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About the Author

Brian Sibley was born in London, England on July 14, 1949. He is author of over 100 hours of radio drama and has written and presented hundreds of radio documentaries, features and weekly programs including J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, and show more Gormenghast, for which he won a Sony Radio Award. He has also written numerous books including The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy, Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey, The Disney Studio Story, Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times, The Land of Narnia, and Harry Potter Film Wizardry. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Brian Sibley

Harry Potter Film Wizardry (2010) 919 copies
The Pooh Book of Quotations (1986) 279 copies
The Wisdom of C.S. Lewis (1998) 15 copies
The Magical World of Narnia (1990) 13 copies
Titus Groan and Gormenghast [BBC Radio Collection] (1985) — Scriptwriter — 3 copies
The Empty Tomb (2024) 2 copies
Przewodnik po filmie (2001) 1 copy
Metallica: "Load" (1996) 1 copy

Associated Works

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) — Afterword, some editions — 27,225 copies
Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection (1996) — Afterword, some editions — 474 copies
The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands (2018) — Contributor — 417 copies
The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization) (1979) — Editor — 334 copies
Titus Awakes (2011) — Introduction, some editions — 253 copies
The Two Towers [BBC dramatization] (1990) — Editor — 46 copies
The Pooh Sketchbook (1982) — Editor — 40 copies
A Thomas Treasury: 25 of the Best (1997) — Afterword — 39 copies
The Return of the King {BBC dramatization} (1987) — Editor — 37 copies
Tolkien Calendar 2021 (2020) — Preface — 8 copies
Jonah (video) (1998) — Screenplay — 2 copies
Studies in Illustration, No. 40, Winter 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 2 copies


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Common Knowledge



The last few Harry Potter companion books that I read were sadly underwhelming, but this one won me back into the fold! Designed by the Minalima team (who are also responsible for all of the graphic design for the film series itself), this book is a literal playground that allows readers to fully immerse themselves back into the visual imagery of the films and be inspired all over again by the story’s whimsy. Packed with stills from the films, behind the scenes imagery, and design artwork, I doubt that it would be possible to pack anymore information in - and yet, the writing team also held their own. Interspersed into the well-placed layouts are text panels that (for once) stay neatly contained alongside their visuals, and give us just the right balance of narration to retell the story. Much of the text is also woven with memories and personal stories from the actors and design team, so we get a real glimpse behind the scenes into the personalities of the Harry Potter world. Blended so artfully together, the book feels like a unique family scrapbook and really stands out amongst the plethora of other Potter publications that have been released over the years. Sure, we don’t get the depth of some of the speciality books (the art and design tomes are some of my favourites), but this book played the magical tone so perfectly that I am hard-pressed to think of how it could actually be improved.… (more)
JaimieRiella | 14 other reviews | Mar 22, 2024 |
Wow. I'm always wandering Middle Earth in my head. Now I have some maps! A fun book.
dhenn31 | 2 other reviews | Jan 24, 2024 |
avanders | 1 other review | Nov 28, 2023 |
Generally well presented with a good cast, and certainly exceeding the ghastly BBC TV adaptation - however, it still suffers from being too abridged; the story is rushed and characters severely underdeveloped. Even just an extra 30 minutes per part would have made a huge difference.

It's an enjoyable listen if you're familiar with the story, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone who hasn't read the novels.
TheScribblingMan | Jul 29, 2023 |



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