Harry Potter’s famous Platform 9¾ is on the move next month. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, an exact replica of Harry’s luggage trolley – identical to the one that lives permanently in London’s King’s Cross station – will be touring the country, providing fans with a dream photo opportunity at four UK cities.
Potentially inspired by the mobile train platform in Top Secret! – though possibly not – the magical brick wall that Harry once barrelled through to get to the Hogwarts Express every September 1 is taking in four stations around the UK during October.
On the itinerary is Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cardiff and Belfast. The trolley pop-up will only spend three days in each, so get down early to avoid the queues:
Edinburgh Waverley station – October 16-18
Birmingham New Street station – October 23-25
Cardiff Central station – October 26-28
Belfast Lanyon Place station – October 29-31
Fans – muggles, witches and wizards alike – are being encouraged to dress up in their Potter finery for the four respective unveilings.
‘The Platform 9¾ trolley in King’s Cross station is a fantastic attraction that boasts huge queues of Harry Potter fans daily,’ says Network Rail’s Stuart Kirkwood. ‘It’s been great to take this fan favourite to locations outside of London to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film. We’re extremely pleased to add this touch of magic to these stations.’
The King’s Cross Platform 9¾ attracts two million visitors every year and counting. Expect more of the same as celebrations ramp up for the official 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on November 16.
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