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

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Posted by: Mel
November 24, 2010, 09:12 PM

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!

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21 Comments

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The guy dresses as snape looks just like matt(neville) !!
and that platform 9 and 3/4 is awesome :)

Posted by aval on November 24, 2010, 09:59 PM report to moderator
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awsssommme made awsommer !

Posted by potterprab on November 25, 2010, 12:03 AM report to moderator
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cool report

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on November 25, 2010, 12:52 AM report to moderator
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very nice words :D
so sweet :D
Great pic!

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on November 25, 2010, 01:13 AM report to moderator
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Beautiful photos, and an excellent article.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on November 25, 2010, 02:27 AM report to moderator
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cool report

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on November 25, 2010, 03:56 AM report to moderator
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A very nice article, and great pictures!

Posted by Books_and_Cleverness on November 25, 2010, 05:38 AM report to moderator
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That’s incredible!!! : )

Posted by worldgirltaylor on November 25, 2010, 09:08 AM report to moderator
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I wonder if the tattoo the guy had of the Dark Mark is real or not? Either way it looks pretty amazing :D

Posted by Monkeybutt 95 on November 25, 2010, 09:37 AM report to moderator
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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!!!!!

Posted by Halfblood Princess on November 25, 2010, 09:54 AM report to moderator
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awesome! love the 9 3/4 sign =D

Posted by iLoveDolores [FTC!] on November 25, 2010, 10:10 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by chris_anderson on November 25, 2010, 10:32 AM report to moderator
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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!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on November 25, 2010, 05:07 PM report to moderator
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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!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on November 26, 2010, 02:16 PM report to moderator
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The HP community is just too amazing :)
Those are some seriously amazing costumes.

Posted by Darth Mary on November 26, 2010, 09:25 PM report to moderator
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