24 December 2012

Magic Alley, Stratford Upon Avon

Magic Alley, Stratford Upon Avon

If you know me well you will know that I am a complete book worm and like many people in England, I grew up with the J.K.Rowling Harry Potter books. I know to some people this will be a very sad thing to say - But Harry Potter has been a massive part of my life. Both in a World where I could disappear into magical books which stole my imagination, as well as on screen with eight wonderfully made films, the last of which had me crying throughout. Harry Potter is a tremendously big part of my childhood. So when my bestest said she would like to take me to Stratford-Upon-Avon as an early Christmas present to visit Magic Alley, a Harry Potter themed museum, I couldn't resist! I took lots of photos and thought I would share just a few of those with you today.

Magic Alley, Stratford Upon Avon


When we got there we were met by a very enthusiast 'wizard' who told us all about the place we would be exploring - Magic Alley. Magic Alley is a three story building with Harry Potter themed rooms and filled to the brim with wonderful, magical displays. The stairs to each room and floor were very narrow and windy and it almost felt like the museum had been placed in the Weasley's house. 


Magic Alley, Stratford Upon Avon
There was just so much detail in each room in all of the things that were there. From Harry's broken glasses and scarf, to the Elder wand. There was even a pensive, the sorting hat, potions books. Anything you could imagine! And everything was very festively decorated for the Christmas season which made it feel like we had stepped into Hogwart's at Christmas. It was lovely. 


Magic Alley, Stratford Upon Avon
Hayley, Aaron and I had to stop ourselves from grabbing the sorting hat and sticking it on! Every last bit of Magic Alley holds something magical, even the stairs are lined with potions and magical items from the beautiful owls and globes, to ghastly skulls and bones. There was even a resident Santa who we got to meet. He asked us what we wanted for Christmas and I said to win the lottery... but he told me that was greedy so I changed mine to a full expenses trip to a MAC store! (C'mon, who wouldn't love that?) We each received a red envelope from Santa as a gift and were made to promise not to open them until Christmas eve. So I'll be opening mine tonight!


Magic Alley, Stratford Upon Avon
One of my favourite things about Magic Alley, and one of the main reasons we went, is that you can buy your own wand! There are eight varieties of wands, all which mean different things. Hayley and Aaron bought me a wand as one of my Christmas presents, and I can tell you, for weeks running up to the day I was super excited! Who hasn't always wished for their own wand? I decided on the Owl's Wing Feather wand. I picked an Owl's Wing Feather wand because I adore owl's and have owl's tattooed on my 'owl's, books and tea' themed sleeve. The Owl's Wing Feather wands are "Imbued with the power of air and the wisdom of the ancients, these wands have been instilled with the knowledge of the 'Arte Magicale' and the power of the five ancient books of Dr John Dee, the Elizabethan alchemyst. An Owl's Wing Feather wand is perfect for those who seek knowledge and wisdom". It came with it's very own certificate and gorgeous Ox blood bag to keep it in and it now sits proudly in front of my Harry Potter book collection. 


Magic Alley, Stratford Upon Avon
To finish off our visit we just had to pay a visit to the Golden Broomsticks, a lovely quaint little cafe in Magic Alley, for a Butterbeer! It was actually surprisingly yummy. It almost tasted like a drink version of lemon meringue, I loved it! As you can see from the very cheesy photo below!

Thank you Hayley and Aaron for a wonderfully lovely day. And thank you for my wand! 
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8 comments

  1. Looks like a fun day, if you liked that you'll LOVE the studio tour! :D I went earlier this year and the sets are all incredible. Not to mention the model making studio :o Their Butterbeer was amazing too, the froth was warm and tasted like dream whip so you thought the whole thing was warm then the liquid underneath breaks through and is ice cold and deliciously butterscotch. SO.GOOD. As soon as we left we got googling recipies.

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    1. I want to visit the studios in the new year! :) xo

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  2. This looks like such an amazing day out!
    I really really want to try butterbeer:P

    Merry Christmas! :)
    Louminous

    x

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    1. It was so lovely! I desperately want another Butterbeer haha xo

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  3. Seems amazing! You're so lucky! I'd love to visit. At least I was able to go to the Harry Potter World at Universal which is not the same but still amazing and magical for a HP lover xxx

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    1. I loved it :) It was a really lovely day out. I'd love to go to HP World! xo

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  4. I didn't even know this was here! Will definitely be paying a visit, looks like you had lots of fun xx

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