I was very disappointed with this book, I''ll explain why. I have quite a few pop-up books of which some are even carousel dollhouses from the 90s that were actually played with and remain functional and in good condition, so I have those books in mind to compare with the...See more
I was very disappointed with this book, I''ll explain why. I have quite a few pop-up books of which some are even carousel dollhouses from the 90s that were actually played with and remain functional and in good condition, so I have those books in mind to compare with the quality and durability of the papers used in this book, as well as certain technical choices of paper engineering. Let me start by saying there is a video on Youtube showing the book in action, and I highly recommend you look it up. That video is very well edited, HOWEVER the book did not have anywhere near the same wow factor in person. In the video the book looks very impressive but in reality it is very cheaply made using some of the weakest paper I''ve seen considering the price. The price is insanely high considering the poor quality and durablity of the item. The paper is thin and will wear with only a few uses. The pull tabs, especially the Pink Lady, is too easily ripped because that kind of engineering would require sturdier paper and more careful assembly by those who put it together (in fact those tears are visible at 1:42 in the youtube video I mentioned, just watch the bottom of the Pink Lady portrait there when it''s pulled open). Also, some of the worst decisions were the tab-slot fittings in openable doors, which should have been fixed. Since they couldn''t be bothered to glue those parts neatly, when you try to pull the doors open the tabs easily come out of the slits while also tearing them wider, destroying the fit - you will have to glue them yourself as a repair and paint the frayed damaged white bits with ink markers. Some elements don''t always fold back to where they should so you need to be extra careful and adjust things while slowly closing the pop-ups - it shouldn''t be that way. Some of the higher structures seem to not successfully come into place, with walls just sticking inwards or outwards awkwardly, looking ugly and unimpressive. Finally, the colors also seemed somewhat dull and lifeless, a bit on the grey side and not very saturated, but that''s the least of the problems. Positive points are some of the smaller pop-ups, the Forbidden Forest which was well thought out and works well, and the Quidditch pitch although I had to insert a knife to open some of the towers. But the few positives don''t justify the price, at least not in my opinion. To summarize, what appalled me the most was really the low quality of the paper. In person it''s thin and fragile, with pointy bits and corners already bent and frayed even in new condition. This book had great paper engineering ideas but sadly they were poorly implemented because the makers decided to cut corners on paper quality - and yet still demand a ridiculous price for the final result. It''s an expensive book, so I don''t recommend it unless someone is an avid Harry Potter collector and just wants it for that reason.