Sometimes I find I capture a photograph without really realising the significance of what I have captured. This photograph is of a normal set of train platforms. I was attracted by the the arrangement of the three men standing there but didn’t give a second thought. When I first posted it on this bog I was still none the wiser to what I had captured. The next image tells you all you need to know about the significance….
These were platforms 9 and 10 at Kings Cross station and for many millions people around the world only means one thing – the location of platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwarts’ Express. As soon as this is pointed out the three individuals in the first picture start to take on a life of their own – are they Ministry Men? Perhaps they work at Hogwarts itself and are awaiting the arrival of students after the winter break – it was January and who knows when the new term starts? Perhaps they are … well I’m sure you can fill in the blanks yourself.
Of course many a Potter fan would think that St Pancras next door is where the platform should be as this is the exterior they use in the movies. Both are magnificent buildings in their own right but Kings Cross has never had the splendor to match it’s flashy neighbour. Even now after the overdue renovation it still seems a bit provincial as it doesn’t have the extra cosmopolitan feel of St Pancras with the hourly arrivals from Europe to give the place an international air terminal feel.
But then again St Pancras doesn’t have platform 9 3/4 and for any true Potter fan Kings Cross is the only station to visit…that is when you were allowed to do so…halcyon days…