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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone/Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Hogwarts "Express"?
In chapter 6, "The Journey From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters", it states that the Hogwarts Express departs from King's Cross in London on 1 September at 11:00. At the end of the same chapter, it states that by the time the train arrives at Hogsmeade Station, it's getting dark.
The best source we have for the location of Hogsmeade is the Prisoner of Azkaban movie, which states that it's near Dufftown in Moray; and J. K. Rowling was a script consultant for the movies, so we can presume this information to be canon. According to, on the 1st September in Moray sunset is 20:11 and it doesn't start getting dark until 20:52. Also, Wikipedia states that Dufftown is 430 miles from London; the train must be very slow for a train, or take quite a roundabout route, if it takes about 10 hours (an average of less than 45 MPH) for the journey.
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korax1214 on 09-18-2012
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Jollyrgr writes:
Interesting point. The train per was made sometime before 1849 by muggles and then refitted to run on magic. I would guess that during 1849 when a high speed train was 25 MPH that at 45 MPH would be fast. The WIKIA also states that the train arrives at Hogwarts in the early evening. If magic were to be used to make the train go "faster" why bother with the trip being long; make it instant like a portal.
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korax1214 writes:
Jollyrgr has made a good point, namely why don't Hogwarts just set up a portal so that the kids can teleport directly there, instead of the slow and long-winded method of going there on the Hogwarts Express? After all, as well as magical teleportation (called Apparition) the series also has the Floo Network, allowing teleportation between fireplaces connected to it, and Vanishing Cabinets, which allow users to walk into one and instantly out of its twin, even if that be hundreds of miles away. I suppose the answer is that travelling to school by train is more traditional, and more romantic. :-)
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