Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley is situated in London at the other side of The Leaky Cauldron, a pub only visible to wizards or witches in between a record shop and a bookshop. If you ever find yourself in The Leaky Cauldron to enter Diagon Alley all you need to do is enter the walled courtyard and tap the 3rd brick from the left above the dustbin. You’ll then enter Diagon Alley and discover an array of shops. However, Diagon Alley is not as warm and colourful as it used to be since the return of Voldemort. People go there and get out as quickly as possible. Ministry posters fill what used to be colourful advertisements for wizarding products, and there are stall traders there, trying to profit on so-called 'protection' trinkets.

The Leaky Cauldron –

This is a place where you can have a drink or a meal and stop there. All the rooms have comfortable beds, oak furniture, a crackling fire and each one has a mirror that talks to you in case you’re ever lonely. Tom, a fellow who's kind to everyone he meets, runs it.

Gringotts –

This is the wizard bank run by goblins. Every person to enter Gringotts is warned by:

Enter, stranger, but take heed

Of what awaits the sin of greed

For those who take, but do not earn,

Must pay more dearly in their turn,

So if you seek beneath our floors

A treasure that was never yours,

Thief, you have been warned, beware

Of finding more than treasure there.

To get to the vaults you ride along in small mine carts through twisting passages. If anyone found their way into a vault that was not their own they would be there for at least 10 years and if they survived would be fed to the dragons. Gringotts is miles and miles below London but you are only safe in there if you are with a Gringotts goblin.

The more valuable vaults are at the bottom of Gringotts. Clankers are needed here to scare off the dragons that are kept there. Riders are also taken through "The Thief's Downfall" which is a waterfall that washes off any magic off riders. Harry, Hermione and Ron managed to enter a highly protected vault, which had a Gernio and Flagrate curse on it causing anything that was touched within the vault to burn and multipy. They managed to escape by using one of the dragons - a Gringotts first!

In the Wizarding world the money is different to the Muggle world. There are 17 silver Sickles to a gold Galleon and 29 bronze Knuts to a silver Sickle. Spend your money wisely. If you want to know how much British Sterling you would be able to spend, then note that 1 Galleon is about £3, 5.6 Sickles is about £1 and 163.6 Knuts is about £1!

Flourish and Blotts –

This is a bookshop stacked from floor to ceiling with books. Books bound in leather, books the size of stamps, books wrapped in silk, invisible books, biting books, any books that you could possibly imagine. Books about curses, magic, potions, creatures and everything else you learn at Hogwarts and everything about the wizarding world.

Madam Malkins Robes For All Occasions –

Madam Malkins is where you get measured up for your Hogwarts school uniform and other wizarding clothes.

Quality Quidditch Supplies –

A whole shop dedicated to the wizarding world’s most favourite sport, Quidditch. Here you can but merchandise for your favourite Quidditch team such as the Chudley Cannons or buy a new broomstick; robes or many more Quidditch associated products!

Gambol and Japes Wizarding Joke shop –

A joke shop that the Weasley twins love to buy from. Here you can get "Dr. Filibuster’s Fabulous Wet Start, No-heat Fireworks" and many more joke items.

Weasley's Wizard Wheezes -

Fred and George's joke shop at 93 Diagon Alley, set up with Harry's Tri-wizard tournament earnings. Stock includes Extendable Ears, Skiving Snackboxes and portable swamps.

Ollivanders –

Ollivanders has been making fine wands since 382 BC. It is an extremely small shop with a chair in the middle of the room. The walls though are covered full of narrow boxes containing wands. When you go to buy a wand you are measured for size. Each wand contains a core of powerful magical substance and there are never two Ollivander wands that are the same. A wand will set you back 7 Galleons. It is now closed, and Ollivander has gone missing.

Cauldrons –

This is a shop full of cauldrons. There are brass, pewter, gold, silver, copper cauldrons of all sizes. Some are self-stirring and some are collapsible.

Apothecary –

The apothecary is where wizard’s and witches get all their ingredients for their spells. Depending on the ingredient, the price could be anything from five Knuts a scoop for beetle eyes or 21 Galleons for a unicorn horn.

The Junk Shop –

The junk shop sells broken wands, wonky scales, old cloaks, tattered old books, used robes. Basically anything in the wizarding world that you want to buy second-hand is here. Don't be put off by this though, you may find yourself a real bargain.

Florean Fortescue’s Ice-cream Parlour –

Florean Fortescue sells the best ice creams in Diagon Alley and Harry recommends you try chocolate and raspberry with chopped nuts. Fortescue has now closed the shop, and gone missing.

Eeylops Owl Emporium –

Eeylops is dark and full of flickering and rustling from the owls. You can buy tawny, screech, barn, brown and snowy owls here.

Magical Menagerie –

Unlike Eeylops that sells just one species, the Menagerie sells many animals. There are purple toads, orange snails, jewel-encrusted tortoises, and cats of all colours, noisy ravens, custard furballs and black rats.

Knockturn Alley -

Knockturn Alley is a forbidden place to most of the students at Hogwarts. It is a place full of dark magic, all the shops here are devoted to the Dark Arts. The shops sell things like poisonous candles, shrunken heads, human fingernails and gigantic spiders.


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