Publisher – Hardie Grant (in Australia)
Pages – 96
The book is 21.3cm x 27.4cm along with the others in the series. The cover is a glossy card in black and white image from the book with red accents. The spine is the same red, and really looks lovely with the others in the series. The spine is lightly glue bound, which means it is fairly pliable after some use.
Images are double sided, which is a shame, but the paper is quite thick. I had no bleeding or shadowing with water based markers or fineliners, and no issues with pencil marks. The paper is the same slightly yellow textured paper from the first book, which I know is not the preference of some colourists! The U.K. version (available on the Book Depository via the link above) has been published with bright white paper.
Some images do enter the spine, but I’ve found that the spine is quite pliable, enabling you to get to the entirety of the image.
One handy feature is the last 16 pages of the book – these contain full colour concept art and stills from the movies to give you inspiration or a reference for the images within.
As the title suggest, this book is primarily made up of characters and sets from the books and movies. Starting with Harry and Hagrid on the very first trip to Diagon Alley, and ending with a portrait of He Who Must Not Be Named, this is an amazing range of people and places from the series!
There is an equal distribution of people and places throughout the book. These come in the form of scenes, portraits, double page spreads of classrooms and halls, and a few scattered ‘pattern’ pages containing wands, quidditch tools and more. The filler images are much less than the previous books, there are very few images that seem as if they don’t belong.
Despite being illustrated by more than one artist, there is a feeling of consistency, not only within this book, but throughout the entire series.
Intricacy varies a little, but most of the images are quite detailed. The scenery and double page spreads contain mainly small areas, although there are larger areas within the images. Line thickness remains quite thing throughout.
If you’re a Harry Potter or fantasy fan, this book will most likely put a smile on your face. The variety of people, places and style of image makes it easy to find an image to suit my mood and concentration level.
It’s a fantastic book for feeling anxious – the combination of well loved story, and fantasy imagery is very soothing.
The line consistency and intricacy does vary quite a lot, so if you are a person with a vision impairment or fine motor issues, please have a look at the images first. I think there is definitely something for everyone in this book though!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review