The top 9 coolest pubs and shops in the wizarding world

Magic may be quite cool, but combining magic with shopping and Butterbeer is even cooler.

The Weasleys and the Malfoys square up to each other in a crowded bookshop.
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From Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade, there are an enticing variety of unusual emporiums to visit; from joke shops to sweet shops, from apothecaries to banks, there’s truly something for every witch or wizard. Here are some of the shops and pubs in the wizarding world that would make for the ultimate day out.


Ollivanders is the cramped, dusty hotspot for wizards hoping to get their hands on a wand (or, rather, for the wand to get its hands on a wizard). For Harry, Ollivanders was a pivotal moment for Harry realising his wizarding potential. After all, it was one of the first places he visited in Diagon Alley and where he acquired his all-important 11-inch holly and phoenix feather wand. But there’s also a lot of personal value for Harry at Ollivanders. The misty-eyed, soft-spoken owner was also one of the first people in the wizarding world to talk to Harry about his parents. For an orphan, who had only recently learned the truth about his mum and dad, this must’ve been a really special moment.

‘You have your mother’s eyes. It seems only yesterday she was in here herself, buying her first wand. Ten and a quarter inches long, swishy, made of willow. Nice wand for charm work.’
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry at Ollivanders wand shop.
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The apothecary

The walls of the apothecary are lined with unicorn horns and black beetle eyes. The shop has an… interesting aroma to it, but it’s a perfect spot for stocking up on Potions ingredients. Who knows what manner of oddities lie on its shelves if you had a proper rummage around.

Then they visited the apothecary’s, which was fascinating enough to make up for its horrible smell, a mixture of bad eggs and rotted cabbages. Barrels of slimy stuff stood on the floor, jars of herbs, dried roots and bright powders lined the walls, bundles of feathers, strings of fangs and snarled claws hung from the ceiling.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

The seven potions testing logic that protect the Philosopher's Stone.
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Where else could you pick up a Chocolate Frog or a jar of Pepper Imps or even some of Dumbledore’s favourite goodies, Acid Pops, but in Honeydukes? The famous Hogsmeade establishment was one of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s most frequented places and it’s well known by Hogwarts students for the oodles of exotic confectionery it stocked. Ron, especially, was a strong advocate for its business.

‘It’s this sweetshop,’ said Ron, a dreamy look coming over his face, ‘where they’ve got everything …’
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Honeydukes is full of students.
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The Magical Menagerie

Filled to the gunwales with all manner of magical creatures, the Magical Menagerie is best known for being the venue where Hermione met Crookshanks, the once-neglected ginger cat. It’s exactly the kind of unkempt, slightly chaotic establishment that fits well in Diagon Alley.

There wasn’t much room inside. Every inch of wall was hidden by cages. It was smelly and very noisy because the occupants of these cages were all squeaking, squawking, jabbering or hissing.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Crookshanks tries to attack Scabbers in the Diagon Alley petstore
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Flourish and Blotts

A good bookshop is something to treasure and despite being in the wizarding world, Flourish and Blotts is no different. It’s a dusty treasure trove of literature, absolutely perfect for any budding wizard hoping to catch up on their reading, providing you can actually open the book, in the case of Monster Book of Monsters.

The shelves were stacked to the ceiling with books as large as paving stones bound in leather; books the size of postage stamps in covers of silk; books full of peculiar symbols and a few books with nothing in them at all.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Queues spiral around the shop to meet Lockhart at his book signing in Flourish and Blotts.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


While strictly not a shop, you certainly couldn’t shop without it. Yes, Gringotts is an essential part of Diagon Alley experience, and the street would be a lesser place without the grand bank, which is run by a team of grumpy goblins. Also, who doesn’t love a rollicking, slightly dangerous-sounding cart ride in order to draw out a bit of cash?

‘Gringotts is the safest place in the world fer anything yeh want ter keep safe – ‘cept maybe Hogwarts.’
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry and Hagrid enter Gringotts for the first time.
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The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron was never just your standard joint for a quick pint of Butterbeer. Without this iconic little pub, you’d be short of the gateway going into Diagon Alley, so we don’t think we’d be going out on a limb by saying that this is probably more than the average London pub offers. This is also the place where Harry truly realises he’s kind of a big deal, and who doesn’t love good old Tom?

It was a tiny, grubby-looking pub. If Hagrid hadn’t pointed it out, Harry wouldn’t have noticed it was there.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

The Three Broomsticks

Life at Hogwarts seems like it can be quite tiring sometimes, what with all the homework and the occasional troll in the dungeons. The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade is just the ticket. Toasty, comfortable with the colourful Madam Rosmerta running the shop, the Three Broomsticks was perfect for when Harry, Ron and Hermione just wanted somewhere cosy to hang out, or overhear a bit of gossip.

It was extremely crowded, noisy, warm and smoky. A curvy sort of woman with a pretty face was serving a bunch of rowdy warlocks up at the bar.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Fred and George are the kind of chaps who were born to run a joke shop like Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Packed with Pygmy Puffs and more practical jokes than you can shake a stick at, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes is one of Diagon Alley’s most brightly coloured and popular destinations, and a welcome appearance during the ascent of Lord Voldemort. (U-No-Poo, anyone?) Thank goodness Harry decided to be the mysterious benefactor for the twins’ eccentric business.

Set against the dull, poster-muffled shop fronts around them, Fred and George’s windows hit the eye like a firework display. Casual passers-by were looking back over their shoulders at the windows, and a few rather stunned-looking people had actually come to a halt, transfixed … Harry’s eyes began to water just looking at it.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Inside Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes
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