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About a week ago I was studying through the first few chapters of PS and realized that I hadn’t done justice to the Muggle zoo, having ignored the reptile house and zoo restaurant despite writing an entry for every other building in the books. So I went ahead and added them to the Gazetteer.

And then I got to thinking. We’ve seen two Muggle restaurants (the one in the zoo and the hamburger restaurant in Paddington Station), but I couldn’t remember ever seeing a Wizarding restaurant. Sure they have pubs, like the Leaky Cauldron, but do they ever eat food in them? And why isn’t there a full-fledged restaurant? So of course I had to find out. Turns out, yes! Harry eats both in the Leaky Cauldron and in cafes in Diagon Alley in PA4. So then I had to go add cafes to the Diagon Alley page.

So I did that, and in doing so realized that the Diagon Alley page was annoyingly dense and difficult to read. So I went ahead and reformatted that, too.

This is why it’s dangerous for me to start editing things.

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  • daveindetroit

    Hopped right over to check it out. Everything is looking great. This just keeps getting better and better. Keep up the excellent work

  • Nathan

    In PS chapter it is mentioned that Hagrid wouldn’t let Harry buy a solid gold cauldron. Yet gold cauldrons are omitted from list of cauldrons availible in Diagon Alley.

  • Hey Nathan, it’s there – under cauldrons there’s a bulleted list of different types. That chapter also lists brass and copper, in addition to the traditional pewter. 🙂

  • Reader2

    Nathan, I think Nathan meant gold as a material.
    I see “Copper, Brass, Pewter, Silver”, no gold.

  • Oh! I see where you’re looking now. The quote under the entry for the cauldron shop is taken directly from PS5. It’s the first thing Harry sees when he walks into Diagon Alley and the sign doesn’t mention gold (even though he later says they sell it).

    The place I was looking is the “List of things for sale on Diagon Alley” at the bottom of the Diagon Alley page (http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizworld/places/w_pl_diagon.html#sale), where it does, in fact, list gold. Though now that I look at it, we’ve left silver off of THIS list, so I’ll go add that now.

    Does that answer the question?

  • Remi

    The page looks great! But should the map of Diagon Alley be updated to include the location of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes?

  • NiGHTS fan

    Don’t forget, although not in Diagon Alley, there’s Madam Puddifoot’s tea rooms in Hogsmeade. Tea rooms are cafe’s/restaurants despite the “tea” bit!!!

  • Raika

    Thanks for rewriting the Diagon Alley page and for all the work you do.

    I just noticed that there’s an inconsistency in the way “stationery” is spelled on the Diagon Alley page. It should always be “stationery” on that page, not “stationary,” since you’re talking about stores that sell writing supplies rather than stores that sell things that don’t move. The inconsistent spelling is also messing up the links between the entries for Scribbulus Everlasting Inks and the anonymous Diagon Alley stationery store (which, as has been pointed out, may be the same establishment).

  • Raika-
    I’m a little embarassed to admit that I never knew there were two spellings for stationary/stationery! Thanks for pointing that out, it’s fixed now.

  • Juliebug

    The Leaky Cauldron does serve food. Harry, Hermione and the Weasley family eat there in POA the night before the kids take the Hogwarts Express back to Hogwarts.

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