Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Platform 9 3/4

         When you travel to London with a Harry Potter fan, you will make a pilgrimage to Platform 9 3/4 in King's Cross station at some point in the visit, possibly immediately upon your arrival.
          I hadn't gotten over being charmed that the railway station would actually label the platform and provide a photo-op-ready luggage cart disappearing into the brick wall when we arrived to take the necessary photos, and found one of the happiest tourist interactions I've ever seen.
          Of course there was a line for photographs, but everyone was cheerful—infected, it seemed, by Harry Potter euphoria. Of course there were young persons there, but what delighted me was how many persons No Longer Young wanted to have their photos taken pushing that luggage cart, too. After we took our photos, we hung around for awhile, just watching.

My sister takes her turn.
©Nancy E. Banks

This couple is very cute.We couldn't believe that a man would voluntarily
consent to be photographed pushing a luggage cart onto an imaginary
train platform, but he seems to be enjoying himself.
©Nancy E. Banks
We decided, on no evidence whatsoever, that they were a boy band.
The redhead at the end must be a fan.
©Jeannie Thomas

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