Sadly I’ve read a lot of reviews from people who don’t own this saying ‘why would you when people probably own the DVDs anyway’. Well I already did, twice over but this is a Collector’s edition and if the wonderful packaging and board books weren’t worth it there are a few extra special features which sealed the deal for me.
Salazar Slytherin’s Horcrux Locket is created by the Noble Collection and it’s a lot prettier and more detailed than I thought. I think it even makes the sound it makes in the movie when you wiggle the chain (but that’s probably just me). On the Wizard’s Collection website (http://www.harrypotterwizardscollection.com/), where you can cast spells to see the information about the different elements of the box set, the production designer talks about designing the locket down to the snake style pendant clasp on the top. It comes in a black box with gold writing that says Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection and has a liittle Prodcts Inspired by certificate from Noble.
This silvery coloured locket is not that heavy and has a pyramid style perspex front. The background is yellow with runes and writing surrounding a central circle with the Snake S with green diamond scales. The locket does open so I need to work out something cool to put into it. Maybe I should take inspiration from this blogger on Tumblr and add a picture of Zefron – http://voldemortoutbitches.tumblr.com/post/6807535147 – AVPM fans will giggle at this. It can be found in the right hand coloured secret department, just push in to open (make sure you close it again before trying to close the set.
This can be found in the top secret compartment and is in a sealed plastic bag that you have to break to open. It is (according to the website) on no tear paper – I’m not going to try it but it is fairly thick and glossy. It shows ‘blueprints’ of Hogwarts from The Deathly Hallows with small images of scenes from the films to show the ‘real’ location. Below as well as a picture of the whole map are close ups of the Owlery and Courtyard.
This was the item that sold it to me when I saw the stars opening it. A lovely Cloth map of Hogwarts and its surrounds.
It comes with ironing instructions – I’m too scared to do that so if I do decide to hang up think I’ll ask Mum kindly to do this for me. A full picture is above as well as The Whomping Willow and Godric’s Hollow below.
Around the edge are:
• In the corners 4 ‘blowing’ faces in the clouds,
• At the top 2 scrolls with Runes
• In the top centre the Hogwarts crest
• At the bottom centre Harry Potter text
• Across the bottom the 4 Hogwart’s Houses crests
Down the Left hand side are images of (from top to bottom):
• Privet Drive
• King’s Cross
• The Burrow
• Diagon Alley
• Shell Cottage
Down the Right hand side are images of (from top to bottom):
• Malfoy Manor
• Godric’s Hollow
• Ministry of Magic
• Grimmauld Place
In the central panel are:
• Hagrid’s Hut
• A compass
• Quidditch Pitch
• Black Lake
• The Owlery
• Forbidden Forest
• Hogsmeade Station
• Whomping Willow (made out of the words Whomping Willow and the same as on the Maurauder’s Map)
And of course Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is at the centre.
WB Studio Tour Leaflet
Now although I’ve already been twice I hadn’t actually seen a leaflet for the tour so was actually a little bit excited by this. It is a third of A4 fold (but 4 sides). The front is the familiar poster with the Diagon Alley picture. The back has a map to the attraction. When you fold it out first you see the Great Hall doors with Secrets Will Be Revealed and then opening it fully shows a map of the attraction with details of what you can find there. It shows the Studio Cafe, Lobby, Studio Shop, Cinema, The Great Hall, The Big Room, The Backlot, Creature Shop, Diagon Alley, Art Department and The Model Room. I am already looking forward to my December visit and hoping that the shop has my desired purchases in stock ready for me to buy myself early Christmas presents.
The five 5”x7” sketches by production designer Stuart Craig, who basically bought JK Rowling’s locations to life each have his signature and comes in a white envelope with a sketch of Shell Cottage on the front and Stuart Craig Sketches written across the flap at the back.
The pencil sketches are:
• Side view of Hogwarts Castle – the Boathouse and Dumbledore’s office are visible (shown below)
• Back view of Hogwarts and Hogwarts Bridge (which they’ve now opened for pictures at the Studio Tour)
• The Graveyard
• Gringott’s Bank
• Hagrid’s Hut
I’ve seen some of these at the studio tour and they are beautiful. These coloured paintings are suitable for framing, they are 8”x10” and there is one for each film, as follows.
