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Entertainment Weekly


Take a Peek Inside The Art of Harry Potter

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Bringing the Wizarding World to Life

The Art of Harry Potter is a new coffee table book that takes Potter fans and movie buffs into the wild world of concept art created for all eight films. Not only is it filled with gorgeous renderings of the beasts, buildings, and costumes eventually brought to life in the movies, it's packed full of trivia too.   The book doesn't hit shelves until Nov. 21, but you can click through the following slides to get an early peek at some exclusive images and their accompanying captions.
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Hogwarts in the Fall

"Artwork by Andrew Williamson for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
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Pensive Potter

"Dermot Power depicts Harry Potter lost in throught after flying to the opposite side of the lake from Hogwarts. This scene was not realized for the screen."
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The Portrait Gallery

"Portraits lined the walls of Hogwarts castle and were seen throughout the Harry Potter films, a collaboration of the set decoration, props, and art departments. Some were based on famous paintings through the ages. Others featured portraits of production crew members."
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Sleeping Dumbledore

"Professor Albus Dumbledore sleeps in his portrait, which is hung in the Headmaster's office in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
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Left: "Visual development art of the Hungarian Horntail by Paul Catling for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."   Right: "Paul Catling depicts Harry trying to take the golden egg from the Horntail in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament."
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Shrieking Shack Blueprints

"Blueprints for the Shrieking Shack for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Gringotts Wizarding Bank seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. A team of draftsmen and women were employed to diagram everything from buildings to brooms."
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Books and Textbooks

"The graphics department of Miraphora Mina, Eduardo Lima, and Lauren Wakefield bound the textbooks for each year's Hogwarts curriculum."   Right side, clockwise from top left: A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration for first years; The Decline of Pagan Magic, seen in Bathilda Bagshot's house; The History of Magic, required for first years; Moste Potente Potions, used by Hermione to create Polyjuice Potion.   Left side, clockwise from top left: Possibly the earliest version of Advanced Potion Making: Easy Spells to Fool Muggles, available at Flourish and Blotts, available at Flourish and Blotts; The Standard Book of Spells, required for each school year at Hogwarts.