Harry Potter walked with Hagrid through Diagon Alley, hustling to keep up with his larger strides while looking left and right at the interesting shops and shoppers.
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Harry saw a couple kids his age or younger with their faces pressed against the glass of a store window.
"It's the Nimbus 2000, the fastest broomstick in the world!" said one.
-from SORCERER'S/PHILOSOPHER'S STONE
Draco Malfoy and his father, Lucius, entered Quality Quidditch Supplies. There were a couple young kids in there already; a boy was swinging a beater's bat, and a girl was looking through binoculars, labelled "Omnioculars". The Malfoys approached the counter and the shopkeeper.
"What's your best Quidditch broom?" asked Lucius.
"The Nimbus 2001, an improved model over last year's," he replied, smiling. "Are you on your House's Quidditch team?" he asked, turning to Draco.
"Not yet," he replied in his slow drawl, looking down at his feet. "Will this broom guarantee I'll make the team?" he asked.
"Er," said the shopkeeper, losing his smile for a moment. "If you're a top flyer then you'll appreciate it's capabilities. But perhaps, young master, you'd prefer the latest Cleansweep model, while still in, ah, training. It's less expensive," he said lastly in an undertone to Lucius.
"I want the best," Draco said getting back his swagger.
"How much for seven Nimbus 2001s?" asked Lucius.
"Er, I don't have that many ready for delivery today, but I can give you a good price."
"I'll take one today, and would like to reserve the others for delivery on the first Saturday in September," said Lucius. "I think it's time I made a donation to my son's House team," he said in reply to Draco's questioning look.
Draco grinned and walked around the store as his father and the shopkeeper worked out the details.
A few minutes later as Draco left with his new broomstick in hand, his father turned to him and said, "Try to make the House team; six racing brooms are expensive, even for a Malfoy."
"I thought you already bought them?" he asked his father, surprised.
"I just put down a deposit. If you don't make the team, then let the Quidditch Captain know about my offer, so that he can, ah, reconsider his decision. Do that AFTER tryouts, mind you, Draco. Losing a deposit is preferable to buying all those broomsticks.
-from CHAMBER OF SECRETS
A couple days after he arrived in Diagon Alley, Harry Potter saw a crowd gathered inside Quality Quidditch Supplies around a new plinth on which was a new broomstick. He stepped around a kid dangling on his father's arm. Once a witch moved he saw the plaque, titled FIREBOLT.
A dog entered the Quidditch shop, with a note for the proprietor. As a result, a boy at Hogwarts would get a Firebolt for Christmas!
-from PRISONER OF AZKABAN
In the Chamber of Secrets book, Draco shows up at the Quidditch field having joined the team after his father donated racing brooms to the entire team, to Harry's surprise. The above scene and dialog at Quality Quidditch Supplies weren't in the book (since Harry didn't witness it), so this is my imagining of what happened off-page.
Sometime between the day of the Quidditch match when Harry's Nimbus 2000 was destroyed and Christmas, Sirius Black entered a Quidditch shop as a dog. He gave a purchase order for Harry's Firebolt, using money from the Black vault. Apparently, a trained dog in the Wizarding World is not that unusual, and they have a good (and confidential) check-clearing system at Gringotts.
NUTS & BOLTS:
When I bought the purple Knight Bus (4866), I thought I'd try to turn it into a building for my Diagon Alley project, and this is the result. Previously I had attempted some buildings for Diagon Alley, but they didn't measure up to Ollivander's Wand Shop from the official set (#10217), so it was back to the drawing board. I saw pictures of the theme park which had brightly-colored shops with plain or paint-peeling upper levels from the outside. They go with a leaning-look and overhang, too, so I decided to get some Dark Purple slopes and put the lower windows on hinge plates to match the angle.
I was originally going to make this 3. Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions, but had a better idea for that, which I've now done. LEGO already had a Quality Quidditch Supplies set (#4719), but it doesn't match up to Ollivander's either, though it had plenty of good stuff, that I used inside. After all the scenes I made with scared or grumpy-looking people, it's quite a change to have a scene with smiling happy people!
I decided to use short legs for scenes from Harry Potter involving First- and Second- Years.
I recently got a purple door, so added that in the above picture.
I hope people didn't like this for the black roof. It's interesting, but it had gaps that bothered me. I couldn't get the double concave in black, but found it in dark bluish-grey. So above is the update. My Diagon Alley project is progressing well.