Author Archives: Professor Penelope Presto

Australia’s most magical store turns one!

It’s our birthday! It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since we alohamora’d the door to let that first batch of passionate fans in for the very first time. Since then we’ve welcomed around 100,000 people to Quizzic Alley, from all over Canberra and the region, from interstate and from overseas. Every week […]

“Crimes of Grindelwald” coming to Netflix

Accio the popcorn because The Crimes of Grindelwald is coming to Netflix this month. All set for its Australian Netflix debut on Friday 13th September, the flick is the second instalment in the Harry Potter spin-off series Fantastic Beasts. It was released in November last year, starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Dan Fogler […]

Lumos wand installation – where to see it!

Planning a trip to the UK next year? Do you remember seeing photos of the Lumos Wand Installation in London, ahead of the release of The Crimes of Grindelwald? It looked quite magical illuminating the City of London near St. Paul’s Cathedral and it’s now on the move. Residents of the UK were invited to […]

Have you seen this organ?

Actually, it’s not really an organ: it’s an organ case. The organ it housed was decommissioned years ago. So, why are we writing about it? Well, it’s cool, it’s old and it’s the centrepiece of The Abbey which is where The Great Wizard’s Ball will be held this Saturday. The magnificent carved oak organ case […]

The Great Wizard’s Ball – all your questions answered

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Dressing up is encouraged and almost anything goes! Wear a ball gown if you like, or your finest wizarding robes. You could come dressed as an elf or some other magical creature. Why not a dragon, a Niffler, a mandrake or even a piece of the Quidditch stadium! The best thing […]

The Great Wizard’s Ball – you’ve been waiting for this!

Break out your wand and dust off that witches hat– The Great Wizard’s Ball is coming to Canberra. This is your chance to get dressed up to the 9¾ and live your wildest wizarding dreams. Quizzic Alley in Fyshwick is leaving no philosopher’s stone unturned to create a magical and immersive dining experience, complete with […]

Break out your wand: The Great Wizard’s Ball is coming to Canberra

This is your chance to get dressed up to the 9¾ and live your wildest wizarding dreams. Quizzic Alley in Fyshwick is leaving no philosopher’s stone unturned to create a magical and immersive dining experience, complete with a three-course banquet fit for a dragon, live entertainment, a costume parade and more ravenclawesome photo opps than […]

Shop Quizzic Alley online!

The Quizzic Alley online store is finally up-and-running which should be good news to all our fellow Potterheads who live interstate. Shop away like you’re facing almost certain death in the Triwizard Tournament tomorrow but please be patient: there are still some Peeves-like bugs and gremlins we have yet to address. So, if you come […]

Super Harry Potter fans needed for video series

The producers of a brand new online video series are looking for passionate Potterheads to talk about what it means to be a Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. UK based Twenty Twenty will conduct in-depth interviews about each fan’s personal story. This from the production company’s website: “We want to know when you felt like […]

Happee Birthdae Harry!

Break out the Butterbeer and the chocolate frogs. Hell, we should have us some vomit flavoured jelly beans too! Because the boy who lived, Harry James Potter, turns 39 today. He may be a totally fictional character but every year we celebrate his birthday and, thanks to the happy location of the International Dateline, we […]