Back to Hogwarts today!

Guess who missed the train to Hogwarts today! Yep, yesterday was September 1st, the day then young witches and wizards return back to Hogwarts. I may not have taken the train myself (don’t we all dream of that?), but along with a few hundred others I got to watch it depart!

I’ve been obsessed with Harry Potter for as long as I can remember. No exaggeration; my very first memory involves being in the car back from the shop with my mum admiring my copy of the newly released DVD of the first film.

September 1st, 2017 is the exact date that the epilogue of the final Harry Potter book was set. Today, Harry Potter and his friends would have sent their kids off to school from Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross station. Conveniently enough, for the first time in my life I now live a mere 30 minutes from the station, so of course I had to go!

It was an absolute madhouse; although there was nothing ‘official’ going on, there must have been several hundred fans crowding up the station. My friends and I managed to find a relatively good vantage point leaning over a balcony on the second floor, and everyone counted down until 11am, when the train would have departed. There was even a train to Edinburgh at 11am, which was quite fitting considering that Hogwarts is also in Scotland! The atmosphere was amazing, especially with many people in costume and house colours. I could pretend that I was actually on my way to Hogwarts!

Big queue to get onto the platform this year!

I couldn’t stay around too much longer after 11am unfortunately as I had to dash off to work, but man, was I glad that I got to be there for the main countdown! It’s always been a dream of mine to receive my Hogwarts letter and set off on the Hogwarts Express, and today I can count that dream as fulfilled, in a funny sort of way. Although I may not be a witch, I’m glad I got to wave off the Hogwarts Express along with Harry, Ron and Hermione.

Note: the person doing the peace sign in the first photo is not me, just some random person who got in the way.