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Study of Platform Nine and Three-Quarters by Jim Kay, for The Philosopher’s Stone

The British Library

The British Library
London, United Kingdom

This painting by Jim Kay is a preliminary version of the artwork featured on the front cover of the illustrated Philosopher’s Stone. It shows the busy Platform Nine and Three-Quarters at King’s Cross. The iconic Hogwarts Express, painted from a small model made by the artist, is being boarded by students at the beginning of term. This journey marked Harry’s transition to the world of magic and away from the Muggle realm of the Dursleys.

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