Diagon Alley made its way to the big screen from the books in a spectacular way. The set and design of this area in the Harry Potter movies were very detailed and fantastic. Even more impressive is the Diagon Alley section of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which brings Diagon Alley to life in a way that allows fans to experience it for real. While the movies included many of the shops and details from the books, there are some things that weren’t included. Also, many details about this area were even added after the books with the Wizarding World addition.
We’ve put together a list of 10 things about Diagon Alley that you won’t see in the movies.
10 FLOREAN FORTESCUE’S ICE CREAM PARLOR
While this wizarding shopping center is filled with many magical shops and wonders, it also has some stores that you would find in a Muggle area, too. Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor is a location that Harry gets ice cream at more than once.
He first visits with Hagrid during his first trip to Diagon Alley. Then, in Prisoner of Azkaban, he gets ice cream there almost every day during his stay at The Leaky Cauldron before the start of Hogwarts term.
9 WIZARDS CAN GET ALMOST ANYTHING THEY NEED HERE
While the movies do give the sense that there are a lot of stores in Diagon Alley, the area is even larger and filled with more shops than is conveyed. While Hogsmeade might have a lot of wizarding shops, it’s really Diagon Alley where almost all witches and wizards in Britain get their supplies.
Almost every wizarding supply shop you could think of is there from cosmetic shops to secondhand stores and more.
8 SUGAR PLUM’S SWEET SHOP
It seems like witches and wizards really love their sweets given that sweet shops are mentioned in the books more than restaurants. While Harry Potter fans are aware of Honeydukes in Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley also has their own candy store.
The two stores are rather similar, but it makes sense there would be another sweet shop in the area since so many witches and wizards shop here. However, this store isn’t mentioned in the books.
7 ALL OF THE DIFFERENT MAGICAL PETS AT THE MAGICAL MENAGERIE
The Magical Menagerie is shown briefly in the films, but the extent of it is not really explored like it is in the books. While Harry, Ron, and Hermione do go into the shop in the Prisoner of Azkaban movie, viewers don’t see all of the magical creatures inside.
In the books, we learn that this pet store is full of magical creatures that people can have as pets including fancy rats who are much more classy and sleek than Scabbers ever was. It’s also worth noting that there is a shop just for owls called Eyelop’s Owl Emporium.
6 GAMBOL AND JAPES WIZARDING JOKE SHOP
Fans of Harry Potter know that Fred and George Weasley open up their own wizarding joke shop in Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes has a lot of success there.
However, before them, there was another joke shop in Diagon Alley called Gambol and Japes Wizarding Joke Shop. When they were younger, the Weasley twins used to get many of their supplies from here.
5 THERE IS MORE THAN ONE PLACE TO BUY ROBES THERE
In the books as well as the movies the most talked about shop to get robes is Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. However, even this location isn’t shown much in the movies. But, there is actually another place that witches and wizards can get robes.
This store is called Twilfitt and Tattings and is referenced as a more upscale place. It’s also where Narcissa Malfoy likes to shop.
4 HARRY SPENT A LONG TIME THERE IN BOOK THREE AND GOT TO KNOW EVERY SHOP
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry ends up spending a good portion of his summer vacation in Diagon Alley. After blowing up his Aunt Marge, he’s given a room at The Leaky Cauldron where he spends the rest of his summer holiday.
While there he becomes somewhat of an expert on Diagon Alley as he’s not allowed to leave the area because Sirius Black is on the loose. He spends many days hanging out at the ice cream parlor and exploring some of the more obscure shops and areas.
3 THERE ARE MANY BOOKSHOPS AND PUBLISHERS
Hogwarts students get most of their school books at Flourish and Blotts, a location that is shown specifically in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie. However, there are other places to get books in the area. Obscurus books is a book publisher and so is Whizz Hard Books.
Considering that the wizarding community is rather small, it’s interesting that there is more than one wizarding book publishers just in Diagon Alley.
2 YOU CAN GET A NICE CUP OF TEA
It wouldn’t be London if there wasn’t a place to enjoy a nice cup of tea. While the wizarding and Muggle communities in the city might be very different, they do have some similarities. One of these is that they both love tea. So, it’s not a surprise that witches and wizards can stop in to get a cup at Rosa Lee Teabag.
This shop can be found in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.
1 DIAGON ALLEY HAS TWO OTHER PARTS TO IT
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets fans learn about the existence of Knockturn Alley which exists right off of Diagon Alley. However, there are also two other cross streets or nearby locations. One is called Horizont Alley and the other is Carkitt Market.
Not much is known about these streets or areas, but it can be safe to assume that other wizarding locations and stores probably exist there.