Harry Potter open for business at King’s Cross.

That Harry Potter’s opened a store for muggles right by Platform 9 3/4. They got that Warwick Davies to open it. Ribbons, speeches, geeky fans, the lot!

This opened 2 weeks ago and I didn’t even notice. I pass through King’s Cross twice a day and still haven’t spotted the store.

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What I DID spot this morning was that the customary Harry Potter luggage trolley had changed. Like its predecessor, it’s embedded in the wall, making it a super photo op for tourists and/or Harry Potter fans.

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However, the new trolley sports some rugged old leather suitcases and half a birdcage. Is this for the owl? Sadly there isn’t half an owl embedded in the wall to establish this.

This is the 3rd location for the trolley. It used to be tucked away outside Platforms 9, 10 and 11, then they tucked it away by Platform 8 before moving it to its current position. Nice to see they’ve made an effort to Hogwartify the trolley. Before it was just a bog standard First Capital Connect one that got vandalised from time to time.

The map online puts the Harry Potter shop right next door to the trolley, so how come I didn’t spot it?

No idea, but the shop is a very good idea – heavy tourist traffic, excellent transport connections and highly relevant to the film (ignoring the fact that they actually used the more cinematic St Pancras next door for the films).

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King’s Cross, Platform 0.

Wow, this is better than Harry Potter. I’m at King’s Cross waiting for the platform announcement for my train home. On the big screen, the number comes up. O. Zero? That’s not an 8 is it?. Nope, that platform’s already taken. Platform zero? Not a 10 with a faulty display? Clearly not. As soon as the platform’s announced the waiting commuters stream over to the far side of the station. And there it is – just to the right of Platform 1, out of nowhere, Platform O.

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Just like I said, a little to the right of Platform 1...

Now King’s Cross is also home to Platform 9¾ where Harry Potter and his chums take the train to Hogwarts. Never mind the fact that those scenes were filmed in the more cinematic St Pancras next door; for the benefit of tourists, they’ve set up a photo-op in a quiet corner. They have a wall with a baggage trolley embedded in it so that people can pose for a photo, looking as though they’re magically leaving the muggle world behind.

Visual ratification of the above.

Anyway, my immediate thought is, ‘is there room for a Platform Minus 1?’ Not really, or you’d be catching a train from the middle of York Way.

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