Visit Platform 9¾™ at the Harry Potter™ Studio London

The ultimate guide for exploring Platform 9¾

Platform 9¾ is the mysterious train station in the Harry Potter series that is secretly hidden between platforms 9 and 10 at London's King's Cross station. Unless you're brave enough to fly a Ford Anglia across the country, it's the only spot you can catch the quickest train to Hogwarts. So, as a muggle, can you actually visit the place? Let's find out!

Can you visit Platform 9¾™ on your Harry Potter Studio tour?

Yes, you can! While the iconic Platform 9¾ scene where Harry first disappears through the barrier was primarily filmed at King's Cross Station, it's important to remember it wasn't all shot there. There is an actual set recreating the most iconic scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

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The set of Platform 9¾™

Platform 9¾ at the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tour London is a recreation of the iconic location from the Harry Potter series. While most scenes of Platform 9¾ were filmed on location at King's Cross Station in London, the set used for later installations was built on the studio backlot at Leavesden. Courtesy of the makeshift, 'track & train', The Hogwarts Express served as the backdrop for the very first shot of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and a decade later, for the final scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

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Did you know?

In a 2001 interview with the BBC, J.K Rowling confessed to mixing up Euston Station with King's Cross Station. She revealed, “I wrote Platform 9¾ when I was living in Manchester, and I wrongly visualized the platforms, and I was actually thinking of Euston, so anyone who’s actually been to the real platforms 9 and 10 in King’s Cross will realize they don’t bear a great resemblance to the platforms 9 and 10 as described in the book. So that’s just me coming clean, there. I was in Manchester; I couldn’t check.”

Interestingly, even at Euston station, platforms 9 and 10 are also adjacent, which once again leaves no room for a magical brick wall!

During the production of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the team renumbered platforms 4 and 5 at King's Cross Station to deal with the issue of not having a brick wall separating them. Additionally, the film production opted to utilize the neighboring St. Pancras Station, known for its exquisite Victorian architecture, for the exterior scenes of the train station rather than the less spectacular King's Cross Station.

Frequently Asked Questions about Platform 9¾™ on the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tour

Is Platform 9¾ at the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour the one from the movies?

No, it's not the actual platform from the books or films. While most Platform 9¾ scenes were filmed at King's Cross Station, the set you'll see on the tour is the one used for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, complete with a track and the Hogwarts Express train.

Can I visit Platform 9¾ on the tour?

Yes, the Platform 9¾ set is part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. It's included in your tour ticket and you can pose for photos with a luggage trolley "disappearing" through the wall, just like in the movies. You can also visit Platform 9¾ at the King's Cross Station with the Harry Potter Studio Tour with London Film Locations Walking Tour.

Where is the real Platform 9¾ located?

There isn't a real Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station in London. Platforms 9 and 10 are adjacent, with no hidden magical gateway between them. However, King's Cross Station features a fun photo op area dedicated to Platform 9¾, complete with a trolley disappearing through a brick wall illusion.

Is the Hogwarts Express train the one from the movies?

The train you see on the tour is a real locomotive and passenger carriage used in filming, but the interior scenes were shot on a soundstage set.

What else can I see on the tour?

The studio tour offers a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the Harry Potter films. You'll explore iconic sets like the Great Hall, Dumbledore's office, and Diagon Alley, see exhibits on costumes, props, and special effects, and learn about the filmmaking process.

Does my Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour include a guided tour?

Not all Harry Potter Studio tours include a guided tour. You would have to purchase tickets that specifically include guided tours.

Does my Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour include transfers?

Most Harry Potter Studio tours include return transfers. Ensure that you check before purchasing your tickets. 

How do I get to the Warner Bros. Studio from London?

Located about an hour’s drive from the London city center, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour offers several bus tours that offer hourly return transfers from central London and Birmingham directly to the studio tour.

What are the Harry Potter™ Studio opening hours?

The Harry Potter Studio tour is open from 9:30am to 10pm every day. However, timings may vary on some days. The opening times of Harry Potter™ Studios can be checked ahead of your visit.

What should I wear to explore the Harry Potter Studio?

Comfortable clothing is advised to wear on your Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour. You might need to walk a fair distance to explore so wear comfortable shoes.

How can I skip the lines to the Harry Potter Studio tour?

To skip lines on your studio tour, opt for the Harry Potter™ Studio guided tour. You can also book priority parking to save time at the entrance.