Friday, 17 February 2017

House of Minalima

As an over enthusiastic (more like obsessive…) Harry Potter fan, visiting the ‘House of Minalima’ was a brilliant way to spend a few hours being immersed in J.K. Rowling's magical world. Best of all – it’s completely FREE. Located on 26 Greek Street, in a quaint and slightly higgledy-piggledy road, it is round the corner from the Palace Theatre, where The Curse Child is performed. Immediately, you get a feel that is very reminiscent of Diagon Alley and once inside, you really do feel like you’re being transported back to that universe.  
What are displayed in the exhibit are the limited edition art prints of graphic design by the duo Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima who were designers for the Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beast. There are 4 floors; ground floor contains the shop, first floor displays the graphic art from Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, floors two and three contain work from the Harry Potter Films.
What is astounding and obvious in all of the designs is the phenomenal attention to detail. Harry Potter was a significant part of my childhood (and adult life!) and it’s something I could talk about all day. The Harry Potter universe is set in the real world but there is a logic which underpins the magic, you can tell it's all be really well thought out, which is what makes it so magical and believable.  What I love about the world and what the prints show is the ‘reality with a twist’ element. 
All photos taken on iPhone SE
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 Set in the 1920s, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is one of the my favourite films. Perhaps, a reason why I loved the film so much was because it would be the first time I would ever encounter the story. The Jazz age is one of my favourite eras particularly, for fashion and the scene in the seedy bar ‘The Blind Pig’ captured that moment, with Tina and Queenie transforming their clothes into 1920s’ dresses, as they enter the place.  





The letters that Harry was never allowed to open.

 This was the design of the floor on the second level.

How the Weasley twins aided Hogwarts students to defy Umbridge.

The Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

The howler Ron received in his second year.


You can see the intricacy and the attention to detail in this potion book.


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