Monday, April 30, 2012

"Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey" by Bob McCabe

531 pages

The first time I saw this, I flipped out. As someone who's obsessed with all things Harry Potter, I just had to get my hands on this massive book. Reading it was even more fun than I thought it would be. It goes through the entire process of making each movie, from selecting the cast to writing the scripts to bringing the incredible magic to life on screen. It's got the big-picture stuff, like the different directors' and producers' visions, as well as the details, like how they made each magical creature. There are tons of interviews and quotes from the cast and crew, plus memorabilia from the sets. Basically, this is the best coffee table book ever if you love Harry Potter.

Here are a few random things I learned while reading this book:
  • At the beginning, there was discussion of animating the films instead of using real people (how different that would have been!)
  • Daniel Radcliffe wasn't even going to try out for the role of Harry Potter; fortunately for him, his family ran into one of the producers at an opera and talked his parents into letting him audition
  • Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) has never read the Harry Potter books (shame on him!)
  • Emma Watson (Hermione) had a huge crush on Tom Felton (Draco) during the filming of the first several movies
  • One crew member's only job was gluing individual hairs and feathers into stuff, like the boar's head in Hogsmead and Dumbledore's bird, Fawkes

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