Harry Potter Travel in London: Platform 9 3/4

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I don’t really geek out over anything, but Harry Potter…if there’s anything over which to geek out, it’s Harry!

So when Chris asked me if I had anything I wanted to see in London, from museums to beautiful parks to famous London hotels, I somewhat sheepishly asked, “Can we go to King’s Cross station and go to Platform 9 3/4?”

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you know that Platform 9 3/4 leads you to the Hogwarts Express, which will take you straight to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

So we got to King’s Cross Station…but after searching, we couldn’t find the platform.  We resigned ourselves to asking the information desk.

“Excuse me,” I said apologetically to the stern-looking man behind the counter.  “Could you tell me how to get to…Platform 9 3/4?”

“Well, that depends,” he said, and a hint of a smile flickered through his eyes.  “Are you a witch or are you a wizard?”

I love this man.

We found the platform.  It’s not behind the turnstiles at Platform 9 — it’s actually by Platform 7.

In the books, Platform 9 3/4 appears to be a wall — but when you start walking into it, you magically walk through it.

So I decided to walk through the wall, with disastrous results.

Not my brightest moment.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan visiting London, take the time to visit King’s Cross Station.  No weekend breaks to London are complete without some Harry geekdom!  Just try not to injure yourself.


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21 thoughts on “Harry Potter Travel in London: Platform 9 3/4”

  1. hehe I would definitely do this! You’re write-if there’s anything to geek out about, it’s Harry. I saw a couple people blogging about doing HP tours of London

  2. Jealoussss. I’m such a dork, and I would SO do this, too. In fact, I always have Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the back of my mind… I. Must. Go. There. Wanna come?

  3. I did that too! I went to King’s Cross when I was in London a month ago and, after wandering around for ages, I couldn’t find Platform 9 3/4 either. When I asked someone, she kinda chuckled at me and directed me outside. Turns out they moved it again to the outside entrance of King’s Cross. Fun times.

  4. Haha I love this! I can’t wait to go when I’m back in the UK – whenever I go down to London, the connecting station is King’s Cross anyway, so perfect excuse!

    Can’t wait for the Harry Potter MUSEUM to open.

    Oh, and OUCH at the headbanging sound in the video!

  5. Oooh, I love that they have this! So cool! I’m going to the Harry Potter park in October and am totally geeked out excited about it. 🙂

  6. I can’t believe you hit your head! And that you shared it … you are so wonderfully honest Kate!

    Colin and I had our first night out without the kids in months the other night. Did we go to some cool bar or nightclub? A romantic restaurant? Nope, gold class cinema to see Harry Potter! So thank you for sharing this story – now I have something else to add for my to-do list for London.

  7. eagertravelercris

    kate, you aren’t alone in doing that….
    when we visited London a year ago, we also did the same thing… haha minus the casualty =)

  8. I must confess to my geekery (geekdom? geekiness?) as well. I love the HP and immediately clicked on this pic when i saw it lol. …though, that looked like it hurt. alot. haha

  9. LOVE this Kate! I watched the streaming red carpet goodness for the most recent movie – I felt like such a nerd. Thank you for coming out of the nerd closet.

    But really. I want a picture there!

  10. Not a big Harry Potter fan but I do remember this part of the movie where everyone always go through the wall. Looks like a very nice place to take a pic to have for the memories.

  11. My friend and I visited King’s Cross for this reason too 🙂 They’ve moved it outside since you’ve been there, I think. But Harry Potter is definitely worth geeking out over!

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