard wand, and pages and paaaages of cool info.  There seem to be fewer additional items in Amazing Artefacts than there were in Curious Creatures, but they're better in this book, imo.

Basically, if you're planning a Harry Potter party theme, this book is a great place to start, decor-wise.  You've already got your invites, potion labels and Dumbledore portrait sussed!

Inserts aside (and yes, it's easy to get distracted by them), the content is super interesting for anyone who cares about the intricacies of filmmaking.  If nothing else, it will give you an immense appreciation for the hours of work that goes into making one of these films.  All those little considerations that eventually create an entire picture.

Harry Potter fans from about 10 and up will looooove these two!

J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World Creatures / Magical Film Projections

"Using black line illustrations on framed acetate pages, this enchanting book allows fans to project their favourite scenes from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films at home with a flashlight."

This little novelty book might not have the same longevity as the others, but would certainly make a fun resource to use at parties or in your classroom.  Pair it with a torch and some popcorn to make a cute Christmas gift ==> great recipe some summer holidays (camping!) fun.  While the novelty will eventually wear off, there's broad appeal to a book that can be shared with the whole family (grandparents included), regardless of whether they even know the story or not.  The fun will be extra enhanced for book fans, but the magic will be felt by even the muggliest muggles in your whanau.

I'm getting more and more despo to plan a proper Harry Potter party.  I've finally initiated the kids by reading them Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (we watched the movie last night), so it's only a matter of time, peops.  Bring it on.

All of these books are out now, priced between $27.99-$44.99

Review copies kindly provided by Walker Books

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