Every Harry Potter party in the history of Harry Potter Parties has Platform 9 and 3/4 as the entrance.
It is not only a given it is EXPECTED and you are an epic Harry Potter Party Planner FAILURE if you don’t get this right.
And, in my experience, every entrance I have seen is WRONG.
WRONG. WRONG WRONGITY WRONG.
Google it. Tis OK, I will wait.
In the movie Harry and co run through a brick wall with NO MOTHERFUCKING marking and sure as shit no Hogwarts Express sign…
Do you see a Hogwarts Express sign there? No? Me neither. SO WHY THE FUCK ARE PEOPLE HANGING THEM ON THE OUTSIDE?
It hurts my purist brain.
So here is MY interpretation of Platform 9 and 3/4
As you can see it is just a simple brick entrance. I was going to make a curtain of sorts and borrow a shopping trolley for them to run through, but then I thought about drunken 21 year olds and the whole borrowing of a shopping trolley being all bogan and I am pretty sure illegal, and was all well NO.
So I covered the door and surrounding walls – because our house is rendered brick – with sticky backed brick wallpaper.
WHO ON EARTH WOULD BUY THIS STUFF TO USE ON ACTUAL WALLS?
But I thank them profusely because it made creating the entrance a snap.
My minions hung the wallpaper (I am baffled as you are as to WHY they left that strip on the side bare) while I whipped up a couple of 9 and 10 signs and whacked em through the laminator in case of rain.
THEN and ONLY THEN after entering Platform 9 and 3/4 with no markings WHATSOEVER you see the sign for Hogwarts Express.
I picked up a cheap canvas from one of those discount stores that sell as seen on tv knockoffs and some paint. In hindsight I would have masked off the edges so there was a clean line for the gold painted rim, but as I was making the signs for Honeydukes and a Dementor AT THE SAME TIME I was a tad scatterbrained.
Squirted some cheap arsed craft paint from a cheap arse discount store into a cheap arsed takeaway container and got my cheap arse mixin’.
Quantities: Fuck tonne of red, a spludge of green and a dollop of black. Came out the perfect burgundy.
Slapped it on the canvas and went and made a billion Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans boxes while it dried.
Rinse and repeat 4 times.
I probably would have only needed one or two if I used DECENT paint but I was on a budget.
LOL… that is what I told MPS anyway.
Once it dried over night I painted around the edges with REAL GOLD that I liquified in my smelter in the yard.
Alternatively, you could paint around the edges with some cheap arsed gold paint found in the cheap arse discount store.
Then I stuck the 9 3/4 (seen above) that I got from this website (she also has Hogwarts Express letters available now and I was either stroking out while searching or they were only just put up cause I had to MAKE the damn letters myself using Perpetua Titling MT font) to the sign and went all old skool to transfer the lettering to the canvas.
Printed out the letters to fit perfectly.
Scribbled on the BACK of the letters with grey lead pencil
and then placed it on the sign – right way up – and traced over the letters allowing the grey lead pencil scribbles to transfer a faint outline of the letters.
Clear as mud, right?
Then paint with the REAL GOLD from your personal smelter or cheap arse gold paint that is probably full of death and ground up orphans.
Don’t forget to get all fancy and shit, painting out of the lines to make the R all decorative. And make sure that the S isn’t upside down…
Modge Podge cause I had it, or seal your work because the SECOND people walk in the door they will touch it. Trust me.
Artists get no damn respect.
*any links to ebay sellers or websites are just for reference. Where I purchased stuff. I do not endorse these sellers, nor did I get compensation from them to mention their products.