"Yer ticket for Hogwarts. First 'o September — King's Cross — it's all on yer ticket."
—Rubeus Hagrid gives Harry Potter his ticket[src]

A Hogwarts Express ticket[3] was a ticket provided to all who were attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the first time. It provided important details, such as the date and time that the Hogwarts Express departed from King's Cross Station: 1 September at 11 A.M.[2]


A Hogwarts Express ticket

Rubeus Hagrid provided Harry Potter with one of these just before Harry caught the train that would take him back to the Dursleys.[2]

Later, when Harry explained to Vernon Dursley that he needed to get to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters and Vernon replied that there was no such thing, Harry stated that it was on his ticket.[2]

When Albus Dumbledore visited Tom Riddle at Wool's Orphanage as his special messenger, he provided him with an envelope that included, amongst other things, his Hogwarts Express ticket.[4]

Behind the scenes

  • It is uncertain whether students in years other than first year are provided with this ticket, since the details of where and when the Hogwarts Express depart never change, barring very special circumstances. It is also unknown if the ticket serves anything other than an informational purpose, though no mention is made of Harry having to surrender it. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, however, does make reference to a "ticket inspector" who signalled Harry, Ron and Hermione when it was safe to walk through the magical barrier between Platform Nine and Platform Ten,[5] and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 depicts Harry, Ron, and Hermione as needing a ticket to board the Hogwarts Express at the start of the fifth year, though subsequent trips do not require it.


Notes and references

  1. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Hogwarts Express" at Wizarding World
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  3. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - Handheld versions
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13 (The Secret Riddle)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
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