To have access to Diagon Alley, you must first go through a “famous place” called the Leaky Cauldron, which is a “tiny, grubby-looking pub”. Only witches and wizards can see the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron.
The Leaky Cauldron is very “dark and shabby”. Once inside, you must exit the bar and enter “into a small, walled courtyard, where there [is] nothing but a trashcan and a few weeds”. Then count 3 bricks up, and 2 across from the top of the trashcan, and tap three times on that brick with your wand.
“The brick [Hagrid] had touched quivered – it wiggled – in the middle, a small hole appeared – it grew wider and wider – a second later they were facing an archway large enough even for Hagrid, an archway onto a cobbled street that twisted and turned out of site.” “Welcome,” said Hagrid, “to Diagon Alley.”
*You can also visit Diagon Alley via the Floo Network
-Eeylops Owl Emporium Sells a wide range of owls from the smaller, though very useful Tawny owl, to the beautiful and extremely loyal Snowy Owl.
-Quality Quidditch Supplies At QQS, you can buy your favorite broom model, and all of your Quidditch accessories.
-Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions Sells all sorts of robes including; school robes and dress robes. Harry Potter first meets Draco Malfoy in Madam Malkin's.
-Flourish and Blotts Sells books, including all those listed on the Hogwarts supply list, and also ink, quills and parchment.
-Apothecary Perfect place to buy all your potion ingredients and accessories. "Then they visited the Apothecary, which was fascinating enough to make up for it's horrible smell, a mixture of bad eggs and rotted cabbages. Barrels of slimy stuff stood on the floor; jars of herbs, dried roots, and bright powders lined the walls; bundles of feathers, strings of fangs, and snarled claws hung from the ceiling."
-Olivanders: Makers if Fine Wands since 382 B.C. Ollivander's is the best wand shop in Diagon Alley. Mr. Olivander can recall every wand he ever sold and who he sold it to.
-Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor Sells all sorts of magical ice cream flavors. In the 3rd book, Florean, who knows a lot about medieval witch burnings, helped Harry with his essays and gave him "free sundaes every half an hour".
-Magical Menagerie Hermione got Crookshanks at this store and Ron got the rat tonic for Scabbers here as well.
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