Harry Potter Pop-Up Guide to Diagon Alley and Beyond | Beautiful Book Review

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So, I spent all morning setting up my new Diagon Alley Pop-up diorama (brainchild of Matthew Reinhart) and decided I couldn’t wait to share! I love it, although it’s enormous and sadly I had to pack it up again so that I could reclaim my dining table this evening… There are also some instructions at the end of the review video on how it all goes back together in case you need any tips ツ

Where to buy:

Harry Potter: A Pop-up Guide to Diagon Alley and Beyond (2020) 

➤  Find US edition at: Amazon | B&N | Blackwells | Abes | eBay

➤  Find UK edition at: Amazon | Waterstones | Blackwells | Abes | eBay

➤  OOP. Find Slipcased Edition at: Amazon | Abes | eBay

Also in series with Harry Potter: A Pop-up Guide to Hogwarts (2018)

➤  Find US edition at: Amazon B&N | Blackwells | Abes | eBay

➤  Find UK edition at Amazon | Waterstones | Blackwells | Abes | eBay

Although when you first open up this book it looks rather like a normal pop-up book, you will first need to clear a space of about four feet long to be able to really enjoy this masterpiece because it actually unfolds to create a 3D model of Diagon Alley on one side, with Platform 9 ¾ and the Ministry of Magic on the other side.

You need to watch the video to really get a feel for how amazingly detailed this pop-up masterpiece is, but here are a few of the fun places you will be able to interactively visit in the book:

  • Harry and Hagrid enter Diagon Alley by tapping a brick behind the Leaky Cauldron and the brick wall opens up an archway to reveal them.
  • Flourish & Botts (naturally, my favourite location) is there for you to buy your schoolbooks – fun details include a display of Guilderoy Lockhart books in the window, and various characters visiting the shop.
  • In the Leaky Cauldron, we can see Harry staying on the first floor in room 11 with Hedwig after he ran away from Privet Drive.
  • As. you walk past Sugarplum’s, take some time to enjoy all the tiny posters hidden down dark alleyways and see if you recognise any shoppers.
  • Some of the Weasley family have popped in to visit Weaseley’s Wizard Wheezes.
  • Buckbeak flies out of the Magical Menagerie, and we see Ron and Hermione picking up their familiars.
  • Gringott’s Bank is particuarly clever – at first you see Hagrid and Harry visiting the bank, as well as the daring dragon escape. But you can also raise the bank to see into the underground vaults beneath.
  • Marcus Scarr’s indelible tattoos leads into Knockturn Alley where several unsavory characters loiter about.
  • Catch a glimpse of the Malfoys at Borgin and Burke’s antique shop, but take care to avoid the dementor on the roof.
  • Take a quick trip on the Knight Bus, check out Platform 9 ¾, and see who’s travelling on the Hogwarts Express.
  • Visit the Ministry of Magic, and spy on their staff hard at work before watching some deadly battles in progress.
  • There is even a secret compartment with little paper characters you can pull out to place in the scenes.


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