‘A scarlet steam engine was waiting next to a platform packed with people. A sign overhead said Hogwarts Express, 11 o’clock. Harry looked behind him and saw a wrought-iron archway where the ticket box had been, with the words Platform Nine and Three-Quarters on it. He had done it.’
- Chapter Six, The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
King’s Cross station is where the journey to Hogwarts first begins for Harry; on Platform Nine and Three-Quarters (which is hidden to Muggles), awaits the Hogwarts Express.
Since the publication of Harry Potter, King’s Cross station has become an attraction with visitors regularly seeking out the sign for that elusive platform.
We asked you on @Pottermore whether you’ve ever visited King’s Cross station or whether you’ve ever searched for platform nine and three-quarters and we’ve got some tales to share:
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Nowadays, visitors to King’s Cross station and platform nine and three-quarters can not only find the sign to platform nine and three-quarters, but also a luggage trolley, seemingly half disappearing into the wall...
Inspired by the charm of King’s Cross station and platform nine and three-quarters, we’ve seen some creative Pottermore art work. Here are some of our favourites:
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