Friday, February 13, 2009
This is part one of a 26-part fan-made claymation adaption of the final book of the Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hallows. It's simply amazing - this is by one fan with an extraordinary dream - and does he pull it off. This is not computer generated - it's hand made. The characters are all fashioned out of clay, and there are voices for the characters with dialogue and scenes and atmospheric music is included as well. The entire book is adapted. The Leaky Cauldron reports that major scenes are depicted, including, "the adventures in Gringotts, the heartbreaking moments at Shell Cottage, the epic battle for Hogwarts, the pivotal events with Nagini, Snape and the Prince's Tale, and the emotional Forest scene are all vividly brought to life."
Twenty-two year old "Ryan" is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a bachelors degree in filmmaking. "I do claymation as a hobby while trying to find work in the film business," he writes at his You Tube Channel.
We have five months to go before WB releases Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and filming for the two-part final film of Deathy Hallows has just begun. So this could keep anyone busy for quite a while. Enjoy!
The YouTube channel is here.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The Harry Potter Lexicon is finally published! From here.
I've had very positive response to the book," said Vander Ark, who lives in the Grand Rapids area. "The reviews have been good, but also the fans are excited about it. Harry Potter fans are incredibly creative people; they love to have a reference to the books so they can be accurate when they write, create costumes and other things."Well done, Steve! Read the rest of article here. Order the book here. The original landmark website that started it all is here.
"The Lexicon" initially drew the ire of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who filed a lawsuit saying the book violated the copyright of Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment, which owns the movie rights to the series. A U.S. District judge ruled in Rowling's favor, which led Vander Ark to rewrite his lexicon. RDR Books printed 40,000 copies, with 35,000 already shipped.
"In many ways, it is a better book," Vander Ark said of the changes he made after the lawsuit. "The first book was intended to be exhaustive of every detail without much commentary and background. This book now includes lots more of both."