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Hogwarts Express - Medieval version

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Sep. 29th, 2009 | 11:32 pm
location: home
mood: boredbored

I thank everyone who answered my anguished plea about getting to Hogwarts prior to steam power arriving on the scene. While flooing, and broom riding, and apparating are probably how it happened, there were a couple of ideas which were quite interesting.

Flying carpets. They're illegal in the present day, but perhaps in the past they weren't. I could a carpet picking up several students at a location, then joining several others at a particular place and time and sort of forming a big square/rectangle where the students could mix and mingle on their way to school.

The other was a flying coach such as Beauxbatons used to travel to Hogwarts in Goblet of Fire. This is also a very interesting idea, since you could join a number of coaches together and have a 'coach train' as it were. You'd need a lot of Abraxans and, of course, several barrels of single malt whiskey to keep them going. And with a little magic, the coaches could have passageways between them similar to those in a train.

It seems that the primary reason for the Hogwarts Express is the let the students have a few hours of socializing before getting back into the grind of school. Many of them probably wouldn't have seen their friends all summer and there would be an opportunity for catching up (and snogging, of course.)

Still, the idea is a bit bizarre, when you consider that everyone, regardless of where they lived in England or Ireland, had to get to London to catch the train. I can imagine Ernie MacMillan's folks were a trifle miffed that they had to travel to London only to put their son onto a train that took him back to Scotland!

If anyone gets a plot bunny from these ideas, more power to you.

Oh, and I have slept better for all the answers.

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from: ap_aelfwine
date: Sep. 30th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday! (Sorry I'm a day late with it.)

Glad you've slept better for the answers. And agreed, the business about everyone having to go to London is a bit bizarre.

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from: anonymous
date: Nov. 17th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
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What about if the train is simply magical, and always was? I mean, I know it appears to function as a working muggle train, but what's to say that it's not actually powered by magic, rather than muggle technology?

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