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Film Friday: Platform 9 3/4 at London Kings Cross

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August 31, 2012 by Amanda

Film Friday

Each Friday, I’ll be briefly profiling a specific location somewhere in the world that has been featured in a movie or TV show.

This week, the site is Platform 9 3/4 in London.

Okay, okay. So I’m kind of fudging this one a bit. All of my previous Film Friday posts have showcased places that have actually appeared in films. This week is a bit different — and yet too cool not to share!

I spent my summer traveling around Europe, and saw lots of places that have been used as backdrops for lots of movies. But once I got to the UK, I really started to geek out.

I’ve been a “Harry Potter” fan since the 7th grade (that’s roughly half my life now!), and so I knew I couldn’t possibly go to London without making a trip to Kings Cross. As any HP fan knows, it’s from this train station in central London that Harry and all his magically-inclined peers catch the scarlet Hogwarts Express from Platform 9 3/4.

Screen capture from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

There is, of course, no actual Platform 9 3/4. While some of the Kings Cross scenes WERE filmed at the actual train station, no secret platform exists between platforms 9 and 10.

But the people of London aren’t quite as serious as they’d like you to believe.

Because, if you are willing to go look for it, you CAN find Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross.

Platform 9 3/4

The location of this “platform” takes after some of the staircases at Hogwarts — it moves around the station. I’ve heard some people say they found it between platforms 3 and 4. Others have found it near Platform 6.

When I was there (during the Olympics), Platform 9 3/4 was not near any of the actual platforms at all. Instead, it was near the departures board — easy for Potter fans to find.

And find it I did. And it was magical.

Platform 9 3/4

(If you can’t find it, though, just ask someone who works at the station. Unsurprisingly, it’s not a weird question for them to hear!)

 

This was only the beginning of my Harry Potter-themed adventures in London. Stay tuned for many more!

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Are you a big enough Potter fan to go find Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross?

 

 


13 comments »

  1. Megan says:

    I also saw this when I was at the Olympics, and I have to say that I was a bit disappointed! I kind of wish it’d have been in an obscure place, but when I got there it was lined with belt barriers and there was a pretty long queue! Of course, I wasn’t disappointed enough to not check it out. 😉 (Because I, much like you, am a huge Harry Potter nerd.)

    • Amanda says:

      Haha, yeah the belt barriers were there when I went, too. But I went quite late in the evening (like 9 p.m. or something), so there was no line! I think it was only like that because of the Olympics, though…

  2. Erik says:

    Ohhh, yeah, I would definitely do this!

  3. Ayngelina says:

    So so cute, I love that you searched for the platform.

    • Amanda says:

      Haha, when I decided to geek out, I don’t half-ass it. 😉

      I couldn’t find it at first, so I went up to somebody in a uniform and was like, “So, let’s say I hypothetically wanted to find Platform 9 3/4. Where should I hypothetically look?” He laughed and gladly pointed me in the right direction.

  4. haha..nice, I love to visit film site too and I would love to go to harry potter land in florida!!! the last picture of you is really cute:)

  5. […] (which inspired the Great Hall of Hogwarts in the films), and of course fans will want to visit Platform 9 ¾ at London’s King Cross Station (which, coincidentally, is actually located between Platforms 3 […]

  6. […] of London, walk along the South Bank of the Thames, stroll through Camden Market, and get geeky at Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross. (Not to mention going to the Olympics this […]

  7. […] can visit London without making the requisite pilgrimage to King’s Cross station to pose at Platform 9 3/4. The “platform” is actually kind of magical in its own way, though, considering how it […]

  8. Lyn Midnight says:

    I was lucky enough to live in London for a bit, so I did go to Platform 9 3/4! I even have pictures to prove it. It’s funny because I expected something bigger flashier, or at least easier to find, lol. Ah well. The station’s not too great either, although I did appreciate the recently modern look. To each their own.

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