Some Lucky Harry Potter Fans Will Get To Ride The Actual Hogwarts Express
“Harry Potter” fans will finally get to board the train that carried Harry to Hogwarts, as part of a major expansion to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
The Hogwarts Express, the real, historic steam engine and carriage sets featured in the Harry Potter films, is joining the London-based Warner Bros. studio tour in March, according to Cinemablend. The entire expansion, consisting of 20,000 feet worth of amazing Potter-related set pieces direct from the movies, will include the car where Harry first met Ron and Hermione, luggage belonging to the various characters, and a recreated Platform 9 3/4 from which visitors can board the train.
The only downside to all this awesomeness is that the train won’t actually depart for Hogwarts so that we can begin our wizarding education (booooo), but fans will be able to explore the carriages in cool, interactive ways; among other things, the windows have been outfitted to show how filmmakers created some of the iconic scenes aboard the Express.
Also, if your chocolate frog escapes out the window, you’ll be able to buy a new one at a souvenir shop right on the platform.
The expansion opens March 19. That’s just under two months for us to save enough cash for a plane ticket to England… or to find Dobby and convince him to open a portal to the studio tour from one of the platforms in Grand Central station.