The everyday life of a Hogwarts student is full of excitement, adventure and really wild things which unfortunately leads to a lot of wear and tear. Maybe your broomstick had been smashed by the Whomping Willow, your wand was broken fleeing your dead parent’s old home, your robes had slugs vomited down them or you have desperate need of a time turner to help your innocent godfather escape prison. None of these would be an excuse for turning up to school unprepared and now a last minute panic over the correct uniform will be a thing of the past. Next to the barrier guarding the entrance to Platform 9 3/4 a new shop can provide all the last minute essentials for the travelling witch or wizard.
For those of us not lucky enough to be boarding the Hogwarts Express in September but who grew up with and deeply loved the stories written by JK Rowling, the Harry Potter Shop is a lovely extension of the Harry Potter world. It’s also a fairly transparent plot to take our money but I am too enchanted to care. Sadly I wasn’t there to see Warwick Davis open the shop on Saturday but I will make at Kings Cross after work this week to check it out for myself. The pictures of the shop look beautiful and full of all the Harry Potter merchandise you could want – it has boxes of wands stacked high behind the counter and school scarves hanging from the walls. It has seemingly everything for a Potter fan (no matter how old) to geek out over on your way through London this Christmas.
This is a break from my usual type of writing I know. This weekend I contemplated writing about the importance of gun control after the Connecticut shooting or the issue of rape in prisons following an article on the deplorable state of American prisons. Today however I decided to put them aside for the time being and bring you a fluff piece because it makes the world feel like a slightly less depressing place. Maybe I will write about gun control and rape in the week but sometimes we all need to take a break and enjoy a bit of magic.
Harry Potter Shop Talk:
- Harry Potter shop opens at Platform 9 3/4 (io9.com)
- Harry Potter shop opens: the verdict (guardian.co.uk)
- Artist Patrick Acton Recreates Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School From Thousands of Matchsticks (inhabitat.com)
- The Harry Potter mini movie: what’s the story? (guardian.co.uk)