Today is September 1st and for all good potterhead is a very important day. According to the books written by JK Rowling this was the day when the Hogwarts Express traveled from London to Scotland to drop off all the students at Hogwarts Castle to start a new school year.
Harry Potter arrived at the King’s Cross station for the first time and crossed the 9 3/4 platform wall on September first, 1991, 27 years have passed and thousands of fans still gather on platform 9 3/4 on this date to take a picture with the luggage cart crossing the famous wall that takes you to the train.
Today fans who were in that place were lucky enough to meet the actors Jude Law and Eddie Redmayne protagonists of the new movie of the world of Potter Fantastic Animals: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The actors surprisely arrived to say hi to public that had met at King’s Cross station.
I did not have the luck to meet any actor, but a few months ago when visiting London, a photography at plattform 9 3/4 was a must.
Getting to King’s Cross is very easy since being one of the main train stations several metro lines arrive at this place (you can also get there by car). Once you leave the Underground, reaching the platform is very simple, you can follow the screams of excited fans. The line on a regular day is an average of 30 minutes. (On days of special commemoration like today the lines can last several hours).
The staff of the place are dressed in Hogwarts capes and scarves. When you arrive they let you choose a scarf from your house, be it Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, they lend you a wand and they give you instructions to pose. So while one person takes the tip of the scarf (to give it the speed effect) another takes professional photos. What I like the most is that they give you several options to change yout pose and for your companions to take some photos, this ensures that you are satisfied with the result without feeling the pressure of having to smile and run away.
Once the photo session is over, you give back the scarf and wand and you are invited to go to the official Harry Potter store that is right next to the platform. There you can find many products of the saga since the official ticket of the Hogwarts Express, books, wands of practically all the characters, jewelry and much more. The entire store is decorated to make you feel like you are shopping in Diagon Alley.
After spending all your galleons in the store the experience is over. But if you have time, my advice is to get out for some fresh air, you can cross the street and take pictures of St Pancras station, a place that served in the movies as exterior shots of King’s Cross station. So you take 100% advantage of this area and you can brag to all your Muggle friends your photos of “the time you took the train to Hogwarts”.
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