1. The Chess Set surrounded by fire with the Knight and a pawn on opposite sides of the board and shadows of the trio on the floor.
2. Trees from the forest (an owl is on the branch of one) and then Hogwarts on the lake.
3. The Whomping Willow having just shed its leaves and Hogwarts.
4. A snow covered Hogwarts and the Durmstrang ship (with someone diving off it) on the lake (shown above).
5. The top of Hogwarts (Dumbledore’s office) with 6 Thestrals in the sky. The 6 flying to the Ministry to ‘save’ Sirius.
6. The rock in the sea surrounded by violent waves with small silhouettes of Dumbledore and Harry on top.
7. Dobby’s Grave :o( on the dunes (Here Lies Dobby A Free Elf) with shell cottage and the beach behind (shown below).
8. Hogwarts in flames.
In the left side coloured secret compartment is a little scroll with a black ribbon. This contains the codes to the Ultraviolet copies. This is my first experience of Ultraviolet. The top of the certificate says – Ultraviolet for all 8 films, instantly stream and download now. It expands later and says you can download to your computer and compatible devices. You have to create a Flixster/Ultraviolet account which was fairly simple. You have to redeem by early September 2014.
A personal bugbear is that the version of the first film is called Sorcerer’s Stone even though this was the UK copy!!! Grrrr. Philosopher’s already. Also I don’t actually have room to download to my iPad through you can stream via the Flixster app via wifi. Be warned it will take a while to download all 8 to your computer (again this uses the Flixster App on the Mac).
Certificate of Authenticity
This textured creamy 8”x10” certificate shows what number your collection is out of the 63000 produced and 2012 the year of production. I wonder whether JK Rowling was given no 1, Daniel 2 etc. Mine is no 35807. There is a red wax seal similar to that on Harry’s letter in the bottom right but with HP inside.
And that’s it. Yes it is expensive but it is a Collector’s Edition, people have always paid more for collector’s items and you aren’t just buying the films again, you are buying a piece of history. As noted before lots more pictures to be posted on my Tumblr blog – I have daily posts queued until the end of the month and beyond.
Coming Soon (because I’ve got to watch them first): The Wizard’s Collection 3 – The Films and Extra features
I’ve watched the first two parts of Creating the World of Harry Potter (not having owned the Ultimate Editions) at over an hour each so don’t expect these posts to arrive that soon.
3.1 Philosopher’s Stone
3.2 Chamber of Secrets
3.3 Prisoner of Azkaban
3.4 Goblet of Fire
3.5 Order of the Phoenix
3.6 Half-Blood Prince
3.7.1 Deathly Hallows Part 1
3.7.2 Deathly Hallows Part 2
3.8 Bonus Disc
Today’s post is about the two books that are included in this set. They are the Label Collection and Catalogue of Artefacts.
This is a blue softback book with gold writing. It isn’t a sticker collection but a book of labels collected from across the films presented on shiny paper. So, do I write my name inside the front cover?
The level of detail of these labels to me just demonstrates the immense effort the production team put into creating the world. Many of these we wouldn’t have spotted whilst watching the films but I’m going to give it a go now. There are labels of things I think that are only referred to in the books and not just the films and I’m guessing many they just made up themselves. I’ve chosen to show you Essence of Dittany (useful in cases of Splinching) and the Decoy Detonator.
There are, however, potions labels, ingredients, Honeydukes products, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes products, Labels from Dumbledore’s memory vials and more – outlined page by page below.
Page 1 – Property of label
Page 2 – From Slughorn’s personal stores – Armadillo Bile Mixture, Wormwood Essence, Blatta Pulvereus, Potion N. 86
Page 3 – Antidote given to Ron – Essence of Dittany
Page 4 – Madame Maxime’s healing potions – Restorative Potions No 2 and 3, No−61042, No-0752
Page 5 – More from Slughorn’s personal stores – From the Apothecarium of Horace E. F. Slughorn, Tincture No 1 Swelling Solution, No. Bezoars, Pepperup Elixir
Pages 6 and 7 – From the Hogwarts store cupboard, 2 different Polyjuice Potions labels, Sliced caterpiller, No-2984, No. 2063, N.25 Belch Powder, Elixir, Aconite
Pages 8 and 9 – Honeydukes products – Pumpkin Juice, Fiery Black Pepper Imps, Honeydukes, Fizzing Whizzbees.
