HARRY POTTER AT KING'S CROSS

HARRY POTTER LONDON LOCATIONS - DIRECTIONS

When you arrive at King's Cross. Northern Line Station go through the ticket barrier, walk up the steps directly ahead and turn left at the top. Turn immediately right following the sign and arrow pointing to "St Pancras International. " Keep ahead through the passage and, just before you arrive at the ticket machines on the left, go up the stairs where the arrow and sign point to "stairs to street level.

Turn left at the top of those stairs, and go left again at the "Way Out and Euston Road" sign.

Once on Euston Road turn right and follow the red brick wall then pause on the right just before the phone box.

ST PANCRAS STATION - KING'S CROSS EXTERIOR
St Pancras International Station.

The interior of St Pancras has recently undergone a major refurbishment and looks every bit as grand as it did in its Victorian heyday.

Although Harry Potter and his schoolmates board the Hogwarts Express at King's Cross Station, the exterior used in the films was in fact the one that now looms over you, St Pancras Station.

It was on the corner of the courtyard to your left that Harry and Ron park the Ford Anglia in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Later in the film, when they find themselves unable to pass through the wall on to Platform nine-and-three-quarters, they return to the Ford Anglia and fly off over the station. The clock that towers over you to your right is shown in this flight scene.

HARRY POTTER LONDON LOCATIONS - DIRECTIONS

Backtrack and keep going past the exit via which you came out of the station. Keep ahead to cross Pancras Road via the traffic light crossing (heading towards King's Cross Station).

On the other side of the crossing veer left and pass to the right of the large circular silver structure on which there is a white on blue sign pointing to "King's Cross." Keep ahead to enter King's Cross Station.

Once inside the station keep straight ahead, following the sign that points to Platforms 9 to 11

Keep ahead past the ticket office and then pass to the right of the Disabled Meeting Point sign.

Keep ahead past the Cash machines and on the right, directly under the footbridge, is Platform 9 3/4.

PLATFORM NINE-AND-THREE-QUARTERS 
The Harry Potter Trolley at Platform 9 and 3/4

Although not an actual film location this brown brick wall has become a magnet to Harry Potter fans from all over the world.

They come to photograph the sign, which the station authorities have obligingly put up in honour of the station's most famous passenger.

Even more obliging is the fact that the station staff have also taken the trouble to place a luggage cart against the wall which looks as though it is half way in to the wall, as though some young witch or wizard is proceeding on their way to board the Hogwarts Express!

You can take photographs of yourself and the children, or just yourself, or, if you can enlist the services of a passing passenger, of all of you, pushing at the cart as though you too are on your way to wizard land!

HARRY POTTER LONDON LOCATIONS - DIRECTIONS

Continue past Platform 9 3/4 and, a little further along on the right is the Harry Potter Shop.

THE HARRY POTTER SHOP

Styled to resemble Ollivander's wand shop, complete with wooden panelling and lots of draws, the Harry Potter Shop has something for everyone.

The Harry Potter Shop at King's Cross Station.

You can, if you wish, splash out and purchase exact replicas of the wands used in the films by Harry, Ron or Hermione; there is a selection of jumpers in the various House colours; or you can marvel at a display of Horcruxes.

If your tastes incline more towards the discreet and understated, then you can choose from a selection of hoodies in a variety of colours, all with Platform 9 emblazoned on them.

And, if you’re seeking a more modestly priced souvenir then you can plum for a selection of board games. Key rings, mugs, soft toys or action figures.

HARRY POTTER LONDON LOCATIONS - DIRECTIONS

Backtrack and, just before the entrance you came in by, turn left passing beneath the white on blue sign for Platforms 0 to 8.

Keep ahead, passing to the left of the Ticket Machines and, once past the glass and silver gate go left and keep ahead to the grey shutter by Platform 5.

Unfortunately you can’t actually go onto the platform itself without a ticket, so you’ll have to look along the platforms from this side of the barrier.

THE ENTRANCE TO
PLATFORM NINE-AND-THREE-QUARTERS

King’s Cross has appeared in every Harry Potter film because the journey to Hogwarts aboard the Hogwarts Express starts from King's Cross Platform 9, which is invisible to the eyes of muggles, and which is reached by walking through the wall between platforms 9 and 10.

However, King’s Cross Station posed a slight problem for the film makers in that Platforms 9 and 10 aren’t actually adjacent to one another.

The problem was overcome by re-numbering Platforms 4 and 5. Thus Platform 9 is in fact situated between these two platforms ahead of you, which are separated by picturesque brick arches.

In the Harry Potter films the Hogwarts Express pulls into the far end of the platform.

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Mr and Mrs Weasley pass through the portal but when Harry and Ron try to do so they just hit the wall and fall to the ground. A nearby porter eyes them suspiciously and asks what they think they're doing, to which Harry replies "sorry lost control of trolley."

Realising that they can't get on to the platform they hurry back to the forecourt (St Pancras which you visited earlier) and take off in the Ford Anglia.

HARRY MEETS DUMBELDORE’S SPIRIT

In the Deathly Hallows Part Two Harry is hit with a killing curse by Lord Voldemort, and he enters a Limbo state in which his spirit meets with that of Albus Dumbledore at a location that Harry identifies as King's Cross Station “only cleaner."

OUR LAST GLIMPSE OF HARRY, RON AND HERMIONE

It is on the platforms ahead that we catch our last glimpse of Harry, Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two when they bring their children here to pass through the wall and onto Platform 9 to begin their first journey to Hogwarts.

WHY J. K. ROWLING CHOSE KING’S CROSS

The reason J. K. Rowling chose King’s Cross Station as the place from which the Hogwarts Express departs was because her parents actually met at King’s Cross which is why the station had special significance to her.

HARRY POTTER LONDON LOCATIONS - DIRECTIONS

Turn and retrace your footsteps and, ahead of you, you will see the entrance to King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station where the Harry Potter Locations Tour ends.

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