Monday, November 29, 2010
ZONKOS, HONEYDUKES, AND OLIVANDER'S, OH MY!
After a full morning and partial afternoon of seeing Hogwarts Castle, having a sweet and creamy butterbeer, and strolling (Ha!) through Hogsmeade, I finally get close enough to concentrate on the amazing store windows! Owl Post's windows are true works of art ... just look at every detail.
Owl Post's windows are packed with fun and unusual items.
We even have a few of the locals hanging in front, getting ready to send off that beautiful snowy, white owl with a urgent message.
"Oh, this is perfect! I could use a few new quills and parchment, and Scrivenshafts is the best place to buy them."
"Potages Cauldrons ... Oh, I really like that cooper one. I hope it's on sale, I've spent so much money already!
After thinking a while about that copper cauldron, I decided to look for a new wand. Olivanders is just down the street. I face one of the longest lines of the day. I couldn't not visit Mr. Olivander!
Peeking through the windows, I see some pretty exciting wands.
After an hour and a half, I finally make it through the door. There are at least twenty people ahead of me.
Mr. Olivander is choosing a wand for an eleven-year-old girl, starting at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in September.
Spending so much time at Olivanders', the sun set and I still haven't finished my shopping. One last stop to Dogweed and Deathclaw for my much needed mandrake. Peering into the side window I see some extremely unusual plants.
As I round the building, I hear the mandrakes howling in the storefront window.
I pass by Dominic Maestro's as I head for the gates of Hogsmeade with many packages in tow.
One last look at the Owl post as I say goodbye to Hogsmeade.
A cheery Harry Potter snowman and Hedwig smile at me as I leave through the gate.
I hope you enjoyed our little shopping spree through Hogsmeade. Tomorrow's post will be an added surprise ... until then have a wonderful day mes amis.