Platform 9 and ¾, London Overview

In the fictional yet captivatingly magical world of Harry Potter, Platform 9 and ¾ signifies the mystical train platform between the ordinary world platforms 9 and 10, through which young wizards and witches could jump over to hop aboard the Hogwarts Express to reach the Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! If your childhood (and even your adulthood) has been heavily influenced and embraced by the grandiose of the Harry Potter series, the mention of Platform 9 and ¾ will automatically bring upon a smile to your face. Located between platforms 9 and 10, no muggle (ordinary, non-magic person) could cross over to Platform 9 and ¾, in the Harry Potter world, of course.

The platform is located at London’s King’s Cross Station Fans from around the world come to this place especially to get their picture clicked next to the famous trolley, which looks like it is going to enter Platform 9 and ¾ from between platforms 9 and 10 by running straight into the concrete wall. The place offers an option for you to take a professional photograph as well, which comes at a price, or have your friends or family click you while you pose or jump holding the trolley. One can also choose the props available, like the scarves and wands, which are available to be used for free in all the 4 colours of the houses- Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw- when one is getting the picture clicked. It is undoubtedly the most famous platform in the world, and ironically, doesn’t even exist!

If you are a Harry Potter fan and you are in London, there is no way you’d miss this opportunity to get yourself clicked at the 9 and ¾ Platform! Do visit the gift shop next door to get yourself and the other Harry Potter fanatics in your life a souvenir from this place.

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Timings

Days Timings
Monday-Friday 05.00 AM – 01.36 AM
Saturday 05.00 AM to 00.36 AM
Sunday 05.30 AM to 01.36 AM

Professional Photo

One can also get a professional photograph clicked at this make-believe platform.

Cost:

1 Photo GBP 9.50
2 Photos GBP 15
3 Photos GBP 20

Timings:

Monday-Saturday 08.00 AM – 10.00 AM
Sunday 09.00 AM – 09.00 PM


Pro-tip 1: For GBP 15, you can get yourself a professional photograph clicked without standing in the queue, along with getting a lanyard as a souvenir.

Pro-tip 2: Cut down your wait time by 10 minutes when you visit before or after the professional photograph timings.

Address

1, King's Cross St. Pancras, Kings Cross Station, Euston Rd, London N1 9AP, United Kingdom

History Behind the Name

One of the world’s most famous fiction novel set ever written and adapted into films is the brainchild of J.K Rowling. While talking about why she chose King’s Cross Station, she has revealed that it is where her parents had met while on their way to Scotland in the train.

Also, upon being asked how she conceptualised Platform 9 and ¾, she said that she was living in Manchester at that time and chose Platform 9 and ¾ to be placed in a magical world between Platforms 9 and 10. Little did she know that there was no barrier between platforms 9 and 10 at the King’s Cross Station. The barrier used in the films is the one between platforms 4 and 5.

The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 and ¾

Right next to the platforms where one could get themselves clicked is the Harry Potter shop. The Network Rail proposed this to be the world’s first Harry Potter themed shop with endless original Harry Potter merchandise and memorabilia like keychains, scarves, bands, wands, necklaces, mugs, games, jumpers, time-turners, t-shirts, books, and a lot more, for whichever house you are in!

The shop was inaugurated on 14 December 2012 by the actor who played the part of Professor Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter movies, Warwick Davis. The store sees a yearly footfall of close to 1.2 million people.

How To Reach Platform 9 and 3/4

Underground: King’s Cross Station (the platform is located at the back, so follow the sign going towards King’s Cross Rail Station)

Train: King’s Cross Rail Station (deboard the train, exit towards the left and walk all the way to the back)

Bus: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, & 476

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