Scrapbook – Hogwarts Express

November 25, 2011

Page 5 of 12 for Harry Potter Wizarding World.

Hogsmeade Station is the closest train stop to Hogwarts; the Hogwarts Express stops here after travelling from King’s Cross. Scenes involving Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films were shot at Goathland railway station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, built in 1865 and virtually unchanged, that serves the village of Goathland in the North York Moors. According to Rowling’s illustrations, Hogsmeade station is not in Hogsmeade, but on the opposite side of the lake. 

Descriptions from Wikipedia and Harry Potter Wiki

The Hogwarts Express is the name of the train that makes a run between London, King’s Cross Station Platform 9¾ and Hogsmeade Station. It makes this run at about six times a year, and probably more often than that, as needed. It carries students to Hogwarts Castle at the start and end of every term. The train leaves Platform 9¾ without fail on 1 September at 11 o’clock in the morning, arriving at Hogsmeade Station in the early evening. Most students take the train back to King’s Cross Station to go home for the Christmas and Easter holidays. It also makes the run back again to London at the end of term in June.

The Hogwarts Express takes the form of a large red, 4-6-0 steam engine. It is a magical device, like the Ministry cars, the Knight Bus, and Wizarding Wireless Network. It borrows its form and its intended function from real steam trains, but not the technology.

The passenger carriages hold compartments set off a corridor, allowing each compartment to function as a self-contained stage within the larger train. During the long journey to Hogwarts, students may enjoy treats from a trolley, such as Pumpkin Pasties and Chocolate Frogs. There are usually no adults aboard the Hogwarts Express except the witch with the tea trolley and the driver, and possibly the fireman, who is needed to shovel coal into a locomotives boiler to keep it running, although the shovel and other components may have spells placed on them to perform the tasks without the need for a fireman. Occasionally new teachers would be found aboard the train as well.

Hogwarts Express at Hogsmeade Station