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Hogsmeade station was a “tiny, dark platform” where the Hogwarts Express ended its journey north from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. The railway station served both the village of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The station was located near the Black Lake, and from there a road extended around the lake to Hogwarts Castle. It was actually quite a distance from the village itself, being on the opposite side of the Hogwarts grounds.
The Hogwarts Express stopped here after travelling from King's Cross Station's Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, which, like Diagon Alley, Muggles cannot penetrate. At the station was a small group of buildings, the largest being a resting place for the conductor of the train. Not far down from these buildings were entrance gates to Hogwarts that were located in a clearing of the Forbidden Forest that led up to the school grounds. Also at the end of the platform, boats were docked awaiting the arrival of Groundskeeper Rubeus Hagrid and the First years.
The station was built in the early 1800s when the Ministry of Magic began using the Hogwarts Express, a steam engine train acquired by Minister for Magic Ottaline Gambol (1827-1835) for the safe transport of Hogwarts students. Overnight the villagers of Hogsmeade realised they suddenly had a train station, while confused Muggle railway workers in Crewe suddenly felt as if they had misplaced a train thanks to Memory Charms and the "largest mass Concealment Charm [ever] performed in Britain".
"Horseless" carriages pulled line up along a "mud track" near the Station for second years to seventh years. In his fifth year in 1995, Harry Potter realised the carriages were pulled by Thestrals, creatures he could see because he suddenly understood the reality of Cedric Diggory's death the year before.
Behind the scenes
- Scenes involving Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films were shot at Goathland railway station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, built in 1865 and virtually unchanged, that serves the village of Goathland in the North York Moors.
- In the film adaption of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the station is shown to be located to the south of Hogwarts Castle, but in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hogsmeade Station appears to be in one of the clearings of the Forbidden Forest to the east.
- The station decreases drastically in size when it's seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The second platform on the other side is no longer visible in addition compared to the first film. The station seems to be in a pine wood, Hogwarts Castle is directly opposite the station from the loch in the fifth film, when in the first film the castle is seen on a big hill with no loch in sight.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- LEGO Harry Potter
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- Harry Potter: The Creature Vault (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery