Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Yesterday we published part one of our indepth tour of Universal Orlando’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion, giving you a preview of the London Waterfront, Diagon Alley Entrance and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Today we walk further down the street, eating in The Leaky Cauldron, taking a dark arts turn down Knockturn Alley where we visited Borgin and Burkes. Hit the jump to continue our Diagon Alley tour.
The Leaky Cauldron
The Leaky Cauldron is the only new sit-down restaurant in Diagon Alley. The English pub is an accurate replication and expansion of the eatery in the films. The pub features three story vaulted ceilings, big circular chandeliers, a large glass window in the front, wooden chairs and tables throughout, crooked picture frames on the walls and of course, a giant fireplace with a huge cracked cauldron from which the pub is named after. There are smaller, darker, more intimate areas with low ceilings at either side of the entrance.
You order at the counter after waiting in a queue cleverly hidden in an alleyway off the street. You can sit down at a table and relax while the house elfs in the back work on your meal, wizard assistants will eventually bring the food to your table.
Harry Potter Mythology: Hagrid takes Harry Potter through the pub on his first journey to Diagon Alley. The popular wizarding pub made more appearances throughout Harry’s time at hogwarts.
On Closer Look: While the big Cauldron inside the restaurant is not currently in use, make sure to take a closer look at the sign outside the establishment — the cauldron actually leaks drops of water, a fantasticaly cool detail that some may never notice.
Unique Buys: Sadly, none of the food options offered in The Leaky Cauldron are unique to the Wizarding World. The food is mostly a mix of British pub selections like Fish & Chips, Toad in The Hole, Ploughman’s, Cottage Pie, Bangers & Mash and Fisherman’s Pie. They offer a more American looking Specialty Chicken sandwich and some kid entrees like macaroni and cheese for those of you like me who don’t really enjoy the food from across the pond. The eatery does offer beverages which are unique to the Wizarding World, like Butterbeer, pumpkin juice, tongue tying lemon squash, otter’s fizzy orange juice, fishy green ale, peachtree fizzing tea, gillywater and the two wizarding draught beers.
On the next page we’ll journey down Knockturn Alley and get a look at the dark art side of the new Harry Potter expansion.