Behind the scenes: Honeydukes

A set full of colourful, mouth-wateringly delicious sweets combined with a cast of mainly children could have been a recipe for mayhem. How was this prevented? By lying, apparently. Tut tut, what would Professor Umbridge say?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Extracted from Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films by Jody Revenson

Filled to the rafters with candy, Honeydukes Sweetshop is well known to children of the wizarding world. For Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as part of the redress of Diagon Alley to become Hogsmeade village, Honeydukes was placed in what was originally Ollivanders in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and what became Flourish and Blotts in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Where the set’s previous incarnations were filled with wand boxes and books, Honeydukes is stacked floor to ceiling with candy, including tall dispensers of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans and jars of Jelly Slugs. The décor is as colourful as its products, with shelves painted peppermint green with accents of cotton-candy pink.

An illustration of a snowy Hogsmeade and the exterior of the Three Broomsticks.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Graphic Designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima created the packaging for the myriad merchandise, which ranges from melt-in-the-mouth Glacial Snow Flakes and Tooth Splintering Strong Mints to Madam Borboleta’s Sugared Buttery Wings and Limas Crazy Blob Drops.

The prop department churned out racks of chocolate skeletons, and as a nod to director Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexican heritage, there are rows of calaveras, the vibrantly decorated skull-shaped sugar candies traditionally made for Day of the Dead celebrations. In order to prevent the actors from eating up all the props, they were warned that the candy had been covered with a lacquered finish, which was actually a well-intentioned fib.

Harry Potter: Magical Places book cover

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‘Harry Potter: Magical Places from the films'