Review: Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection
I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to borrow a review copy of the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection, and I really didn’t want to give it back. But I did, and you can read my review under the read more. Long story short – it’s amazing, and worth the money to anyone who doesn’t already have the Ultimate editions.
My first reaction upon opening the shipping box containing the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection was ‘Wow’. Then I tried to get it out of the box, and my second reaction was ‘Blimey, this is huge, where would I put it?’. Weighing in at 19lbs of sheer awesomeness, this box set is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
The box is beautifully designed. It’s solid, sturdy, and clever, with the discs in drawers, and extras hidden away in spring-loaded compartments and storage trays. I spent a good few minutes just admiring it. You could imagine Remus Lupin using something similar – two people said it reminded them of his self-packing storage trunk in the film of Prisoner of Azkaban.
Several treasures are tucked away in the hidden storage; I was particularly taken with a reproduction of the Slytherin locket, a fabric map of Hogwarts, and some stunning art prints.
The filmed content is spread over 31 discs, most of which will be familiar to anyone who owns the Ultimate editions, as the only new-to-disc material is on the special bonus disc. Each film is packaged in a hardback book, and includes DVD, Blu-Ray and UltraViolet formats (for the films only – the extras are on Blu-Ray) along with a huge amount of extras (compiled from previous releases). There’s nothing to say about the films that hasn’t already been said a thousand times, but the audio and visual quality is stunning, and even the darkest scenes are sharp and clear.
The eight part documentary series, Creating the World of Harry Potter, is one of the highlights, with plenty of new, behind-the-scenes footage. Covering all elements of production, from sound editing right through to what it was like to grow up on the set, it’s a comprehensive look at a decade of filming, and hugely enjoyable.
Of particular interest to Dan Radcliffe fans is the extended version of When Harry Left Hogwarts (found on the bonus disc, exclusive to this set) and the interview between Dan and Jo Rowling. Whilst neither offer anything particularly new for the dedicated fan, both features offer a fascinating glimpse into what it was like for Dan to grow up playing one of the most famous literary characters in the world. When Harry Left Hogwarts also gives a closer look at the story of David Holmes, Dan’s friend and stunt double, who was seriously injured in the early days of filming Deathly Hallows. It’s incredibly moving, and David appears to have remained bright, funny and optimistic despite everything he’s been through.
Is Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection worth the money? If you don’t already own the Ultimate editions, then yes, I think it’s worth the cost. A huge amount of attention to detail has been put into this set, to stunning effect – there’s no other box set like it. I’m seriously smitten with it, to the point that I’m considering selling my Ultimate editions so I can buy it. Yes, it’s expensive, but the quality of the set speaks for itself – no expense has been spared in the design, and it shows. This is a set for the serious Potter enthusiast, and it looks like a prop from the films. I know several people who own this, and none of them have regretted their decision to buy it.
If you have the money, or generous family members looking for present ideas, then put this on your ‘to buy’ list – it’s wonderful, and something you’ll return to over and over.