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If your kids spend their nights dreaming about playing Quidditch and drinking butterbeer with their Hogwarts mates, a family day at Whimsic Alley is all but required. This store dedicated to the world of Harry Potter is nothing short of paradise for young fans of the book and movie series—along with their fantasy-loving parents. The kids may not be able to pass through Platform Nine and Three Quarters like in the story, but an afternoon in this “shopping haven for wizards of distinction” is almost as magical, since it has everything from Hogwarts sweaters and knit caps to feather quills and journals for writing down secret plans. Let the kids’ imaginations run wild as they test out various wands to find that perfect fit, with Expecto Patronum and Expelliarmus spells flying left and right, then point them toward the small re-creation of the Great Hall — complete with candles suspended from the ceiling. Your little wizards and witches can choose their house tables and chat about their sorcery classes while imagining that Dumbledore is about to deliver his customary start of term address.  Before you leave, ask one of the British-accented muggles who run the store for some chocolate frogs for your broom ride home, a sweet finish to a captivating day.

Whimsic Alley

5464 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036

(310) 453-2370

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