the lockhart, harry potter, harry potter bar, harry potter-themed barFirst there was a "Harry Potter"-themed classroom to inspire young wannabe witches and wizards, and now, there's a "Harry Potter"-themed bar for their older, Butterbeer-obsessed siblings.

The Lockhart, which just opened in Toronto, pays homage to all things Potter, in everything from its name (a nod to former Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Gilderoy) to its decor (the bar is labeled with a "Potions & Elixers" sign) to its cocktail menu (anyone up for a Shacklebolt or Befuddlement Brew?). And there are plenty of other magical surprises awaiting patrons.

"Without knowing any of the Harry Potter stuff, you already will think of this as a cool bar. You'd come here and see the stag's head on the wall and go 'Wow, I love that', but a Harry Potter fan might say 'That's a Patronus'," said co-owner Paris Xerx, in an interview with Now Toronto.

Xerx and fellow co-owner Matt Rocks are diehard Potterheads (they told Now Toronto that they're both Hufflepuffs, and their Patronus symbols would be a whale and a manatee, respectively), and it really shows in the details: a hidden Deathly Hallows symbol awaits inquisitive patrons, as do copies of the "Potter" books. And the crowning piece of decor is a neon-lit heart symbol that bears the last line of the series, "All was well." We're swooning just thinking about it.

Check out some photos of the bar below, and try out your disapparating spell to transport yourself to Toronto, stat. Accio cocktails!

It's happening. Can you feel it?

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Soft Opening Complete! Thanks to everyone who came out to support us!

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I spy. Moments caught from our #openingnight by @sociophilo

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WAIT. You suuuure Episkey' is going to work on this one?

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[via: Now Toronto, The Lockhart]

Photo credit: The Lockhart

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