'Harry Potter' Fan Shop Opens at Platform 9 3/4 at King's Station in UK
Though we're a couple of months late to catch a ride to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for this semester, diehard Harry Potter fans who either live in London or visit the UK have a new site to check out. King's Station has had a sign that reads Platform 9 3/4 in place for years as a nod to the insanely popular book and film series, marking the spot where the magically inclined walk through the wall and catch their train to Hogwarts at the start of every school year. Now The Independent (via io9) points out that a new fan shop has opened at the station this weekend, where Muggles can go and purchase officially HP gear.
See video of the grand opening, featuring Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, via The Leaky Cauldron:
And here are some additional photos of the new Harry Potter shop, originally from The Independent:
As you wait for your train, you can buy replica brooms and clothing from the film series, and even pick out your favorite wand while you're there. It's not quite as impressive as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando, but then again, this probably also didn't cost $200 million to build, either. It's small and homely, and yes, when all is said and done it's just a glorified souvenir shop with a bit of style, but this still seems like a cool spot for Potterheads to stop by in the London area. At the least, this is a place I'm definitely planning to visit and drop some Pounds next time I'm over there. What about you?