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Harry Potter's Platform 9 3/4 Finds Permanent Home In Refurbished King's Cross Station

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First Posted: 03/13/2012 9:29 am Updated: 03/23/2012 4:59 pm

Ever since the books became a worldwide sensation, Harry Potter has meant big tourism. Still, one crucial stop on the loyal fan's Potter pilgrimage, Platform 9 3/4, did not have a permanent location. No longer.

For the last seven years, King's Cross Station has been undergoing a $782 million renovation and the mythic platform, marked by a sign and a baggage cart apparently rolling through the wall, has been shuffled from one spot to the next to the frustration of many a tourist. Now, according to a new station map released by the firm in charge of the renovation and discovered by Londonist, Platform 9 3/4 will have a permanent home in the New Western Departures Concourse.

Tourists will be able to visit the entrance to the platform starting on March 19 when the new concourse opens. If they want to visit the platform itself, they would presumably have to run through the wall.

While in England, Potter fans can also visit the studios where the films were shot outside Watford and follow the itinerary put together by HuffPost Travel blogger Rick Steves, which highlights the filming locations for the blockbusters.

The Pottermania continues stateside, Universal Studios has announced that it will be bringing Universal Florida's Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Check out photos from Leavesdon Studios in London below.

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  • Inside The Harry Potter Experience At Leavesden Studios

    Two girls look around the set of Dumbledore's office at the new Harry Potter Studio Tour at the Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios on March 23, 2012 in London, England. The studio includes the actual sets and special effects departments where the films were created and shot and goes on public display on March 31, 2012.

  • Inside The Harry Potter Experience At Leavesden Studios

    A woman and her daughter have their picture taken inside the Ford Anglia that was used in 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (the second film in the series) at the new Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios on March 23, 2012 in London, England.

  • Inside The Harry Potter Experience At Leavesden Studios

    A girl rides a broomstick in front of a green screen at the new Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios on March 23, 2012 in London, England.

  • Inside The Harry Potter Experience At Leavesden Studios

    A model of Aragog used in 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (the second film in the series) is displayed at the new Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios on March 23, 2012 in London, England.

  • Inside The Harry Potter Experience At Leavesden Studios

    A general view inside the 'Great Hall' at the new Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios on March 23, 2012 in London, England.

  • Inside The Harry Potter Experience At Leavesden Studios

    Masks worn by actors who played goblins at Gringotts Bank in the Harry Potter Films are displayed at the new Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios on March 23, 2012 in London, England.

  • Inside The Harry Potter Experience At Leavesden Studios

    A general view of 'Hogwarts Castle' at the Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios on March 23, 2012 in London, England.

  • Inside The Harry Potter Experience At Leavesden Studios

    Visitors walk down Diagon Alley at the Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios on March 23, 2012 in London, England.

  • Inside The Harry Potter Experience At Leavesden Studios

    A general view of props used on the set of the Harry Potter films at the new Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios on March 23, 2012 in London, England.

  • Inside The Harry Potter Experience At Leavesden Studios

    A general view outside the new Harry Potter Studio Tour at the Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios on March 23, 2012 in London, England.

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Filed by Rebecca Dolan  |