I am of the generation that grew up with Harry Potter, so whenever I get the opportunity to relive the HP magic, I’m there. I’ve been to the Studio Tour and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. When I heard that there was to be an exhibition of the art from the films, I cleared my afternoon.
House of MinaLima is given to us by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. They are the wizards behind the graphic art for the Harry Potter films and make no mistake, this house is magic. From the exterior and the guy outside who gave us a little introduction to each floor and everyone inside the pop up house.
You step into the shop which sells memorabilia and limited edition prints (beautiful prints that I did indulge in. I will post pics when it arrives). I left the shop till last as I was stupidly excited to see all the graphic art. One of the things I loved most was that the house felt like it fit the world of Harry Potter and I don’t just mean the decor. It’s intimate and feels like a cross between Grimmauld Place and Honeydukes.
There’s so much to see here. Lots of props that are on loan from Warner Bros in cabinets and they are the sort of props that you will instantly recognise.
The 4th floor is a throwback to the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry finally getting his Hogwarts acceptance letter. I spent the longest time up here. This floor holds the artwork from the later films, you’ll see props from The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows.
Next door there were Daily Prophet prints and wanted posters that you will definitely recognise. Not to mention the staircase plastered with posters on the way up.
This place is a Harry Potter fan’s dream. It feels so personal, I’m glad Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima chose to display their work here. You feel like you’re going a journey through each floor and everywhere you look, there is artwork that immerses you in a world that once felt so familiar. I took my Aunt with me before we had lunch the first time I visited, she has never read the books or seen the films, but she thoroughly enjoyed it. Then I took my Dad for Fathers Day, having been a part of my Harry Potter obsession growing up, he absolutely loved everything! Even if you know nothing about Harry Potter, you can’t not appreciate the graphic art that this wonderful house holds.
If you’re in Soho, stop at this popup, it’s so worth a visit. The exhibition is at 26 Greek St, open 7 days a week from 12pm until February 2017. Thank you MinaLima for the nostalgic afternoons!