Harry Potter famously left for Hogwarts by running through a King’s Cross Station wall and emerging at Platform 9¾. Possibly to discourage people from attempting it, the station has its own magical Potter photo op: a luggage trolley embedded into a wall between the real platforms 8 and 9, providing the joyful illusion that you’re heading for Hogsmeade Station rather than, say, Leeds. Neighbouring St Pancras Station, with its more striking gothic facade, was used for the station’s exterior shots – a decision that had Londoners grumbling about accuracy in a movie that also features a flying car and a bank run by goblins. It’s a cottage industry these days, with a professional photographer on hand to capture the moment and a Harry Potter shop nearby. Then you can hop on the Met line to Watford and see the whole platform recreated at the franchise’s studio tour. Phil de Semlyen
Fun fact Platform 9¾ was actually filmed between platforms 4 and 5, where the Victorian brickwork is more substantial than on the real 9 and 10.
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