Learn How The Harry Potter Movies Brought Your Favorite Magical Creatures To Life

There's more cinematic adventure from the Harry Potter universe on the way, but with more than two years between now and the arrival of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them adaptations, what's a Potter fan do to fill the time? Those interested in knowing how some of the magical creatures and beings from J.K. Rowling's books were brought to the big screen might want to check out Harry Potter: The Creature Vault, a book that offers profiles and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the making of the original Harry Potter films.

Written by Jody Revenson, Harry Potter: The Creature Vault focuses on the magical creatures featured in the Harry Potter films and some of the work and "filmmaking secrets" involved in bringing them to life for the movies. Here's the full description for the book, which hits shelves October 28.

Dementors and House-elves, merpeople and Chinese Fireball Dragons—these are just a few of the magical creatures and frightening monsters populating J. K. Rowling's wizarding world. Harry Potter: The Creature Vault is a fascinating look at how this menagerie was brought to life for the blockbuster Harry Potter film series. Detailed profiles of each creature include rare concept illustrations, behind-the-scenes photography, and filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive. A removable poster picturing each of the creatures and an interactive Eeylops Owl Emporium catalog complete this must-have package.

And Harper Books has since shared this video, which gives us a peek at the book and some of the bonus features included...

As a hardcore Harry Potter fan, I'll admit, I tend to jump a lot quicker for something that's penned by J.K. Rowling herself than I would something Potter-related written by someone else. With that said, this book is being promoted on the official Harry Potter (movie) Facebook page, and the description promises "filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive," which seems to imply some measure of authenticity, as it relates to information about the films.

Its emphasis on magical beasts and beings also gives it some significant appeal as we await more information about the Fantastic Beasts movies. I'm not sure we'd be so optimistic that we'd hope to find some clues about Fantastic Beasts in Harry Potter: The Creature Vault, but the subject matter is certainly related. And it couldn't hurt to brush up on our knowledge of owls, house-elves, dementors, merpeople, dragons and the like.

Creature Vault

Harry Potter: The Creature Vault available to pre-order at Harper-Collins, however the price there is a bit steep ($45). Amazon has it available for pre-order for the significantly discounted price of $27. (And it's Prime eligible. Bonus.)

And Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them arrives in theaters November 18, 2016.

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