It feels as if a certain boy wizard has cast a spell over York’s most famous street.
Seven months ago Shambles’ only connection to Harry Potter was as the supposed inspiration for Diagon Alley in the movie franchise.
But soon the former butchers street will have three Potter-inspired shops, with a fourth gift shop also prominently pushing the wizard merch.
And the two newest shops are owned by one of Edinburgh’s most prominent retailing families, who run a series of gift shops selling tartan kitsch in the Scottish capital.
We reported last month that the family-owned Art Shop in the Shambles was to be transformed into The World Of Wizardry, complete with sorting hats and broomsticks.
This development followed the huge success of York retailer Adam Rodway’s Potter-inspired outlet The Shop That Must Not Be Named.
He opened it in May, ending a two-year search for suitable premises. An instant success, visitors are often seen queuing outside.
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