Okay. Don’t judge. I’m not a complete nerd. But this is cool. On a recent trip to London (for reasons completely aside from my love for the Harry Potter series) I made it a point to visit Platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross Station.
JK Rowling released the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in 1997. That was the first time she referenced the fantastical platform in King’s Cross, where the Hogwarts Express would wait to carry off students to a prestigious wizarding school of the same name. Platform 9 3/4 (“just between platforms 9 and 10”) appears again and again in the books. So to celebrate its role in the brave journey (jrrny?) of Harry Potter, Kings Cross installed a marker on one of the pillars: “Platform 9 3/4” and a baggage trolly disappearing into the wall. Eep!
I read that there was some construction for a few years which moved the installment around the station a lot, so I was worried I wouldn’t find it. But by the time I arrived, it had found its permanent home in the New Western Departures Concourse, right between – you guessed it – platforms 9 and 10. I only wish I hadn’t been there alone so that I could have gotten a picture with it!