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chomalungma Tue 27-Oct-20 17:31:47

The Shambles was not the inspiration for Diagon Alley.

I mean it's great. The Shambles looks the part. But seriously.

1 Harry Potter shop was good. Then there were 3. Then another one joined in. And now there's a potion shop.

Still, it brings in the tourists. And it's a change from Vikings.

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FangsForTheMemory Tue 27-Oct-20 17:33:26

I thought Diagonal Alley was meant to be off the Charing Cross Road?

chomalungma Tue 27-Oct-20 17:34:57

Well some businesses most definitely have taken The Shambles as inspiration.

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DefinitelyPossiblyMaybe Tue 27-Oct-20 17:35:26

How many HP shops can one street sustain!? thlgrin

chomalungma Tue 27-Oct-20 17:38:04

JK Rowling on it

It might have inspired the film setting....

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TheSmallAssassin Tue 27-Oct-20 17:39:54

I thought it was Gandy Street in Exeter?

lastqueenofscotland Tue 27-Oct-20 17:40:52

I also thought it was Gandy Street!

TheSmallAssassin Tue 27-Oct-20 17:41:16

But apparently JKR has dispelled that myth.

THisbackwithavengeance Tue 27-Oct-20 17:41:35

I get you OP. It is riddikulus. Geddit?

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Tue 27-Oct-20 17:44:03

I’ve been along the Shambles pre covid and seen long queues outside several of the Harry Potter shops, so I don’t think the market is saturated yet.

chomalungma Tue 27-Oct-20 17:44:44

I would love to know what person decides to open a HP business next to an identical HP business.

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doctorhamster Tue 27-Oct-20 17:45:42

I thought it was inspired by a street in Edinburgh confused

StanfordPines Tue 27-Oct-20 17:45:44

I remember being confused about the Scottish shops in York.
Some explained it was for tourists who think that York is almost Scotland.

Choccyp1g Tue 27-Oct-20 17:46:32


I would love to know what person decides to open a HP business next to an identical HP business.

Well, that's how they used to do it in the olden days., hence "Pudding Lane" , "Baker Street", "Shoe Lane" etc.

BertieBloopsMum Tue 27-Oct-20 17:48:43


I would love to know what person decides to open a HP business next to an identical HP business.

The kind of person that has some business sense.

Zilla1 Tue 27-Oct-20 17:54:40

On the spectrum between being the only purveyor of a product in a geographical market and being one of several which might attract more customers interested in that product, they presumably though the benefits of the latter outweighed the costs. There is some interesting work on cluster theory in industrial economics and human geography too.

BullBailey Tue 27-Oct-20 17:56:27

What @BertieBloopsMum said. All those places were thriving last time I went to York, night as well make hay and all that.

I’m not a HP fan and was really surprised by the amount but it’s clearly successful at the moment! York is a beautiful place by the way, you have some cracking bookshops too.

Genevieva Tue 27-Oct-20 17:57:02

If it is any conciliation, it has been a long time since The Shambles had ordinary shops for locals. All tourist tat shops are much of a muchness, whether Harry Potter themed, ghost themed or Viking themed.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Tue 27-Oct-20 17:58:00

If you see a Harry Potter shop not doing very well you’d be bonkers to open another next door. If you see three all turning over £££ with more customers than they can fit in, why would you not?

Re the comment about Pudding Lane etc, I wish we still did that and you could just work your way down Shoe Street instead of having to go all over town.

Madcats Tue 27-Oct-20 18:03:32

It's a bit like Bath and "Jane Austen". Even without a JA festival this September, people were still wandering around Waitrose in costume!

TBF DD did enjoy her visit to "The Shop That Shall Not be Named" a few years ago, but I made sure we arrived 5 minutes after opening to avoid any queues.

Malbecqueen Tue 27-Oct-20 18:04:40

For what it's worth... Diagonally is set in Leadenhall market in the City in London. ...

BabyLlamaZen Tue 27-Oct-20 18:06:25


I would love to know what person decides to open a HP business next to an identical HP business.

when I went to York I went in them all 🤭

Also, there are queues.

EndoplasmicReticulum Tue 27-Oct-20 18:10:41

The Shambles is not good for the social distancing. Can't be 2 metres apart if the street isn't 2 metres wide.

HelpMeh Tue 27-Oct-20 18:13:25


I would love to know what person decides to open a HP business next to an identical HP business.

I live in the Middle East and this is very popular in the street shopping districts. If you need whatever thing, be it fabric, a watch, plumbing supplies, souvenirs, you go to the street that sells it and all the shops are lined up next to each other. Families are loyal to particular traders based on their connections and randoms like me just pot luck it. We also have a three storey mall that only sells computer components and software.

We don't have any HP shops sadly so be glad you're spoilt for choice grin

Dontfuckingsaycheese Tue 27-Oct-20 18:14:24

Re "cluster theory". I am so excited this is a thing. I've always wondered why that happens. Why would anyone open a Chinese takeaway or chip shop right next door to another. I'm off to investigate... smilesmilesmile

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