April 24, 2013

send my regards to hogwarts

Blogger's Note: During my travels the past few years, I had the opportunity to visit various booked-related hot spots. Originally posted on my now-defunct blog, Lit Adventures, this is one of my Literary Adventures. Enjoy.

A magical photo opp. And look, it's labeled so all of your
Facebook friends won't wonder why you're standing
in front of a cart attached to a wall for no apparent
reason! Plus, it's easier to find that way.

Let's cross the pond to jolly old England for today's Lit Adventure.

Harry Potter fans have the chance to pretend they are on the way to Hogwarts when they are in London's King Cross Station.

Visiting is easy. You go partway between platforms 9 and 10 -- 3/4 of the way to be exact -- and the powers that be have attached a shopping cart to the wall so you can pretend you're going through the wall to Hogwarts.

The station itself looks kind of cool, too.
At least it did when I went. They've done
some renovations.

Now for a couple quick facts about King's Cross Station:
  • More than 40 million people pass through King's Cross Station annually. That's a lot, but makes sense when you factor in just how big London is and how well connected rail is throughout Europe.
  • King Cross is presently a construction zone of sorts. The first phase completed with the opening of the new western departures concourse in March 2012. The final stage will be the removal of the 1973 extension and the restoration of the original facade. Passengers will depart the station through the front onto a new public square.
Something to keep in mind: The real King's Cross Station was not used for filming the Harry Potter movies. The exterior -- and interior -- look different than they do in the movies, but Hollywood always takes liberties with the books, am I right?

There's not much more to it then that, but it is a fun photo if you are in the area. Plus, I found the station easy to navigate, which was great when my classmates and I found ourselves departing town.

See look, there's me at Platform 9 and 3/4
five years ago when I was in England.
See how young and pudgy I look?
I'm still pudgy, but we're working on it.
At least I look happy.

Related Links
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King's Cross Station Station
Greater London AuthorityVisit London

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