Free activities in London: Harry Potter Graphic Art exhibition

harry potter exhibition marauders map

 

We went to a wonderful Harry Potter exhibition in London on Saturday. Free things to do in London can be hard to find. If you’re a Potterhead in the capital this summer, be sure to track it down on your Marauder’s Map. We loved it, but it wasn’t hugely busy even on a Saturday afternoon, so I suspect not so many people know about this yet.

 

Harry Potter exhibition London

 

The Harry Potter Graphic Art exhibition comes courtesy of design studio MinaLima. They’ve opened the doors of their eponymous House of MinaLima to showcase 15 years of award-winning creative collaboration with the Harry Potter films. The exhibition includes graphic art and authentic film props from the Harry Potter films.

The House of MinaLima extends over four floors. The down side to this is that it’s not suitable for anyone with mobility problems, or babies in prams, since there is a fairly narrow staircase to navigate. But what a staircase!

 

Harry Potter exhibition house of minalima

 

It’s a really delightful place to visit, and the staff are particularly friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. As you enter, there’s a small gift shop on the ground floor. Items for sale include limited edition prints from the Harry Potter films, postcard sets, prop replica notebooks and a brand new product, the Hogwarts Acceptance Letter.

As in the Warner Bros Studio Tour, prices are not cheap, starting at around £15 for a set of postcards. The only pocket money souvenirs are these badges for £1:

 

harry potter exhibition souvenirs

 

Across the four floors you’ll see enchanting visual surprises and specially created immersive experiences and distinctive designs. It’s really magical.

 

harry potter graphic art exhibit London

 

The Harry Potter exhibition is located on Greek Street in Soho. If not travelling by broomstick, the nearest Tube is Tottenham Court Road, or it’s easily walkable from Oxford Circus Tube.

Fifty authentic film props, including the Marauder’s Map and the Daily Prophet newspaper (on loan from Warner Bros. Studio Tour) are on display.

 

harry potter fireplace letters

 

What’s lovely is the chance to examine close up so many of the artifacts and props that were made for the Harry Potter films. These things just whizz by on screen, and it’s only when you linger over them that you see the thought, creativity and craftsmanship that has gone into their design.

 

harry potter exhibition daily prophets

Harry Potter Exhibition Details:

The House of MinaLima is at 26 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 5DE

The exhibition is open now and runs until Saturday 4th February 2017
It’s Open Daily from 12pm – 7pm, apart from
Thursdays – 12pm – 8pm
Sundays – 12pm – 6pm

harry potter graphic art props

 

Will you be visiting?

the Pigeon Pair and Me
  • Sus Davy

    I’ve not heard of the HP exhibition before, but it looks like a great day out!

    • It only opened a few weeks ago but I don’t think word has spread very far yet. Definitely worth a visit – as long as you like Harry P.

  • Laura Rocksteady

    Oh wow what an amazing exhibition and free to boot! This is great for any Harry Potter fan this summer

    Laura x

    • I know, it’s a real treat, especially for those who can’t make it out to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in Watford.

  • I hadn’t heard of this! Thanks for posting. 🙂

    • Are you going to visit Lana?

      • My boys are 13 & 10, so it might be a hard sell, but they did love the books.

        • I think they’re just the right age for it if they loved the books, there’s so much detail to see

  • How fantastic- I loved the studio tour and it’s wonderful to appreciate the artistry involved so I have to find time to visit this too. I wonder if I can resist buying a Hogwarts acceptance letter? #culturedkids

    • The souvenirs are kind of pricey, it’s easy to resist. But as you say so interesting to see the work that went into the films, amazing talent.

  • I didn’t know this was running and my daughter is Harry Potter mad. Definitely going to take her at half term.

    • In that case she will love it, my daughter thought it was great.

  • Sarah Ebner

    I didn’t know about this and it sounds great. Thanks so much for sharing – will go in half-term too! #culturedkids

    • Hope you like it! It’s not a huge exhibition so you will be in an out pretty quickly but it’s definitely worth a visit.

  • Nell@PigeonPairandMe

    I’d never heard of this either! It’s so central, too. It’s really nice to hear about something connected to the franchise that’s still free (even if the gifts are pricey) – as the studio tour’s so expensive, it’s good that there’s an alternative. Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids!

    • I hope you get a chance to go Nell, it’s really interesting to see all the graphic art that went into the HP films