On Location: Trying to get to Hogwarts

Day one of my travels around London consisted of finding a couple of classic Harry Potter locations that were really exciting to see! Firstly, I tried (and failed) to get to Platform 9 & 3/4 – the magical platform of Kings Cross station where Harry and his friends head off on their train journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

  

In the books and films, Platform 9 & 3/4 is located at Kings Cross station. In actual fact, the film was shot between platforms 4 and 5 at Kings Cross, in a section of the station that looks quite magical indeed. This is the location where you see Harry, Ron and Hermione as kids heading off to Hogwarts, but also as adults in the final film of the series, sending their children to school.

It’s funny, because King’s Cross station in the Harry Potter films looks so delightfully vintage and old, but this is the real station that looks slightly less magical and a lot more modern:

There’s a place at the station where you can take an awesome picture as if you’re heading through the barrier towards the Hogwarts Express, but I couldn’t get a good photo of it because the crowd was really intense.

But it’s all good, because I have my ticket just in case I ever do find the real Platform 9 & 3/4:

Photos shot on iPhone 6.

Hint for tomorrow’s location: You could have a beer here, if you could get in.

12 comments

  1. say hi to Harry! 🙂

    1. I certainly will, once I figure out how to get to Hogwarts!

      1. There’s a rumor of a flying blue car…

  2. It’s a nightmare to try and take a photo!

    1. Going to try and get a proper photo of it some time next week!

  3. Wow, that’s almost as bad as trying to take a picture of the Mona Lisa.

    1. The line was pretty insane but we’re going to try and get a proper photo some time next week! Trying to take a photo of the Mona Lisa is like a wrestling match, that shiz gets violent.

  4. Ohh I’m glad you’re having such a good time! Oxford is another great place to visit if you’re on the Harry hunt 🙂
    – Allie

    1. Absolutely loving the city so far! I really hope I get to Oxford at some point! It might not be during this trip, but it’s definitely on the list.

  5. Looks like you’re having a magical time.

    1. I certainly am! With a lot more magic to follow! 😀

  6. […] actually shot outside of St Pancras Station, not Kings Cross! I suppose, as briefly mentioned in my previous Harry Potter train station post, the exterior of Kings Cross is just not magical enough to fit the tone of the scene and overall […]

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