Pages 10 and 11 – More Honeydukes products – Sugared Butterfly Wings, Tooth Splintering Strong Mints, Glacial Snow Flakes, Cauldron Cakes
Page 12 – Slughorn’s Spiced Mead
Page 13 – Knotgrass Mead from Hagrid’s Hut
Pages 14 and 15 – Miscellaneous drinks labels – fizzing tea, parkling Spring Spell Water, Fire Whisky, Ocky Rot, Quintin Black
Pages 16 and 17 – Various product labels – Black cat potato crisps, Elfin sugar crystals, tomato ketchup, Blishen Lighthouse and Blishen’s Safety Matches (Muggle Matches), Spellbinding Nuts from the Three Broomsticks and the Sneakoscope (only for those age 8 or above)
Page 18 – Hogwarts Express Luggage Label, Droobles best blowing gum purchased from the Hogwarts trolley, 100% Pure African Red Pepper Piquant Toothpaste from the burrow
Page 19 – Ron’s ablutions products – two Sleaekeasy’s Scalp Balm and Madame Glossy’s Self-Polishing Shoe Polish
Page 20 – from Ron’s bedroom – Fish Fancies Goldfish Flake Food and Dervish & Banges
Page 21 – YU’M*YU’M authentic Chinese Take-Away from the Quidditch World Cup, McGonagall’s dance class record label Spell-O-Fonix Wizard Waltz, Stills film roll from the Daily Prophet.
Page 22 – From Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes – Weather in a bottle, Extendable Ears,
Page 23 – The Wonder Witch Collection – 2 Wonder Witch beauty potions one stuck on with spellotape, Everlasting Eyelashes, Kissing Concoction, Cupid Crystals, Love is Blind Eye Serum and Crush Blush
Pages 24 and 25 – Products from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes – Rubby Chicken, Bewitching Transformation, price labels, Fanged Flyer, “Comb-A-Chameleon”, Bombtastc Bomb
Pages 26 and 27 – More packaging from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes – Jinx-Off kit (includes cloak, hat & gloves, Ten Second Pimple Vanisher, Decoy Detonator
Pages 28 and 29 – Firework packaging – Rocket Crystal Incantation, Boggart Banger superduper flash crackers, size 2 Feathery Flamingo Fuzzer Flame, stock Box Anti-Gravity Hats, Whack Trance Whammy Rocket size 8 and Weasleys’ Famous Unlucky Dip, Fainting Fancies, Fever Fudge, Nosebleed Nougat
Pages 30 and 31 – Vial labels from Dumbledore’s memory cabinet – McGonagall Transfg no 63, Fawkes No 221, T Riddle 08 Set 1972, May 9th 1985, (?) Ludus memoria no 83, Expiatio 1987, (?) Prieritia memoria 1938, (?) Herba 1952, Sybil Trelawny 1982, Filch memoria 1971 No 54, (?) Dolov No 04, (?) Purbia no 460 1922, February 22nd 1992, 9?) Opius memoria No 02 1967 [Question marks are because these were difficult to read so not sure I’ve got them right]
Page 32 – One more from Harry’s Prophecy – S.P.T to A.P.W.B.D Dark Lord and (?) Harry Potter
Catalogue of Artefacts
This Burgundy/Brown hardback book has 5 vertical rows of 4 symbols on the front cover – alternating runes and images within the circles – images are of hermione’s bag, time-turner, ? Castle, Triwizard Cup, Ravenclaw’s Diadem, (?) locket, Snitch, Beedle the Bard label, Deluminator and Deathly Hallows necklace. The Back cover has a gold H outlined on it. The Inside covers are marbled in red, gold, blue and purply on a dark blue background. Then inside again is a green hexagon patterned page. Like the Labels Collection this demonstrates the skill of the props/artefacts team.
