Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Borgin and Burkes
Borgin and Burkes features tons of dark art artifacts on the shelves overhead. Swords, skulls, specimens in jars. Shandaliers made of torture weapons hang from above. In the glass cases you can see such dark artifacts as displayed skeletons of a mer-person and a troll. Again, another faithful replication/expansion of what we saw in the movies. Here you can buy shirts and merchandise featuring Voldermort and other dark arts characters. They sell glass skulls and many other objects not seen elsewhere in the wizarding world.
A Closer Look: When you first enter the store, look out in one of the cases up front for The Hand of Glory, a shriveled hand and famous dark artifact. If you get close enough, the hand will snap closed in front of you trying to reach towards you. This is a recreation of a moment from the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which involved Harry Potter being grabbed viciously by the shriveled hand (seen in the clip below).
Harry Potter Mythology: When Tom Riddle left Hogwarts he worked at Borgin and Burkes. In the books and films Harry, Ron, and Hermione followed Draco Malfoy, whom they suspected of being a Death Eater, to Borgin and Burkes where Draco let several Death Eaters into Hogwarts through a Vanishing Cabinet.
Unique Buys: A lot of the items found in Borgin and Burkes are unique to the shop as they focus on the villain characters in the Harry Potter universe, most items don”t fit elsewhere in the wizarding world. You can buy a Deathly Hallows Triangle necklace replica or a perfect movie replica of Lucius Malfoy’s walking stick/staff for around $100.
Tomorrow we’ll be back to continue our Diagon Alley tour.
Check out my other articles on Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion:
- Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts ride reaction
- Experience riding the Hogwarts Express
- Harry Potter’s Interactive Wands Let Muggles Perform Magic in Diagon Alley
- The new best drink and food options in Diagon Alley
- Diagon Alley Tour: