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The Store of Requirement

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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane who loves exploring quirky places with my dog. Join me in my quest to find, experience, and share fun things to do and interesting places to go.
Published May 2nd 2018
A free experience into the world of Harry Potter

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." Such was the advice given to Harry Potter by Dumbledore in just one of JK Rowling's famous fantasy novels and film series about the bespectacled boy wizard.

Since the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in 1997, the collection has achieved critical acclaim and sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling book series in history.



If you too are a fan of Harry Potter and his friends, are a bit curious about all the Potter fuss or just want to get out and live a little on the magical side, then a visit to the Store of Requirement at Samford Village is an absolute must.

What's it all about?
The Store of Requirement is described by its owners as a wizard-inspired store which stocks official Harry Potter memorabilia. It is housed in a restored church and is the perfect spot for a magical adventure with classic lead light windows to filter through the sunlight and add that extra touch of historic charm.



At first, I was a little confused by the shop's name. But after a little bit of Potter research, I found that The Room of Requirement, also known as the Come and Go Room, was a secret room within the book's famous Hogwarts Castle, that only appears when a person is in great. Ah. Got it.

So feeling great on a mid-week morning, I decided to drive out to Samford and take the chance to be swept into the wonderful world of Potter.

Arthur Weasley's magical car
The first clue that you are about to enter a mystical place is spotting the blue Hillman car, resembling Arthur Weasley's magical vehicle, at the entrance to the store. According to the novels, the car could fly and become invisible. This one even has a Store of Requirement number plate. I'm definitely in the right place.





Take a few steps up past the car and 3 oversized orange pumpkins and a wise, sculptured owl greets you at the entrance to the front door. Stepping inside is like walking into a wizardly tribute to Harry and all things Hogwarts. You'll find everything a wizard could want from of wands and witches hats to books, college clothes and cosmic jewellery. The shop is jam-packed with stock with some items hanging from the ceiling.

Here are a few of my highlights. Firstly it's hard to go past The Sorting Hat, quite literally, as it rests on a stool at the front counter. Readers of Potter would know that the enchanted, floppy brown witch hat sorts students into the four Hogwarts houses. Visitors are welcome to try on the hat. But be warned, you can't be guaranteed where you will land.

Are you game to try on the Sorting Hat


Visitors are also enticed to try the store's very own Butter Beer, ,a sweet wizardry drink for $7.50 or $8.99 with cream. There's even Golden Frogs, a sweet sold throughout the wizarding world understood to be made of croakoa. A replica Gryffindor Common Room, is at the back of the shop which looks remarkably like the common area for all students of Gryffindor house and a place where Harry and his friends hatched many of their plans.



For me, the standout is Nagini's Lair, a secret, tiny room hidden at the back of the store, with a mix of school cloaks, jumpers and ties.

Opening times for the Store of Requirement


What else
The Store of Requirement is free and open 5 days from Wednesday to Sunday. All store items are available for purchase. The store is also available for hire for private dining or parties.

While free street parking is available opposite the shop, there is also parking for witches broomsticks outside the shop. If you love Harry Potter or just exploring something different, it is worth spinning some magic and making the trip to the Store of Requirement. Samford is located 24kms from the Brisbane CBD.

Free parking for broom sticks


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Why? A wizardry wonderland
When: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm
Phone: 0490 868 787
Where: 20 Station Street Samford Village
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Magic Gillian!
by May Cross (score: 3|3579) 230 days ago
So interesting. I was almost expecting this to be an article about somewhere in England
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