Harry Potter fans mark moment train leaves for Hogwarts at London's King’s Cross

Fans of the book series enjoyed a live countdown to the famous fictional train’s departure
Harry Potter fans mark moment train leaves for Hogwarts at London's King’s Cross

Max McLean, PA

Harry Potter fans were treated to a magical display at King’s Cross Station in London on Thursday to mark the moment Hogwarts students board the train to school.

The departure board lit up and announcements were made ahead of the 11am fictional departure from platform nine and three quarters, before a countdown led by Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson and Capital FM presenter Vick Hope.

The ‘Back To Hogwarts’ event also included wand combat workshops as well as a rendition of a wand dance from the West End cast of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

Back to Hogwarts event at King’s Cross station
Harry Potter fans at the Back To Hogwarts event at King’s Cross station in London (Yui Mok/PA)

Thompson, who hosted the event, said: “Being a massive Harry Potter fan, I jumped at the chance to come down to King’s Cross and host the live countdown for the Back To Hogwarts Day celebrations this year.

“My expectations were already sky-high, but I was blown away when I saw so many amazing Wizarding World fans had come down for the day, absolutely smashing it with their costumes!

“Highlight for me was having one-on-one wand combat training with Paul Harris, the Wizarding World wand choreographer, and it was brilliant to see the cast of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child perform the ‘wand dance’ too.”

Back to Hogwarts event at King’s Cross station
A live performance from the West End cast of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at the Back To Hogwarts event at King’s Cross station in London (Yui Mok/PA)

Until September 4th, fans will also be able to have their photograph taken with 1.5m-tall replicas of the Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone book, while a video booth allows people to see what they would look like in the carriage that famously took Harry, Ron and Hermione to Hogwarts.

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