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Review: These 2 Beautiful Books Add Harry Potter Enchantment to Your Library

Harry Potter arrived in the U.S.A. 20 years ago.  Scholastic published the first American edition of the first book in J.K. Rowling’s instantly popular and now cherished series about The Boy Who Lived on September 1, 1998.

Today, Harry and his whole marvelous Wizarding World live on in other books from other publishers as well, including these two lovely volumes from Candlewick Press.

Each one will make an enchanting addition to your Harry Potter book collection – or, as we look toward the holiday season, a bewitching gift for special Potterheads in your life!


Show Off Spellbinding Movie Moments in Pop-Up Perfection


Harry Potter and his world are a perfect match for the pop-up book format. J.K.Rowling’s Wizarding World: A Pop-Up Gallery of Curiosities proves it!

Paper engineer James Diaz and illustrator Sergio Gómez Silván cleverly recreate five fabulous scenes from the Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Once you open the book’s sturdy, magnetically sealed door-like covers – which are illustrated to resemble a mysterious, leather-covered box adorned with cameo portraits and silver filigree – you’ll be able to…

  • Relive Harry’s nerve-wracking Sorting Hat ceremony
  • Share Jacob Kowalski’s astonishment at Newt’s bottomless suitcase
  • Watch the Whomping Willow do its worst to the Weasleys’ flying Ford Anglia
  • See Newt catch his coin-loving Niffler in the bank vault
  • Chuckle as Cornish Pixies cause mayhem in Gilderoy Lockhart’s classroom.

The book packs an impressive amount of detail into its small size. Each pop-up scene expands outward (after some gentle pulling on the reader’s part) to create depth. Diaz’s paper engineering qualifies him as a master of illusion. Thanks to his clever, multi-layered scene constructions, the candles in Hogwarts’ Great Hall actually “float” and the bank vault truly appears cavernous.

The book will stand on a flat surface with its covers open. You can use the elastic bands at the back to display your favorite scene.

A Pop-Up Gallery of Curiosities captures the wizarding world’s wonder and whimsy so completely, it seems magical – but good old-fashioned Muggle ingenuity, artistry, and imagination deserve all the credit!

(Maybe Mr. Weasley needs a copy for his collection of Muggle artifacts?)


Explore America’s Wizarding World with Newt Scamander’s Scrapbook


After 20 years ofHarry Potter, you may know your way around the wizarding world across the pond better than Hermione knows her way around the Restricted Section in Hogwarts’ library.

But how familiar have you become with the North American magical landscape we first saw two years ago in?

Let Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook be your passport.

It’s a lavishly illustrated, highly interactive guide to the people, places, and, of course, creatures who populate the U.S. magical world in the Roaring Twenties

Rick Barba’s entertaining text reintroduces you to all the main characters and enchanted animals – the Niffler, Mooncalf, Murtlap and more – from Fantastic Beasts. Barba also includes behind-the-scenes info about the moviemakers’ inspirations and creative process.

And almost every page features full-color photographs, giving you an up-close look at the highly imaginative costumes, props, and effects used in the film. The concept art depicting Newt’s menagerie is spectacular and makes the book a must-have for Fantastic Beasts fans.

Plus, the scrapbook includes 10 paper artifacts from Newt’s travels, including a luggage tag, a hand of wizarding playing cards, a sampling of postcards reproducing covers from The Witch’s Friend (inappropriately glorious Art Deco style), a spinning replica of Newt’s Ministration Chart, and two folding maps: one of MACUSA’s Spell Contraventions, and the other a world map from Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment.

Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook is a fun way to reacquaint yourself with the wonderful, unseen world alongside the muggle no-maj while you wait for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald this fall.


Accio Books!


J.K. Rowling fans, you’ll want both these books on your shelves. No need to cast a summoning spell – simply order the pop-up book and the Newt Scamander scrapbook on Entertainment Earth.

Sorry, we can’t deliver by owl… but we promise you’ll have these books to give to Harry Potter fans or to read and treasure for yourself before you know it!

What favorite scene from a Harry Potter or Newt Scamander film would you want to design as a pop-up? Tell us in the comments below and let your ideas cast a spell on everyone!

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