Another “Harry Potter”-Inspired Shop Opens in Falkirk, Scotland
Falkirk, Scotland, is growing into quite the magical destination. Not only home to the Lonely Broomstick, a second Harry Potter-inspired store has now opened on the High Street this past month. This new store is called Whimsic Alley, a delightful homage to the street that houses all of our favorite magical supplies, Diagon Alley.
For clarification, this Whimsic Alley should not be confused with the Whimsic Alley of Los Angeles, which sadly closed down in 2017 following legal troubles with Warner Bros. about the type of Harry Potter merchandise it was selling.
This new Scottish Whimsic Alley is located right next door to the Lonely Broomstick, and both establishments are owned by the entrepreneurial mother-and-son team of Doris and Leslie Lenaghen. Whimsic Alley offers equally magical but slightly different items than what can be found at the Lonely Broomstick. Given the immense success of their first Potter-themed store, which opened last summer, Doris Lenaghen wanted to expand.
We’re trying to reinvent the High Street, and we’re slowly turning it into our own Diagon Alley.
Doris and Leslie went above and beyond the call of duty of bringing the magic to the grand opening of Whimsic Alley. The store’s first day was marked by the presence of a Burmese python that patrons could take photos with. This was meant to be reminiscent of Harry’s incident of speaking to the python at the zoo in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Don’t dawdle; book your next trip to Falkirk, Scotland, and visit Whimsic Alley and the Lonely Broomstick for fun, quirky, and magical gifts.