Page 1 – Title Page
Pages 2/3 – Harry Potter – [Yellow left hand page] Hogwarts Express Ticket (Platform 9 3/4), Hogwarts acceptance letter envelope, Hogwarts Express Luggage Label, Harry’s wand and glasses, Chocolate frog box. Also images of Harry with Hedwig on his arm and Harry in front of the Hogwarts Express.
Pages 4/5 – Ronald Weasley [Bright Green left hand page] – Ron’s Wand, The Howler, Chudley Cannons Stickers and images of Fred, George, Ginny and Ron, Chudley Cannons bedspread and Scabbers.
Pages 6/7 – Hermione Granger [Pink left hand page] – Yule Ball invitation, Time-Turner and Hermione’s wand. Images of Hermione with Crookshanks and Hermione and Harry in the hospital wing with the time-turner.
Pages 8/9 – Gryffindor Common Room [Red left hand page] – Hogwarts School Exercise Books and Gryffindor Uniform Crest. Images of Ron on the sofa and Harry and Hermione on the floor in front of him and an empty common room showing the stairs to the dorm.
Pages 10/11 – Gilderoy Lockhart [Yellow left hand page] – Books and Framed and autographed photos inc Guide to Household Pests, The Travel Trilogy Voyages with Vampires, also spines of VwV, Wanderings with Werewolves and Holidays with Hags, Arabia type pic, on a broomstick near a pink envelope, in blue robes – also his Defence Against the Dark Arts Second Year Essential Knowledge Test (all about him).
Pages 12/13 – Chamber of Secrets [Dull Bluey-Green left hand page] – Tom Riddle’s Diary with hole and Basilisk Fang. Images of the Slytherin Statue from the Chamber and Harry reading the diary in the common room.
Pages 14/15 – Marauder’s Map [Red left hand page] – Map partially open
Pages 16/17 – Honeydukes [Aqua-Blue left hand page] – Cauldron Cakes, Fizzing Whizzbees, Pumpkin Juice, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Honeydues striped bags and Exploding Bon Bons (Full packaging including labels).
Pages 18/19 – Quiddith World Cup [Bright Green left hand page] – Programme, The Final Ticket, Ireland and Bulgaria flags, poster and Krum Merchandise (outfit). Image of the stadium from above.
Pages 20/21 – [Yellow left hand page] – Triwizard Tournament – Triwizard Cup, Book – Triwizard Tragedies, The Golden Egg (open) and Competitior’s Entry Papers. Image of Harry looking at the open Golden Egg.
Pages 22/23 – Dolores Umbridge [Pink left hand page] – Cat Plate, Cat stationery with letter to Minerva about Harry’s poor behaviour in class, ?Cat Pen, Cat Pin, Proclamation Educational Decree No 119, Progress Report Magical Didactics, Framed (Ministry M frame) of Dolores at her desk tea cup in hand, cat plates behind, O.W.L exam paper.
Pages 24/25 – Potions Class [Dull Bluey-Green left hand page] – Advanced Potions Making Books, older and newer versions also inner page saying property of the Half-Blood Prince, Bezoar Box, A Cauldron, Potions Bottles (N.86, sleeping draught, 73, 74 and two others I can’t read).
Pages 26/27 – Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes [Bright Green left hand page] – nose Biting Teacup, Skiving Snackbox poster, unlucky dip, Screaming Yo-Yo, Fanged Flyer (green snake-like frisbee), Electric Shock Shake, Stock list, receipt, Boxing Telescope, decoy Detonator, Price List, Badges.
Pages 28/29 – Dumbledore’s Office [Yellow left hand page] – Memory Vial Thomas Riddle 1938, Image of Gambon’s Dumbledore next to Memory Cabinet with a vial in his hand. Astrolabe, Red Fawkes Feather, Image of Harry on the Griffen staircase.
