Review: The Art of Harry Potter by Marc Sumerak

 

I got this beautiful book for my birthday from my other half and I decided to properly read it! It’s one of those books that you would usually flick through occasionally, but I felt like reading it was so satisfying and wonderful! I’ve been a big Harry Potter fan since I read the books earlier this year and watched the movies soon after. This book was the perfect way to delve even deeper into the world.

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Chapter One: The Wizarding World contains beautiful scenes of the Muggle world, Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, Wizarding homes and even the Quidditch World Cup!

This was, by far, my favourite chapter in this book. Seeing so many incredible views of the world were just breathtaking. The paper is glossy and shows colours so well, each picture giving off such a rich and lifelike feel.

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Chapter Two: Wizards, Witches, and Muggles. This chapter includes Hogwarts students, the Order of the Phoenix, Hogwarts staff, dark forces and even goes into detail about the Triwizard tournament.

Character sketches include in a location, concept sketches, outfit planning and studies. They are, again, beautiful, and it becomes evident how hard the staff worked on getting every little detail just right.

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Chapter Three: Magical Creatures includes those such as companions, dragons, house elves, Forbidden Forest dwellers and dark creatures.

This topic also happens to contain my favourite page in the entire book – the patronus of Severus Snape. The glow that seems to shine from this page is just incredible, and I had to include a picture above to show you all. I also includes the funniest page – a study of different House Elves! They were never used in the movie but they made me and Josh laugh out loud.

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Chapter Four: Artifacts includes so many items, such as wands, brooms, Quidditch items, dark objects, Horcruxes, portraits and items from Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

Again, you can really see the detail when flicking through these beautiful, complicated studies of seemingly trivial items. The thing that really hit me, when reading these chapters, was the amount that makes up this magical world. Such small items require work, and make the world what it is.

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The last chapter is a more shocking one, Graphic Art of the Wizarding World. This includes book covers, Quidditch posters, documents, blueprints magazines and newspapers, food and drink and even potion bottle labels!

I have to say, this one surprised me. What might seem trivial turned out to be the beating heart of this world. These things are the foundations that the Wizarding World is built upon, the glue that holds it together. And they are absolutely beautiful and full of colour and detail.

Overall, I found this book pure comfort. It felt so relaxing to be able to be in this world once more, but in a fresh and different way. It’s the perfect book to read in bed on a quiet evening.

It’s absolute beauty. It’s breathtaking magic.

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I have to start by saying I can completely understand and sympathise with the anger surrounding this book. I can’t imagine being part of the Harry Potter fandom your whole life, find out she’s releasing another book….and it’s a play. Whoop.

But I’m very fortunate to say I never saw it that way. I knew this book would be a play. I treated it very much like a novella. And I loved it.

“Those we love never truly leave us, Harry.”

This book gives Harry Potter fans something fresh and new. It’s a long time since the last of the series came out, and this is a great way to cast our minds back and feel the nostalgia. I loved reading about the group as adults, as well as having a touch of the cast as they were young but in a different mindset. I found the dialogue entrancing and the play format very easy to read, a very different experience to reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

“There are things that death cannot touch.”

It only took me a couple of days to read this, and I felt the magic and anticipation just as I did when I read the original series. For Harry Potter fans like me, reading this will make you feel comforted. It’s definitely something to go into with a different mindset, and if you can it’s definitely best to read this with a clean slate in mind, and no expectations.

I went in feeling like that, and it made reading this script feel like coming home.

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #59

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

This book marks the 3rd book I’ve bought this month which means I’m doing pretty well! We’ll see in my August wrap-up on Friday whether I buy any more, but hopefully I can stick to just 3.

Anyway, this week I bought the Ravenclaw edition of Harry Potter to add to our collection!

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Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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