By Cailey Rizzo
August 25, 2016
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Hogwarts in Islamabad
Credit: Warner Bros./Photofest

Hassan Khan, Ouj e Zahoor, and Emad ur Rahman have shared a love for J.K. Rowling’s series ever since they were young.

“Our childhood has been spent daydreaming about Hogwarts,” Khan told The Huffington Post. “Turning 11 was a milestone for us while we sat in a corner of our homes with the hope that an owl would tap on our windows with a letter any time; but it never happened.”

With Hogwarts Cafe they aimed to make the younger generation’s dreams of the wizarding world come to life.

The walls are covered in broomsticks, photographs of the movie characters, and quotes from the books. There’s even a trolley stuck halfway through a wall à la Platform 9 ¾ and candles floating from the ceiling, like in Hogwarts’ Great Hall.

The menu features plenty of Potter-themed offerings. There’s “Goblet of Fire” lemonade, a Unicorn Blood cocktail, Mandrake’s Tear steak, and a few more traditional Pakistani dishes.

Their attention to detail has paid off: The cafe has been absolutely packed since opening, according to reviews that were on their Facebook page.

“Remember the couch by the fire place in the Gryffindor Common room? Remember how it was usually occupied?” the cafe’s owners wrote. “So is Hogwarts Café. It's like Dumbledore's Army over here.”

Cailey Rizzo writes about travel, art and culture and is the founding editor of The Local Dive. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @misscaileyanne.