Impressed with the magic show of a few weeks ago, MisterMac would like to start dabbling, so R offered to introduce me to a few of the shops in the real Diagon Alley so that I could buy MM the ‘starter kit’ for Christmas. Amazing! The shops are run by magicians and just watching them demonstrate their wares is like being at a show. I think I spent most of the afternoon with my jaw on the floor – it is sooooo clever. And I know it’s all sleight of hand, but I just couldn’t see the moves, even though I was looking out for them. I now know how one or two of these tricks are done (sneak preview of MM’s presents) and a tiny part of me has to confess to some disappointment – I think I wanted to believe that it really was magic. Next stop … Ollivander’s Wand Shop.