[This is a slightly delayed response to Leah’s Harry Potter moment of the week. If you’d like to join in, head on over to Leah’s blog!
The theme of this week’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week is “Best Shop in Diagon Alley” – how could I resist?
This is a really hard one, because there are so many great shops, so I’ll be telling you my third place, second place and winner!
Third place: Magical Menagerie
As an animal lover, the Magical Menagerie or Eeylops Owl Emporium both vied for this spot! I am that person who loves going to the pet shop even when I don’t need anything (and I’ve even been taken there as a way to cheer me up during a boring weekend before). I think I’d have to go with the Magical Menagerie just because they have a wider range of pets and I’m easily swayed by exotic animals!
Second place: Ollivanders
Ollivanders would be amazing – who doesn’t love the idea of going in and having your wand choose you?! BUT it doesn’t make my top choice because for window shopping, it’s not great – why fall in love with a wand that would never choose you (and guaranteed I would regularly do just that)?
First place: Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes
Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes would, I think, be the coolest shop in Diagon Alley. You just know it’d be super interactive, and so much fun to browse and explore. AND, unlike a lot of the other shops in Diagon Alley, it sells fun things, not just necessary things, so you know you could have just as much fun browsing on a random Saturday throughout the summer with the few coins in your purse, as you could in the chaos of stocking up before Hogwarts. And of course the possibility of spotting a Weasley doesn’t hurt either…