Union Square Subway Station Gets Its Own Platform 9 and 3/4 (Long Live Harry Potter!)


in its opening weekend, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is on track for a pretty great Thanksgiving weekend. Meanwhile, some New York fans have taken it upon themselves to integrate the world of Hogwarts into our own everyday lives in Manhattan. Through the magic of stickers, Union Square station has gotten its own platform 9 & 3/4, the portal to Hogwarts from the Potter books.

In the books, platform 9 and 3 quarters is a brick wall that wizards must walk through to get to the Hogwarts Express (the train that takes them to Hogwarts). It’s also where the final book’s epilogue takes place.

The “real” platform 9 and 3 quarters is in London’s King’s Cross station.

After tourist fans came looking for a place that didn’t exist, the Brits did the next best thing: They put a sign up that says “Platform 9 3/4” with a shopping cart half way through the wall, thereby making it, sort of, an actual, if fictional, tourist attraction.

Now, thanks to fans, we have a temporary Harry Potter train attraction of our own. We hope the MTA lets it stay awhile: They could use a little magic.