Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Review: Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts - Matthew Reinhart

A 3D masterpiece celebrating Harry Potter's Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from New York Times best-selling pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart.

Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts is an exhilarating, interactive guide to the iconic school of witchcraft and wizardry. This book features spectacular pop-up re-creations of key locations inside and outside Hogwarts castle, and it opens flat to form a pop-up map of the castle and its grounds - including the Quidditch pitch, the Forbidden Forest, and beyond.

In addition to large pops on each spread, numerous mini-pops will bring to life beloved elements from the Harry Potter films, such as the Marauder's Map and the Flying Ford Anglia. Each pop will include insightful text about Hogwarts as seen in the films, making for a must-have collectible for fans of the Wizarding World.

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)

Incredibuilds:
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Erumpent (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Swooping Evil (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Buckbeak (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Express (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Quidditch (Deluxe Book and Model Set)

Other Harry Potter Books & Products:
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts - Matthew Reinhart
Harry Potter - Creatures: A Paper Scene Book
Harry Potter Hedwig Owl Kit and Sticker Book (Model & Sticker Book)
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (Activity Book)
Harry Potter Talking Sorting Hat and Sticker Book: Which House Are You? (Model & Sticker Book)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson
Harry Potter: The Marauder's Map Guide to Hogwarts - Erinn Pascal (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures (Activity Book)

Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)

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

Review:
Harry Pottter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts is exactly what it sounds like, an interactive 3D pop-up model of Hogwarts Castle as well as locations like the Quidditch pitch, the Forbidden Forest and even part of Hogsmead Village. There are five large models that can be opened separately or if you're very careful you can fold out the entire book into one huge map. Although it was fun to open the book out fully once I found that when you've done that it's so big that you can't really appreciate all of the little details so I actually prefer to look at the models separately so I can fully enjoy what I'm seeing.

This is the kind of book that you never get tired of because there are just so many little hidden doors and windows to open, additional pull tabs that bring out new pop-ups or move characters around etc, that every time you look at a page you find your eyes drawn to a new detail that you didn't spot before. Honestly, the amount of detail is insane and if you have a torch on hand for looking inside the models you'll find even more. Spot Hagrid baking rock cakes in his house or Harry and his friends having a Herbology lesson in the greenhouse, you can even help Harry catching a golden snitch on the Quidditch pitch!

This book isn't cheap so I was hesitant to make the purchase at full price but it was well worth the money when I found it going cheap on Amazon. As lovely as it is I still think it's over priced at £50 but for around £20 I think Harry Potter fans will be very happy with it.

I found it really difficult to take decent pics of the pop-ups but hopefully these photos should give you some idea of the amount of detail included:

Hogwarts Castle part one where you can peek inside the dormitories

Dumbledore's Office

Hogwarts Castle part two with the classrooms and greenhouses

The Quidditch Pitch

Hogsmead Village with an interactive Marauders Map

The Forbidden Forest & Hagrid's Hut

The entire map folded out 
(with a bonus curious kitty who wanted to know what I was up to!)


This trailer shows detail of the two main castle pop ups:


This one includes the Quidditch pitch and Hogsmead:


The final trailer is of the Forbidden Forest as well as showing you how to fold out the giant map at the end:


Source: Purchased

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