The Magical Moments series, by MinaLima, has already celebrated the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, with five prints representing five key moments from the first film. Now, they have crystallised a beloved scene from the beginning of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
We chatted to MinaLima (headed by duo Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima) to discuss the new Dobby print with us, and the design team’s thinking behind the other five pieces you might not have seen.
‘One thing we set about doing was to create a common theme throughout all the prints,’ the team told us. ‘So, in this new one, we created a frame that touches upon the Chamber of Secrets themes. So, it’s slightly more sinister because of all the snakes...’
‘We’re giving Dobby his moment to shine, because this scene is so brilliant. We always want to celebrate the comedic spirit that J.K. Rowling always peppers through the stories – so you’ve got dark snakes... but also collapsing cake. Cakes and snakes!’
‘A lot of the pieces feature graphic-props, because that’s our world, and we know that part of the universe helps tell the story.’
We now take a look at the prints from the first film, which celebrate many moments we imagine you will know all too well. First up, a print dedicated to everyone’s favourite wizarding sport.
‘We had to have Quidditch featured somewhere, so we went all-out Quidditch in this one,’ MinaLima explained. ‘All the prints need strong visual drivers, so this gets the [Hogwarts] houses in and the game and an opportunity for Harry to shine.’
‘So again, first film, key processes of being at Hogwarts, this really is our first introduction on how to become a wizard student. So, it’s about that. Taking us as a viewer into that. We love all the apertures in the architecture.’
‘We always try and bring some drama into the composition, most of them will have some depth beyond, and I think that’s important to bring us back to the story. We adore Stuart [Craig]’s architecture, so it supports these moments.’
‘This first film was so easy to pick the moments from, because everything is new for Harry, this new life, this transition. Again, the architecture lends itself beautifully, we love the way the letters thread in and out and the majestic quality of the owls. We can’t have enough owls. Owls and stars, you’ll notice there’s a lot of owls and stars in the compositions.’
‘We had to celebrate Harry, Hermione and Ron’s introduction to each other so we combined their first meeting with a visual spectacle, such as the wizard sweets that we designed, and play with the train travelling from one world to another. There’s lots of play in this, you can’t help but watch this film and think it’s all so cute, I feel like this with this print – you feel like you’re 11 again.’
‘We couldn’t have done this collection without Diagon Alley. It was a bit more challenging, because there’s so much of it, and there’s lots going on! Loads of different offerings to the visitor. So we pared it back, and took key elements from those shops we know about – Gringotts, Ollivanders, etc. Rather than try and show the whole street, we tried to capture the atmosphere of that moment.’
‘There’s a lovely light in the background that offers a promise of the new life and the blue sky...’
To learn more about MinaLima’s Magical Moments series, visit the official website.