Back to Hogwarts 2023: Worldwide “Harry Potter” Screenings and a Special Experience for One Young Fan

Harry Potter fans from all around the globe are gearing up for the annual Back to Hogwarts Day, taking place on September 1. This enchanting event celebrates the departure of the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross station, marking the beginning of the new school year at Hogwarts.

What began as a fan gathering has evolved into a grand promotional event at London’s King’s Cross station each year. See our report from last year’s Back to Hogwarts celebration.

This year, the Wizarding World team has launched a search for the UK’s most enthusiastic Harry Potter fan, who will have the honor of leading the countdown to the Hogwarts Express’s departure. The competition is open to fans between 5 and 17 years old in the UK, who are invited to submit a video of themselves doing their best countdown by August 7. See the details on


Five kids in front of Platform 9 3/4 sign at King's Cross


Following Back to Hogwarts Day, the magic will continue for the winner and their parent or guardian, who will be treated to the ultimate Harry Potter London Breaks Experience. This package includes a visit to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and a merchandise bundle from the Harry Potter Shop.

And all witches and wizards who visit King’s Cross station from September 1 to 3 will have the opportunity to indulge in butterbeer, play Hogwarts Legacy on PlayStation 5, enjoy exciting Lego Harry Potter giveaways, and take advantage of photo opportunities. Bloomsbury will also have a giant wand spinner that will allow fans to discover which wand they are best suited to, with free gifts available.

Those who can’t make it to London will also be able to take part in the festivities. Theaters in various locations worldwide will be hosting special screenings of the beloved Harry Potter films, providing fans with the chance to relive the movie magic on the big screen. In the UK, Everyman King’s Cross will be showing all eight Harry Potter movies. Other Everyman cinemas across the country will show select Potter films, while Odeon will show the first two films. Both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be featured at Cinemark in the US and at Village Cinemas in Victoria, Australia. More showings at international locations are expected to be announced soon, including in Barcelona and Madrid.

Additionally, Max subscribers in the US will be able to join Harry Potter watch-along parties on September 1, and there will be a Back to Hogwarts Digital Showcase that can be watched from anywhere.

So don your best cosplay, grab your wand, and get ready to immerse yourself in the wizarding world once again.

Press Release



● Back to Hogwarts returns for its annual celebration on 1st September, inviting Harry Potter fans from all over the world to mark the moment that the Hogwarts Express departs from King’s Cross station for the start of the Hogwarts school term

● To kick-off the UK festivities, Wizarding World today announces search for the nation’s most enthusiastic Harry Potter fan to lead the annual countdown and win magical prize bundle

● Fans of all ages and locations are invited to join Back to Hogwarts themed events, watch parties, digital and real-life celebrations that promise to be bigger and better than ever before

Today, on Harry Potter’s birthday, the Wizarding World announces the return of the inaugural Back to Hogwarts celebrations, alongside a search for the UK’s most enthusiastic Harry Potter fan to lead the Hogwarts Express’ departure countdown.

The Harry Potter books, written by J.K. Rowling have had a huge impact on fans around the globe, having sold over 600 million copies worldwide, been distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into over 85 languages since they were first published by Bloomsbury and Scholastic 25 years ago.

Having begun as an organic fan celebration, each year on 1st September, Back to Hogwarts is recognised as one of the biggest days in any Harry Potter fan’s calendar – marking the moment when wizards and witches board the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 ¾ at 11.00am for a year of magical adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Dressed in their finest cosplay, thousands of fans from all over the world make the trip to London’s King’s Cross station each year with even more coming together online to raise their wands for the countdown and share their love of the stories.

In honour of the special place it holds in the hearts and minds of fans, the Wizarding World is delighted to announce that wizards, witches and Muggles of all ages are invited to once again unite on Back to Hogwarts Day to see the train to Hogsmeade light up the departure board at 11.00am in celebration of this iconic moment.

Bringing Gryffindors, Slytherins, Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs together, this year the spellbinding celebrations are bigger than ever with the launch of a UK competition for one lucky fan aged between five and seventeen years old to get the chance to travel to King’s Cross station and help host the iconic countdown on the station concourse on 1st September. The competition is now live and young wizards and witches wishing to enter can submit a video (via their parent or guardian) of their best countdown online by 11.59pm on 7th August.

The magic doesn’t stop there! This lucky winner, plus a parent or guardian will get the chance to pack their trunks once again to come back to the capital with a complete package of Harry Potter experiences. The ultimate Harry Potter London Breaks Experience gives this fan the opportunity to discover the filmmaking magic of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and see the critically acclaimed stage production, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. To top it off, the winner will receive an incredible merchandise bundle from the Harry Potter Shop. Full details on prize entry can be found here.

In addition to the countdown, from 1st September until 3rd September an exciting array of magical experiences awaits at King’s Cross station as fans will get the chance to sip on Butterbeer, play Hogwarts Legacy on PlayStation®5 courtesy of Warner Bros. Games, and enjoy LEGO® Harry Potter giveaways and photo opportunities. Additionally, in celebration of the publication of The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac, fans will also be able to spin Bloomsbury’s giant wand spinner and find out whose wand they are best suited to, with free gifts up for grabs for those taking part.

The festivities aren’t contained to the station… this year, why not relive the movie magic on the big screen? A host of theatres in different locations all over the world will be putting on special Harry Potter screenings over the Back to Hogwarts window. In the UK, Everyman will screen all eight films at Everyman Kings Cross and select Harry Potter movies at their cinemas nationwide. ODEON will present Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets nationwide over the course of the weekend. US fans can get their fix at Cinemark where more than 250 theatres will be showing an exclusive re-release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1&2. Down Under? You can join in the fun at 15 locations of Village Cinemas across Victoria, Australia as they host screenings of the final two Deathly Hallows films in the iconic series. Further theatres and locations will be announced soon, including screenings in Barcelona and Madrid.

Pam Lifford, President, Global Brands, Franchises and Experiences, at Warner Bros. Discovery, said: “Back to Hogwarts is a day cherished by Harry Potter fans of all ages, from all over the world. Just like their passion for the magic of the stories, their celebrations grow every year! 2023 is set to be a year like no other – we will see fan world record attempts in Germany, high octane quiz competitions in France and of course, the UK’s search to find the perfect person to join that amazing countdown. We are so proud to offer new and exciting ways to bring fans together and give them new ways to celebrate the Harry Potter magic – there’s nothing quite like Back To Hogwarts!”

Fans can check out Wizarding World Digital at for all the Back to Hogwarts updates, including the latest UK activity at King’s Cross station and info on exciting events and activities taking place in Italy, Germany, France, Japan, China and more. Look out for news too on how to get involved with Harry Potter Watch Parties (for example MAX US subscribers will be able to join and watch-along on 1st September) and when to tune into the Back to Hogwarts Digital Showcase from wherever you are.

Join the global community of millions of members following the fun on social and don’t forget to sign up to the Harry Potter Fan Club!


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Catherine Lai

I have been a fan of Harry since 2000, a fan of MuggleNet since 2005, and a MuggleNet team member since 2013. I believe in the power of stories to bring people together, and nothing does that quite like Harry Potter. I live in Toronto, Canada.