Monday, December 3, 2012

Leadenhall Market, London (AKA Diagon Alley!)

leadenhall market, diagon alley, london

leadenhall market, diagon alley, london

leadenhall market, diagon alley, london

leadenhall market, diagon alley, london

A testament to my luxuriously long and innocent childhood: after reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone I wished and hoped and dreamed for weeks that my owl would come. You know, on the off chance JK was really trying to expose the children of the world to the reality of a magical wizarding world that adults were oblivious to. I had have a very vivid imagination.

When my owl didn't arrive, I actually signed up for 'Hogwarts classes' online, and submitted 'homework' like spells and potions I had made up to get 'House points.' (The only thing that is freakier than that is the impossibly slow dial up Internet I was doing this stuff on.)

So it comes as no surprise that I teared up a little when we found Leadenhall Market (or Diagon Alley in the Sorcerer's Stone movie) one sunny London morning in September.

Mike picked up a bit of rubbish off the ground and fashioned me a wand, and made me pose like a wizard for photos. I felt equal parts ridiculous to be posing like that in public, elated to be standing in Diagon Alley, and pretty darn lucky to have a guy that makes me wizard wands from bits of garbage.

A guy who has agreed that the next time we go to London we can go here.

(No promises I won't full out ugly cry when we finally do.)

- Jess

12 comments :

  1. Although I love the films I have to admit that I have never read the books. I really should (as most tell me) and I think one day I'll get around to it I'm sure. Friends of ours who live in London have been to the studio and they have a great time, absolutely loved it. Looks like a lot of fun!

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    1. You must! I haven't met anyone who has read them and not liked them :)

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  2. Oh I love this! I'm also an avid Harry Potter fan - I would be doing exactly the same thing !

    (Cute dress by the way!)

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  3. I would go there in a heartbeat! I love HP :)

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  4. Oh my word, I can't tell you how happy this post makes me! I also waited, and waited... and waited for my owl! HP is the best... I still haven't given up hope ;)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  5. haha so fun! i love harry potter!
    when i was in london, i went to the 9 3/4 platform at king's cross station. cheesy, but fun. :)

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  6. Can you believe I've never read a HP book! LOVE these shots!!!

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  7. Beautiful photos. Are there any Harry Potter remnants there - stores or restaurants from the books/movies?

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  8. Such a fun post! It looks like a lovely place to visit, too. =)

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