Pages 30/31 – Ministry of Magic [Purple left hand page] – Image of Fudge, Minster for Magic Cornelius Fudge’s Chain of Office, Ministry of Magic purple flying memos, Visitor’s Badge No 09018, I.D. Card (purrple front with image of Ray Cattermole inside) , Mudloods and the Dangers handout, Muggle-Born Registration Comission Order No 902-MBRC/ and Rolled The Daily Prophet (weather and zodiac).
Pages 32/33 – Hall of Prophecy [Red left hand page] – Prophecies (97.129 [Harry’s] , 97.130 and 97.131) and Voldemort’s Wand. Images of Harry’s Propehcy Ball and Harry, Ginny, Neville and Luna in the Hall of Prophecy.
Pages 34/35 – Death Eaters [Dull Bluey-Green left hand page] – Three Different Death Eater Masks.
Pages 36/37 – Gringotts Bank [Yellow left hand page] – Gringott’s Bank Ledger, Gold Inkkwell, Bellatrix’s Jewels. Wizard Money (bronze knut, silver sickle, golden galleon), possibly a withdrawal/credit slip, Golden skull, Hand clutching a crystal ball with rings and bracelets. Images of Goblins stood under chandelier, Harry in Bellatrix’s vault on the growing mound of treasure, The dragon bursting from the room.
Pages 38/39 – Deathly Hallows Necklace [Aqua-Blue left hand page] – Background image of the Lovegood’s house with an Image of the Trio with Xenophilius Lovegood drawing the Hallows symbol. The symbol drawing on Tales of Beedle the Bard and the necklace and a sketch of the necklace.
Pages 40/41 – Dumbledore’s WIll [Dull Bluey-Green left hand page] – Dumbledore’s WIll, His copy of Tales of Beedle the Bard, The Golden Snitch (open to show the ring) and the Deluminator.
Pages 42/43 – Hermione Granger’s Bag [Pink left hand page] – Image of Harry and Hermione dancing in the tent, Image of the tent from outside, Hermione’s bag in the middle, Essence of Dittany Bottle, Rita Skeeter’s Albus Dumbledore book, Advanced Rune Translation, two other books, one looks like it could be called Healing Magic.
Pages 44/45 – The Deathly Hallows [Aqua-Blue left hand page] – The Elder Wand, The Resurrection Stone Ring and the Invisibility Cloak (I love the material of this when seen at the studio tour and in the image I’ll show you below). Image of the Three brothers cartoon from the film and of Harry holding the Invisibility Cloak in Year 1.
Here is the snap I took of the cloak material at the Studio Tour too.
Pages 46/47 – Horcruxes [Yellow left hand page] – Salazar Slytherin’s Locket, Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup each with a drawing of the item too.
Page 48 Pink left hand page with Article No 81 The Sorting Hat being placed on Harry’s Head.
Hope you found that interesting.
Tomorrow: The Wizard’s Collection 2 – Box Details – 2.4 Other Goodies
Each of the eight films is beautifully presented in its own board book. They are at least a couple of centimetres thick and 18 x 18cm square.
On the left is the description of what the disc contains and on the right the discs themselves.
The first disc in each is the Blu-ray of the movie, then the DVD version, some have a DVD special features, then the Blu-ray extras disc with the Creating the World of Harry Potter documentaries, trailers, deleted scenes and more, and for the last two films 3D Blu-ray versions.
The board book for the first film reflects the burgundy and gold colouring of the box. With gold stars/flowers. The title is in a circle. Year 1 is written on the bottom (and this numbering by years continues on each of the books). Inside the background is cream and the Blu-ray discs brown and burgundy and DVDs burgundy. The DVD is presented opposite a picture of the boats approaching Hogwarts castle. The DVD special features disc has two pictures opposite. Director Chris Columbus in front of Dan as Maggie Smith is lowering the sorting hat onto his head and Dan, Emma and Rupert with a clapperboard.
