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Platform 9 ¾ for the Hogwarts Express

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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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Hello friends, I am replying to my own review 8 years later. Having just returned from yet another trip to London, I found Platform 9 3/4 to have completely changed. When I first wrote this review back in 2010, Platform 9 3/4 was located exactly where it would have been in the books and movies, between platforms 9 and 10. I suppose as the popularity of the films grew, so did the crowds and I guess it was too confusing to have that many people queuing up on an already busy train platform. So they have moved the photo op to the main shopping concourse and opened a Harry Potter gift shop beside it.

I do not believe that this move has helped the crowds at all. They now have an employee keeping half of the queue inside the station and the other half has to wait outside. I went to try and get a photo 3 different times and every time the line was so long that it continued outside. I could't even get into the gift shop as there was a queue for that as well.

One night I decided to try again around 10:30pm. I got to 9 3/4 and found no line BUT they had removed the luggage cart from the wall, which true fans know is the entire point of the photo.

All that being said, if getting a photo is important to you, be prepared to wait in a line. Like any other tourist attraction, try to arrive early as it may lessen the wait time.

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