Book Review #71: Harry Potter: The Character Vault

Monday, 9 November 2015
Please note that before you read this review that I am reviewing this publication for Titan Books. I received an advanced readers copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. In no way is my opinion influenced by the fact that I received this free of charge. Now on with the review.

Title: Harry Potter: The Character Vault
AuthorJody Revenson
Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Hardback
Publication DateSeptember 25th 2015
SourceReview Copy from Publisher
PurchaseThe Book Depository / Waterstones

Unlock new information about your favourite characters from the Harry Potter movies with this definitive coffeetable book profiling the good, the bad, and everything in between within the Harry Potter universe. Dive into the personal journeys of beloved Harry Potter heroes, and an insightful look at the motivations and actions of the films’ most notorious and complicated villains.

Concept art, behind-the-scenes imagery, and film stills track everyone from Harry, Hermione, and Ron to Dobby, Mad-Eye Moody, and Dolores Umbridge, telling their complete stories as they evolve throughout the film series. A comprehensive collection of the movies’ beloved characters, this beautifully designed book is the ultimate Harry Potter character overview.

As a ridiculously large Harry Potter fan, having the opportunity to go back and revisit your favourite moments and characters from the books and films is a dream come true. I'm sure most fans of the series will be able to agree with me on that note. With this third instalment of the Harry Potter film art book series, The Character Vault takes an in-depth exploration of fan favourite characters from the Harry Potter series. Now initially, I thought this may present itself more of a compendium of knowledge based purely on the characters and their traits, but upon flipping through I discovered a lot of information to do with the character's ties to the movie franchise that I hadn't thought about before. For example, did you know they actually cast someone to play Peeves? They had his drawing done, and then decided to take him out of the films last minute!

As readers turn each page, they are greeted with extensive profiles on all of their favourite characters. From the initial sketches of character design, to polaroid images of the actors in costume on set, each page will surprise readers with facts and exclusive behind the scenes footage that they might not have known previously. What amazed me whilst reading, was to the extent of the detail that the character profiles go in to! From details about character's props, to initial inputs by the actors, it was pleasant to read about just how much detail went into casting these iconic characters for the big screen.

Flicking through the book and admiring the stunning illustrations throughout, readers will very clearly be able to see just how much time went into making sure the transition to transition from book to screen. Illustrators' images reflect very clearly the idea of what a character would look like inside fan's imaginations, and they have produced a wonderful job at crafting this very particular look around the actors playing them.

Overall, readers and fans of the Harry Potter franchise will be thoroughly impressed with the amount of detail that has gone into deciphering each of these well loved characters. And as an added bonus, readers are treated to two posters depicting members of The Order of the Phoenix and the squad of Death Eaters that feature in the films.  I award The Character Vault a 4 out of 5 star rating! Lover's of this world will admire and enjoy the beauty that is this compendium of wonder, and through it will be able to once again immerse themselves in the vast wizarding universe that this franchise has created.

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