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Harry Potter Postcard Colouring Book is published and very kindly sent to me to review by Studio Press Publishing. This is the postcard book of the Harry Potter Colouring Book, reviewed by me here. This book contains 20 postcards of single page images from the book that have been scaled down from the originals to fit on the 16.2x12cm pages. The postcards are standard size and have a lay flat binding which makes them easy to remove when you wish but is sturdy enough to keep the postcards in place while you’re colouring and for if you wish to keep them as a complete book. The covers are made of thick card with gold tape down the spine, the cover image is the same as the original book so it’s easy to tell which postcard set matches which book. The back of each postcard has a patterned border (these vary a little throughout), an outline for a stamp and four address lines accented by a feather quill with a magical symbol in the centre. Each of the 20 images is taken directly from the book and scaled down to fit the page rather than being smaller sections of the original design. The card itself is bright white and lightly textured, water-based pens are ok to use but the finished result seemed a little speckled (see photo below) rather than just a block of vibrant colour. Pencil works well and you can build up plenty of layers or colour in blocks with no white tooth left. The images are printed single-sided and are a fairly good selection from the originals but unfortunately 5 of the images are the wallpaper-style patterned images which feel a bit like filler images rather than desirable stand-alone illustrations, however, this is my personal taste and others may well love these. Each of the house crests are included as well as a few pictures of the leading characters and some illustrations of posters (all pages are photographed below). My only criticism is that the printing, at least on my copy, is off centre and all of the images, including the backs of the postcards aren’t central and are instead shifted to the right towards the outside edge, this isn’t a major issue but it did bother my perfectionism and would make framing them a bit of a challenge if you were wanting to do that (do check other copies as this may have been rectified and could be an isolated issue).
In terms of mental health, this book doesn’t have an awful lot of impact on it unless you’re a Harry Potter Mega Fan in which case it’s likely to considerably lift your mood and give you hours and hours of distraction and enjoyment. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter Colouring Book then you’re highly likely to enjoy these postcards and the different scale offers different opportunities for colouring the images again and being able to frame or gift them and they’re a much more manageable size for bad days when your concentration or focus are poor and you need a quick colouring fix. The images still take a fairly long time to colour if you want them to look realistic, especially if you use pencils but they’re considerably quicker than the book pages were. The line thickness varies but is a lot thinner than the book and ranges from medium to spindly thin but mostly it remains thin so you will definitely need good vision and fine motor control to get the most out of these postcards. There aren’t any pre-coloured inspiration images in this postcard book like there were in the original but you can easily google the scenes, objects or creatures to find images of them from the films to work out exactly how to colour them so they look true to the film, or you can go it alone and try out your own colour schemes with bright pink robes, purple phoenixes and sparkly green snitches – it doesn’t have to be realistic, remember it’s a magical world! Some of the illustrations are very intricate and detailed and others are much simpler with larger open spaces so the postcards do have a variety of difficulty levels to accommodate your good and bad days.
I would highly recommend these postcards to Harry Potter fans and to fans of the Harry Potter Colouring Book, they are great fun to colour and would be ideal to incorporate into craft projects, frame for a Harry Potter themed room, or gifting to others to share the magical love.
If you’d like to purchase a copy it publishes on the 30th of June and is available to pre-order here:
Amazon UK – Harry Potter Postcard Colouring Book
Book Depository Worldwide – https://www.bookdepository.com/Harry-Potter-Postcard-Colouring-Book-Warner-Brothers/9781783705948/?a_aid=colouringitmom
The image below was coloured using Marco Renoir Coloured Pencils.