Did you know that the train station where Harry Potter takes the train to Hogwarts is in London? If you’re a fan of the saga, Platform 9 ¾ will probably be at the top of your list of places to visit in London.
Platform 9 ¾, can you visit it in reality?
This fictional place, created by J.K Rowling, is one of the most memorable from the Harry Potter films. We all remember that moment when Harry is with Ron and his family at King’s Cross station and has to rush with his luggage over a brick wall between platforms 9 and 10 to get to the famous platform 9 ¾, where the Hogwarts Express train is waiting to take them to the school of magic.
Today, Platform 9 ¾ is located in the middle of the station, next to the Harry Potter shop, so that anyone who wishes can take a photograph simulating this scene.
👀 Fun facts of platform 9 ¾
One of the details that often goes unnoticed is that platforms 9 and 10 at King’s Cross station remain together. That is to say, when we enter the terminal and look straight ahead, on the right we find the train belonging to platform 9 and on the left the one belonging to platform 10. There are no physical barriers or walls between them.
For some years, people photographed both platforms and looked for that wall in the movies. However, platforms 4 and 5 were used in the films to recreate those scenes because they are separated by a brick wall.
Due to the number of people walking through King’s Cross station to photograph this fictitious platform 9 ¾ , they decided to create it at the station itself. It is now located next to the Harry Potter shop.
📍 Harry Potter's Platform 9 ¾ location
Platform 9 ¾ is located inside King’s Cross station, next to the Harry Potter shop.
🚌 How to get to Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾
The best option is to take the tube to King’s Cross. Most lines arrive at this station: Northern line, Piccadilly line, Circle line, Hammersmith & City line, Metropolitan line and Victoria.
✨ Magic Shop and Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾
Having your photo taken on Platform 9 ¾ with the Harry Potter carriage is one of the best free things to do in London. Although if you want a more professional image, you can also buy one from the photographers there.
In the shop, no detail is missing. The soundtrack of the Harry Potter films brightens up the atmosphere, lamps in the shape of a cage illuminate the shop and the decoration – although much more modern – reminds us of the Ollivanders wand shop.
T-shirts, mugs, scarves, key rings, vintage-style suitcases, cuddly toys, … In this shop you can find any object related to the most famous magic saga in history. They even have Harry Potter merchandising based in London, such as T-shirts and cushions with a print of the station and Platform 9 ¾ with the Hogwart’s Express waiting.