Holiday Gift Guide: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
(KUTV) We might not be getting a new Wizarding World of Harry Potter film this year, but that doesn't mean the franchise is dormant. Here are some gift ideas culled from and inspired by the wonderful imagination of J.K. Rowling.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Films
Earlier this year Warner Bros. released the final four installments of the Harry Potter films on 4K Ultra High Definition. Last month they released the first four films and the "Harry Potter 8-Film Collection 4K." It might surprise you to know that the first two films are the only two films that are in true 4K, because they were shot on 35mm. The remaining six films were all finished at 2K, but the color improvement across all the movies is substantial, particularly when it comes to both halves of "The Deathly Hallows."
Last year's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them " is also available in 4K, as well as DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD.
For those content with standard HD or just upgrading to Blu-ray, a 9-film set "The Wizarding World Collection" will set you straight.
Harry Potter Illustrated Editions
The first three Harry Potter novels, "The Sorcerer's Stone," "The Chamber of Secrets" and "The Prisoner of Azkaban," have been reissued in new illustrated editions with artwork by Jim Kay. Each book features dozens of color illustrations that put a different spin on the Wizarding World. We've become accustomed to the way the films look, Kay's art gives us another perspective.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
In November "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the fictitious textbook by Newt Scamander became less fictitious. While not as polished as the Harry Potter Illustrated Editions. this book features numerous notes and sketches of creatures found within the Wizarding World. I don't know the last time thousands of children and adults rushed out to buy a textbook, but here we are. A Collector’s Edition of the book will be released in December. I don't know how it will differ beyond the outwardly appearance, but based on the pictures, it’s a gorgeous work of art.
More Wizarding World Academia
Speaking of texbooks, over the years we've been graced with numerous books dedicated to Harry Potter, both the books and the films. Three of the newer books are "J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume Three: Amazing Artifacts," an entertaining stroll through the films, its many magical props with interactive aspect and text provided by Bonnie Burton, "From the Films of Harry Potter: The Wand Collection," a guide that will tell you everything you could possibly ever want to know about the various wands used in the nine films; and "Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic." a book that is essentially a curiosa of sketches, objects and other Potter nik-naks culled from the British Library exhibition. Cheaper than a flight to London, but.... well, maybe if you've been good this year, Santa can book you tickets.