Exhibition Devoted to Harry Potter Graphic Art Opens in London
The London-based design studio MinaLima is behind all of the graphic art in the eight Harry Potter films, from the Marauder’s Map to Ron’s Howler—and now, as It’s Nice That reports, wizards and muggles alike can get an up-close look at their work in a brand new exhibition.
The House of MinaLima, located at 26 Greek Street in London, contains around 50 props from the Harry Potter films on loan from Warner Bros. on the top two floors. Other features, according to Pottermore, are “a room-size Marauder’s Map, enough prints to fill a wizarding press room, designs that were found in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and a library with Hogwarts acceptance letters shooting from the fireplace.” Limited edition prints will be sold on the first floor. You can watch the four-story space being transformed below:
Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, who met in 2001 on the Harry Potter set, picked the exhibition space because, Lima told Pottermore, “It’s like Grimmauld Place in there, with narrow staircases, wonky walls, and low ceilings.” Mina said that the duo wanted the space “to feel like it could have been there forever, like a museum. And as though it could disappear between the other buildings. By the time you reach the top floor, you can touch the ceiling. It’s like Harry’s cupboard under the stairs, but at the top of the building.”
In addition to extending their partnership beyond the Harry Potter series—the duo has created artwork inspired by Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, and more. They’ve also done work on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander and hits theaters November 18, 2016.
If you can’t make it to the exhibition, MinaLima also sells replicas of the art they created for the films on its website. House of MinaLima runs until February 2017, and entry is free.
[h/t It’s Nice That]