Title: J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Creatures Magical Film Projections
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s/Fun Kit
Description: Discover Dobby the House -Elf, Buckbeack the Hippogriff and other fascinating creatures from the Wizarding World in this unique book. In a dark room, shine a light through the window on each page to project incredible scenes on the wall or ceiling. Read along and experience extraordinary moments from J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World like never before.
My Review: This is an interesting and possibly fun kit for any fan of Harry Potter. Although sold as a book and looking on the outside like a typical hardcover book, this is more of a kit when you open it up. The basic idea of this kit is that you can project film scenes, or in this case some of the creatures from the Harry Potter world, straight onto your wall at night. There are card rather than paper pages each with a window of clear plastic (acetate) which features some of the Harry Potter creatures.
When you open the book up you are meant to flip it all the way back, almost so the outer covers are touching each other and form a sort of triangle upright standing position with the book. There’s an image inside the book to show you how to do this. Once this is done, one of the card pages can actually stand up making it easy to point a torch at this page and read the text beneath.
Once you have this set up you simply take a torch, or in my case my phone’s torchlight and shine it through the acetate towards a clear wall or sheet. This has to be done in the dark so night time is best, and the book even suggests projecting this onto a tent wall! The image on the acetate should project right onto the wall/surface and then there is a short script you can read out which relates to the picture. The idea is that you can take it in turns playing the different characters and have fun following the script while seeing the scene projected.
The whole idea of this book is really interesting and fun, there’s several different creatures to project and even a clear plastic window which you can draw your own scene on, however I do have some negatives about this kit. For a start there are only about six scenes to project, your own being the seventh. As well as this the script for each scene is very short, it feels like some improvisation might be necessary although I’m sure fans won’t see this as a big issue.
There are more practical problems I had with the book, the first is standing it up. It doesn’t have a way to stand up and unless you place it on a rougher surface or hold it open with some weights on either side the book might slowly flatten. I’ve placed my book on a blanket as the bare table was just too slippery. The projected scenes are also very fuzzy when you shine a torch at them. It’s a bit tricky to get the angle right and deciding how close to place the torch, but it didn’t matter how close or far I placed the torch to the acetate, the image was always quite fuzzy. It’s still very recognisable when you see Dobby or Harry, for example, but I really thought the picture would show up clearer. I projected the image in the picture below onto a sheet but the same happened whatever surface or wall I projected this on.
Overall I think this is a fun idea and I doubt any Harry Potter mad fans will mind too much about the fuzzy images but it’s such a shame as it could be so much better.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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