Calling all budding wizards and good witches of the world, if you want to head to a school of magic then to go to the Harry Potter Station in London, for this is where the train to Hogwarts starts. Yes, I’ve just recently seen the Harry Potter platform at King’s Cross train station in London, otherwise known as platform 9 and ¾.
Where is the Harry Potter Station in London
Fans of the J.K. Rowling series on Harry Potter will know of the magical place in the book for the pupils of a potion making and spell binding school called Hogwarts. That is where all these children are taught about magic skills and to be wary of the dark arts of he who shall not be named (that’s Voldermort to you and I).
To get to this school you have to catch a train. And the train to Hogwarts can only be caught at the King’s Cross station platform 9 ¾. It is a bizarre name for a platform I know but this is magic, so why work in whole numbers?
Even more bizarrely this Harry Potter platform is theoretically not available to muggles (a muggle is the name for a human in the Harry Potter books). So keep the muggles away and the magical children access the hidden platform by running towards a brick wall with their trolley of luggage. In a moment of human incomprehension these witches and wizards go through the wall and arrive on platform 9 and three quarters to catch their express.
Whilst the books and films have now come to an end, the magic still lives on. The platform Harry Potter used to get the train to Hogwarts has been made into a free tourist attraction at King’s Cross Station in London.
Where is King’s Cross station?
King’s Cross station is in the northern part of London, actually very close to the Arsenal Emirates stadium.
It is a main line station servicing the north east of England and offers trains up to Edinburgh. It services major cities such as Peterborough, Doncaster, Leeds, York, Newcastle and of course Edinburgh. (As someone who hails from the north east of England King’s Cross is very familiar to me.)
On the London underground you can find it on the Northern Line (which are black lines on the tube map). It is also adjacent to St Pancras railway station (home of the Eurostar) and walking distance from Euston railway station. I alway shop online now to get
Where is the Harry Potter platform in London King’s Cross station?
Platform 9 ¾ has now been located in the main hall area of King’s Cross station. This is the hallway where you can see information on the departures and arrivals boards as well as find shops and restaurants.
It is not located between platforms 9 and 10 as you might think. That would just be chaotic for passengers using platforms 9 and 10. Plus I think you’d struggle to buy a ticket for Hogwarts at the ticket desk in the station – muggles not allowed.
I accidentally stumbled across the tourist attraction (although I was aware it is in Kings X station) by noticing it to the left side of the hall, it was in between a Waitrose store and a book shop.
Fortunately I was there for an evening train so there were less crowds around. During the day time it can become quite hectic with lots of tourists queuing for a picture.
How much does it cost to go Platform 9 ¾?
It is free to use Platform 9 ¾ but if you’d like a professional photographer to take a picture there will be a fee. Otherwise friends can take a picture of you for no cost. The only thing it might cost you is some time, so be ready to queue during busy times.
What do you do at the platform Harry Potter used?
Just like in the film you can act as though you are running through the wall with a trolley. There is already a pre-set trolley there which includes luggage and a couple of white owls, well we need our magic birds don’t we?
A member of staff there will also wrap a scarf around you which could represent one of four houses of Hogwarts. (The four houses of Hogwarts are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.)
Some people really got into the moment and started jumping around for visual effect on their pictures, whilst the staff member holds the end of the scarf to look as though you are moving quickly.
The more observant of you will also notice a sign to a Harry Potter shop for a souvenir or two.
Are you still fascinated by Harry Potter? Will you be arriving in London via Kings Cross. I’ve stayed at the nearby Travelodge which is a short walking distance from the station and ideally placed for London.
If you want to see the actual Hogwarts Express train then you need to head over for the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.
Whilst the Harry Potter series has come to an end the magic certainly lives on. If you are ever stopping by King’s Cross Station in London be sure to take time out for the Harry Potter platform 9 ¾.