All Aboard: A Journey on the Hogwarts Express with Oliver and James Phelps


James and Oliver Phelps and Bonnie Wright take a selfie with the Hogwarts Express

Earlier this afternoon, following the exciting events of last night’s red carpet event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Oliver and James Phelps hosted a live webcast of their journey aboard the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross Station to Platform 9 ¾. Before boarding the train, they point out that every single block at King’s Cross Station was made by hand to make them look as realistic as possible!

We then cut to Bonnie Wright and Domhnall Gleeson who are waiting for the Phelps twins. Bonnie says impatiently, “I really want some ice cream!” and Domhnall looks at his watch and says, “Typical.”

Back on the train, the twins spot Hagrid out of the window and give him a friendly wave. While walking down the corridor to their compartment, one says, “Anything from the trolley, dears?” in a high-pitched, girlish voice. Like their characters, Fred and George Weasley, James and Oliver Phelps are true jokesters in real life.

At their seats, the twins reveal another fun fact about the Hogwarts Express: the fabric for the compartment sets was shipped from UK from the same fabric manufacturers that made the fabric for the train seats in the movies. Like the bricks at King’s Cross Station, the seats were designed to be as realistic as possible. The designers also went over to the UK to ride a train through the English countryside so they could simulate the actual experience for the Wizarding World.

Some centaurs are seen out of the window, bounding through the Forbidden Forest as the twins continue their journey. Then, the twins have a double, double take as they see themselves flying on broomsticks outside of the train window! Their digital doubles throw some of their special fireworks into the air, and they reveal the message, “Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes Now in Diagon Alley.”


Digital Fred and George Weasley flying outside of the Hogwarts Express window getting ready to put on a spectacular fireworks display!

Next, the journey takes the twins past the gloomy Malfoy Manor. The trip actual simulates the exact route that the Hogwarts Express would take through the English countryside. As the train gets close to Platform 9 ¾, we see the Knight Bus carefully squeezing out of a narrow alleyway in between two buildings. One of the twins jokingly says, “Driving just like my brother.”

James and Oliver finally arrive at the platform and greet Bonnie and Domhnall, who decide to go off to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour. Before the twins join them, they run into Matthew Lewis who seems to be a little confused and under the impression that his webcast with Tom Felton is scheduled today, not tomorrow. The twins alert him of his mistake and Matthew says, “Saving the best for last, I understand how this is working.”

The twins bid us farewell as their journey ends. Finally, a special message, “Boarding Begins July 8th,” appears for all of the excited fans!

Make sure to visit Pottermore News again tomorrow afternoon for our report on Matthew Lewis’s and Tom Felton’s webcast that will chronicle their tour of Diagon Alley!

Images courtesy of MyNews13 and Hypable.


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