Attention, muggles! 2020 has only just begun, but the Wizarding World has already blessed us with a new glimpse into the magic. This summer, New York is getting a huge store dedicated to all things Harry Potter, including fan-favorite wizard candy, and it sounds, well, magical.
In case you didn't know, this will be the East Coast's first Harry Potter hallmark. Florida has Universal Studio's Wizarding World of Harry Potter park. California's Universal Studios has a slightly smaller equivalent. London houses The Making of Harry Potter, a tour through the actual Warner Bros studio. Seriously, it's about time New York got something from the Potterverse!
If you haven't been fortunate enough to visit the other Potter parks, or are simply still mourning your Hogwarts acceptance letter getting lost in the mail, this store will be your saving grace—or your patronus, if you will. It's going to be the largest store in the world dedicated to the Harry Potter series, taking up roughly 20,000 square feet and three floors of a building in the Flatiron District. The address, 935 Broadway, is almost 934 (as in Platform 9 ¾), so it's a little disappointing that it isn't exactly right. But alas—it's close enough. And, I mean, the store's going to be huge. So whatever.
The store's merchandise will include all of your Wizarding World food faves, including chocolate frogs, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, and butterbeer. It will also feature a new range of wands that are exclusive to the New York store, plus personalized robes and a billion photo opportunities.
Best of all, the design plans appear to include a sidewalk cafe and walk-up window where wizards, witches, and muggles alike can indulge in butterbeer ice cream and other magical beverages. Personally, I will gladly spend hours in line to get a taste of that sweet, sweet butterscotch concoction—catch me there all summer, rereading the HP series for the zillionth time.
The store is planning to adorn the building's exterior in dragons, wand-style flagpoles, and backlit Harry Potter signs, but as reported by the Wall Street Journal, they're running into some city restrictions. Regardless of those decorations, though, the Wizarding World store sounds like a Potterhead's dream come true.
There is no official timeline, but a press release says the opening is slated for summer 2020. Until then, Harry Potter fans can dust off their Nimbus 2000s and stock up on floo powder. However you travel to NYC, the Wizarding World will always be there to welcome you home. For now, mischief managed!