Every couple of weeks or so, the Harry Potter store Whimsic Alley in Los Angeles hosts Potter-themed afternoon tea events. Last weekend was one such occasion. Hagrid (or a Hagrid-impersonator) was there. As was a cute Harry (okay, fine, a Harry-impersonator). They (and by “they” I mean “we”) played Wizard Bingo and answered Potter trivia questions like “Name the 12 classes at Hogwarts.” Be warned: study in advance. These Pottermaniac kids may look like ordinary, harmless little nine-year olds, but they are vicious, vicious creatures who know their Rowling-lore backwards and forwards. They will rip you a new one.
The Whimsic Alley staff serves tea sandwiches (ham, cheese, cucumber) and scones and brownies and tea in their “Great Hall.” It costs $40 (with a ten dollar discount if you book in advance) which is about what you'd pay for afternoon tea at a fancy hotel. Pricey, but fandom usually is.
I'm told the Tarot & Tea Leaf Readings event is an especially good one.
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