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10° & SUNNY ON MONDAY 19 AUGUST IN SYDNEY
By Bronte Stevenson
August 09, 2019
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The Wizarding Academy Express

An interactive Harry Potter-themed train ride is rolling into Melbourne.
By Bronte Stevenson
August 09, 2019
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If you have been waiting on your Hogwarts acceptance letter, then this is the event for you. The Wizarding Academy Express, a magical train journey, is steaming into Melbourne. On Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, the Express will be departing Docklands' Southern Cross Station throughout both days (from Platform 9 3/4, we hope).

Professors from the 'Saremcroft Wizarding Academy' will be sourcing local witches and wizards for their next intake. Your lesson begin as the train departs the platform and includes spell casting, potions and Defence Against the Dark Arts.

The train ride is an interactive theatre experience, suitable for all ages. Your carriage is your 'house', where you'll find your House Captain and Professor. Robes and wands are, of course, recommended, and can be added when purchasing tickets.

There are four tiers of tickets (and carriages) and all include a 1–1.5-hour experience, magical activities and a souvenir. The more expensive tiers include things like butter ales and fancier carriages, too.

The Hogwarts Express-like experience is just the latest Harry Potter event to roll into Melbourne recently, which has already had a wizards hotel room a magical rooftop and is currently home to JK Rowling's two-part play The Cursed Child (which is showing until 2020).

Gather all your fellow witches and wizards for a magical steam engine train ride, and learn a spell or two along the way.

Image: Hogwarts Express, Wikimedia Commons

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