Canada’s biggest Harry Potter store is open in Pickering

Posted : September 14, 2020

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Witches, warlocks, wizards and Harry Potter fans… you’re going to love this! Canada’s biggest Harry Potter store recently opened at the Pickering Town Centre — and sold 1,000 wands on its first day!

Wizards Emporium

The 3,000 square foot Wizards Emporium is operated by York Durham Heritage Railway.

Back in the spring, the railway was on the verge of bankruptcy after being forced to close and lay off its entire staff. Moving into retail has helped to pull the railway out of a financial slump brought on by the pandemic.

Wizards Emporium is stocked with everything a devoted Harry Potter fan could want. Clothing and accessories from the four Hogwarts houses, to candy, wands, goblets, board games and movie replicas like Hagrid’s pink umbrella. Also, soon be the only store in Canada licensed to sell a special line of Hogwarts school clothing made in Scotland. The only other place it is available at is Universal Studios.

Harry Potter store

Another exciting tidbit of information is that York-Durham Heritage Railway is opening a NEW Wizards Emporium at Upper Canada Mall at the end of September!

It is amazing to think that, ever since the Harry Potter novels emerged in the late 1990s, the fantasy world that author J.K. Rowling created has been embraced as a way of life by kids and adults the world over. “People love magic,” John Perks says. “It’s a real thing, the wizarding world. People take it seriously. That’s why we’re proud to offer a festival like this where we’ve put serious thought and effort into the experience that we’re providing.” This is no small-town country festival. It is a truly fantastical experience that we are sure will resonate with fans of magic for years to come.

Wizard Costumes

If you love wizarding, then you won’t want to miss it! Book your tickets to Wizards’ Festival before this magical event is sold out.

Story by Katherine Ryalen

Ryalen is a Durham-based author and lifestyle blogger. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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