If you saw my last book haul you might have seen that husband gifted me the Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts for Christmas. Something I wasn’t expecting at all as it is really expensive. If you thought the illustrated books were expensive, don’t even look at the price of this one. Anyway I thought I’d share my thoughts on it overal to help people decide if they want to buy it or not. If it is worth the money.
One of the things that really grabbed me was the art. I love the art of this book. Especially the front and back cover are just stunning to display all on their own. I think it captures the mysterious and magical parts of Hogwarts and what personally pulls me to the world of Harry Potter.
Pop-Up and Interactive Elements
So of course this is a pop-up guide. There are 5 pages in total that focuses on different parts. The Hogwarts castle, the Forest, the Quitditch Grounds and Hogsmead. As you open the spread the building(s) or forest pop up at you, creating a big scenery. On the sides there are tid bits of information.
The bits on the side with the information also have interactive pop-ups. Like this Hermoine with her time turner that you can pull. It creates for a very fun experience. And not just the side bits have interactive bits. Down below you can see one of the interactive bits on the quitditch grounds. But there are also walls and roofs that you can pull a small part of sideways to show things like people or give a brief glance inside.
This all sounds pretty great, and it is. However I had some trouble with some of the small elements that they wouldn’t work. And also that there were some tears in bits of paper of the big pop-ups as they popped up for a second or third time. Now this is obviously something to be careful with, but it shouldn’t tear so quickly.
I also haven’t been able to show the full maps as you are suppose to be able to. I tried getting the paper claps loose as gently as I could but there were already tears in one and after that I lost my nerve. This is clearly not something that you can use around a lot.
Lastly I also kind of feel that with the name, guide to Hogwarts I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the inside. Hogwarts isn’t just about the big castle from the outside. The inside is just as important.
As mentioned, price wise this book is really expensive. Of course with all the pop-ups this book is difficult to manufacture and labor intensive. I’ve seen prices diverse from 60 to 100 Euro. I’m going to be honest and say I don’t think it is worth the highest price. It is too delicate to keep using over and over and over again which is something I would want to do.
However it is worth to have as a harry potter fan and collector in general I think. especially if Hogwarts is something you would love to go to and experience at least with this you partially can.
Title: Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts by Kevin Wilson and Matthew Reinhart
Release Date: October 23rd 2018