With Platform 9 3/4 in King's Cross Station, it means all the magic people have to take the effort to dress as muggles (according to the International Statute of Secrecy) and somehow make it to King's Cross Station without revealing themselves (meaning they can't just use apperition and appear wherever they want in King's Cross).

Considering the number of people who will need to do this every year, at least twice each year, and that they will be interacting, at least minimally, with muggles, this creates an unnecessary risk of tipping off muggles something is going on. (Not to mention all the people walking through a wall into Platform 9 3/4!)

They have to have a track that is for their use only (or at least parts of it, since they don't want muggle trains pulling up in Hogsmeade or near Hogwarts). Why didn't they either create their own station in London or create a place for apparition so there would be no interaction with muggles for all the Hogwarts students and their families?

  • I always thought it was odd that you had to walk through a wall in the middle of a muggle crowded area to get to the train. You think the wizards would at least make it a door or something that muggles can't open... But I guess JKR thought walking through a wall would seem more magical...
    – Dason
    Feb 3, 2012 at 5:37
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    Perhaps they (the school) set up a room at the station for families to apparate into. It might even be connected to the flue network.
    – Xantec
    Feb 3, 2012 at 13:24
  • The first quote of this answer seems to explain how they minimize the risk, if not why they choose to take the risk May 10, 2015 at 15:04
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    If they could apparate to King's Cross with children and luggage, couldn't they just apparate into Hogsmeade and drop the kids off at the Hogwarts gate? You wouldn't need a magical train at all. Hogwarts could just maybe arrange a special route of the Knight Bus for the Muggleborns.
    – Jay
    May 10, 2015 at 23:03

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My guess is that if parents wanted to apparate directly to the platform they could, but a few things are drastically reducing the number of families who do. First, there is the difficulty of apparition to begin with (Hermione says something along the lines of plenty of wizards don't bother; I was looking for the quote last night but didn't find it). Then take the fact that children can't apparate, at least below seventh year for the most skilled and somewhat older ones, so they'd need to side-along, and on top of that add luggage. A family with one child and at least one fairly skilled parent could probably manage, but remember, most witches and wizards aren't skilled enough and have multiple children. That said, I would be somewhat surprised if the Malfoys didn't apparate there, they wouldn't be caught dead in the middle of so many filthy muggles.

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    “There are plenty of adult wizards who don’t bother with it. Prefer brooms—slower, but safer.” Mr Weasley in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 6 Sep 19, 2014 at 13:47
  • +1 for the bit about the Malfoys. As soon as I read it, I was certain that you're right.
    – Nerrolken
    Oct 30, 2014 at 19:08
  1. You need empty space to apparate, you can't apparate to an occupied spot. Not too many of these on the platform
  2. Not everyone can apparate (Most don't bother)
  3. As students are not allowed to apparate (except seventh years), their parents will have to use side-along apparition, which looks like a rare talent given Ron's comment in book six (Can't find it now, but he was amazed when he heard that Dumbledore used it)
  4. Luggage
  5. The danger of splinching

I always wondered this, but presumably platform 9 and 3/4 is too tight a space for witches and wizards to apparate into with ease. I also think that it would look pretty suspicious if so many Hogwarts students and their families are all getting to platform 9 and 3/4 via kings cross station all at the same time, it would become very congested and muggles would clearly be able to see that something was going on. So I wondered whether there are other stations in the UK which have a barrier between platforms 9 and 10, that when the pass through it, it transports them to platform 9 and 3/4 in London. Obviously there wouldn't be many of these barriers, probably 5 or 6. At least one each in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Obviously London would be the obvious place to have a barrier and also the most recognisable place for the real train to depart from as we know there to be several magical establishments within the city, eg. St Mungo's, the Ministry of Magic, Diagon Alley etc. There would perhaps be a barrier placed somewhere in the North West of England as well, Maybe in Manchester or Liverpool, then there would be a barrier at two opposites of the country. But still that seems a lot of people for only 5 barriers. Take into consideration that the only other wizarding families that are said to use the Kings Cross barrier are the Weasley's and Hermione when she arrives and leaves with them. I presume that there would also be 3 or 4 other barriers dotted about the UK.


Let's start with children being unallowed to apparate until they've reached their seventh year. Then, not every family of every Hogwarts' student is pure-blood. Take Hermione and her muggle-born family for instance. They wouldn't be able to apparate. I should also mention that apparating with all that luggage along is harder. And where would you apparate? Right onto the platform? This will make a tricky issue when it becomes crowdy since the platform isn't really huge. Not every wizard can apparate and wants to.

Besides all this, the question to why did Rowling choose such a way of getting on the train is unknown. Indeed, having a different way to get to school without risking being noticed by muggles can exist in HP universe and probably does but few know of it and definitely not us.

  • 1) I didn't ask why students couldn't do it - I specifically asked why parents with their students could do it. 2) So if some parents can't do it, none should do it? Each family that doesn't have to go through the brick wall is one less possible issue later. 3) Stating we don't know something is not really an answer to why something can or can't be done.
    – Tango
    Nov 4, 2017 at 4:23

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