Friday, 7 July 2017

Review: Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm

Using black line illustrations on framed acetate pages, this enchanting book allows fans to project their favorite scenes from the Harry Potter films at home with a flashlight.

Expecto Patronum! Discover the powerful Patronus Charm that Harry Potter and other wizards and witches use to produce a magical guardian. In a dark room, shine a light through the window on each page of this unique book to project incredible scenes on the wall or ceiling. Read along and experience magical moments from the Harry potter films like never before.

Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 20th Anniversary House Editions
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
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
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Play Script written with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

Pottermore Presents:
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Short Story Collection)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Short Story Collection)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Short Story Collection)

Other Harry Potter Books & Products:
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Buckbeak (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Quidditch (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (Activity Book)

Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information

Review:
This is the second book in the Magical Film Projections range and if you're familiar with the previous book (J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures) then you'll know exactly what to expect from this one. In case you haven't come across these books before let me give you a brief overview. These books don't really include much reading material but they do contain 6 illustrations printed on clear plastic (along with a blank sheet for you to draw your own image on). The idea is to shine a torch on the plastic sheet to see the image projected onto your wall or ceiling. Kids can then use the sample text included or their imaginations to act out popular scenes from the books and movies.

In this case the scenes all relate to Patronus Charms so it includes: Professor Lupin protecting Harry from the Dementors on the Hogwarts Express; Harry learning how to produce a Patronus in class; the stag Patrous Harry creates when he travels back in time with Ron and Hermione; Hermione's Otter Patronus; Luna with her Hare Patronus; and finally Professor Snape with his Doe.

I had more success getting the images to project this time around (I was a little disappointed with the first book). I'm not sure if that's because I've had practice or whether these images just come up clearer but I found holding the torch further away from the book produces a better image. I still found the pictures went blurry if I tried to make them too large but I think kids will have a lot of fun playing with these books anyway. As a huge Potterhead and someone who has collected an unreasonable amount of HP merchandise this was a great addition to my shelves.

It wasn't easy to take photos but I wanted to give you an idea what to expect from the book so I've done my best:
Professor Lupin protecting Harry on the Hogwarts Express

Harry learning to conjure his Patronus to fight the Boggart in class

Harry's Stag Patronus

Hermione's Otter Patronus

Luna and her Hare Patronus

Professor Snape and his Doe Patronus

Source: Received from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review

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