Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Platform 9 3/4, please!

Love this!
From King's Cross Station

Platform 9 3/4
Kings Cross Station is the departure point for students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, of which it’s most famous student, Harry Potter, attends. The Hogwarts Express departs from Platform 9 3/4’s in September.  Unfortunately, Muggles can only use platform’s 9 and 10.
Interestingly, platforms 9 and 10 at Kings Cross Station are not adjacent to one another, so they don;t have an adjoining wall separating them, instead it’s the railway line separating them. When J K Rowling was quizzed about why she choose platform 9 and 10 in Kings Cross Station, she said that she was thinking of Euston Station instead and mixed them up. However, Euston Station has the same problem, and railway track between the two platforms.
To overcome the numbering problem, platforms 4 & 5 were renumbered in Kings Cross Station during shooting of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
Kings Cross is also the title of the chapter 35 in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, which is the final book. Kings Cross also serves as the final setting of the Harry Potter series.
To acknowledge Kings Cross Station’s role in the mythology of Harry Potter a “Platform 9 3/4″ sign has been erected on a wall close to the real platform 9. Under the sign is a half trolley lodged in the wall, creating the effect of the trolley going through the wall. The trolley is the perfect photo opportunity for passing Harry Potter fans, to pretend their on their way to Hogwarts. (see below)


Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

That rocks!!! :)

Shauna said...

Ooooh. Ooooh. I wanna go. Please! Pick me! Pick me!!

Peggy said...

That is so cool!

Taffy said...

Don't ya love it?? How many of you bought the latest HP movie?

CL Beck, author said...

That is way cool. Thanks for posting this, as I hadn't heard about it. :)