The Dark Times Apothecary was opened in November 2019 by Dianne Tanner – a budding student of Herbology (but, it is important to note, not a Hufflepuff) who had been learning the way of herbs and magic for a few years quietly. She’s typing this now in the third person, it’s weird.

Dianne was born in New Zealand, but now lives in London with a small space at a local community garden where she grows herbs and vegetables, and feeds snails to blackbirds. She has a cat called Cricket, who is almost definitely asleep on her face while you are reading this.

One day they will move to Manchester and have a big back garden full of herbs and some chickens, and maybe open a proper witch shop where you can come and hang out and feel safe.

Until then, she’s on Instagram