The Harry Potter Guide Presents a Trip to Diagon Alley…for School Supplies

“‘Letters from school,’ said Mr. Weasley, passing Harry and Ron identical envelopes of yellowish parchment, addressed in green ink…. For a few minutes, there was silence as they all read their letters. Harry’s told him to catch the Hogwarts Express as usual from King’s Cross Station on September first. There was also a list of the new books he’d need for the coming year.” At that moment, the need to shop for school supplies brings on a feeling of sorrow for the inevitable end of summer; yet, rising up is an unmistakable anticipation to learn new life lessons and discover more about your capabilities as a student. Are you ready to take a pinch of glittering powder out of the flowerpot? Just throw it into the fire and watch the flames turn emerald green. Keep your eyes shut, your elbows tucked, and don’t fidget. Now, take one step inside the fire and say, “Diagon Alley!” loud and clear. Ready? Off you go!  

Welcome to Diagon Alley!

Following the cobbled streets, you’ll discover a strange and exciting assortment of shops and restaurants.   You’ll desire to “turn [your] head and look at everything at once. There are shops selling robes, shops selling telescopes and strange silver instruments.” You’ll notice “… tottering piles of spell books, quills, and rolls of parchment, potion bottles, and globes of the moon….” The idea of shopping may feel overwhelming with such a grand display of unique shops and supplies. The right tools will define your level of success and help you soar to unimaginable scholastic heights; therefore, choose wisely.  

Flourish and Blotts Bookseller

Never fear, you do not need The Invisible Book of Invisibility.   A store like Flourish and Blotts Bookseller will also aid students with their organizational efforts. While most students will be supplied with a school homework planner, start thinking in broader terms by using a monthly desk pad or a dry-erase whiteboard calendar. Writing assignments on a two-page spread is not the same as “seeing” the bigger picture. Stop jinxing yourself by the lure of procrastination and consider recording dates of tests and quizzes, projects and presentations, and other key deadlines on a monthly calendar. Identifying “start dates” and incorporating time to prepare will also help ease your stress levels.  

“Scribbulus” Writing Implements

Buying quill, ink, and parchment are not the only supplies needed to become a well-prepared student. Take into consideration your gift for being a visual, auditory, or tactile learner. Implements that may become lucky tools are index cards, adhesive page markers, and sticky notes, highlighters and pencil thin markers, an enlarged dry erase board with markers, and perhaps a new pair of ear buds or ear phones. Instead of a Quick Quotes Quill, consider a compact means to record class lessons or lectures. And, before the first day of school, organize those items into your backpack and studying area. Having an organizational plan in place will be one less worry when homework sessions begin.  

Potage’s Cauldron Shop

The simple sign will read, “Cauldrons—All Sizes.” Also, the selection will include a variety of colors and abilities just like a backpack. Focus first on its potential to hold more than just books, notebooks, folders, and binders. Consider its zipped areas, wide straps, and even try it on for size. To prevent backaches and neck soreness, adjust the straps and wear it on both shoulders. The bottom should rest no further than your hip bone. In fact, multiple compartments will provide an easy distribution of weight, and help you locate exactly what you need in seconds. Lastly, perform an extension charm so you can carry the required 10% of your weight with ease.  

A Return to School

“Plenty of Hogwarts students were arriving in Diagon Alley now, with the start of term so near.” You might encounter “Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas…in Quality Quidditch Supplies…and…Neville Longbottom outside Flourish and Blotts.” “…‘Look at this,’ said Ron.   …‘Brand new wand. And, we’ve got all our books.’” Seeing familiar faces while obtaining your school supplies will bring forth a spirit of excitement for the return to school. As you take a running start through the barrier of 9¾, just remember, the year also will go fast. Create a plan, tweak several times to make it work. This could be your best year yet! See you at Hogwarts!