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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Review: JK Rowling's Wizarding World: A Pop-up Gallery of Curiosities

JK Rowling's Wizarding World: A Pop-up Gallery of Curiosities is a gift book for Harry Potter fans.

With a special cover (or case) that opens from the middle and has a magnetic closure, the 'pages' depict five scenes from the Harry Potter universe: Harry Potter's experience of the sorting hat, Newt Scamander's enchanted suitcase, the Whomping Willow at Hogwarts, the mischievous Niffler inside a bank vault in the Fantastic Beasts movie, and some Cornish Pixies creating havoc in Gilderoy Lockhart's classroom.

Each scene includes a complementary quote or explanatory note, which in the case of Newt Scamander includes a comment that he is 'an interesting man .... just like your suitcase, I think there's much more to you than meets the eye.'

The pop-up gallery has been carefully created and the introduction explains how to make the most of it, exploring the scenes and then creating a 'museum-like display' on a bookshelf or desk to show it off.

I wouldn't recommend the book for young children as the paper engineering could be easily damaged, however older children will enjoy the experience, and may be prompted to explore pop-ups and paper engineering further.

Title: JK Rowling's Wizarding World - A Pop-up Gallery of Curiosities
Author: Warner Brothers 
Illustrator: Sergio Gomez Silvan with paper engineering by James Diaz
Publisher: Bloomsbury, $35
Publication Date: November 2016
Format: Hardcover (pop-up)
ISBN: 9781408885246
For ages: 8+
Type: Non-fiction