Chamber of Secrets
The board book for the second film is cream and brown with the title in a rectangle along with an image of Slytherin’s statue from the Chamber of Secrets. The rest of the front resembles a nautical map and there are little ships on the front and back. Also a compass effect with W and E. The inside is a dark cream and the Blu-ray discs brown, DVDs cream, both with compass points centrally. The image opposite the DVD is of Hermione, Ron and Harry outside in the grounds of Hogwarts in their robes and Gryffindor scarves, they are looking back at something, Ron is carrying books and looks particularly worried. The two images opposite the DVD special features are on Harry and Filch stood in front of the ‘The chamber of secrets has been opened enemies of the heir…beware’ sign in blood and of Dobby clicking his fingers in the Dursley’s (post pudding incident).
Prisoner of Azkaban
This third board book is black with HARRY POTTER written in red writing around the edges and a runic symbol, query like Sirius’ tattoos (Writing this I’ve just realised that the symbols on the bases of the drawers look like Sirius’ tattoos) with red writing such as dark skies, spells, fogging, werewolf etc. The title is in a semi circle within the symbol. Outlining this symbol is silver writing with similar words – monsters, werewolf, ghost, relight etc. Again a creamy inner background with black discs with red (DVD) or silver (Blu-ray) writing. Opposite the Blu-ray is a picture of Harry flying on Buckbeak and opposite the DVD is an image of Harry sat up in his bed at Hogwarts holding his wand and the Marauders Map. Hedwig is perched on a chair next to the bed. The two images with the DVD special features disc are one of Sirius sat in his cell in Azkaban (I think) and Emma, Rupert and Dan in their jeans next to Alfonso Cuarón.
Goblet of Fire
The fourth book mimics the inner front of the box with the blue, green, red and yellow triangles (formed into diamonds) and dragons. The title is in a multicoloured diamond. Cream inner again with Blu-ray discs green with multicoloured edging and DVDs yellow with muliticoloured edging. The image opposite the DVD is of the Goblet of Fire with Dumbledore stood in front of it with rows of the student tables behind him. We see the Beauxbaton’ students on the left table and some of the other teachers in the back. Opposite the DVD special features is Hermione in her Yule Ball dress peering at the top of the staircase and Harry, Ron, Padma and Parvati Patel sat at their table at the Ball looking decidedly miserable.
Order of the Phoenix
A browny book this time with gold runic symbols and the title in a polygon shape. Cream inside with red Blu-ray with a many sided star image and the DVD in brown. There is no DVD special features disc so only one image this time of Sirius and Harry crouched down in the battle at the Ministry, Sirius is holding his wand downward and pointing a finger.
The sixth board book is my favourite because it replicates the Advanced Potions book from the Half-Blood Prince so it is blue with a black cauldron with silvery steam and silver and black scrawls. At the top is written Sectumpsempra For Enemies and just under this, Note: This book is the property of the Half Blood Prince. On the inside the details of the Blu-ray are in a cauldron outline. Both types of disc are Blue (DVDs lighter) with silver lines and, if you look carefully you can see the word Unicorn-horn. The image opposite the DVD is of Dumbledore in the foreground (arms behind his back) and Harry in the background at the top of the astronomy tower. There is no DVD special features disc.
Deathly Hallows Part 1
Part 1’s title is in a diamond shape with cream and small gold stars background. Each corner is burgundy with a small interlocking gold dragon symbol. The inside is cream again with a celtic type border. Blu-ray and Blu-ray extras dics are red with brown lines and DVD and 3D Blu-ray are cream with brown. Opposite the DVD is an image of Harry, Hermione and Ron having just disapparated from Bill and Fleur’s wedding and narrowly missed being squashed by traffic. Opposite the 3D Blu-ray is Dobby clicking his magic in Malfoy Manor (ah Dobby :o( – he’s a free elf).
Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Final book is light aqua green and the title is in a star type shape, there are lots of runic and leaf type drawings inside and outside of this shape. Although the inside is cream there is a thick dark border with runic symbols, the discs are green with the same symbol from the front, DVD and 3D Blu-ray a darker green than the other two discs. The image opposite the DVD is of Harry holding his wand, Hermione and Ron crouched down at the window to the boat house in Snape’s last moments. Opposite the 3D Blu-ray is Voldemort and his green wand sparks in the final battle.
Sorry this was a little later than expected – Tomorrow (aka later today now): The Wizard’s Collection 2 – Box Details – 2.3 Books