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Platform 9 ¾ for the Hogwarts Express

Listed under Film Locations in London, United Kingdom.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Dir: Chris Columbus, 2001).

Platform 4, Kings Cross Station, Kings Cross, London, England.

Another important location in both the Harry Potter books and the film is the legendary magical Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station, where the Hogwarts Express departs from. In the film Harry, Ron and the Weasley family run full pelt into the arch between Platform 4 and 5 at King Cross only to magically disappear straight through - but don’t try it there now, trust me…you’ll get nothing but strange looks… The external shots of Kings Cross were actually shot at St. Pancras Station, St. Pancras, London, which apparently looks more like Kings Cross should look? At the other end of the journey is Hogsmead Station or Goathland on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

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it was brill and i was there when they were filming and we weren't allowed to watch!

i absolutely loved it and got all of their autographs

Calling all "Muggles"

Any fan of the Harry Potter series will appreciate even the smallest book or movie landmark. So the fact that King’s Cross station opted to place a magical landmark in their usually strictly “muggle” hub is a huge deal for fans.

A great picture op, Platform 9 ¾ features a brick wall bearing the sign “Platform 9 ¾” and a luggage trolley appearing to be halfway through the wall. People stand in line to get their picture pushing the trolley, trying to look like Harry and his friends as they enter the platform only visible to wizard kind.

Haters will view it as a cheesy photo opportunity while fans will smile and pose happily for their chance to be part of Harry Potter’s world.

Platform 9 ¾ isn’t the only Harry Potter landmark in London either. True fans can spot them anywhere from the Millennium Bridge (shown crashing in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), St Pancras station (the building Harry and Ron flew the car by in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and even street names like Tottenham Court Road (where the trio stop in a café in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).

So, Platform 9 ¾ is a definite starting point for fans but with the right research there are plenty of places to move on to.

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