New ‘Harry Potter’ Shop Opens On An Actual Platform 9 3/4

Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station

When it comes to marketing opportunities for the Harry Potter franchise, it’s only natural to want to put a magical retail outlet on the not-actually-there site of a fictitious railway platform, isn’t it? The ground rent will be low, and the shop assistants can have fun watching people run into a wall, trying to get in.

The magic trolley (owner disapparated home to fetch keys)

Plus, with Harry Potter fast becoming one of the biggest British entertainment brands in the world, it’s like an abracadabra to print money.

So, it should come as no surprise to see that a Harry Potter shop has opened on a stretch of London’s Kings Cross station that they’re calling Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters. As you’ll see from the opening ceremony, starring Warwick Davies, it’s a magical realm, not unlike one of the shops in Diagon Alley (which, as an aside to all of you muggle entrepreneurs out there, also doesn’t exist), complete with officially branded quidditch jerseys from all four houses at Hogwarts School (good luck shifting the Hufflepuff ones!), magic wands, stuffed owls, broomsticks and all manner of Potterish merch.

Will you be paying a visit? Tell us here: 

 

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic

See more posts by Fraser McAlpine