Friday, 12 January 2018

Review: Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson

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.

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 Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
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)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)

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

Review:
As a total Potterhead I have an ever growing collection of Harry Potter books and other related merchandise. Slap a HP logo on anything and you're pretty much guaranteeing a large number of fans will throw their money at you but we all know some items are worth more than others. The Character Vault is a lovely hardback that is packed full of photos from the movies and fun facts and information about all the main characters. Is the kind of book you can pick up and flick through again and again and will always spot something new on each read.

The book is split into 9 different sections:

Chapter 1: Hogwarts students - Has multipage spreads for Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Fred & George, Ginny, Draco and Luna.


Chapter 2: Hogwarts staff - This is the largest chapter and profiles Dumbledore, Hagrid, Filch, Pomfrey, Hooch, McGonagall, Sprout, Flitwick, Snape, Quirrell, Lockheart, Lupin, Moody, Umbridge, Slughorn and the Hogwarts Ghosts.


Chapter 3: Student Robes & Quidditch Sportswear - an in depth look at the school uniforms.


Chapter 4: The Triwizard Tournament - Information about the Hogwarts Champions Harry and Cedrick along with sections on Beauxbatons, Durmstrang and reporter Rita Skeeter.

Chapter 5: Celebrations - Looks at costumes created for the Yule Ball and Professor Slughorn's Christmas Party.

Chapter 6: The Order of the Phoenix - Profiles on the Order of the Phoenix members not mentioned elsewhere - James, Lily, Sirius, Nymphadora and Kingsley.

Chapter 7: Dark Forces - Profiles on Voldemort, Peter Pettigrew, Bellatrix and the Death Eaters including a neat little additional booklet with pictures of some of the Death Eater masks.


Chapter 8: Ministry of Magic - General information about Ministry uniforms along with profiles of Cornelius Fudge and Rufus Scrimgeour.

Chapter 9: Families - Sections on the Dursleys, Xenophilius Lovegood, the Malfoys and the Weasleys.

Epilogue: Nineteen Years Later - a quick section about ageing the characters for the final scene as they watch their kids go off to Hogwarts.

Also included in an envelope attached at the back of the book is two posters, one featuring characters from the Order of the Phoenix and the other featuring Death Eaters.


This is a lovely addition to any Potterhead's collection but I'll warn you now, flicking through this book is almost guaranteed to make you want to watch the movies again!

Source: Purchased

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