London is a city full of wonderful, geeky places. Maybe that’s why I love it so much – it’s the perfect place for a geek like me…especially if that geek loves Harry Potter. Deep inside, I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter and the accompanying apology explaining why it took them 12 years to reach me (I would accept both, of course).
For that very reason, The House of MinaLima is one of my absolute favourite places in London. It’s a gallery and a design shop by MinaLima, the graphic design studio which is responsible for the look of pretty much everything from newspapers and school books to flyers and sweets packaging for the Harry Potter movies and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Originally, this was planned as a temporary installation set to close in February 2017. But this week Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima announced that they’ll stay! Whoohoo!
The front page of the Daily Prophet you saw on screen? MinaLima. The Hogwarts letters rushing out of the Dursleys’ fireplace? MinaLima. The Marauders Map? MinaLima. The designs for Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes? MinaLima. I could go on and on, but I think you get what I intend to say: these designs made the movies what they are, created their unique atmosphere, and made the wizarding world come alive.
It’s exactly these things – original prints and other artwork from the movies alongside actual props provided by Warner Bros. – which are exhibited on four floors in the House of MinaLima, and it’s charming and truly magical, from ground floor to fourth floor, inside and outside. It’s almost as if you’re stepping inside the movies and can be part of that world for a little while.
You could even buy the prints, but unfortunately I’m a poor student and will have to be satisfied with seeing them from time to time, in the movies or at the installation.