One way ticket to Hogwarts: St. Petersburg cyclists discover Platform 9 ¾

Tasha Konkina
A local artist has turned an annoying barrier into a Harry Potter landmark.

Artist: “The idea was born in five minutes. [I thought] I want to be cycling into the wall in a Gryffindor scarf.” / vk.com/news_slavjankaArtist: “The idea was born in five minutes. [I thought] I want to be cycling into the wall in a Gryffindor scarf.” / vk.com/news_slavjanka

The famous Platform 9 ¾ has appeared on one of St. Petersburg’s embankments. Cyclists and passers-by noticed a mysterious cycle route careering straight into a loading pier's concrete wall.

The wall is a headache for cyclists as it obstructs their route, but many now view the stumbling block in a different light after a Harry Potter-mad artist transformed it into the legendary platform, which the young wizards use when traveling to Hogwarts in J.K. Rowling’s magical books.

“I have tried [to enter the platform]. The pass is closed; broke my glasses,” joked a local resident on the VK social network.

Other locals also appreciate artist Tasha Konkina’s creativity.  She said this: “The idea was born in five minutes. [I thought] I want to be cycling into the wall in a Gryffindor scarf.”

One thing she didn’t expect was for her project to go viral in Russia.

“I have tried [to enter the platform]. The pass is closed; broke my glasses,” joked a local resident on the VK social network. Source: Tasha Konkina“I have tried [to enter the platform]. The pass is closed; broke my glasses,” joked a local resident on the VK social network. Source: Tasha Konkina

The artist even made a video mocking the authorities’ decision to create a bike path leading into a wall - she embarked on her own journey to Hogwarts, right from St. Petersburg.

"The artist even made a video mocking the authorities’ decision to create a bike path leading into a wall - she embarked on her own journey to Hogwarts, right from St. Petersburg." Source: Tasha Kosmos/YouTube

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