“Harry Potter” Fans Celebrate Back to Hogwarts at London’s King’s Cross
Any Harry Potter fan who was lucky enough to get to London on September 1 probably found themselves among fellow witches and wizards at London’s King’s Cross station to enjoy the Back to Hogwarts celebrations.
As a new term at Hogwarts began, fans were in for lots of magical treats throughout the day, including a live event and exhibition hosted by Potter fans Sam Thompson (Made in Chelsea) and Capital FM presenter Vick Hope, who led a countdown to 11:00 a.m. – the time the Hogwarts Express leaves platform nine and three-quarters.
Wand Combat Workshops
Fans who were at King’s Cross were able to participate in wand combat sessions, which were led by Paul Harris, the wand choreographer who is “responsible for the instantly recognisable wand combat seen in several of the Harry Potter films.”
He showed the crowds how to ward off Death Eaters and how to perfect their Defense Against the Dark Arts stance.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Performance
After the workshops, the crowds were treated to a special version of the “wand dance” by the West End cast of Cursed Child.
Magical Photo Opportunities
From September 1 to 4 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., there was also the opportunity for all visitors to the station to pose for selfies with some enchanting objects.
Fans took photos in front of “two one[-]and[-]a[-]half[-]metre[-]tall, giant-scale book replicas” of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, one featuring Thomas Taylor’s cover alongside the classic Jonny Duddle 25th Anniversary edition.
Two impressive LEGO Harry Potter builds were also there to take pictures with on the day, including the infamous Sorting Hat.
Mr. Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia also made an appearance in LEGO form.
Other photo opportunities included a Cursed Child photo booth, which featured a blank portrait space for fans to take photos within, as well as an image of Cursed Child‘s Albus Dumbledore because who wouldn’t want a selfie with him?
With it being 25 years since Sorcerer’s Stone was first published, we knew that this year’s Back to Hogwarts celebrations would be truly spectacular, and they certainly didn’t disappoint.