Wizarding World Platform 9 ¾ trolley unveiled in Edinburgh

by Susan and Simon Veness

Wizarding World magic lets Muggles experience an iconic Harry Potter moment as the Platform 9 ¾ Trolley Tour exhibit makes its debut in Edinburgh.

Wizarding World Platform 9 3/4 trolley exhibit
David O’Donnell poses with the Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾ trolley that was unveiled at Edinburgh Waverley train station.

On October 16, the luggage cart “trolley” from the Harry Potter movie series was unveiled at Edinburgh Waverley railway station ahead of the November 16 celebration honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film, based on the books by J.K. Rowling.

Fans dressed in wizarding robes and Hogwarts scarves were on hand to see the unveiling, and to recreate the moment when Harry Potter ran through the brick wall at the magical Platform 9 ¾ in Kings Cross Station, pushing what has become the most famous trolley in the world.

Jenna Marshall, age 7, was among those having photos taken with the trolley during its October 16 debut. “Posing with the trolley was just like I was actually going to go to Hogwarts. I felt so excited. It was so realistic!”

Wizarding World Platform 9 3/4 trolley exhibit
Jenna Marshall, age 7, poses with the Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾ trolley.

The trolley normally makes its home on the concourse of Kings Cross Station in London, next to the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾, where 2 million visitors recreate the movie scene each year. From October 16-November 7 the trolley will be on tour, visiting 5 locations in the U.K. and Ireland.

Edinburgh Waverley train station is the first stop the Platform 9 ¾ Trolley Tour will make. Participating locations and dates are:

  • Edinburgh Waverley Station – October 16-18
  • Birmingham New Street Station – October 23-25
  • Cardiff Central Station – October 26-28
  • Belfast Lanyon Place Station -October 29-31
  • Dublin Dundrum Town Centre – November 5-7

Fans in Edinburg received a second magical moment when the first 100 visitors were given Lego Harry Potter swag to celebrate the launch.

Children posing with Harry Potter trolley
L to R : Twins Harris and Ethan Christie, both 9, pose with the Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾ trolley.

Alex McKenzie, age 27, was among the revelers. “I have been a huge Harry Potter fan from since I can remember,” he said, “so it feels great to be part of the 20th anniversary celebrations. The trolley is such a classic scene from the films, and recreating it here has been magical.”

The Platform 9 ¾ Trolley Tour is a “thank you” for the love and support of the Harry Potter fan community over the course of 20 years, with the goal of helping them live out the iconic moment from the first film.


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