Planning the Alley, Part II

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a.k.a. The Layout

So based on the conclusions reached in the previous post, I’m keeping the final build to a more simplified version of Diagon Alley and focusing solely on the Alley as it appears in the main Pottermore map, and then using the films / Lego Harry Potter games (both Years 1-4 and Years 5-7), as well as using the London Studio Tour set to refine it. The main reasoning for this, can be summarised as follows:

  • Keeps the final build to a set size.
  • Restricts the number of buildings and shops to a manageable number.
  • Can use the films / film sets, plus the depictions of the Alley from the video-games, as reference for building design / store fronts, etc.

However, as with all the depictions of Diagon Alley there are differences between the films, primarily a rearrangement of the shops between the first two films, and those in the sixth (as well as the London Studio Tour). The Lego video games are slightly different again. Because of course they are.

Anyway, most of the shops have fixed locations using this system. Some adjustments need to be made to the location of Ollivander’s (Flourish & Blott’s on the Pottermore map) and Flourish & Blott’s (instead of the Second-hand Bookshop, and switching Gambol & Japes out for Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes.

So using a bit of artistic licence (or maybe a lot?) and a blending of the different sources, I’ve come up with the above plan. It is a very basic one, but one that translates well into Lego.

The finished model won’t be as even and neatly spaced, as I want the the main street to shift and change width as it goes across the model. The builds of The Leakey Cauldron and Gringott’s Wizarding Bank will be of a larger size than the shops. Most of the shops will be based on 16×16 plates, with Ollivander’s, Flourish & Blott’s, Madam Malkin’s and Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes 24×16. I’ve added an additional alleyway in between Potage’s and Madam Malkin’s, primarily because I could and secondly, because the London Studio Tour has that shop as a corner unit and I liked the roofline on it. Other adjustments – Broomstix will keep the curved facade from the films – so the base plate used for the building will be made to match that, and Cranville Quincey’s Magical Junk Shop and Rosa Lee Teabag will be shallower units to allow for curvature of the street. Scribbulus will share its frontage with the archway leading to Knockturn Alley. The Daily Prophet Office’s will sit next to Gringott’s (as in the Studio Tour) but will be a completely separate structure. All of this is going to be designed to fit onto fourteen 32×32 baseplates so that it can be presented as single full street scene (2 plates by 7 plates), or one long section (1 plate by 14 plates).

At least that is the hope…