GB / US
Dir: Chris Columbus
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson
Harry Potter is called to Hogwarts for the first time
The first of the Harry Potter fantasy films in which Harry and his chums all look about age 4, has a number of different railway locations that all set the tone for what lies ahead in the forthcoming sequels, when Harry grows up and becomes a big boy. There are scenes at King’s Cross station with No.5972 and train of maroon Mk.1s, though GNER-liveried Mk4 rakes are also visible in the background of several scenes. The ‘Hogwarts Express’ is then seen on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, with Goathland station appearing as ‘Hogsmeade’. It was planned to use the ‘North Yorks’ in all the sequels to this movie, but apparent security issues with the train led to it only appearing in this one film, all the later ‘Hogsmeade’ station scenes were a Pinewood studio set, and the West Highland was used for the scenic shots. Interestingly, there is also a short deleted scene from this film that was shot on the London Underground. There was an extended version of the film made for US television that later made its way on to some home media releases. This edited some deleted scenes back into the film, including the ‘lost’ Underground scene. (Thanks to T.W. for this footnote).