Calling all Harry Potter fans, this is definitely something you can’t miss out on! Last weekend, my family and I discovered an amazing little gem, right in the heart of the Soho area in London, the wonderfully quaint and adorable, House of MinaLima!
Founded in 2009, House of MinaLima is a design studio, specialising in graphic design and illustration and is owned by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, hence the name MinaLima. Back in 2002, the pair joined forces to take up the artistic challenge of imagining and creating the graphic universe of the Harry Potter film series and the successful collaboration led them to eventually opening their own studio.
As well as developing the graphic style for the Harry Potter series, MinaLima have also designed the graphic props for the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, along with creating graphic props for other films, including Sweeney Todd (2007), The Golden Compass (2007) and The Imitation Game (2014).
What we loved about House of MinaLima was the shear quirkiness of the old building. The winding uneven staircase takes you up to four different floors, where you can feast your eyes on the displays and designs of the Harry Potter world. Authentic film props on loan from the Warner Bros. Studio Tour are also available to see, making your whole experience a truly magical one. I especially loved the Hogwarts crest, which was fabulously lit up on the stairway and the acceptance to Hogwarts letters pouring out of the fireplace, made such a great effect.
There are many fabulous limited edition art prints for sale too, if you fancy taking home a souvenir of your visit, which you can purchase on the ground floor shop, alongside posters, stationery, accessories and books. My Harry Potter obsessed daughter was totally in her element and spent a good chunk of her birthday money on lots of goodies from the shop, including a Fantastic Beasts book signed by both Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the designers of the book.
House of MinaLima is open everyday from 12:00 until 7:00pm and the entry is free. I would whole-heartedly recommend visiting this amazing little house, whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, as the history surrounding it is incredibly interesting and makes for a totally unique experience. All the staff were so friendly and polite and were only too happy to help, answering any Harry Potter questions we might have. They also told us a great little story surrounding The Marauder’s Map, but you’ll have to visit the house yourself to hear all about that.
This fabulous and unique experience was the icing on the cake for my daughter’s birthday, making an already happy Harry Potter fan even happier and we’ll definitely be coming back!
For other Harry Potter experiences, check out The Making Of Harry Potter ~ Studio Tour London.
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