In this post I will be focusing on “The Time At King’s Cross” by Joe Forrester.
I’ve always loved King’s Cross station because everyone is going somewhere: some people are going home, some arriving in London with a long list of tourist attractions and shows to see, some going away on business. It is a magnificent building in itself and for those that know of a certain boy wizard with a lightening scar on his forehead, this seemingly normal train station has significant importance.
In the Harry Potter series, hundreds of young wizards and witches flood the station on September 1st to get the train to school using the famous platform 9 ¾. Harry, with the help of the Weasley family, is able to navigate this busy station. In a world full of endless magical possibilities, getting a train via a secret platform always felt a bit mundane to me. However, King’s Cross actually had personal importance to J.K.Rowling: In Hogwarts An Unreliable Guide, she reveals that her parents first met on a train to Scotland that departed from King’s Cross Station.
In addition to this, J.K.Rowling later discovered that the station was built on the site of the last battle of Boudicca (a british queen who led a rebellion against the romans) or her tomb and it’s location is believed to be somewhere between platform 8 and 10. Platform 9 ¾ , she says, came to her without much thought, however she lives to believe that in the various fractions between each station you can find many other magical passages.