Harry Potter Gets Another New Home
Between Harry Potter’s website and his studio tour, a rather more humble spot is being unveiled – the luggage trolley that sticks out of the brick wall on Platform nine and three quarters has been shifted around lately as King’s Cross station has been rebuilt. The problem is that wherever they stick it an immense queue of fans forms to take their photos beside it (I have to climb through them to get my morning coffee) but now it will have a permanent new home and – oh retail joy – a shop.
It’s part of the extraordinary reworking of this venerable old station, one of the darkest, sootiest spots in London. Now it has had a makeover, with the original building kept intact and a silver flying saucer-shaped new ticket hall built over it with swinging sixties space-age curves.
And – ultimate accolade – the old property office has been turned into another new pub, of course, called ‘The Parcel Yard’. The whole area opened yesterday for the first time.