Whether your Diagon Alley hopes are high or you’re set for cynicism, this is something to get excited about. Sure, there will be errors. There will be glitches. Rides will break down and people will be upset.
It’s over a year before opening and this is already clear.
But let’s take a quick step back and think about this:
If being able to finally go to Hogwarts was mind-blowing back in 2010, let’s consider the fact that in a year’s time we’ll be able to withdraw some money at Gringotts, board the Hogwarts Express, and travel toward Hogwarts the same way Harry did.
We’re going to be able to grab a bite at the Leaky Cauldron, thinking back to our days spent on the-leaky-cauldron. We’ll be able to spend hours at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, visit the original Ollivander’s, and maybe hit Hogsmeade for some butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks.
As opening day approaches, we’ll bring our wands, scarves, and white button-ups out of the closet. We’ll be abuzz once again, exchanging plans and counting down. We’ll be speculating, debating, and waiting.
This is the magic many feared– but never truly believed– would end with the last book in 2007 or the last film in 2011. This is the stuff that brings us together, brings the wizards and witches out of the woodwork, and reminds us where our loyalties lie.
Last summer, I spent over 13 uninterrupted hours in Hogsmeade on July 21 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Deathly Hallows’ publishing. I meandered through Hogsmeade and had more than a few butterbeers. I walked through Hogwarts time and time again. And sometime after my thirteenth hour there, when the park closed and I had to leave, I wanted nothing more than to stay longer.
This is something that does not get old. This is something we’ve waited for since opening our first Harry Potter book. This is the letter we anticipated as the clock struck midnight on our eleventh birthday– and every one since then.
So my main expectation for Diagon Alley?
I think it’ll feel like home."
This LeakyNews article from over a year ago, when Diagon Alley was officially announced.
We’re almost there.