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Hogwarts Just Got a Little Closer To Home (& It Brought a Lot of Espresso With It!)

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Photo by: Ariana DeCastro

A new coffee shop in Nevada brews up magical caffeine concoctions for Henderson and Las Vegas locals.

Bad Owl Coffee is a Harry Potter themed coffee shop, full of decorations that allude to the Harry Potter series, and as an avid Harry Potter fan, it’s become my favorite place to hang out!

As soon as a customer walks in, they are transported to King’s Cross Station, where they’ll find “Platform 9 6/8” (photographed on the left) that mimics Platform 9¾ from the Harry Potter series.

Half a luggage cart disappears into the wall, and Hedwig, Harry’s owl, is placed on top of the cart, just like in the story!

While the all of the decor I photographed at Bad Owl Coffee was well-put-together and well-thought-out, the photo on the left is my favorite because it’s part of a signature Harry Potter moment that every fan knows.

It was a bit difficult to photograph the decor because the coffee shop is always packed with people, but I tried to do the coffee shop justice as a fan.

I used my Canon EOS Rebel T5 camera and had the perfect natural lighting for some of the photos so I didn’t need to do much adjusting or editing. When I photographed the coffee shop at night, I did have to manually adjust my camera to make the photos brighter.

Nonetheless, Bad Owl Coffee has great lighting for photos and you’ll notice that people can’t resist but to take them!

The tables are decorated with customized decals that allude to the Harry Potter series, such as Harry’s lightning scar, the Deathly Hallows sign, the snitch from Harry’s first Quidditch game and many more. There’s also a bookshelf display with the Harry Potter books in them near the lounge area that resembles the Hogwarts common rooms.

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Photo by: Ariana DeCastro

“It’s a different environment,” said Kristina Hamlin, UNLV student and Bad Owl Coffee barista. “You walk in and it’s all Harry Potter.”

While Bad Owl Coffee’s décor caught people’s attention, their drinks, pastries and sandwiches get customers to stay.

“The most popular drink would have to be our Butter Brew latte which is our version of the Butterbeer drink from Harry Potter,” Hamlin said.

The drink was so popular that they would run out, but they now make sure they are fully stocked on the ingredients. While the Butter Brew latte is what a lot of people order, they offer a variety of other specialty drinks such as their earl grey tea called “The London Fog,” their English toffee latte and their pistachio latte.

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There are also special drinks from their “Espresso Bar” such as the “Mint Mojito Latte” and the “Biscoff Cookie latte,” a cookie butter drink which is riddikulus-ly good! (See what I did there, fellow Potter fans?)

Hamlin also added that most men order their nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee.

“When I tell the customers— especially the male customers— that the nitrogen-infused coffee is like Guinness without the alcohol, they automatically order it,” Hamlin said. “I highly recommend it for strong coffee drinkers, but for those who aren’t heavy coffee drinkers, the sea salt nitro is milder.”

Bad Owl Coffee also offers pastries such as almond croissants, butter croissants, chocolate croissants, macarons and many more pastry selections delivered fresh every morning from a local bakery.

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They also recently developed a sandwich menu so that customers can enjoy a meal there for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Bad Owl Coffee has been featured on Cosmopolitan, Fox, Eater, Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Thrillist, and is located at 10575 S. Eastern Ave. #160, Henderson, Nevada.

Browse through their menu and find which magic-infused pastry and espresso you want to try.

Happy eating and ‘caffeinating’!

6 Comments

  1. Our assignment was to write a professional news story that could be featured in any media outlet – you took that to the complete next level! I felt like I was actually reading about Bad Owl Coffee in a high publication magazine. I was even in more awe when I visited your Flickr. Your photos were such simple concepts, but really drove the idea home about the coffeeshop. I am personally a HUGE coffee fanatic, so the headline of this post caught my attention to want to keep reading. This is wonderful, Ariana! I will be visiting this place in the near future. 🙂

    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm | Permalink
  2. Profile photo of hayleyv hayleyv wrote:

    I love everything about your post! Being a crazy Harry Potter fan myself, I went to Bad Owl Coffee the first week it was open, but you made me want to go back again! Your pictures are wonderful, very clear, and you showcased many of the great features there. I also liked how you incorporated quotes from people as well as other publications that have reviewed the coffee shop because it helps the reader find additional information. Your post is very professional and persuasive, I love it!

    Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 3:32 am | Permalink
  3. Profile photo of rachelt rachelt wrote:

    You’re post is awesome! Coffee and Harry Potter? What’s not to love it about it!I love your pictures and it makes me want to try this place even more! I love that you had quotes in here as well and it really looks like a legit article!

    Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm | Permalink
  4. Profile photo of genevieveg genevieveg wrote:

    Who even knew this place existed?! Awesome subject matter and very attention grabbing. Your photos certainly do the coffee shop justice, and I think just about anyone who likes coffee and/or Harry Potter would easily be convinced to visit after reading your post. My only suggestion would be to mention the location (like cross streets) of the coffee shop within your post.

    Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
  5. Profile photo of marissah marissah wrote:

    I love the topic of your blog post. You truly capture the essence of Bad Owl. When I first went there I loved it, but I could be biased as a Harry Potter fan. You did a great job on taking the photos so it didn’t just seem like a cup of coffee. Awesome!

    Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 6:49 pm | Permalink
  6. Profile photo of laurenh laurenh wrote:

    I love the style of your post. I’ve driven by that coffee shop a ton going to Trader Joes and I’ve always wanted to stop in. I’ve looked up some of their menu on Yelp and it looks pretty great. The style of the shop is so fun going with the theme of the books. I like how you posted a mix of photos using the food and drinks while also incorporating the layout of the shop.

    Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

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