Harry Potter fans are steamed up by news that Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter has revealed a huge 20,000 foot add-on to the popular attraction. The new arrival comes in the shape of the 78 year-old Hogwarts Express train from the film and a recreation of Platform 9¾ in King’s Cross, where the teen wizard catches his ride to school.
Every year there are humorous reports of Potter fanatics going loco-motive, launching themselves at the not-so-fictional concrete Platform 9 in King’s Cross. Ouch. So, here’s hoping the sensible muggles among us will alight at less magical-sounding Watford Junction Railway Station instead, where the Warner Bros Studio is based.
Visitors will be able to walk through rippling smoke along the train’s adjoining carriage and sit in the interior set that was used during filming (complete with ‘windows’ that demonstrate the process used to create scenes from the films, such as the Dementor attack).
This locomotive was the setting for the young wizard’s journeys to and from Hogwarts, including the very last scene to be shot, in which a grown-up Harry, Ron and Hermione wave their own children off as they head to school, and we were cruelly forced to get on with our lives, grow up and leave the wizard world behind. Well, now we can all take a big trip down memory train.
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By Justin McDonnell