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Exhibition Devoted to Harry Potter Graphic Art Opens in London

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The London-based design studio MinaLima is behind all of the graphic art in the eight Harry Potter films, from the Marauder’s Map to Ron’s Howler—and now, as It’s Nice That reports, wizards and muggles alike can get an up-close look at their work in a brand new exhibition.

The House of MinaLima, located at 26 Greek Street in London, contains around 50 props from the Harry Potter films on loan from Warner Bros. on the top two floors. Other features, according to Pottermore, are “a room-size Marauder’s Map, enough prints to fill a wizarding press room, designs that were found in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and a library with Hogwarts acceptance letters shooting from the fireplace.” Limited edition prints will be sold on the first floor. You can watch the four-story space being transformed below:

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, who met in 2001 on the Harry Potter set, picked the exhibition space because, Lima told Pottermore, “It’s like Grimmauld Place in there, with narrow staircases, wonky walls, and low ceilings.” Mina said that the duo wanted the space “to feel like it could have been there forever, like a museum. And as though it could disappear between the other buildings. By the time you reach the top floor, you can touch the ceiling. It’s like Harry’s cupboard under the stairs, but at the top of the building.”

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In addition to extending their partnership beyond the Harry Potter series—the duo has created artwork inspired by Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, and more. They’ve also done work on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander and hits theaters November 18, 2016.

If you can’t make it to the exhibition, MinaLima also sells replicas of the art they created for the films on its website. House of MinaLima runs until February 2017, and entry is free.

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The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

In South London, the remains of the UK’s World War II history are visible in an unlikely place—one that you might pass by regularly and never take a second look at. In a significant number of housing estates, the fences around the perimeter are actually upcycled medical stretchers from the war, as the design podcast 99% Invisible reports.

During the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the UK’s Air Raid Precautions department worked to protect civilians from the bombings. The organization built 60,000 steel stretchers to carry injured people during attacks. The metal structures were designed to be easy to disinfect in case of a gas attack, but that design ended up making them perfect for reuse after the war.

Many London housing developments at the time had to remove their fences so that the metal could be used in the war effort, and once the war was over, they were looking to replace them. The London County Council came up with a solution that would benefit everyone: They repurposed the excess stretchers that the city no longer needed into residential railings.

You can tell a stretcher railing from a regular fence because of the curves in the poles at the top and bottom of the fence. They’re hand-holds, designed to make it easier to carry it.

Unfortunately, decades of being exposed to the elements have left some of these historic artifacts in poor shape, and some housing estates have removed them due to high levels of degradation. The Stretcher Railing Society is currently working to preserve these heritage pieces of London infrastructure.

As of right now, though, there are plenty of stretchers you can still find on the streets. If you're in the London area, this handy Google map shows where you can find the historic fencing.

[h/t 99% Invisible]

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This Glowing Blanket Is Designed to Ease Kids' Fear of the Dark
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The Force Field Cloak

Many kids have a security blanket they bring to bed with them every night, but sometimes, a regular blankie is no match for the monsters that invade their imaginations once the lights are off. Now there’s a glow-in-the-dark blanket designed to make children feel safer in bed, no night light required.

Dubbed the Force Field Cloak, the fleece blanket comes in several colorful, glowing patterns that remain invisible during the day. At night, you leave the blanket under a bright light for about 10 minutes, then the shining design will reveal itself in the dark. The glow lasts 8 to 10 hours, just long enough to get a child through the night.

Inventor Terry Sachetti was inspired to create the blanket by his own experiences struggling with scary nighttime thoughts as a kid. "I remember when I was young and afraid of the dark. I would lie in my bed at night, and my imagination would start getting the best of me," he writes on the product's Kickstarter page. "I would start thinking that someone or something was going to grab my foot that was hanging over the side of the bed. When that happened, I would put my foot back under my blanket where I knew I was safe. Nothing could get me under my blanket. No boogiemen, no aliens, no monsters under my bed, nothing. Sound familiar?"

The Force Field Cloak, which has already surpassed its funding goals on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter, takes the comfort of a blanket to the next level. The glowing, non-toxic ink decorating the material acts as a gentle night light that kids can wrap around their whole body. The result, the team claims, is a secure feeling that quiets those thoughts about bad guys hiding in the shadows.

To pre-order a Force Field Cloak, you can pledge $36 or more to the product’s Indiegogo campaign. It is expected to start shipping in January 2018.

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