Take a Virtual Tour of This Fan-Made Knockturn Alley Display

Happy Halloween! Some of you may have been getting in the spirit by decorating your homes and yards. Every year, many families create interactive and immersive Halloween displays for their community to experience. But if the spooky side of Halloween is what intrigues you, then you’ll love this Harry Potter display!


Knockturn Alley Sign by Corinne Adams

A handmade Knockturn Alley sign crafted by Corinne Adams hangs above the entrance to the display.


Corinne Adams and her husband began building a Knockturn Alley display in 2016 after a trip to Universal Orlando Resort. It all started in their driveway with Borgin and Burkes as the first shop. Over the years, they designed and built more displays, each a wooden and glass structure. As it grew (in popularity and weight), they moved the displays to a permanent spot in their basement. In total, there are five shops: Borgin and Burkes (dark artifacts), Dystyl Phaelanges (the bone shop), Noggin and Bonce (shrunken heads), Potages Cauldrons (cauldrons of all types), and the White Wyvern pub (only open on Halloween). They are constantly tinkering and adding new things to the displays and try to have one new display item each Halloween.


Knockturn Alley cauldron shop display

Potages Cauldrons greets you upon arrival to Knockturn Alley.


Corinne described the joy this evolving display has brought to her and the neighborhood:

I have a small theme park in my basement! It’s my favorite place in the ‘Potter’ universe – Knockturn Alley! The children in my neighborhood always know they’ll get a special surprise at Halloween. We try to add something different each year. Since it’s become the ‘Harry Potter’ world, it’s fun to search for the newest magical item in this evolving alley.”


Knockturn Alley bone shop display

Make no bones about it; Dystyl Phaelanges is an impressive handmade display.


I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Corinne, a fellow Slytherin, and bonding over Harry Potter and our love of Halloween. She greeted me with a butterbeer and gave me a tour through Knockturn Alley. I was amazed at the thought and detail she and her husband put into creating and maintaining the alley. You walk through and notice many of the small and subtle details. Many magical creatures lurk about: a grindylow, a mandrake baby, a garden gnome, Cornish blue pixies, a werewolf, a Dementor, and even Kreacher, the Black family house-elf. And Knockturn Alley would not be complete without all the unusual and creepy artifacts: the cursed necklace, the Hand of Glory, Tom Riddle’s diary, and more!


Knockturn Alley shrunken head shop display

Noggin and Bonce features shrunken heads, all handmade by Corinne Adams.


My husband did the carpentry, and I did the lettering and props. We ‘bricked’ the walls and ‘cobbled’ the street. There are lanterns and street lights, sound effects, and ‘alley’ sounds looped from the movie! There are also smells and fog.


Corrine Adams in front of Borgin and Burkes

Corinne Adams stands with Kreacher in front of her handmade Borgin and Burkes display.


Knockturn Alley is typically open on Halloween to friends and neighbors in Narragansett, Rhode Island. However, due to the pandemic, Corinne and her husband have decided to close the indoor display this year to keep everyone healthy and safe. Check out the video below to take a virtual tour!



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