Magic tip #3
You really don’t have to buy a thing.
Diagon Alley is ‘experience shopping’ at its
very best – just wander through, explore, play
and marvel at the imagination of JK Rowling.
I also now believe there is no better cure for
jetlag than downing a Butterbeer before 9am.
With one of those massive sugar hits under
our belts, we were ready to pull our first 12-hour
day in a theme park – without planning to.
Somehow we had walked straight past the
Leaky Cauldron where we could have had that
better-known muggle stimulant (coffee)... but
we did return to this traditional English inn for a
hearty lunch a few days later and would
highly recommend it for its ‘wow’ factor.
The three-storey Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
– the magic shop identical to the set from
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ – is
where we stocked up on Bertie Bott’s Every
Flavour Beans and chocolate frogs. Real
die-hards could pick up a broom at Quality
Quidditch Supplies or head to the Magical
Menagerie for their own plush-toy Cornish Pixie
or owl. Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
had Pumpkin Juice and soft-serve including a
divine Earl Grey and Lavender flavour.
However, my favourite place was down
Knockturn Alley. Magically, of course, day is
plunged into night, the temperature drops, the
eeriness creeps in and the shadows come to
life. Here you’ll find Borgin and Burkes selling skulls, Death Eater masks and spiders. It
is home to all things Dark Arts and within
its gloom we heard darkened windows
whispering, and a witch sidled up to help our
son make an enchanted giant skeleton dance.