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King's Cross vs St Pancras

Poor King's Cross. Forever getting overlooked in favor of its architecturally more admirable neighbor. St. Pancras has finished its lovely renovation and is looking really rather good. Its neo-gothic arches line the ghosts of Harry's afterlife, which he recognizes - wrongly - as King's Cross.

The movies are good about having the Hogwarts Express leave from an actual King's Cross-looking platform at least.

Speaking of which, last night while waiting for a late night bus in front of King's Cross station, I noticed that "Platform 9 3/4" had been moved from inside the station to a new, more out-of-the-way and easy-to-find location at the visibel front of the station as part of ongoing renovations.

Thanks to highlyeccentric for organizing tonight's movie-going!

P.S. Am back from conferences and from Paris! Home!


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Jul. 18th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
I noticed one odd anachronism in the final scene; supposedly set in 2017, it features a Virgin Pendolino (fair enough, they'll be in service for a while yet) on one side of the platform, but an old slam-door carriage train on the other. Perhaps it's meant to be a heritage train of some sort?
Jul. 19th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Welcome home! x
Jul. 19th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
I was glancing through a paper today, and there was an article talking about how Wayne Rooney's wife has taken 3 foreign vacations in the last few months -- to, eh, the Mediterranean, Dubai, and Scotland. Yes.

So clearly St. Pancras is the appropriate point of departure since Hogwarts is apparently a "foreign destination"!
Jul. 19th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
I saw that platform change the other day. Also, I took the external shot to be the Renaissance Hotel rather than the station.
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