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Krakens was a shop in Diagon Alley in London, England that presumably manufactured and sold pigments, paints, powders, dyes, tinctures and inks.[1]

The building exterior had several octopus-like motifs, such as the dome and the light above the rows of bottles. Tentacles could be seen stretching out of one of the building's window. Coloured substance could be seen leaking out of the building.[1] The establishment was sandwiched between Creepy Scrawlers Stationers and Quality Quidditch Supplies.[2]

Etymology

The name of the shop is taken from the Kraken, a magical water creature.[3]

Behind the scenes

  • In the real-world, the Kraken is commonly depicted as a cephalopod-like creature.[4] Fishermen may refer to cephalopods as "inkfish" due to their common ability to squirt ink,[5] which was presumably the origin for the concept of a shop involved in ink-related products.
  • Illustrator Jim Kay noted that each of the illustrated books will have its own personality, including using different materials. For Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets this included throwing powdered dyes on wet paper to create explosions of colour.[6]

Appearances

Notes and references

Diagon Alley North Side
Locations

Apothecary · Bats! Bats! Bats! · Belcher's Bottled Beers · Bernie Balls Fireworks · Blinkhorn's workshop · Boogermongers · Brigg's Brooms · Bufo's · Caput Mortuum · Creepy Scrawlers Stationers · Crispa Culpepper's Drugs & Preparations · Eeylops Owl Emporium · Flail & Hyde Furriers · Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour · Flourish and Blotts · Gaberlunzie Garments · Grandma Gramercy's Grandiloquent Gramophones · Gringotts Wizarding Bank · The Harpy's Bazaar · Herbert's Sherbets · Janus Galloglass · Krakens · Leaky Cauldron (1 Diagon Alley) · Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions · The Magic Lantern · Magical Menagerie · Mandrake Mufflers · Marcus Minucius Myomancer · Mourning & Starr Armourers · Mr Milvus Grizedale, Kitemaker · Mr Trismus, Mouth Magician · Mulligrubs Materia Medica · Nell's Bells · Nollikins for Scrolls & Skins · Noltie's Botanical Novelties · Oldknowe Books · Pettichaps · Potage's Cauldron Shop · Praedico Predico · Quality Quidditch Supplies · Shrew & Scold's Bridal Wear · S. Starling · Tangle & Noils Wigmakers & Perruquiers · The Three Sheets · Tut's Nuts · Twinkle's Telescopes · Vietch's Leeches · What Larks! Songbird Specialists · Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment

Known residents, shop owners and employees

Blinkhorn · Belcher · Bufo · Crookshanks (formerly) · Eeylops Owl Emporium female employee · Eeylops Owl Emporium male employee · Florean Fortescue (deceased) · Flourish and Blotts manager · Hedwig (formerly; deceased) · Madam Malkin · Madam Potage · Magical Menagerie salesman · Magical Menagerie saleswoman · Milvus Grizedale · Marcus Minucius · Trismus · Tut · Twinkle · Vietch · Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment employee

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