In this week’s Pottermore Feature of the Week we are discussing a rather short entry from J.K. Rowling: “Platform Nine and Three-Quarters”.
J.K. Rowling writes that she decided to have the gateway between the Wizarding and mortal world be between Muggle platforms. She also reveals that she thinks there are many “fractional platforms” at King’s Cross that would take you to the Wizarding world. In conclusion, Rowling writes that as soon as she thought of nine and three quarters, she “took it at once.”
From “Platform Nine and Three-Quarters“:
In choosing the number of the concealed platform that would take young witches and wizards to boarding school, I decided that it would have to be a number between those of the Muggle platforms – therefore, it was clearly a fraction. This raised the interesting question of how many other fractional platforms lay between the whole-numbered platforms at King’s Cross, and I concluded that were probably quite a few. Although these are never mentioned in the book, I like to think that it is possible to take a version of the Orient Express off to wizard-only villages in continental Europe (try platform seven and a half), and that other platforms may be opened on an as-required-basis, for instance for large, one-off events such as Celestina Warbeck concerts (see your ticket for details).
The number nine and three-quarters presented itself without much conscious thought, and I liked it so much that I took it at once. It is the ‘three-quarters’ that makes it, of course.
J.K. Rowling writes that she thinks there are many “fractional platforms” at King’s Cross that would take you to the Wizarding world. Where would you like to go by using these platforms? Comment below with your answers and we will pick our favorites to be revealed on our social networking sites.