The Hogwarts Express   Leave a comment

It’s September 1st! Time to head to the King’s Cross Station and board the train at Platform 9 3/4 that will leave at exactly 11 o’clock.

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go.  Or at least, I am ready to return after my tour.  Now is the time for some serious studying, especially in Potions.

The information about how Hogwarts Express became the express mode of transportation between London and Hogsmeade was one of the new information that JK Rowling shared.

I’ve always thought that The Hogwarts Express travels all year round between London and Hogsmeade.  I just thought that it was named after the school as Hogwarts is within the vicinity of Hogsmeade.  It’s cool that it was made exactly for the use of the school. In the Order of the Phoenix, after the Christmas break, Harry and his friends went back to Hogwarts by boarding the Knight Bus.  I never realized that it was because the train only leaves London every September 1st and leaves Hogwarts at the end of the school term.  Although, it did not say whether it does make a journey during Christmas breaks when some of the students are to go home to their families during the holidays and return once classes resume.

If you wish to read the information on how The Hogwarts Express became the express mode of transportation going to and from Hogwarts…

SPOILER ALERT!

According to JK Rowling, there used to be different methods of arriving in Hogwarts.  Some used broomsticks, enchanted carts and/or carriages, magical creatures and even Apparition which usually ends in a disastrous result as, according to Hogwarts: A History, one cannot apparate or disapparate within Hogwarts grounds.

However, in 1692, when the International Statute of Secrecy was imposed, it became adamant for the wizarding community to find a convenient and yet discreet method of transporting hundreds of students at one time. Portkey and Floo powder were some of the options. Portkeys, however, posed some problems as there were some students who became “Portkey-sick” and some who missed their time slot or failed to locate the muggle item that will transport them.  Hogwarts Headmasters, meanwhile, refused the idea of using Floo powder due to possible security breach.

It was, according to JK Rowling, Ottamine Gambol, then Minister of Magic, who saw the potential in the Muggle invention, trains.  No one could give the exact origin of the red steam engine Hogwarts Express and how it came to be, she said. Although there were some secret documents at the Ministry of Magic that gave details about the cover-up of the largest mass Concealment Charm ever used in Britain.  The Hogwarts Express, she added, went through several magical modifications before it was finally approved to be the express mode of transportation going to and from Hogwarts.  It was also resisted at first by pure blood wizarding families who were not trustworthy of any  muggle contraptions but it was either their children board the train or not attend Hogwarts at all.

Ready to board the train now?  Let’s go!

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