By Deirdre Tynan • 03 June 2021 • 16:10
Harry Potter store opens in New York.
Harry Potter fans from across the world were welcomed into Harry Potter New York as the flagship store opened its doors to the public for the first time on June 2.
Fans were greeted by a massive model of Fawkes the Phoenix, magical creatures and hand-made props including Voldemort’s horcrux, Nagini, bursting through the ceiling in an area inspired by the Dark Arts.
”We’re delighted to be welcoming fans to Harry Potter New York for a completely new shopping experience,” said Sarah Roots, EVP Warner Bros. Worldwide Tours and Retail.
“Not only will visitors find the largest range of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products under one roof, they will also get to discover up-close some of the hand-crafted props that were seen in the films, use our unique photo opportunities and experience the incredible theming throughout the store,” she added.
The shop contains 15 themed areas and thousands of products. Shoppers can explore areas inspired by Honeydukes to find Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and Chocolate Frogs before stopping under the Dirigible Plum tree to find their favourite creature soft toy. Customers were invited to step into Hagrid’s boots to see how they measure up and duel other customers at the store’s interactive wand table.
Harry Potter New York has a virtual queueing system in place. When customers visit the store, they will scan a QR code to join a virtual queue and return when notified
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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