Bring­ing magic to life

> Mi­raphora Mina and Ed­uardo Lima’s fan­tas­ti­cal graph­ics and prints help craft Rowl­ing’s unique world into re­al­ity on­screen

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mag­i­cal crea­tures.

“It was quite an organic tran­si­tion for most peo­ple be­cause quite a lot of the peo­ple who had worked on the Harry Pot­ter films stayed to­gether for Fan­tas­tic Beasts,” Mina told Reuters in the graphic de­sign­ers’ Mi­naLima stu­dio.

“The things that made it nat­u­rally easy for any­one cre­atively was that it was a new lo­ca­tion, a spe­cific pe­riod in time as op­posed to a con­tem­po­rary pe­riod ref­er­enc­ing his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods (like in Harry Pot­ter) so hav­ing those mark­ers ... are ac­tu­ally kind of re­ally good an­chors to build on.”

The duo came up with all sorts of graphic de­signs for the movie – from a poster for The Blind Pig speakeasy to the Mag­i­cal Congress of the United States of Amer­ica’s in­signia.

“Newt’s pass­port, like all his lit­tle be­long­ings and all the medicines la­bels he uses to treat the beasts, we had to do one by one,” Lima said.

The de­sign­ers start work six months be­fore shoot­ing with vis­ual re­search and ques­tions for Rowl­ing to get more in­for­ma­tion for items like Sca­man­der’s pass­port.

“We need to ask Jo those things like what’s his birth­day, where was he born, all those de­tails that you might not see,” Mina said. “We have to cre­ate the in­tegrity of a piece.”

Mina and Lima are ex­hibit­ing their work at the four-storey House of Mi­naLima, where fans can view graphic art prints from the films.

On dis­play across the build­ing’s wooden floors and draped win­dows are posters, sig­nage, front pages and props.

“It’s com­pletely im­mer­sive, you feel that per­haps the build­ing could be part of that uni­verse of the wiz­ard­ing world,” Mina said.

“We wanted peo­ple to feel that they are maybe in Di­agon Al­ley, but now a bit in New York as well,” Lima added. – Reuters

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