The real King’s Cross railway station in London, UK, has a 9 ¾ platform built as a dedication to the Harry Potter books and movies.
The King’s Cross railway station in London is one of the biggest stations in the UK. It has been serving the needs of the UK citizens ever since 1852. It has a total of 12 platforms (numbered from 0 to 11), but its most famous platform has to be the fictional platform 9 ¾ from the fantastic world of the Harry Potter universe. Strangely enough, this platform now exists in real life as well.
In the popular books and movies platform 9 ¾ is basically the place, which kicks off Harry Potter’s journey to a new, fantasy world filled with everything a little 11 year old kid could wish for. It can be accessed by crossing the magic barrier between platforms 9 and 10. In reality, there’s a brick wall between the two platforms, which can be seen in the movies as well as on the real King’s Cross station. The railway station’s officials decided to build a 9 ¾ platform as a dedication to Harry Potter, so in 1999 they stuck half a trolley to the brick wall with a small sign above it, which claimed that was platform 9 ¾. Unfortunately, due to the popularity of the books and the movies, the trolley and the sign were removed and relocated to another section of King’s Cross station.
In 2012 the trolley and the sign were relocated once more. A portion of a bird cage was added to the trolley to symbolize Harry Potter’s trolley with his owl Hedwig’s cage in it. Some parts of the real King’s Cross station can be seen in the movies, especially in the epilogue scenes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.