“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” —Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The wizarding world of JK Rowling has inspired millions, if not billions of imaginations around the world – and it all came from an idea she had on a train journey. The House of Minalima here in London showcases some of the incredible graphics of the franchise, and it’s well worth taking a wander into.
Whether you want to be a wizard, or not.
In the heart of the West End, we stumbled across the brightly painted House of Minalima facade one morning after brunch – it’s somewhere that I’ve meant to visit and falling into the London curse, just never quite made it.
Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the designers behind the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie artwork, are showcasing their magical designs in a free exhibition. (There is an entire level of gift shop goodies, don’t worry!)
My photos are terrible, just snaps on my iPhone, but they’ll give you a bit of an idea without giving away too much…
You wend your way around the narrow staircases of the four-floor house to see walls covered in prints and graphics and take a closer look at authentic movie props on loan from the Warner Bros studios. (another epic Harry Potter thing to do in London – it’s well worth the money.)
Everywhere you look there’s something brilliant – including the floors and stairwells papered in Daily Prophet covers.
You can find artworks from the Harry Potter films across the first, second and third floors, including a Hogwarts Express ticket, Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letter and the Marauder’s Map. And catch up on the latest wizardry news from the Daily Prophet in the first-floor Press Room.
Climb up to the third floor to discover MinaLima’s graphics for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie. The original graphic art prints on display include the MACUSA shield design, the insignia for the Magical Congress and Chadwick Boot’s textbook Chadwick’s Charms, as well as movie props, all set in a 1920s New York decor.
I’m such a fan, I invented two recipes for homebrew butterbeer and we spent a day at Universal Studios in Florida exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, not to mention all the London walking tours I’ve been on over the years.
And honestly, if their fantastical front windows don’t sway you, I’m not sure what will.
Did you catch Harry Potter fever? If so, which was your favourite book/movie?
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