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"This is not a place for young boys. I can sell you nothing."
— The Shopkeeper[src]

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop was a shop in Knockturn Alley, London, where one could purchase curios related to the Dark Arts. It was located between Cobb & Webb's and Borgin and Burkes, and it was run by a bearded wizard, who refused to sell anything to "young boys".[1]

Behind the scenes

The shop interior

  • This shop, which makes its only appearance in the GBC version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is never identified during the course of normal gameplay, being instead labelled as "a Knockturn Alley Shop" (along with Cobb & Webb's next door). On the map selection menu, however, which is part of the game's files, this shop is referred to as "Ye Olde Curiosity Shop".
  • The name of this shop might be a reference to the 1841 novel The Old Curiosity Shop, by Charles Dickens. It may be, alternatively, a reference to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, a store on the Central Waterfront of Seattle, Washington, United States, founded in 1899.


Notes and references

London's wizarding quarter
England, Great Britain
Carkitt Market - Diagon Alley - Horizont Alley - Knockturn Alley
Knockturn Alley

13B Knockturn Alley · Beard Trimming · Betting shop · Borgin and Burkes · Chimney Sweep Elf · Cobb & Webb's · E.L.M and Wizards Undertakers & Embalmers · The Coffin House · Dystyl Phaelanges · Markus Scarrs Indelible Tattoos · Moribund's · McHavelock's Wizarding Headgear · Mr. Mulpepper's Apothecary · Noggin and Bonce · Potage's Cauldron Shop · The Spiny Serpent · The Starry Prophesier · Wizarding Supplies · Ye Olde Curiosity Shop · Msaw Ætare · The White Wyvern · Trackleshanks Locksmith

Known residents and shop employees

Mr Borgin · Caractacus Burke · Cobb & Webb's shopkeeper · Madam Potage · McHavelock · Moribund · Mr Mulpepper · Podric Batworthy · Tom Marvolo Riddle (formerly) · Ye Olde Curiosity Shop shopkeeper