Harry Potter fans, dressed in their best robes and Hogwarts scarves, gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone releasing in UK & Irish cinemas, by witnessing the launch of the iconic Platform 9 ¾ Trolley at Cardiff Central.
The installation allows fans to recreate the moment when Harry first made it on to Platform 9 ¾, by running through a magical brick wall in London’s King’s Cross station, before taking the 11 o’clock train to Hogwarts, which it did every year on September 1st .
The trolley, a symbol of the gateway between the ‘Muggle’ and wizarding world, is situated on the concourse of King’s Cross Station, alongside the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾, and is visited every year by over 2 million people, serving as a symbol of the Harry Potter legacy for the last two decades, but soon cities across the UK and Ireland will be able to experience the magic too.
The lucky fans in Cardiff were surprised with LEGO® Harry Potter goodies to celebrate the launch. The trolley installation will be available at Cardiff Central for Harry Potter fans to visit until 28th October between 10:30am – 5:30pm.
Previously announced that the trolley will also appear at other UK stations, the tour is now being extended to Dublin as well:
- Belfast Lanyon Place Station – 29th – 31st October
- Dublin Dundrum Town Centre – 5th – 7th November
Isaac Lloyd, 8, from Cardiff says, “I came to see the Harry Potter trolley at Cardiff Station and it was brilliant! I’m going to tell all my friends to come, it’s a really magical experience.”
The trolley tour was launched to thank the fan community for their love and support over the past two decades and help them capture their own version of this iconic moment from the first film . The official 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be celebrated on the 16th November 2021. The Harry Potter Magical Movie Mode is a wondrous new way to experience Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Available now on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital.