10 Best Diagon Alley Shops In Harry Potter, Ranked
The magical world of Harry Potter was vast and colorful, but no place was loved by all manner of witches and wizards like Diagon Alley, Wizarding Britain’s main shopping street. Hidden from Muggles by powerful enchantments, the Alley was home to over 25 different shops and a large community of magical people with a variety of skills and interests.
Diagon Alley was particularly crowded just before the start of the school year at Hogwarts. Students and parents swarmed its bookstores, pet stores and boutiques in search of supplies. From the best ice cream Britain had to offer to the fastest broomsticks on the market, the Alley had everything a young wizard or witch could be looking for.
ten The magical menagerie offers all kinds of animals and magical creatures
As the name suggests, the Magical Menagerie offered a wide variety of magical pets, including Puffskeins, Ferrets, Toads, and Cats, as well as pet-related merchandise for sale. The walls and floors of the store were completely filled with animal cages, making the space difficult for customers to navigate without bumping into them.
In prisoner of azkaban, the Golden Trio walked into the shop to buy a tonic for Ron’s pet rat, Scabbers, who had been looking fine for a few weeks. While in the store, they also met Crookshanks, a large cat of Kneazle ancestry who would later become Hermione’s beloved pet.
9 Madame Malkin had every type of robe a wizard could need
A large and elegant shop, Madame Malkin’s was best known for selling and making Hogwarts uniforms, but it also sold capes and elegant evening dresses. The store was frequented by its owner, Madame Malkin, a friendly little witch who often wore purplish dresses.
On Harry’s first visit to Diagon Alley, he encountered his future rival, Draco Malfoy, being measured for his brand new uniform inside Madame Malkin. Five years later, they had another confrontation inside the store which ended with Draco and his mother leaving for Twilfitt and Tattings, a much more expensive clothing store. Madame Milkin’s was a must-visit store for any prospective Hogwarts student.
8 Eeylops Owl Emporium was the expert on owls and their care
Eeylops Owl Emporium was every witch and wizard’s first destination for owls and their care. There were other Eeylops Owl Emporiums in Glasgow and Leed, but the London store was located on Diagon Alley. The empire was described as small and dark, and had a large display of owl cages in the front.
In Philosophical Stone, Hagrid bought a snowy owl from Eeylops Owl Emporium and gave it to Harry as a birthday present. Harry later called her Hedwig, a name he picked out from one of his new history books. He even gave her some owl treats he bought from the same store.
seven Quality Quidditch supplies was everyone’s first stop for Quidditch gear
Always brimming with enthusiastic customers, Quality Quidditch Supplies stocked all sorts of wizarding sport related items, from brooms and quaffles to robes and team accessories. It was Harry and Ron’s favorite shop as they liked to check out the new brooms on display.
When Harry was in his third year at Hogwarts, his trusty Nimbus 2000 was destroyed beyond repair by castle resident Whomping Willow. His godfather, Sirius Black, later bought him a Firebolt through the Quality Quidditch Supplies mail order service to remain anonymous.
6 Florean Fortescue’s parlor has made the best ice cream in Magical Britain
Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor was a small store that sold various colorful flavors of ice cream. It belonged to Mr. Fortescue, a kind wizard who served Harry free ice cream and helped him with his homework during the latter’s stay at the Leaky Cauldron in prisoner of azkaban.
On one occasion, Harry bought his two best friends a Strawberry Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cone from Fortescue while they were shopping in Diagon Alley. In Half-Blood Princeit was revealed that the parlor had unfortunately closed since Mr. Fortescue was captured and tortured by Voldemort.
5 Flourish and Blotts had a wide variety of books for every type of reader
Arguably Diagon Alley’s most popular bookshop, Flourish and Blotts was frequented by Hogwarts students, scholars and book lovers. He sold a variety of books, including material required by Hogwarts like “The Monster Book of Monsters” and “Magical Theory” to various “non-fiction” like Lockhart’s “Magical Me”.
In Flourish and Blotts, Harry first met Draco’s father, Lucius Malfoy. During a confrontation with Mr. Weasley, Lucius slipped Tom Riddle’s diary into Ginny Weasley’s cauldron, hoping she would free Voldemort’s soul again.
4 The leaky cauldron was a meeting point for all kinds of wizards
Located in what is now Charing Cross Road, the Leaky Cauldron was a well-known wizarding pub that also served as the entrance to Diagon Alley. Founded in the 16th century, the pub was described as rather dark and shabby, with a long bar run by a man named Tom and several tables.
The Leaky Cauldron attracted a diverse clientele as it was a meeting point for all manner of wizards and traveling merchants. After blowing up his Aunt Marge, Harry took the Knight Bus to the Leaky Cauldron. He stayed there for a few weeks before the start of the school year. Sometime after the Battle of Hogwarts, Neville Longbottom’s wife, Hannah Abbott, took over as pub owner.
3 Gringotts was the safest place to store valuables
Founded in the 15th century, Gringotts was Britain’s only wizarding bank. It was run by goblins and served two purposes: storing gold and other valuables and exchanging muggle money for wizarding money and vice versa. Beneath the elegant entrance hall were several vaults belonging to some of the most powerful magical families in the land.
Some chests were guarded by dragons and sphinxes and had several theft prevention spells. Despite being considered one of the safest places in the world, Gringotts has been robbed twice in Harry Potter series. In 1991, Quirrell attempted to steal the Philosopher’s Stone. In 1998, the Golden Trio extracted the Hufflepuff Cup from the Lestrange family safe.
2 The Weasley’s wizard whistles stored everything a prankster would dream of
After dropping out of Hogwarts in The order of the Phoenix, Fred and George have finally fulfilled their dream of starting a joke shop on Diagon Alley. The premises of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes were described as striking, with bright colors and several moving decorations that entertained passers-by as they strolled down the street.
Along with selling classic prank items like Dungbombs and magic wands, the store also stocked candies, items to ward off evil forces, and even love potions and pimple lotions. Although all the goods were banned from Hogwarts, the twins managed to deliver them via a specialist owl service that disguised them as approved items.
1 Ollivanders sold the best quality chopsticks in the UK
Many young wizards and witches got their first taste of the magical world by entering Ollivanders and buying their first wand. Founded in the 4th century by the Ollivander family, the shop was tiny and shabby. It was filled from top to bottom with small, narrow boxes containing chopsticks.
Ollivanders owner Garrick Ollivander was known as Britain’s finest wandmaker and specialized in making wands with three different cores: phoenix feathers, unicorn hair and dragon heart cord. Ollivanders crafted some of the most powerful wands in the series, including Harry and Voldemort’s twin wands. As a result, Ollivanders was the best and most useful store on the street.
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