By John Young
October 19, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Harry Potter: Page to Screen

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Better clear space for one more Harry Potter book — a sumptuously designed one that reveals everything a Potterhead needs to know about the movie franchise. At 540 pages, and likely weighing more than Harry’s Monster Book of Monsters, Harry Potter: Page to Screen is really two books in one. The first half is a detailed if somewhat perfunctory chronicle of the films’ creation. The second half, though, immerses you in the marvelous sets, costumes, and props. Production designer Stuart Craig has yet to win an Oscar for constructing this wizarding world. If Warner Bros. were wise, it’d make McCabe’s book the center of its awards campaign. A-

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