This Qantas jet has an exclusive ‘Harry Potter’ suite in first class

But can you summon a glass of bubbles by saying “Accio, Champagne” ?

By David Flynn, May 18 2022
This Qantas jet has an exclusive ‘Harry Potter’ suite in first class

There are 485 seats on the double-decker Qantas Airbus A380, with 14 of these being first class suites nestled into the front of the lower deck.

And one of those luxurious high-walled havens – suite 2F, to be specific – is known to many travellers as the ‘Harry Potter’ suite.

But this sobriquet didn’t come about from some random promotional tie-in between the Flying Kangaroo and JK Rowling’s extraordinary world of wizards.

Accio, Champagne!
Accio, Champagne!

Instead, the Harry Potter suite is a nickname bestowed by frequent flyers (and, we’re told, since adopted by cabin crew) due to its unique location – the 2F is tucked away “under the stairs” which lead to the A380’s upper deck.

The Harry Potter suite below the stairs in Qantas ' A380 first class cabin.
The Harry Potter suite below the stairs in Qantas ' A380 first class cabin.

Of course, this suite is slightly better appointed than the Boy Wizard’s cupboard under the stairs at 14 Privet Drive.

Harry's "cupboard under the stairs" was more economy class than first class.
Harry's "cupboard under the stairs" was more economy class than first class.

For a start, the wide, contour-cushioned seat transforms into a fully-flat bed, with a large HD monitor in front and a series of handy storage shelves to one side.

Each of the A380's 14 First suites is a high-walled haven.
Each of the A380's 14 First suites is a high-walled haven.

While all 14 of the A380’s first class suites are the same – they were created by feted designer Marc Newson for the superjumbo’s debut in 2008 – why do so many high flyers favour the Harry Potter suite at 2F for their 14-22 hour flights to Los Angeles or London?

Each of the A380's 14 First suites is a high-walled private haven.
Each of the A380's 14 First suites is a high-walled private haven.

Its location below the staircase connecting the main and upper decks gives 2F a ‘cosy’ feel.

Suite 2F is located directly below the A380's staircase.
Suite 2F is located directly below the A380's staircase.

While perhaps not the prime pick for claustrophobics, you’re cocooned by walls spanning almost the entire suite, with a privacy divider shutting you off from the aisle on the left.

Raise the privacy panel facing the left aisle and you've got a cosy cocoon for your journey.
Raise the privacy panel facing the left aisle and you've got a cosy cocoon for your journey.

If passengers want to stretch their legs and enjoy change of scenery, they can head up that staircase to one of the two premium lounges with cafe-style seating to enjoy ‘signature drinks’ (alas, no Butterbeer) and snacks from the menu.

One of two 'premium lounge' spaces on the Qantas A380's upper deck (but BYO Butterbeer).
One of two 'premium lounge' spaces on the Qantas A380's upper deck (but BYO Butterbeer).

These premium lounges are however restricted to Qantas first class and business class passengers – no muggles from economy allowed.

10 Jun 2015

Total posts 11

So many years ago some no no movie star-Russell Crowe-was travelling in that seat 2F but the constant foot traffic up/down the stairs by crew annoyed RC so much that he grabbed an unfortunate crew member by the hand, forced him/her to sit in his hobbit seat whilst he “stomped” up/down the stairs just to prove how noisey it can be! So ever since his little tantrum, no one (crew or passengers) is allowed to traverse those stairs during flight-except for the onboard managers and whilst on ground! No you know!

Etihad - Etihad Guest

19 Jun 2019

Total posts 14

Just one question are other first-class passengers who want to use the upstairs lounge have to walk to the back of the plane to go up? That does not seem to stack up to me. 

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 May 2018

Total posts 7

I flew on QF7 & 8 back in Nov 17 in First and both crew and First passengers (including myself) walked up and down the stairs throughout the flight.

Same on QF36 SIN-MEL - I was in 1K and took a stroll up and down the stairs in flight, no issues (March 2020).

