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Hundreds of fans celebrate Harry Potter milestone at King's Cross

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Sep 1, 2017

Earlier today, while King's Cross station in London was quickly filling with commuters and weekend travelers, no one noticed as a man, his wife, and three children disappeared into the wall between platforms 9 and 10.

At least, that's what happened at the end of the seventh and final Harry Potter book.

Published a decade ago, Harry's final adventure ended with an epilogue titled "19 Years Later," which told the story of a grown-up Harry, his wife Ginny, and the day they sent their middle child, and youngest son, Albus, off to Hogwarts for the first time.

That epilogue has been a point of contention between Potter fans ever since the book's publication. Some believe it to be an unnecessary continuation of a completed story, while others view it as a bow on the beautifully wrapped gift that was that series.

Regardless of your opinion, though, fans have been counting the days until Sept. 1, 2017, the date all Potterheads know is that of Albus' first day at his new magic school, and hundreds of those fans flocked to the infamous train station this morning to see the young wizard off. Many of those fans dressed up for the occasion, lining up out the door to make their way to the trolley embedded in the wall, where the magical entrance to Platform 9 3/4 is said to open only once per year.

Actor Warwick Davis, who played Hogwarts Professor Flitwick and the Gringots Goblin Griphook in the film series, was also on hand to meet with fans and take photos.

For many fans, the event marks the end of an era as the date they've been waiting for for a decade finally arrived, but it is far from the end of the Harry Potter series. The magic is alive and well in places like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, in the halls of Hogwarts you can visit in the online world of Pottermore, and, of course, in the stories author J.K. Rowling continues to pen within the Harry Potter world. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child made its bow in London's West End last year and will arrive on Broadway in April 2018. Meanwhile, there are still four more Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films, which will explore the history of the magical world in the decades before the start of the original series.

Good luck at Hogwarts, Albus Severus Potter. Maybe leave the time turners alone.

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