Author: Jody Revenson
Published: 25th September 2015
Publisher: Titan Books
I recently was very fortunate to be able to go to the Harry Potter Warner Brother's Studio Tour and get to see some behind the scenes props and the making behind the Harry Potter films. It was here that I saw this book and others and I can't believe I did not know that these existed, so a big thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy.
If you are like me a die-hard Harry Potter fan, then you will need this book in your life. The Character Vault, like the Warner Brother's Studio Tour gives you behind the scenes information into each of the main characters in the Harry Potter films. This is everything from their clothes, appearances, their wands to how the actors and actresses got the part and their input into the costumes. It also tells us where the ideas for the costumes came from and how the props and costumes evolved as the films progressed.
There are also three additional extras that pull out, one being a little booklet of the Deatheater masks, the members of the Order of the Phoenix and the Deatheaters. These were great little extras that came with the book.
Bearing in mind the first film came out nearly 15 years ago, this book gives you some behind the scenes info that I literally had no idea about. There was one piece of information about the actor Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom that blew my mind! I am actually shocked that I did not even realise this information. So I guess the one thing that I will say with this is that is does obviously reveal how things were done, so if you don't want to spoil any of the magic of the illusion the films create, you have been warned. But to all those Harry Potter superfans, this is not a book to be missed.
This was a fascinating and beautiful book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and now have a serious hankering to re-watch the films again.