19 May 2022

Total posts 1

Is this true, I have so many questions? (Were you on the flight, or did you hear this from someone on the flight?)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jan 2017

Total posts 42

Sorry but when you look at Singapore air, Emirates, Qatar or Etihad “first class” products and inflight offerings why on earth would anyone would choose QF?!. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

27 Nov 2015

Total posts 11

I travelled SYD - DXB in a middle Emirates first class suite and found it very enclosed and the restricted view across the aisle on a daylight flight was less appealing than the Qantas equivalent. I swapped to a vacant window suite for the Dubai - Frankfurt flight and that was much better.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 1102

My wife sat in this seat on a MEL-SIN flight a few years ago.  I was in the adjacent window seat.  She didn't find it claustrophobic but you can't really do a shared dining in this seat as the headroom for the visitor is restricted.  We did the shared dining at my seat and enjoyed the view.

01 Dec 2012

Total posts 30

I've not travelled in seat 2F but have in 1A and 1K on either side and slightly forward. Both felt very private and quiet. Trying to sleep during my last trip in 3K was challenging early in the evening, however, due to floor flex as crew walked up and down. Flexing of the cabin floor is quite noticeable in lying down in row 3, but from my experience not next the the bulkhead in row 1.

19 Jan 2018

Total posts 4

Travelling with my wife Melbourne -LHR before the 787, we chose 2A and 3A.  Lower noise level/s (than 1A) and less foot traffic than the shared aisle of F&K seats.  Dinner is always across the table using the ottoman.  Sharing a row (2F &2K offers no benefit as you cannot easily converse so no point.  2 F is usually put down by travelers - even those less rude and entitled than RC. That said, his point was valid.  Have never been prevented from using stairs and even crew let you down the stairs on occasion when the BC facilities are in high use and FC is quiet.  

Agree Qantas needs to lift the offering for the front end, it is now a little jaded in comparison to other premium carriers.    

19 Jan 2018

Total posts 4

2F is not recommended by most travel blogs and indeed most of the "shared aisle" seats (F&K) are considered less desirable than the Alpha seats - single aisle window facing etc.  Wife and I opted for 2A and 3A for the (old) MEL-LHR run prior to Dreamliner.  1A has a bit of status to it, but is often a little noisy; as is 5A.  Often (generalisation coming), the Alpha aisle is reserved for paying FC passengers and only released to upgrades and full points FC tickets if they are available after initial seat allocations.  F&K don't offer any advantages to pax travelling together as they don't face each other and dinner is always best taken together using the Ottoman, (husbands - do the right thing and go to your wife's seat, not the other way around! ;-))  

Stairs are often in use and at times BC pax descend to use the facilities when FC is quiet and their own are all in use. 

Agree the Qantas offering doesn't match up to its premium rivals and could do with an upgrade if First is to be retained.

Mke
Mke

05 Dec 2017

Total posts 4

The generalisation you mention isn't true at all, generally all F seats are released and available to anyone with a ticket (full fare, sale or award) and it is a free for all. If you are an upgrade, then, well of course you are limited to what remains.

01 Apr 2014

Total posts 109

2F is actually one of the least popular seats from my experiences, and agree with others that the A seats on the port side are best as you technically only have 4 other pax walking down that aisle. Also can see into the flightdeck from 1A before the top flight deck door is locked which is interesting if you are a plane geek.

I have never seen crew / pax restricted from using the forward stairs during flight, and this includes the "wandering J-bandits" who come down in the middle of the night to have a look, and leave the curtains wide open. My pet peeve is the Business Class pax who come down during the pre-arrival rush to use the 2 forward toilets to get changed - often at the suggestion of the cabin crew. 

To pay F fare (currently $16k+ to LHR return) and have to queue up behind Business pax just doesn't cut it Qantas. Credit where it's due though - if there is a way you can alienate your most profitable customers, you seem to have a knack of finding it..... Perhaps I am a bit precious, but at those fare levels you expect certain standards. Don't have those issues on SQ & EK.

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

19 Jul 2014

Total posts 28

Why would you fly QF when there are so many better options in FC from Australia. I did enjoy my last flight from SYD/LHR and changed to QR on the return, way better all round.


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