Making a Stop at Platform 9 & 3/4 in NYC, and Portraits of Harry Potter Fans at a Midnight Premiere


Nov 24, 2010

Posted by Mel

We have two items that show off the creativity of Harry Potter fans today. The first shows that a subway stop in New York City, along with showing the normal subway lines, has been altered with a stop at “9 3/4.” The New York Daily News reports:

The charmed sticker is slapped in the slot that featured a “W” until
June when that line went out of service. The design mimics standard Metropolitan Transportation Authority signage and at first glance could pass for a relic from the defunct No. 9 line.

It’s such a close match, in fact, it might lead
wizard fans to suspect an inside job. An MTA spokesperson said the
agency had no ties to the subtle Potter promotion. More likely, it was
the work of a design savvy fan.

“We are not part of any sort of Potter campaign, but I’ve seen things like that before,” said spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

You can read the rest of the article and see a picture of the sign here.

Our second item is portraits of Harry Potter fans in costume at a midnight premiere for “Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ taken by photographer Ryan Booth. Booth also wrote a very lovely narrative of the night and of the people at the premiere:

One girl had a vintage suitcase that she really wanted to show me.
Inside the suitcase? A dozen beautifully hand-crafted wands.
Hand-carved, stained, whittled, complete with metal inlays. They looked
incredible. She was there with her husband, a literature professor. They
looked fantastic and were unabashed in their love for Harry Potter.
They see themselves in the story.

Another lady hand knit herself a Gryffindor scarf and came to the
midnight premier by herself. She wore a cape and the lightening bolt.
The interesting thing? She’s an oncological surgical resident at M.D.
Anderson, arguably one of the very best cancer centers in the country.
With what (little) time I’m sure she has outside of such a demanding job
and she decided to spend some of it making her costume for a premier of
a movie about a book she loves.

Kids told us of their parents reading the very first Harry Potter
books to them as bedtime stories when they were six or seven years old.
They have literally grown up with these characters.

In the grand scheme of things does this really matter? Probably not.
But I guess that depends on what you think matters. What did I see last
night? I saw community. I saw people drawn to something outside of
themselves, I saw what happens when people engage with a story told
well. We begin to see ourselves in a different way.

Thanks very much to Emily for sending this in!

22 Responses to Making a Stop at Platform 9 & 3/4 in NYC, and Portraits of Harry Potter Fans at a Midnight Premiere

Avatar Imageaval says: The guy dresses as snape looks just like matt(neville) !! and that platform 9 and 3/4 is awesome :)Avatar Imagepotterprab says: awsssommme made awsommer !Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: cool reportAvatar ImageSindi says: very nice words :D so sweet :D Great pic!Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: Beautiful photos, and an excellent article.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: cool reportAvatar Imagepigwey says: dope!Avatar Imagefalkowska says: A very nice article, and great pictures! Avatar Imageworldgirltaylor says: That's incredible!!! : )Avatar ImageMonkeybutt 95 says: I wonder if the tattoo the guy had of the Dark Mark is real or not? Either way it looks pretty amazing :DAvatar ImageVane-Ale says: How great can be the imagination of some people! The 9 3/4 sign is clever! The person who did that took his/her time to meassure exactly the size of the sign and to print the exact type of number! Very nice job!!! That just shows that POTTER WORLD ROCKS!!!!! Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: awesome! love the 9 3/4 sign =DAvatar Imagechris_anderson says: Wow I brought the sign to people attention under the article "Jason Isaacs Discusses the Creation of Lucius Malfoy for the Films". No one seemed to care. Then leaky posts it and people suddenly comment on it. You people are freaking unbelievable.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: The 9 3/4 sign is hilarious! Those costumes were great! We HP fans are a community and I felt that way when I went to the midnight premier too. Everyone was complimenting each other's costumes and taking pictures with random HP fans and we were quizzing each other's HP knowledge and singing Hedwig's theme and songs from PPP. I feel part of that community as well whenever I go on Leaky! Avatar ImageFresca says: Some of those costumes were really inventive and quite well done. It is nice to know that a lot of people from all ages and walks of life take Potter seriously! Avatar ImageMaryMalfoy says: The HP community is just too amazing :) Those are some seriously amazing costumes. Avatar ImageThe Stew says: @ Mary Malfoy: The HP community is truly "amazing."Avatar Imagelumoslove says: "I saw community. I saw people drawn to something outside of themselves, I saw what happens when people engage with a story told well." That's put so eloquently, and describes what I felt at the Midnight Premiere too :)Avatar Imagecordelia47 says: I hope Leaky will repost the portraits when they are combined with the audio.Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: The 9 3/4 sigh just made me laugh! I would love to go into the city and find that one day. =)Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: 9 3/4 is great!! And it all matters! It is what mattersAvatar ImageFiniteincantatum says: Incredibly amazing!

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