Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
This is the fourth and final in our series of posts giving you a tour of Universal Orlando’s new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley expansion. Part one took a look at the London Waterfront, Diagon Alley Entrance and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Part two went into The Leaky Cauldron, Knockturn Alley and Borgin and Burkes. Part 3 took a look at Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Magical Menagerie and Gringotts Bank.
Today we circle back to the entrance to Diagon Alley and visit Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment, Scribbulus, Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment, The Performance Stage, Gringotts Bank Notes, The Hopping Pot, Wands by Gregorovitch, Quality Quidditch, Bowman E Wright Blacksmith, Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio, Quality Quidditch Supplies and other storefronts.
Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment
Slug & Jiggers Apothecary is a very cool looking store, with giant moving armillaries hanging from the ceiling. While the store has a small selection of vintage looking magnified glasses, compass sun dials, moving armillaries, and binoculars to fit the store’s theme, most of the merchandise here is centered around Platform 9/3 and the Hogwarts Express, which doesn’t seem to make much sense. And whats more disappointing, the vintage-looking armillaries and sand timers are way too expensive for a theme park, especially considering it appears they aren’t items produced specifically for Harry Potter.
Harry Potter Mythology: Signs for the establishment were seen in the background in Diagon Alley in the films, but the name of the establishment was never actually mentioned in the books.
On Closer Look: Some of the telescope gear above the door was actually created using repurposed scrap parts from the former Jaws ride which occupied the space that Diagon Alley is now built. Pieces of Universal Studios Orlando history hidden in plain sight.
Unique Buys: One of cool items you can find in Apothecary is a replica ticket for the Hogwarts Express for $4.95. While the ticket is not needed to ride the Hogwarts Express train at Universal Orlando, it looks and feels like a cool artifact from the wizarding world.
Scribbulus sells a bunch of school goods, from backpacks to pens, to notebooks and paper. Nothing too interesting here.
Harry Potter Mythology: In the films, Scribbulus Writing Implements was seen next to an archway leading into Knockturn Alley, but it has a much different location in the theme park. Hagrid took Harry Potter to this Diagon Alley shop on his first trip to the alley in preparation of his first year at Hogwarts.