Whimsic Alley in Santa Monica

We had heard about this amazing store for ages, but finally, in preparation for Harry Potter Day at Disneyland we ventured over to Whimsic Alley in Santa Monica, which is… ironically.. only 5 minutes from our house!

The store is intricately designed to be a mini version of Diagon Alley, with heavy wooden bookcases, tall metal candelabras, and plenty of wizarding gear for the Harry Potter enthusiast.

Being huge nerds, we nearly cried when we stepped into the store, to be greeted by a cute display with Dobby, the annoying house elf, mannequins dressed in wizard livery, and a cool Azkaban poster that moved!

Dobby is seriously annoying. But check out the poster!

Dobby is seriously annoying. But check out the poster!

Sirius Black wandered back into frame!

Sirius Black wandered back into frame!

The staff at Whimsic Alley were very enthusiastic and friendly. We were informed that one of the staff runs “Dumbledore’s Army,” a meet-up group that has Harry Potter-themed events around Los Angeles! We are totally joining…!

We were also informed that they were currently scouting locations to create the Great Hall from the Potter novels, as a place to rent out for parties, or just to have fans lounge around in. WE CANNOT WAIT!

If you’d like to head over and visit Whimsic Alley sometime soon, October 24th, would be perfect, because they are hosting the Whomp the House Tour, featuring Harry Potter-fan-bands The Whomping Willows, The Remus Lupins, and Justin Finch Fletchley. The event will take place behind the store, and starts at 4pm, admission free!

Check out some more photos from Whimsic Alley after the jump:

Yume Ninja basks in the glory of the hats and robes section of the Alley.

Yume Ninja basks in the glory of the hats and robes section of the Alley.

This t-shirt reminds us eerly if Twilight. BRRRRRRRR.

This t-shirt reminds us eerly if Twilight. BRRRRRRRR.

A figurine of Ron in his amazingly-awful Yule Ball robes/

A figurine of Ron in his amazingly-awful Yule Ball robes

Chubby Bunny totally bought these Spectra Specs.

Chubby Bunny totally bought these Spectra Specs.

This huge fireplace replica had Sirius creepy face in it.,.!!! AWESOME!

This huge fireplace replica had Sirius' creepy face in it.,.!!! AWESOME!

Adorable display of wands done up to look like Ollivanders display in the movie

Adorable display of wands done up to look like Ollivander's display in the movie

Geek bumper stickers for the pickin.

Geek bumper stickers for the pickin'.

DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL o.o

DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL o.o

Why hello there, informative bulletin board!

Why hello there, informative bulletin board!

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