All aboard the Hogwart’s Express

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Do you have your ticket ready at exactly eleven o’clock on the first of September standing upon platform nine and three-quarters? I hope so. Many schools start  today, so I remembered what occurs on the first of September in Harry Potter. Travel back to the beginning as Harry boards Hogwart’s Express for the first time. Of course, since he lives with muggles they laugh when he mentions that the train leaves from platform nine and three-quarters when to them it doesn’t exist. Harry wouldn’t believe that so very soon he’ll begin his magical journey and lasting friendships.

Harry felt a great leap of excitement. He didn’t know what he was going to – but it had to be better than what he was leaving behind.

– J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, page 98)

We’ve all had similar feelings of excitement and apprehension about the journey ahead. Besides brief chats with Hagrid, Harry had no knowledge about the wizard world. What situations have put you into the unknown? Harry’s completely alone until he stumbles upon the Weasly family who help him through the brick wall and onto platform nine and three-quarters. What or who has led you through struggles of unknown? I love that this is where he meets Ron and during this casual conversation they become instant friends especially to Harry who’s had no true friends.

Here Harry and Ron share food in their compartment on the Hogwart’s Express:

You don’t want this, it’s all dry,” said Ron. “She hasn’t got much time,” he added quickly, “you know, with five of us.”

“Go on, have a pasty,” said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry’s pasties, cakes, and candies (the sandwiches lay forgotten).

– J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, page 101 -102)

It’s the people we meet along the way that make the journey worthwhile. Sure, Harry may have joined a different compartment but they may have made him a different person. Ron gained recognition, since Harry saw him as an individual and not the many from a large family. Hopefully, I’ll be meeting you abroad Hogwart’s Express as we buy sweets and start our journey together.


6 thoughts on “All aboard the Hogwart’s Express

    Jeyna Grace said:
    September 1, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Nice post!

    Caroline responded:
    September 1, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, I thought of it as schools here also start today on Sept 1st, however Harry always travels upon Hogwart’s Express this day. Of course, I’m not sure any students came across a house elf to stop along the way to the platform.

      Jeyna Grace said:
      September 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

      Haha! That would be so cool to come across an elf!

    gypsydoodles said:
    September 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Hey Caroline! thanks too for dropping by my page. =) I’ve always loved Harry potter’s trips to Hogwarts. =) Great post, by the way!

      Caroline responded:
      September 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks for the comment. It appears you also subscribed to my blog, so thanks and welcome. I’ve always wanted to travel into story book lands.

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