Inside MinaLima’s “The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films” Exhibition
Last night, the UK MuggleNet team braved the terrible British weather to attend the opening night of MinaLima’s exhibition “The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films”. The gallery was crammed full of Potterheads admiring the fantastic display of artwork that we have all grown to love.
Covering every inch of the gallery’s walls, it would be impossible to detail every item of the exhibition, so here are a few of our favourite pieces from each film.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
Upon entering the gallery, look down…and then up! All around the gallery you’ll find many of the Hogwarts acceptance letters sent to Harry Potter when he was living at Privet Drive. We were all impressed by the attention to detail for the exhibition, although not surprised considering the work we’ve seen from MinaLima.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Hidden away in a corner of the gallery is the Howler Ron Weasley receives from Molly Weasley after crashing the car into the Whomping Willow. I’ve got to admit; I think I would be pretty scared to have the angry voice of Molly shouting at me while having breakfast! But for the brave Gryffindor’s among us, you can get the Howler and letter print to adorn your walls.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
A classic choice but it has to be the Marauders’ Map. Seeing the actual artwork up close was pretty magical (excuse the pun!), there are so many details that passed me by watching it in the screen. We were all wowed at the Whomping Willow detail which incidentally, is now available on its own as a print.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
We were pretty spoilt for choice with artwork from this film, but I am going to choose Claire’s favourite which is the “Triwizard Tragedies” book cover. This really captures the magnificence of the Triward Tournament. It’s definitely a book I would class as a guilty pleasure to read, although if I was competing in the tournament, I’m not sure I’d want the stories haunting me before a task!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Seeing the Black Family Tapestry was a favourite of mine last night. I love the portraits, especially the hats they’re wearing!
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
For this film, I was torn between the display of the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes packages and some of the darker images that reflected the change in society. But as the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes have their own wall, here is my favourite image.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The amount of artwork for these two films is utterly astounding. I could have spent hours looking at every detail, but there are a few that have really stuck in my mind and none less than Daily Prophet edition “Undesirable No.1.” In comparison to the wanted poster that has Harry’s picture, I feel that the absence of his image emphasises the reality of his position and a stark reminder of the impact of propaganda.
If you are planning a trip to London, this exhibition must be on your to do list. Give yourself plenty of time – and be sure to check your bank balance before arrive!
Oh, and just to get you even more excited for Fantastic Beasts, we’ll just leave this image here…
I’m sure we’re all equally excited to see what MinaLima have been creating for Newt’s world, which they are due to wrap on in early 2016.
“The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter™ Films” is a free exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery, London, and is open every day until December 19, 2016.