“Oh, there’s a really nice place just up here, haven’t you ever been to Madam Puddifoot’s?” she said brightly, and she led him up to a side road and into a small tea shop that Harry had never noticed before. It was a cramped, steamy little place where everything seemed to have been decorated with frills or bows. Harry was reminded unpleasantly of Umbridge’s office.” – Order of the Phoenix pg 559.
Comparing the description with the new Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shoppe (fake!) store front that appeared in WWoHP’s Hogsmeade recently, it’s freaking accurate. The first thought when looking inside is “Add some cats and Umbridge would be at home in this place.”
It’s perfect, really! Except for, of course, one important factor:
WHY CAN’T WE BUY TEA HERE?!?
I mean, really, we’ll soon have another place to buy heavy British food (for those of you that are behind on the Diagon Alley developments, you’ll be able to eat at The Leaky Cauldron, where they’ll serve traditional food from the U.K., just as they already do at The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade and Finnegan’s Irish Pub across from The Mummy.) But there is no place to get a good cuppa. Even if it was just a tiny window where we could walk up and order a cup, we would totally go for that, particularly if they’re willing to offer it iced. (I know, all of the Brits will have a fit at serving it iced, but let’s be realistic – it’s the American South, and Florida to be specific. We like our tea, but drinking hot tea outdoors in Florida in July simply isn’t realistic.) Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a tea shop now where guests can purchase a number of different varieties of tea and get them the normal way or iced. It’s a nice offer to have – the warm tea is a great alternative to coffee and hot chocolate in the winter and the iced tea will be consumed in large quantities during the summer.
And it’s not just tea! Oh, no, there’s cake, too!
In addition to tea, Madam Puddifoot’s could sell different types of cake. They could have slices of larger cakes (as pictured above from the Madam Puddifoot’s fake storefront display) or little cupcakes. I can tell you that Harry Potter fans will buy SO many cupcakes if you themed them to the books – Dark Mark designs, a lightning bolt, Slytherin crests, Gryffindor crests, Hufflepuff badgers, even just Ravenclaw-colored icing would go over so well.
Universal Studios, we want to give you our money. We just need more than cheap chocolate and Gryffindor-only items to buy!