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.

4 comments on “Harry Potter Gets Another New Home”

  1. Cid says:

    A new pub! Rejoice!

  2. andrea says:

    wow can’t wait to see it in person!Thanks for the pictures.

  3. Jez Winship says:

    I remember seeing the architect’s model of this on a London Open House day in offices based in David Hemmings’ studio pad from Blow Up. Lots of perspex and balsawood. It could have been a backdrop from an old Gerry Anderson episode. It’s a strange juxtaposition of the digitally designed superstructure knocking up against the old, solid brickwork.
    Shame the Victorian terrace in Battlebridge Road behind the station was knocked down, though. A veteran of many a movie. I saw the Ladykillers again recently, with that and the old gastowers featuring in the robbery sequence. Spider, High Hopees, O Lucky Man and The Missionary all used them too, I think, generally with a good view of the arch of the St Pancras platform canopy as viewed from the roof gardens.

  4. Helen Martin says:

    It looks like the British Museum, fascinating. It is a shame about the Battlebridge Terrace.

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