After a trip to Hogwarts in the Snow last Christmas, I’ve wanted to see more and more of the Graphic Design from the Harry Potter Films. So when Jess told me about a new exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery, I was pretty excited: The Graphic Art of Harry Potter (ending 19th December 2015).
Watch Vlogmas Day 3 for a video tour of the exhibition 🙂
From packaging and posters, to books and magazines – the gallery is full to the brim with memorabilia from all 7 films. Usually we would only be able to catch a glimpse of these things, showing on screen for less than a second, but when displayed in the gallery there’s a lot more time to take in the details.
I loved the display of Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letters – hanging from the ceiling as if they were ready to fall like rain and on the floor too. A really lovely touch, which I’m sure all Potter fans would appreciate.
I was also happy to see lots of the amazing traditional letterpress printed style posters; Bold and purely typographic.
The main green wall was choc-a-bloc with designs for the Weasley’s Joke Shop. Packaging and posters in bright, clashing colours – the design is edging on gaudy and hideous in my opinion, but somehow it’s still amazing. Especially the little robot (top left below) – how cute is he?
And finally I was able to get a proper look at the crazy typography from two of the most iconic graphic pieces – The Daily Prophet newspaper and the Marauder’s map:
If you couldn’t already tell, I absolutely LOVED this exhibition! If you’re a design and/or Harry Potter fan, get yourself down to the Coningsby Gallery (near Goodge Street Station) and you won’t be disappointed. The exhibition ends on the 19th December though, so you’ll have to be quick!