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In some of the Harry Potter movies, the train guard at King's Cross station shouts something. It sounds like "Egg jewel on!"

Philosopher's Stone:

Chamber of Secrets:

Must be some kind of railway slang, or maybe in a thick accent.

Anyone know?

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    Sounds to me like 'vector alert'. Good question! – The Dark Lord May 25 '17 at 22:24
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    It might also be 'bags are all on', which is more plausible. It's conceivable that in old-school railways where there were luggage compartments that a guard might be responsible to for loading luggage onto a train. I'm not sure that's it, though. – The Dark Lord May 25 '17 at 22:35
  • How do you even mishear that... – theonlygusti May 26 '17 at 14:30
  • @theonlygusti Well of course you're going to hear "egg jewel on" after being primed like that! – user11521 May 26 '17 at 17:44
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To me it sounds like he's yelling

"Stand clear o' th' doors!",

The conductor is warning people not to get in between the doors as they close


In a comment on the first video that was linked, user Requi says that the German translation of the film has the Conductor saying

"Get away from the platform."

I can't find a German translation of the script, and even in the original script there is no mention of a conductor saying anything in this scene.

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    The more I listen to it, the more I can hear "Stand clear o' th' door!" – Mahkoe May 25 '17 at 23:13
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He's saying ...

"[Please] Stand clear o'[f] th'[e] door[s]"

Which is a standard announcement on British rail services before departure to ensure that those boarding the train are out of harm's way before they move off.


On a related note, the doors on the Hogwarts Express are manually operated, so the guard is almost certainly shouting about a standard service train (one with powered doors operated by a conductor) on the next platform over.

Since the trains run on a schedule, it's not much of a coincidence that the same conductor is on platform 10 (or 9) a year later.

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    Yup. As a minor nitpick, the doors on the standard service train would certainly not be automated. They would be power operated but not automated. Indeed they would be operated by a person, probably the train's guard, pressing a button so they would be manual as well. As opposed to what are usually referred to "in the business" as slam doors – Au101 May 25 '17 at 23:40
  • @Au101 - Nitpick accepted. See edit :-) – Valorum May 25 '17 at 23:41
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    Ta =) Would have +1'ed anyway. For the record, you're not alone, even wikipedia contrasts slam-door trains with trains with 'automatic doors', but following the link to Wikipedia's own article on automatic doors shows why it's an ambiguous choice of terminology, if not wrong – Au101 May 25 '17 at 23:44

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